The European Air Transport Fleet (EATF) partnership, signed by 19 participating Member States (pMS) and Norway, aims at developing concrete solutions to increase the efficiency of all (existing and future) air transport assets, made available by the participating Member States for military needs and optimisation of airlift organisations and structures, through far reaching coordination.
Credits: Belgium Army - DG Com
The European Air Transport Fleet Ad Hoc Working Group Tactical Aircraft (EATF AHWG TAT) decided among other things to organize on a yearly basis a European Air Transport (EAT) Symposium in order to identify common issues, problems encountered and lessons identified in recent operations and training missions. The objective is to exchange tactical user’s experience and discuss particular airlift issues. Harmonisation, standardization, interoperability and sharing of competence and best practices are high on the priorities list.
The 2010 symposium was organized by EDA and convened at its premises on 16 December, while the 2011 symposium was hosted by the European Air Transport Command (EATC) in Eindhoven, on 18-19 October. Both were highly appreciated by all the participants.
The EAT 2012 will be hosted by the Czech Republic, in Prague, on 24-25 October 2012. The aircrews and other experts will have the opportunity to exchange views and experiences on the following issues:
- Precision Radio (P-R) NAV.
- Liquid Oxygen (LOX) Transport.
- Disaster Relief/Humanitarian Operations.
- Precision Air Drop (PAD).
- Evacuation Ops (EW, RAVEN, SFO).
The EAT symposium is restricted to air transport aircrews of EU Member States and to representatives of EU Institutions and bodies.
Detailed programme and other administrative arrangements will be posted soon.