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10 juin 2013 1 10 /06 /juin /2013 12:50
EATT13: Second European Air Transport Training Started
Zaragoza | Jun 10, 2013 European Defence Agency

350 aircrew and ground personnel and thirteen transport aircraft from eight countries arrived yesterday in Zaragoza, Spain for the second European Air Transport Training (EATT13). The two week flying event (9-21 June 2013), which is coordinated by the European Defence Agency in close cooperation with the European Air Transport Command and hosted by Spain, allows crews to train different tactical airlift missions in an international environment. 


The aim is to increase interoperability in the air transport area. Participating Member States are Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, UK and the US participate in the event as observers. 


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7 juin 2013 5 07 /06 /juin /2013 15:55
EATT13: Interview with Lieutenant Colonel Jose Almodovar
Brussels | Jun 07, 2013 European Defence Agency

Lieutenant Colonel Jose Almodovar from the Spanish Air Mobility Command is the Exercise Director of the second European Air Transport Training (EATT13) in Zaragoza, Spain. The flying event which will last from 9 to 21 June will unite 350 personnel from eight countries. 


1. What is your role in EATT13?

I have been designated by the Spanish Air Mobility Command, where I work as the Deputy Chief in the Air Transport Section, as the Exercise Director (EXDIR) for the European Air Transport Training 2013 (EATT13). My role as EXDIR, once the designing and planning phases were concluded, is to control and command the different cells involved in the EATT13 organisation. 

2. What is the importance of the EATT13 for European Air Transport?

Managing military budgets is quite difficult and complex for all European countries; joint operations are more common. Consequently, European projects and initiatives in this area must be focused on carrying out multinational air transport training programmes with Pooling & Sharing as a priority, followed by the standardisation of procedures, tactics, techniques, and cross-servicing activities.
We can affirm that EATT13 is a clear example of this kind of initiative; the motto is “Training together to operate together” with the aim to increase interoperability of European aircrews and fleets based on common procedures. The objective is to create a European Advanced Air Tactical Transport Course (EAATTC) similar to the American one, and following the philosophy of the Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP). 

3. How is this project supported by Spain?

Spain is the Host Nation (HN) and the Spanish Air Force is in charge of leading the activities, the planning process and the coordination of the air transport aircraft from eight different nations, with the main support of the European Air Transport Command (EATC), the European Air Group (EAG), the Joint Air Power Competence Center (JAPCC) and, the most important support, the air transport units participants and their Senior National Representatives (SNRs).

4. What are the keys to EATT13's success?

First of all, the multinational team has already been working very hard for more than one and a half years to design, plan and execute this multinational training programme; secondly, the great support of Spain, as Host Nation, of the Spanish Air Force, as host air force and of the Zaragoza Air Base, as a multiplication factor to achieve EATT13’s goals; and finally, the flexibility of the event, which allows that air missions are planned to achieve the tactical training requirements of all participating crews. 


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6 mai 2013 1 06 /05 /mai /2013 11:50
European Air Transport Training 2013 (EATT13) : Final Preparations


Brussels | May 03, 2013 European Defence Agency


The European Air Transport Training 2013 (EATT13) is a EDA flying event that allows the transport aircraft community to train together in an international environment. Organised for the second time this year in close cooperation with the European Air Transport Command and hosted by Spain, 350 participants from eight nations with twelve aircraft will gather in Zaragoza from 9 to 21 June 2013. Laurent Donnet, EDA Assistant Capability Manager Manœuvre and Deputy Exercise Director explains the aim of the flying event and how the preparations are progressing.


1) Laurent, what is the aim of the European Air Transport Training?


The allied fighter community has been extensively flying multinational training programmes for the last decades, with the Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP) and the Flag exercises being examples. Although some transport aircraft are embedded in those events, they are primarily fighter centric. Airlift training to date is very much a national responsibility while operating together becomes the rule. Therefore the aim of these EATT events is to have a dedicated framework for European air transport operators to increase the opportunity to train together but also to harmonise the training itself and exchange best practices amongst the different air forces, and this in the areas of training but also operations.

The advantage of EATT is that the training is tailored to the participant’s requests. No disciplines or events are imposed to the crews and the entire flying programme is scheduled in such a way that each participating crew will get the specific training it needs. This flexibility makes EATT probably so attractive.


2) This is the second time, the flying event is organised. What is different from last year?


The amount of participants and the number of sorties that will be flown! The location is the same (Zaragoza AB, Spain) and so is the organising structure, but where last year we had six nations and eight aircraft participating, we have eight nations and twelve aircraft this year. Last year we had fourteen sorties a day, this year twenty-two. In a way we are a victim of our success. Looking at the detachment size it goes from 250 to 350 people. In order to cope with this massive increase in numbers we will organise two events as from next year. One will again be in Spain, the other one in Bulgaria.


3) Around six weeks before the event starts. What are the last preparations? What do you focus on now?


The focus is now on fine-tuning the entire EATT flow and ensure the crews will get the training they requested. Therefore the focus is on the flying schedule and the support that is needed around it to make it happen. This being said, the core planning team of EATT is structured in such a way that different panels (Ops, Intelligence, maintenance, media & communication, etc.) take care of specific issues and hence focusses on their area. There are so many things to take care of six weeks before such an event that all people involved are pretty busy with it. Since we don’t have any permanent structure to manage EATT, we’re using the goodwill of a lot of experts in different organisations and structures like the EATC, EAG and JAPCC but also from the national staffs and units. Last but not least, since as you mentioned this is the second edition of EATT we have a supplementary thing to take care of and that is the pressure on our shoulders to deliver an event at least as good as last year’s. This is definitely a big challenge to take.

European Air Transport Training 2013 (EATT13) : Final Preparations
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