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1 octobre 2015 4 01 /10 /octobre /2015 12:50
European Air Transport Symposium unites experts in Vienna

 

Vienna - 01 October, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

From 1 to 2 October, the 2015 European Air Transport Symposium will take place in Vienna. Hosted by the Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sport and ran by the European Defence Agency (EDA), the symposium will bring together around 80 participants from the European Member States’ air transport community. The focus of the event is on improving operations and training from the operator’s perspective. The delegates will discuss several operational and training challenges with a single objective of tangibly improving European air transport interoperability.

 

“The 2015 Symposium is the sixth to be organised by EDA in support of the European Air Transport Fleet Programme and builds on the success of the other air transport training events we have ran over 2015 in France, Italy, Portugal and Spain.  My thanks go to the Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sport for hosting what I am sure will be another excellent event”, said Roland Van Reybroeck, EDA’s Director for Cooperation Planning and Support

Brigadier General Karl Gruber, Austria’s Air Chief, said, “It is a very honourable task for the Austrian Armed Forces to host the 2015 Symposium in our capital Vienna. In times of limited resources, but permanently growing mission challenges, cooperation will play a decisive role to maintain our operational freedom of action. One of the most important cooperation fields is military air transport, enabling us to project our forces and to sustain operations, even when civil transport and ATC systems are no longer available. The Symposium offers an excellent opportunity, to discuss our common challenges and concerns."
 
EDA continues to build strong links with the Europe’s air power experts across a range of capabilities. The air transport programme remains vibrant with plans to further expand a range of training opportunities over 2015 and to establish a European Air Transport Training Centre in Zaragoza Spain by the end of 2016.

 

Background

The European Air Transport Fleet project (EATF) is designed to improve airlift provision within the European Union. EATF provides a flexible and inclusive partnership for national and multinational military air transport fleets and organisations in Europe. It addresses the way different air transport assets are acquired, operated, supported, and managed to ensure this is done in the most efficient way possible. The long term vision of the EATF is to establish a robust network linking various European air transport entities aiming at the efficient employment of all present and future air transport capabilities made available by the participating Member States for military needs, regardless of type or origin. 

Deliverables of the EATF are among others yearly training events (European Air Transport Training) and life airlift courses (European Airlift Tactics Training Course) as well as the European Air Transport Symposium.

 

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15 septembre 2015 2 15 /09 /septembre /2015 12:50
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15 September 2015 Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support and Philip Dunne MP

 

The Royal Air Force’s transport fleet has reached a key milestone with the delivery of the latest Atlas aircraft to RAF Brize Norton.

 

The handover of the seventh A400M aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space means the £2.75 billion programme for 22 aircraft has achieved its In-Service Date (ISD), a declaration of the fleet’s capability to undertake extended world-wide tasks.

 

Four of the aircraft are now operating from Brize Norton while three others are being fitted with UK-specific systems required to operate in hostile environments, ahead of the next operational capability milestone which is due next year.

 

Defence Minister Philip Dunne said:

    This significant milestone marks an important achievement for all those who have been involved in the UK’s A400M Atlas programme, from the MOD and the RAF through to our industry partners.

    Those flying the aircraft are hugely impressed with its capability, and with a protected Defence budget and our investment of £160 billion in equipment, we look forward to growing the UK A400M Force over the coming months.

 

Since taking delivery of its first A400M Atlas in November, named ‘City of Bristol’, the aircraft has undertaken a range of training and operational sorties around the world to test its capability and to build up the first cadre of A400M aircrew.

 

RAF transport aircraft ready for worldwide operations

The aircraft, which will gradually replace the C130 Hercules, is capable of operating either at low or high-level altitudes and to deploy troops and/or equipment between and within theatres of operation, either by parachute or by landing on short, unprepared or semi-prepared strips.

 

The MOD’s Chief of Materiel (Air), Air Marshal Simon Bollom said:

    The achievement of the A400M In Service Date is a key milestone for the Royal Air Force and is testament to the outstanding work of the DE&S Project Team working closely with the RAF and industry. The fleet now has the core capabilities required to train the instructors and crews, and to undertake logistics missions.

    As the fleet continues to build, more advanced military capabilities will be introduced as planned over the coming months including aerial delivery of stores, parachuting and advanced self-protection capabilities.

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26 mars 2015 4 26 /03 /mars /2015 12:50
photo RAF - UK MoD

photo RAF - UK MoD

 

25 mars 2015 Aerobuzz.fr

 

Le 9 février 2014, un Airbus A330 « Voyager » de la Royal Air Force avait connu de brusques changements d’attitudes alors qu’il était en vol de croisière. L’appareil, qui rentrait d’Afghanistan avec 198 militaires à son bord, avait violemment piqué avant de retrouver une situation normale après une trentaine de secondes. 24 passagers et 7 membres d’équipage avaient été blessés pendant la manœuvre impromptue qui avait plaqué les passagers non attachés au plafond de la cabine. Le rapport publié hier par la Military Aviation Authority britannique confirme que l’incident a été provoqué par le commandant de bord qui avait déposé un appareil photo sur la console de gauche, entre l’accoudoir de son siège et le manche latéral. L’homme avait ensuite avancé son siège, bloquant l’appareil photo contre le manche lui même poussé en butée avant. L’avion avait alors perdu 4400 ft en 27 secondes, mais il était resté contrôlable et récupérable à l’issue de son piqué grâce à la protection automatique de l’enveloppe de vol souligne le rapport.

