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Summary of our Board Meeting 09 January 2012

AGM-preparation

Our AGM will be on Monday April 23rd at 20:00lcl in the MUAC canteen. We hope many members will attend.

FABEC

EGATS will monitor the study on the institutional future of MUAC. As well we will continue to follow the MOSAIC and MARC meetings.

RRT

The minutes from our last meeting are online. The hottest topics at the moment are the summer leave and the new guidelines for individual rosters.

E-briefing

Is up and running. However we still have a few ideas to improve the system and will pass them on to OMT.

Conditional Endorsement Project

EGATS continued to follow the project, however there are no news for the moment.

Photo Competition 2011 - Street Life

The results of the 8th EGATS Photo Competition are out. This year's theme was: 'Street Life'.

First and second prize went to Igor Jakimov. Third prize was for Chris Jeeves.

All the entries, including the winning ones can be seen in the online album here.

Membership Application

EGATS membership bestows the following entitlements:

New OUTPUT - Winter 2011

The new winter edition of the EGATS publication Output has been published.

Articles include:

  • A report on the 28th IFATCA European Regional Meeting in Dubrovnik
  • The Chico Foundation, a Charity initiative for Children in Orphanages
  • Supersonic Air-Transport, A Lost World
  • The Situation in Greece

The PDF version of the magazine can be found here.

Summary of Executive Board Meeting on 4 November 2011

Conditional Endorsement Project

EGATS continued to follow the project. Here are some news from the latest meeting: The Belgian authority stated that it is a B1 change and has to go to the 4 states NSA board before approval. It was argued that this should not be treated as an add-on to our licence, but rather be treated as a separate licence for a new sector. In the end management agreed to this and at least we gained some time, however it is still not from the table. For EGATS it is really unclear why management invests so much energy and money in this project and claims that it is for the ATCOs in the OPS room, when the whole OPS room is against it and never asked for a project like this. We would prefer to put this energy into the Aging-Controller-Workshop, which is planned for next year.

Summary of Executive Board Meeting on 1st September 2011

Conditional Endorsement Project

To stop the project is still one of our main working items. We approached EASA and they do support us, however our management is still pushing. We will approach IFATCA next and if necessary as well the Dutch CAA.

INREP

We are working to update the reporting form to make it more user-friendly. As well we want to make it available at the positions, to motivate people to use it.

RRT

The predictions are that we will work 210 gross duties in 2012 and 208 (final roster) in 2013. The worst staffed sector is still DECO. Therefore it might become necessary to cross-train 3 ATCOs from Hannover to Deco. EGATS proposed to raise the number of Hannover ATCOs to work the Holstein instead if possible.

Summary of Executive Board Meeting on 17th May 2011

Conditional Endorsement Project

After invitation Martin Schneider and Chris Jeeves joined us for a discussion about the project. Basically they want to give ATCOs under certain conditions a conditional license, which will enable them to work the combined sector (night configuration) ,even after giving up part of their rating. We had a lengthy discussion and were able to present some good arguments and worries against the project. They still want to push the project anyway, because they fear that when EASA gets involved, it will be much more difficult to get it approved. We will write a statement to make our arguments public, but if the regulator approves and the safety case is successful, it is almost impossible to stop it.

Multi sector planning

Fortunately this project seems to be dead. INREP: There was some reaction after our letter about just culture and there will be more on this subject in the summer output.

Draft Minutes Annual General Meeting 2011

The EGATS Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2011 was held on Wednesday 06 APR 2011 at 20:00 in the MUAC Canteen. The draft minutes from that meeting, attended by about 8 non-board members, can be found here.

Summary of our EGATS Board Meeting 04APR2011

AGM

Everything is planned and we are ready for the AGM.

Mistakes in new paper-license

The board will prepare a form and send it via e-link to the members asking for the document stating the correct dates.

INREP

We have done our part, now it is up to management to do theirs. We will surely remind them about it.

Conditional Endorsement

We will give a presentation at the AGM and hope to have a good discussion about it. The project manager will be invited as well.

Flight department

The newly appointed chairmen and the general manager are busy updating the red folder and as well adding everything to the EGATS forum.

Summary of our EGATS Board Meeting 08.02.2011

AGM

Preparation for the AGM are running smooth. We will order some caps to give away as presents and make posters to attract more members to attend.

Bylaws

The Bylaws need to be amended to reflect the new logo. This will be added to the agenda for the AGM.

Cross-training

We discussed the exemption that was granted by the regulator to allow ATCOs to give OJT on Holstein after one month only. The board is not very happy about this, as it could and did happen that ATCOs don‘t work a single minute on their own within that month. We will start discussions with OMT to find a better solution.