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Vintage video: Maastricht UAC in 1995

A video made in the mid-90's showing how a flight from London to Berlin was processed and handled by MADAP - the Maastricht Data Processing and Display System. Developed on-site since the early seventies, it became what was probably the most advanced ATC system in world, still years ahead of what a lot of other providers are using today.

The screens were updated in 2002, when Maastricht UAC moved to a new Operations Room (video of that coming later). The paved the way to split MADAP into an ODS (Operator Input and Display System) and a dedicated FDFS (Flight Data Processing System, which was brought online in December 2008)

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.

Results Photo Competition 2010 - Three

Photo Competition 2010 - Three

The results of the seventh EGATS Photo Competition are known. This year's theme was a challenging one: 'Three'.

First prize went to Benjamin Burger. Runners-up were Chris Jeeves and Thierry Grand-Perret. Congratulations to them and to all who entered.

Vintage video: Maastricht UAC in 1972

In all the discussions about FABEC, Single European Sky etc, people tend to forget that these projects aren't really anything new: in the early 1970's, Maastricht UAC was established as the first of several cross-border centres. Fourty years later, it is still the only one. Despite to political indecision, jealousy and procrastination, Maastricht UAC has proven the concept works and works very well - proof can be found in all PRC reports produced over the years, including the last one.

But it's also nice to see colleagues that have long since retired or even passed away. Thanks to Raymonde and Josette for helping out here:

AGM Announcement (UPDATED)

The EGATS Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2011 will be held on

Wednesday 06 APR 2011 at 20:00

in the MUAC Canteen.

There will be vacancies for the board. If you're interested, a nomination form needs to be completed and returned to the EGATS locker or directly to Michael Ott Team H4. The completed form needs to be in by 25 FEB 2011. The form can be obtained from any board-member or can be downloaded here.
 

Summary of our EGATS Board Meeting 03.01.2011

AGM

The EGATS AGM will be on 06.04 at 20:00 in the MUAC canteen. We hope there will be at least as many members present as last year. Imoprtant topics will be CSS, FABEC and other workitems for 2011.

CSS

According to our info 3 sector supervisors will be continously planned until mid 2012. We are still very sceptical towards this project and talked to the project managers about our worries. We will continue to monitor.

FABEC

The state agreement was signed and normally the social dialogue should start next. However there are some difficuties in MARC and as well with the FABEC governments, who seem to do their own thing without involving the unions. With the Spanish situation in the back of our minds, we have to be extremely careful and monitor each step. We have to be prepared for everything.

BA need a Boeing 777... by tomorrow!!

Another time lapse movie - of the first British Airways B777 being built in Seattle...

Situation in Spain - IFATCA bulletin

For those interested in a bit more background on the situation in Spain, here's a document (PDF) released by IFATCA. It has an overview of what has happened so far - factual, with references and without the big emotions which are constantly present in the (Spanish) media. AENA and the Spanish government have managed to monopolise those media and feed them exactly what they wanted.

If you want to keep up to date with the situation, IFATCA maintains a blog on the situation in Spain:

http://spain.atczone.com

More video - in english!

MUAC Promotion video - It's the first and currently still truly cross-border international centre in Europe. Controllers come from more than 25 countries to work the airspace above FL245 over 4 countries (5 counting a small piece of France).

Situation in Spain

UPDATE: Read the IFATCA press release on the situation: http://goo.gl/mC1je (english)  |  http://goo.gl/kgE1y (spanish)

 

The media has widely reported that air traffic controllers in Spain are on strike. As is not unusual in these situations, the reality may be different from what is reported. According to infromation we have, the controllers' union (USCA) did not call for a strike: controllers walked off the job or did not show up for work in response to the latest Royal Decree issued on 3 December 2010, which cancelled the previous decree.

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