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24 mars 2015 2 24 /03 /mars /2015 12:35
C-130J  photo IAF

C-130J photo IAF

 

March 24, 2015 by Saurav Jha – Geek at large

 

Ever since the Ministry of Defence (MoD) issued its 2009 directive to prepare the military for a two front war, there has been a heightened sense of urgency in acquiring transport platforms that can move men and materiel over considerable distances at short notice. Prior to this, the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami had also brought to light the need to bring in longer ranged airborne platforms that can sustain humanitarian support across the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

 

Accordingly, the Indian Air force (IAF) is recapitalizing its entire transport fleet with a view to becoming more potent in out of area operations besides being able to support the Indian Army's (IA's) ever growing logistical requirements.

 

While in the short term, quick buys of American platforms through the foreign military sales (FMS) route such as Boeing's C-17 Globemaster III and Lockheed Martin's C-130Js have been effected, it is clear that the IAF's requirements need to be actually used to spur the progressive indigenization of its transport aircraft pool. Moreover the IAF's transport aircraft needs could well be used to seed a second domestic original equipment maker (OEM) besides HAL from within India's private sector.

 

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16 mars 2015 1 16 /03 /mars /2015 16:50
photo Armée de l'Air

photo Armée de l'Air

 

 

16/03/2015 Armée de l'air

 

Jeudi 12 mars 2015, la promotion 2014 de l’École militaire de l’air de Salon-de-Provence a visité l’European Air Transport Command (EATC - commandement du transport aérien européen) à Eindhoven (Pays-Bas).

 

Après avoir été accueillis par le colonel Jim Kolm, représentant national français au sein de cette structure internationale, les aspirants de l’École militaire de l’air ont visité le quart opérationnel de l’EATC (Mission Controlling). Une table ronde leur a ensuite permis d’échanger sur la dimension internationale d’une carrière d’officier dans l’armée de l’air. Ils ont pu discuter avec du personnel de l’EATC au sujet de la planification et de la conduite des missions de transport aérien dans un contexte international. Ce fut ainsi l’occasion de les sensibiliser aux objectifs et contraintes opérationnelles des missions menées conjointement, ainsi qu’aux importantes avancées en terme d’interopérabilité dans le transport aérien (logistique, entraînements, dimension aéromédicale, etc.), l’aérolargage et le ravitaillement en vol.

 

Au cours de cette journée, les élèves ont également visité le Movement Coordination Centre Europe (MCCE), organisation voisine et complémentaire de l'EATC, en charge de la coordination de missions de transport air, terre ou mer.

 

photo Armée de l'Airphoto Armée de l'Air

photo Armée de l'Air

L’EATC en bref

 

Inauguré le 1er septembre 2010, l’EATC est un commandement multinational dont le projet est né en décembre 1999 d’une volonté franco-allemande de mutualiser les moyens des pays membres dans le domaine du transport aérien militaire. Composé de la France, l’Allemagne, la Belgique, les Pays-Bas, le Luxembourg, l’Espagne et récemment de l’Italie, il est en charge du contrôle opérationnel des appareils de transport aérien militaire des sept pays membres et de l’harmonisation des procédures. A ce jour, la flotte EATC regroupe une grande variété d’avions tactiques et stratégiques, pour un total de 189 aéronefs. Une fois le contrôle opérationnel des aéronefs italiens totalement transféré, l’EATC représentera 75% de la capacité européenne de transport aérien.

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13 mars 2015 5 13 /03 /mars /2015 08:45
Boeing C-17 Globemaster III photo defensie-nl

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III photo defensie-nl

 

07-03-2015 Defensie.NL

 

International cooperation in the area of heavy airlift has taken on a new dimension. Today, a C-17 transport aircraft bound for Mali took off from Eindhoven carrying supplies for the Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Dutch and Swedish contingents, the first flight of its kind. Eindhoven Air Base is to serve as the collecting and departure point for these flights in the coming months.

 

"This is exactly how international cooperation is supposed to work", said General Tom Middendorp, Netherlands Chief of Defence.

 

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III's load consisted of personal equipment of military personnel, spare parts for vehicles and helicopters, and food supplies.

