Here is a summary of what has been discussed:
• Re-organization of training section: After a quiet summer there is some movement again. The Deco Training Officers drafted a proposal for a new concept, which is supported as well from training officers from the other sector groups. Now they wait for a reaction from management on the concept. Viktor Koren as Deco training officer is our EGATS representative following this process.
• Loss of Licence Scheme: EGATS is presently doing some research about a possible loss of licence scheme. Anybody having such an insurance privately or knows about any other provider offering it is very welcome to share her/his knowledge with us. Thanks!
Here is a summary of the items discussed during the last EGATS Executive Board meeting:
Re-organization of training section
More work is being done in the training section to fine-tune the concept for MUAC. The basis was the DFS training concept in Karlsruhe, which seems to be working very well and provides a high pass rate of students. TUEM is involved in the discussion as well., especially to talk about the financial aspects.
Due to Ralf Hoelscher going on pension Marinella Leone took over INREP from him. We will schedule a meeting with her to further improve the new INREP. One idea is to give quicker feedback online, instead of the slow Safety Mirror.
1. ATS / ATFM ENVIRONMENT
1.1. Air Traffic Statistics (until Sept. 2013)
Traffic at MUAC compared to last year decreased in the period January-March by 1,5% while from April till September increased by 3,5% probably due to a change in the route charges in the neighbouring countries which made the companies file through our airspace again.
The busiest day ever in MUAC was the 5th of July with 5152 flights and the expectation for the total number of flights for this year will get close to 1.600.000 while the average delay till September was 0,10 minutes.
This was our first board meeting with Raf as new president. Here is a summary of what has been discussed:
• We will initiate a meeting with TUEM and the Staff Committee to start a task force to draft a policy for Aging ATCOs. There was a brainstorming meeting with management about a year ago on this, but nothing has been done since.
• The new INREP form is basically ready and should be available soon.
• We will push to continue the work on the “guidelines for cross-training” document, since this was stopped as well some months ago.
As announced via e-link and notice boards some time ago, EGATS will hold a Special General Meeting on May 16th 2013, at 14:00 lcl at the Maastricht UAC. The meeting will take place in D1.47 and will focus on a number of changes to the consitution, which had to be deferred by the Annual General Meeting as the required quorum was not met.
The agenda for the meeting can be found here.
Committee A (B. Romanik)
The 3rd day started with the budget proposal, an item that normally takes some time, but as the EVP Finance had lost his voice, he pushed it thru just under 3 minutes. The directors didn't ask any questions and everything was nodded through! Thereafter EGATS had the chance to present its two papers. The first one called "Budget Transparency"; the other one called "Job Satisfaction of Representatives".
Committee A (B. Romanik)
We continued working our way through the agenda with the workprogramme of CAC (Constitutional Committee). First papers discussed were regarding observers and clossed sessions at conferences. Only minor changes to the existing bylaws were proposed and accepted. Still EGATS had to point out a discrepancy that appears because of this changes and requested CAC to align the positions as part of next years working program. The first interesting item was the report given by the Secretary General of ITF about the liasion with IFATCA, why it is so important and the problems that ETF - the European branch - has with IFATCA. He spoke as well about the London meeting, where all disagreements were cleared at first, but the peace treaty did not last.
Panel Discussion (M. OTT)
The topic of this year's IFATCA panel was: Will controllers/pilots be needed in the future (for this discussion in the next 20 years)? Four interesting guests, all with very different background, presented their view about the question, which was further discussed by the representatives afterwards. The conclusion of the discussion was that none of the speakers expects full automation to take over in the mentioned timeframe. However partly automation will play an increasing role in the coming years. Appropriate training is as important as the development of these tools.
A more detailed report on the topic will be in our next Output magazine.
During the Annual General Meeting, the EGATS membership elected two new members to serve on the Executive Board. Viktor Koren and Adrian Stefan replaced Ive Van Weddingen and Jerry Smith. The composition of the new Executive Board, as well as the new functions can be found here.
Our AGM is planned for 25.03 at 20:00 in D3.13/14. We hope many of you will join! 3rd geographical area/cross training concept In the recent past there have been multiple different un-organized approaches to this. Currently EGATS and Staff committee is working on a paper together with management laying down clear guidelines and procedures for cross-training. The bad communication and organization have put cross-training in a bad light and by introducing clarity by this document we hope to create a more positive attitude towards cross training. Cross training can be beneficial for the center and have a positive push to the career of the individual ATCO, however it needs to be planned properly and communicated very clearly.