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12 mars 2015 4 12 /03 /mars /2015 17:50
photo Armée de l'Air (2013)

photo Armée de l'Air (2013)

 

12/03/2015 Par Mathilde Golla – LeFigaro.fr

 

De plus en plus d'avions militaires russes pénètrent dans l'espace aérien européen. Problème: pour éviter d'être repérés, ces appareils éteignent leurs transpondeurs, le dispositif qui permet à un avion de se signaler auprès des autres appareils et auprès du contrôle aérien. Ces avions fantômes encourent ainsi le risque d'entrer en collision avec d'autres appareils qui ne peuvent les détecter. Plusieurs catastrophes aériennes ont déjà été évitées rapporte Bloomberg.

 

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11 mars 2015 3 11 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
Transfer of Authority successful


9 March - by EATC

 

Since July last 2014, Spain is member of the EATC - although its fleet operated yet on national assets. This has now changed, because since 09 March 2015 the sixth EATC nations transferred 25 Air Transport assets via Transfer of Authority (ToA) to EATC OPCON (Operational Control).


The first Spanish aircraft to fly on EATC OPCON was a Lockheed C-130H “Hercules” from Air Transport Wing 31, stationed in Zaragoza. It departed this morning from Torrejon Airbase (near Madrid) via Algeria to Libreville.

 

The consequences of the Spanish ToA

The accession of Spain comprises a bigger fleet for the EATC nations and more types of aircraft. This entails more Air Transport Requests and therefore more cross-national possibilities. Besides this, Spain’s geographical situation and its regular routes provide interesting synergy opportunities to make the EATC’s Pooling and Sharing initiative more effective. In numbers this means 25 additional aircraft for EATC use, three extra Airbases and 30 EATC positions to be filled by Spain within EATC.

In total, the EATC assigned air fleet now consists of 189 aircraft.


By the use of the below links, find some overview of the newly assigned Spanish aircraft types as well as their Airbase locations.

 

New EATC assigned Spanish aircraft:
-    Lockheed C-130H and KC-130H  
-    CASA C-295             

-    Boeing B707/KC707  

 

Spanish Airbases

- Air Transport Wing 35, Getafe

- Air Transport Wing 31, Zaragoza

- Air Mixed Group 47, Torrejon   

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6 mars 2015 5 06 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
Think Multinational – Train Together

 

12 February - LTC Ballinger- EATC

 

This week around 80 subject matter experts from the 11 nations participating in EATT 15 met at the EATC in Eindhoven to define the training objectives for the largest Air Transport exercise in Europe.

 

From 14 - 26 June 2015, the Air Transport community will meet in Beja (Portugal) to run its yearly European Air Transport Training.

 

Based on the training requirements and training objectives fixed by the participants, the experts from the EATC will build an exercise scenario including Intel, Air- and Ground threats, Aeromedical Evacuation, Personnel- and Material drop as well as Combined Air Terminal Operations.

 

The training will start with academics and basic Familiarization Flights but will rapidly evolve to more complex Multiship Missions and Combined Air Operations (COMAO).

 

Participation:

 

In total, aircraft and crews from 12 countries will take part in the training.

Participating nations are:

    Belgium (1x C-130H)

    Germany (1x C-160D)

    Finland (1x C-295)

    France (1x C-130H, 1x CN-235)

    Italy (1x C-130J)

    Lituania (1x C-27J)

    the Netherlands (1x C-130H)

    Portugal (1x C-130H, 1x C-295)

    Romania (1x C-27J)

    Sweden (2x C-130H)

    the United Kingdom (1x C-130J)

 

Organization:

EATT is an EDA initiative under the umbrella of the EATF and supported by the Host Nation, by EATC, AATTC, EAG and JAPCC

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First aircrews graduate from European training course

 

Zaragoza - 02 October, 2014 European Defence Agency

 

After almost two weeks of intensive training, six crews coming from five different Member States have graduated from the first-ever edition of the European Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Course (EAATTC) which took place in Spain from 21 September to 3 October. In total, 29 students from Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands completed the course.


Over the course of the exercise, 56 sorties were flown accounting for about 100 flight hours, 31 drops were conducted as well as 92 tactical approaches and 15 landing on unprepared airstrips.

 

A combination of academic lessons and actual flights, this first edition of EAATTC was hosted by the Spanish air force on Zaragoza airbase. “Spain provided great support to the event”, Michele Rega, EDA Project Officer Fixed-Wing Aircraft and EAATTC14 exercise director, points out. “We were able to deliver high-level training to our first class of crews and this successful first edition paves the way towards future EAATTC events”, he adds. Three  additional courses, including single-ship, multiple-ship, and night vision goggles (NVG) training, are expected to take place in 2015 in Bulgaria, France, and Spain. 


Designed at the request of Member States to provide European air transport crews with an advanced academic and flying training syllabus, EAATTC was initiated by the European Defence Agency in close cooperation with the European Air Transport Command (EATC), which brought major support to the course in terms of human resources and expertise. 

The course is intended to become a European alternative to the American AATTC initiative, a rendezvous that has been attended for decades by airlift crews from the US and allied nations. However, European Member States are now seeking different ways to provide their crews with this much-needed training. EAATTC is the perfect answer to that ever-growing challenge, with European air forces now able to benefit from a high-level training closer to their home bases, thus saving the cost of a return trip across the Atlantic. 

 

Background

EAATTC is one of the tangible outputs of the wider European Air Transport Fleet (EATF) partnership launched in 2011 and now gathering 19 Member States plus Norway (AT, BE, BG, CZ, DE, EL, ES, FI, FR, IT, LT, LU, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SE and HU). A perfect example of pooling resources and sharing knowledge and expertise, this initiative aims to achieve a higher level of interoperability between airlift crews from different nations and to increase harmonisation of advanced tactical training. Other activities undertaken as part of EATF include the European Air Transport Training (EATT) series of events as well as the European Air Transport Symposium, both organised once a year by the European Defence Agency; the further development and management of the diplomatic clearances technical arrangement; and the development of a common maintenance and training project for operators of the C-27J Spartan transport aircraft.

 

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29 septembre 2014 1 29 /09 /septembre /2014 11:50
Photos Jürgen Braekevelt MIL.be

Photos Jürgen Braekevelt MIL.be

 

19.09.2014 by Virginie Flawinne – MIL.be

 

Le premier cours de transport aérien tactique à l’échelle européenne va enfin voir le jour. L’European Advanced Airlift Tactical Training Course (EAATTC) sera organisé à Saragosse, en Espagne, du 22 septembre au 3 octobre 2014. Créé par l’European Air Transport Command (EATC), le cours a été élaboré par des instructeurs belges, allemands, espagnols, français, italiens et néerlandais.

 

Avec ce nouveau cours, l’Europe dispose enfin de ressources pour former le personnel du transport aérien tactique selon les normes OTAN. Auparavant, ceux qui voulaient suivre une telle formation et valider leurs compétences devaient se rendre dans le Missouri (USA), où s’organise l’AATTC, référence mondiale victime de son succès. Loin d’entrer en concurrence avec ce dernier, l’organisation de ce cours permettra de former plus de personnel.

 

Un stage de (re)qualification du personnel de transport tactique avait été organisé par la Défense belge à Toulouse en avril-mai 2014. L’Airlift Block Training (ABT-14) avait en effet invité la France à participer aux entraînements des équipages C-130. Avec l’EAATTC, il s’agit du premier cours d’ampleur réellement multinationale en Europe. Sa concrétisation débouche sur une organisation et des syllabus musclés. Le but est d’améliorer l’interopérabilité et la faculté de survie du personnel d’avions de transport en environnement hostile. Au terme de ce stage, tous les participants sont censés acquérir (ou recouvrer) le statut combat-ready.

 

Il existait déjà un cours européen permettant aux différentes nations de s’entraîner ensemble : l’EATT (European Air Transport Training). L’EAATTC se veut être une version améliorée et plus ambitieuse, axée sur la tactique, qui s’organisera quatre fois par an, toujours à Saragosse. Sans porter atteinte à la population locale, ce cours permettra au transport aérien militaire européen d’évoluer vers une excellence opérationnelle.

Bientôt invincible le transport aérien en Europe ?
Bientôt invincible le transport aérien en Europe ?

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New EDA-designed air transport training course to launch next week

 

Brussels - 17 September, 2014 European Defence Agency

 

Eight aircraft, eight crews and more than 170 military personnel will gather next week in Zaragoza, Spain, for a true European first. From 21 September to 3 October, the European Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Course (EAATTC) will be joined by seven Member States and hosted by the Spanish Air Force.

 

Initiated by the European Defence Agency in close cooperation with the European Air Transport Command (EATC), this first-of-its-kind initiative is a perfect example of pooling and sharing. Its aim is to provide air transport crews with academic as well as flying training tactics and procedures through three main courses: single-ship, multiple-ships, and night-vision goggles (NVG). A dedicated tactics techniques and procedures manual will form the basis of this syllabus. The EATC is an important contributor to the EAATTC initiative, providing major support to the course in terms of human resources while also leading the cadre of instructors that will deliver the syllabus to the students.

This course was designed by the EDA as a European alternative to the American AATTC initiative, a rendezvous that has been attended for decades by airlift crews from the US and allied nations. However, European Member States are now seeking different ways to provide their crews with this much-needed training. EAATTC is the perfect answer to that rising challenge, with European air forces now able to benefit from a high-level training closer to their home bases, thus saving the cost of a return trip across the Atlantic. At the end of EAATTC 14, an initial class of students will be the very first to graduate from this European-led course.

 

Background

EAATTC is one of the tangible outputs of the wider European Air Transport Fleet (EATF) partnership, launched in 2011 and now gathering 19 Member States plus NO (AT, BE, BG, CZ, DE, EL, ES, FI, FR, IT, LT, LU, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SE and HU). The initiative aims to achieve a higher level of interoperability between airlift crews from different nations and to increase harmonisation of advanced tactical training. Other activities undertaken as part of EATF include the European Air Transport Training (EATT) series of events as well as the European Air Transport Symposium, both organised once a year by the European Defence Agency; the further development and management of the diplomatic clearances technical arrangement; and the development of a common maintenance and training project for operators of the C-27J Spartan transport aircraft.

 

List of EAATTC14 participating Member States

  • Belgium: 1 x C-130 Hercules
  • Czech Republic: 1 x C295
  • Germany: 1 x C160 Transall
  • Spain : 1 x C-130 Hercules, 1x C295
  • France: 1 x C160 Transall
  • Italy : 1 x C-27J Spartan
  • The Netherlands: 1 x C-130 Hercules
 

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The European Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Course takes shape

 

Friday 5 September  Pascal Ballinger/Norbert Thomas - EATC

 

New air transport training course created by EATC

 

Under the umbrella of EDA and with the strong cooperation of the Spanish Air Force, the subject matter experts from the EATC plan the ambitious objective to organize a European Advanced Airlift Tactical Training Course (EAATTC) - first multinational of its kind in Europe.
This European counterpart of the well-known AATTC - organized by the United States Air Force - will open for the first time this year at the Spanish Air Force Base in Zaragoza from 21 September to 03 October 2014.

 

Similar – but different: European and American approach

The European AATTC is however not to be seen as competitor to the US AATTC. Instead for European Air Forces, a course organized in Europe makes further slots available, because the US course is somehow a victim of its own success: and the European Air Forces have difficulties to get the slots they asked for in the past. Moreover, the deployment to the USAF Advanced Airlift Tactical Training (AATTC), which is organized on a regular basis by the 139th Airlift Wing at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base in Saint Joseph, Missouri, charged a lot of flying hours just by crossing the Atlantic (and back). From this perspective time had come to implement a European way. With regard to the EATT held in Zaragoza 2012 and 2013, this training spot in Spain has proven its suitability in many ways. An important advantage of this location leads to the fact, that there is enough air space over Spain to train effective – and to not harm citizens with aircraft noise.
As the US course was identified by the European participants as tailored to their needs, the European counterpart will stay in many ways identical or similar to the AATTC – a balanced compromise of American expertise and the European will to keep up interoperable standards for all EAATTC participating nations.

 

EATC mindset

The European syllabus has been developed by the EATC - but Participating Nations will validate their students actions during the course in September. One of the main objectives of EAATTC is to provide a robust airlift tactics training syllabus to allow aircrews to increase interoperability as well as survival in non-permissive environments.
The first week of the new course will start with some tactical awareness academics spread over four  half days. Moreover some basic sorties shall be flown during that first week.
During the second week, the complexity of the mission will augment, including low level flights, threat reaction and max effort landings.
A total of 9 flights are planned – flight Nr. 8 is a final check with flight Nr. 9 as graduation flight itself.
At the end of the course, crews will be awarded a graduation certificate, based on a number of flights and events fulfilled.
As described above, participating crews (pilots) are enabled to reach a “combat ready” - comparable status. This already shows, that EAATTC is in fact a different course with regard to EATT, where already experienced crews fly with each other.

 

From EATT to EAATTC

A few years ago, the European Air Forces mainly met during large fighter exercises or during training courses in the United States. There were only few national alternatives - and even less European.
With the organization of the first European Air Transport Training (EATT) from 4 till 15 June 2012 in Zaragoza (Spain) this has slightly changed: by pooling resources from different nations (BE, CZ, DE, ES, FR and NL), a contributing framework of different institutions  (EAG, EATC, EDA, JAPCC), but also with the contents from the US (AATTC), as a kind of mentor in aviation and air transport competence. During the first EATT seven aircraft from six nations flew day and night missions to (re)qualify crews in a variety of disciplines. Training objectives were achieved for crews as well as for Intelligence- (multinational Intel Cell) and Maintenance (multinational cross servicing team) participants.

 

A new challenge – and a new chance

The new course is a cooperation within EATCs Functional Division: Its Employment Branch and its  TREX-Branch (Training and Exercises) laid together all their ideas, knowledge and experience to  implement a course, that shall be offered several times per year – and therefore is planned to remain in Spain.
After its first “validation course” in 2014, three courses EAATTC per year are planned during the building-up phase 2015 to 2018. Full operational capability (FOC) of EAATTC is foreseen for 2019.
And after FOC, four courses per year - involving six aircrafts per course - are foreseen to take place at Zaragoza Air Base.
With this achieved, EATC has successfully implemented three major training events in Europe – for Europe. The important stepping stones as of EATT, EART and now EAATTC will allow European military AT to act more effective in the future – with a true European mindset and own competence due to the new trained skills.  

 

 

Pictures: Pascal Ballinger
Pictures: Pascal Ballinger
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Pictures: Pascal Ballinger

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photo du 4e A400M - Armée de l'Air

photo du 4e A400M - Armée de l'Air

 

09/09/2014 direction générale de l’armement (DGA)

 

La direction générale de l’armement (DGA) a réceptionné un cinquième exemplaire de l’avion de transport militaire A400M Atlas le 8 septembre 2014. L’appareil, destiné à l’armée de l’air, porte le numéro de série MSN12. Il rejoindra la base aérienne d’Orléans-Bricy.

 

Avion de transport militaire tactique doté d’une allonge stratégique et à la pointe de la technologie, l’A400M, produit par Airbus Defence and Space, est sans équivalent sur le marché mondial. Equipé de quatre turbopropulseurs, il est conçu pour transporter jusqu’à 37 tonnes de matériel et réaliser l’ensemble des missions liées au transport, notamment les liaisons inter et intra-théâtre, les poser d’assaut sur terrains sommaires, l’aérolargage de personnel et de matériel y compris à très grande hauteur, le ravitaillement en vol ou les évacuations sanitaires.

 

Il s’agit du sixième avion de série livré sur les 170 commandés par les sept pays partenaires du programme : l’Allemagne, la Belgique, l’Espagne, la France, le Luxembourg, le Royaume-Uni, et la Turquie. Quatre ont déjà été livrés à la France, ainsi qu’un à la Turquie.

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EATT - European Air Transport Training - Teil 2


28 août 2014 Quelle: Redaktion der Bundeswehr 08/2014 14E19902

 

Großes Finale beim European Air Transport Training (EATT) in Bulgarien. Zum Abschluss der zweiwöchigen größten europäischen Lufttransportübung fliegen zehn Flugzeuge aus zehn Nationen im Formationsflug eine Combined Air Operation. Bestandteile der Mission sind unter anderem Tiefflug im Gebirge, das Abwerfen von Lasten sowie der Transport von Verwundeten.
 

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Arrivée du 4ème A400M français à Orléans en images


28/08/2014 Armée de l'Air

 

Mercredi 20 août 2014, le 4ème exemplaire de l’A400M français s’est posé sur la base aérienne 123 d’Orléans-Bricy. Découverte en images du MSN11.

 

Il s’agit du cinquième avion de série livré sur les 170 commandés par les sept pays partenaires du programme : l’Allemagne, la Belgique, l’Espagne, la France, le Luxembourg, le Royaume-Uni, et la Turquie. Deux ont déjà été livrés à la France en 2013, le premier avion turc a été livré en avril dernier et le troisième avion français le 25 juillet.

L’avion de transport militaire tactique doté d’une allonge stratégique et à la pointe de la technologie, l’A400M, produit par Airbus Defence and Space, est sans équivalent sur le marché mondial. Équipé de quatre turbopropulseurs, il est conçu pour transporter jusqu’à 37 tonnes de matériel et réaliser l’ensemble des missions liées au transport, notamment les liaisons inter et intra-théâtre, les poser d’assaut sur terrains sommaires, l’aérolargage de personnel et de matériel y compris à très grande hauteur, le ravitaillement en vol ou les évacuations sanitaires.

Arrivée du 4ème A400M français à Orléans en images
 

Pour en savoir plus sur l'A400M Atlas, consultez notre webdocumentaire ainsi qu'un dossier web complet dédié au nouvel avion de transport de l'armée de l'air.

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Première transatlantique-nord pour l’A400M

 

13/08/2014 Armée de l'air

 

C’est une expérimentation de plus à mettre à l’actif de l’A400M «Atlas», le nouvel avion de transport tactique de l’armée de l’air!

 

Samedi 9 août 2014, l’A400M «MSN 08» a rejoint Washington (États-Unis) en près de 7h30 de vol, une prouesse réalisée notamment grâce aux performances remarquables de ses quatre turbopropulseurs TP400.

 

Évoluant à la vitesse de Mach 0.68 et au niveau de vol 350 (10 km d’altitude), l’Atlas a pour la première fois emprunté les fameuses North Atlantic Tracks (NAT), voies aériennes utilisées par la plupart des avions de ligne assurant des vols transatlantiques vers les côtes nord-américaines.

 

Au cours de cette mission réalisée  au profit de l'European Air Transport Command (EATC - commandement du transport aérien européen), l’équipage français a quitté la base aérienne 123 d’Orléans pour Cologne (Allemagne), où il a chargé du fret à destination de Washington, via une courte escale à Shannon (Irlande). L’Atlas s’est ensuite rendu au Canada, sur les aéroports de Calgary et de Québec, avant de rejoindre Bruxelles (Belgique) d’une seule traite, pour finalement regagner sa base de stationnement à Orléans.

 

La première traversée de l’Atlantique par l’A400M remonte au mois de mars dernier. L’avion de transport s’était alors rendu en Guyane et en Martinique.

 

Arrivé dans les forces à l’été 2013, l’A400M Atlas est un avion de transport militaire tactique disposant d'une capacité d'allonge stratégique. Unité du centre d’expériences aériennes militaires (CEAM) stationnée sur la base aérienne 123 d’Orléans, la Multinational Entry Into Service Team (MEST) est responsable de l’expérimentation de l’appareil et de la formation des embryons des premières unités A400M, dont notamment l’escadron de transport 1/61 «Touraine».

Première transatlantique-nord pour l’A400M

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A400M at Washington

A400M at Washington

 

Tuesday 12 August - Norbert Thomas  News & Press updates

 

Although the German Air Force will receive the first own A400M "Atlas" planned in November 2014 - and Belgium in 2018 - both nations can already use the services of the new European transport aircraft: On 09 August 2014, the A400M flew for the first time German part load out of Cologne military airport towards Washington Dulles airport. MSN008 (military 0008/F-RBAB) returned today from the Canada with first Belgian and additional French partload on board - having since then crossed some international borders…

Crossing new borders


The original mission - led by two French crews on board - was to carry out French aircraft equipment out of Orléans, where all three EATC assigned (and French) A400M are actually stationed. When also air transport requests from Belgium and Germany found their way to the EATC, it turned out, that all three nations could be serviced with one combined mission. This mission was consequently designed in a way that the aircraft was first to land in Cologne-Wahn. The aircraft then turned over to Shannon (Ireland) for a fuel stop. Crossing the Atlantic the Atlas entered Washington Dulles Airport in the late evening, where the aircraft lifted its cargo bay – the German partload was addressed to the German detachment at Holloman Air Force Base (New Mexico). The planned flight path sent the aircraft further to Calgary (Alberta, Western Canada), where it took up the Belgian as well as additional French partload. After a planned fuel stop at Quebeck City (Quebeck, Eastern Canada), the aircraft again headed over the Atlantic towards Brussels military airport at Melsbroek, where MSN008 arrived at 10.15 local. Finally reaching its home base, the “Atlas” had covered a total distance of more than 10.000 nautical miles, nearly 20.000 kilometers.

 

Mission overview


Always in the starting blocks


Watching this remarkable aircraft diving through the skies is also due to many EATC impulses within its Functional Division, where aircraft specialists of the EATC Participating Nations created successfully a number of concepts to accelerate the aircrafts introduction into the national Air Forces.  
 “We have made our homework yet”, remarks EATC Commander, Major General Christian Badia, as EATC provides guidance and know-how, e.g. by enhancing many interoperability measures around the new aircraft - thus decreasing later expensive harmonization procedures. “When in a few months the first German A400M touches the ground of Air Transport Wing 62 in Hannover-Wunstorf, the German Air Force can rely on us when it comes to functional and operational issues on this very modern aircraft. By the way, this first complex A400M mission with international payload indicates, that EATC gathers all the momentum, taking action and care to make the A400M introduction a success – in functional as well as in operational matters. And it (EATC) has to, because in less than one decade we run a hundred of this remarkable aircraft.”   

Find more about the A400M evolution here


 

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A400M Atlas MSN015 photo Neil Bryden

A400M Atlas MSN015 photo Neil Bryden

 

7 August - Rebecca Jepps - EATC

 

The RAF’s first Atlas, MSN015 is currently on the Final Assembly Line (FAL) and is very shortly due to make its first flight. It will then be painted with the RAF markings and roundels and is scheduled to be delivered to its new home at RAF Brize Norton in autumn this year. All pilots destined to fly "Atlas" will be initially trained and awarded their coveted RAF ‘wings’ by 45(R) Sqn, part of No 3 Flying Training School. The A400M will replace British C-130K Hercules and will provide an enhanced tactical and strategic capability to the RAF’s Air Mobility Fleet. Capable of carrying a 25-tonne payload over 2,000 nautical miles with the ability to land on short, unprepared landing strips, the aircraft will be used at the point of need in peace, crisis or conflict.

The RAF plans to introduce 22 A400M aircraft. The first aircraft introduction is scheduled for autumn this year.

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German A400 introduction takes shape

 

6 August -  EATC-   News & Press updates

 

The wings came from the United Kindom, fin and hull from Germany - and the cockpit was manufactured in France. Brought to Seville in Spain, where all aircraft parts are fixed together to one unit and where this video has been recorded: The first German A400M on the assembly line.

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From Havana to Termez - the German Airbus A310 Pax


16 July - EATC

 

The most used troop transporter in EATC service

 

A remarkable aircraft with a remarkable story: the Airbus A310 Pax, based at German Special Air MIssion Wing MoD (Cologne-Wahn), can state to be EATCs most used troop transporter. While the aircraft has reached nearly 25 years of military service and seen nearly every military spot on this planet, an end of its military service is still not in sight.

Starting as civil airliner within the German Democratic Republic's state airline "Interflug", the aircraft became state of the art in 1989, as it carried first passengers - nonstop - to Havana/Cuba or to other remote places in far East Asia.

But the German reunification changed everything... leaving every other GDR aircraft dismantled behind, while the Airbus A310 Pax improved its strategic missions inside the German Air Force until today.

Read the extraordinary story of the last flying GDR passenger aircraft - now and in future operating under EATC operational control - here at our aircraft chapter.

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La Grande-Bretagne a largué de l'aide humanitaire dans le nord de l'Irak

 

10 août 2014 Romandie.com (AFP)

 

Londres - La Grande-Bretagne a commencé à larguer de l'aide humanitaire aux populations menacées par l'avancée des jihadistes de l'Etat islamique dans le nord de l'Irak dimanche, a déclaré un porte-parole du ministère britannique du développement international à l'AFP.

 

Parti du Royaume-Uni samedi soir, le premier des deux avions envoyés par l'armée britannique a parachuté de la nourriture et de l'eau à la minorité Yazidi bloquée dans les montagnes de Sinjar, le deuxième devant intervenir plus tard, a précisé la même source.

 

Un porte-parole du ministère britannique de la Défense a confirmé que le parachutage avait eu lieu durant la nuit de samedi à dimanche en Irak.

 

Les deux Hercules C130 sont partis de la base de la Royal Air Force à Brize Norton, au centre de l'Angleterre, avec à bord des vivres mais aussi des tentes, des filtres à eau et des lampes marchant à l'énergie solaire et pouvant également servir à recharger des téléphones portables.

 

On peut s'attendre à des opérations de parachutage en continu, coordonnées avec les Etats-Unis et potentiellement d'autres pays, avait souligné samedi le chef de la diplomatie britannique, Philipp Hammond, après avoir présidé une réunion de crise du gouvernement.

 

Mais nous regardons également de manière plus générale comment aider ces populations à descendre de la montagne et sortir d'une situation qui est totalement inacceptable, avait-il ajouté.

 

L'envoi des deux avions fait partie d'un plan d'aide de 8 millions de livres (10 millions d'euros) débloqué par le gouvernement britannique pour le nord de l'Irak.

 

Les Etats-Unis ont largué dimanche de nouvelles cargaisons de vivres -- l'équivalent de 52.000 repas -- et des conteneurs d'eau après avoir déjà mené des opérations similaires jeudi et vendredi.

 

La France a, elle, évoqué samedi soir des livraisons dans les prochaines heures d'équipements de premiers secours.

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Appel aux anciens de l’escadron de transport 1/61 « Touraine »

 

08/08/2014 Armée de l'air

 

Stationné sur la base aérienne 123 d’Orléans Bricy, l’escadron de transport 1/61 «Touraine» a été mis en sommeil durant l'été 2012. Il sera réactivé ce 1er septembre 2014 pour assurer la mise en œuvre du nouvel avion de transport A400M «Atlas».  

 

Pour fêter l’arrivée de l’A400M et le « réveil » de l’unité, tous les anciens du «Touraine» sont conviés à un grand repas (payant) vendredi 19 septembre au  Château de la Chesnaye, à Loury (Loiret).

 

Appel aux anciens de l’escadron de transport 1/61 « Touraine »

 

L’association amicale et la cellule cohésion de l'escadron prient les anciens qui n'auraient pas déjà été contactés de se rapprocher des organisateurs : 

 

Adresse : Touraine Squadron Club

Escadron de Transport 1/61 «Touraine»

Base aérienne 123

BP30130

45143 Saint Jean de la Ruelle Cedex

 

Courrier électronique :  touraine.squadron@gmail.com

Page Facebook : Touraine squadron club

Date limite de réponse : 17 septembre 2014

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A400M - Teil 1: Die Fertigung

 

1 août 2014 Bundeswehr

 

 

Im spanischen Sevilla befindet sich zur Zeit der erste deutsche Airbus A400M in der Endmontage. Das hochmoderne Transportflugzeug wird die Transall ablösen. Mit mehr Leistung, mehr Zuladung und größerer Reichweite wird der A400M der Luftwaffe sowohl beim taktischen als auch beim strategischen Lufttransport wesentlich mehr Möglichkeiten bieten.

Quelle: Redaktion der Bundeswehr 08/2014 14E16503

Musik: Pick it up (Wally Gagel)

 

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EFIS Air et Pegase Airdrop donnent des ailes à Serval à partir de Gao

 

11.07.2014 par Philippe Chapleau - Lignes de Défense


La société Pegase Airdrop, créée en 2013 par un ancien officier du 1er RTP (cliquer ici pour lire mon post de mars dernier) et l'affréteur EFIS Air viennent d'être retenus par l'armée française pour effectuer des missions de transport aérien entre Gao et les Tombouctou d'une part, Kidal et Tessalit d'autre part.

J'avais dans un post du 28 juin fait part de cet appel d'offres (cliquer ici pour lire mon post).

Pegase est associé à EFIS Air (groupe ECS) qui va positionner à Gao un Antonov-26 immatriculé en Géorgie, "pour le transport de personnel et de fret sur le territoire malien, sur une période de deux mois reconductible deux fois deux mois, selon une disponibilité de sept jours sur sept, pour les besoins urgents du ministère de la défense."

Les opérations devraient commencer dès la semaine prochaine.

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