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14 septembre 2015 1 14 /09 /septembre /2015 16:50
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Thursday 10 September by EATC

The EATC celebrated its 5th anniversary with a multinational jump event on 9th September 2015.

On 9th September 2015 the EATC celebrated its 5th anniversary at Eindhoven Air Base. The program of the event included para jumps performed by representatives of EATC Participating Nations (PNs), as well as a Family Day bringing together the families of the EATC personnel.

A German CH-53 from helicopter squadron 64 (Hubschraubergeschwader 64) in Laupheim, Germany, came for the event with 16 professional paratroopers. This helicopter is able to carry 36 passengers or around 24 equipped paratroopers. EATC personnel together with 8 paratroopers performed tandem jumps. One of the tandems was executed with EATC Commander MG Christian Badia. Other paratroopers were carrying the EATC flag and the national flags. In total 40 jumps were executed from an altitude of 4.000 and 3.000 meters.

By developing interoperability – through also cross-paratrooping, cross-national training, aircraft cross-servicing and maintenance – between its PNs, the EATC has managed to increase the overall effectiveness and efficiency of Air Transport missions conducted under its operational control (OPCON). For example, an average of 90.000 paratroopers are dropped each year by assets under EATC OPCON. Moreover, over the last five years the EATC has transported nearly 1.5 million people and 108.000 tons of cargo. Today, more passengers and cargo are transported with less aircraft and fewer flying hours.

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Foundation stone of EATC new building


Friday 11 September - by EATC


Dutch Air Chief laid the foundation stone for the new EATC building on 10th September 2015.

On the occasion of its steering-board meeting on 10th September 2015, the EATC is also celebrating the construction of its future permanent building at Eindhoven Air Base.

Dutch Air Chief General Schnitger and Mr Job Dura, CEO of construction company Dura Vermeer, laid the foundation stone of the new EATC building. Expected to be ready for use by Summer 2016, this building will host the seven Participating Nations of the EATC, thus a total of over 220 personnel from the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy and Spain.

With the construction of the new building NLD has fulfilled the Host Nation’s offer made in 2007 to accommodate the EATC in an infrastructure tailored to its needs. The success of the EATC will be reflected in this new building : it offers the space for the new Participating Nations, Spain and Italy, that joined EATC last year.  

Established in September 2010, the EATC is today at the finish of its 5th year and has successfully developed into the leading organization within Europe for military Air Transport, Air-to-Air Refuelling and Aeromedical Evacuation.

For an overview of the achievements but also the way ahead of the EATC, click on the here:

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4 juillet 2014 5 04 /07 /juillet /2014 16:50
Pictures: EATC PAO

Pictures: EATC PAO


3 July - Norbert Thomas - EATC


Successful steps of the European Air Transport Commands (EATC) have been done in the past: more will follow. The Change of Command ceremony today at Eindhoven Air Base featured the handover of EATC Command from French Major General Pascal Valentin to German Major General Christian Badia - taken place under the lead of the Dutch Air Force Commander, Lieutenant General Alexander Schnitger, Chairman of the Multinational Air Transport Committee (MATraC). 


A serial of changes

Before taking over the command, General Badia was Head of Division Strategic Defence Planning & Concepts at the German MoD. General Valentin instead will now focus on his new assignment, leading the NATO school in Rome.

General Valentin looks back on two busy years with a lot of challenges to cope with: The A400M introduction, reaching Final Operational Capability last year, achieving the accession of Luxembourg and Spain, which at last was finalized on the same day he left the EATC. Few days before he could promulgate the first A400M flying under EATC operational control.

The same date, but not in the limelight of the ceremony, also the Chief of Staff’s post is newly manned. German Brigadier General Jörg Lebert handed over to French Brigadier General Pascal Chiffoleau, former Commander of Air Mobility Brigade at Dijon AFB. Both positions either of Commander and Chief of Staff rotate as planned every two years between Germany and France.


New flag at EATC


More important decisions had been taken within the MATraC meeting in the morning, representing all EATC Participating Nations Air Chiefs: The lead of this highest circle in European military AT- matters went over from Belgian Lieutenant General Claude Van der Voorde to Dutch Lieutenant General Alexander Schnitger. For the next two years it is now his turn to monitor EATCs steps to reshape and improve the military AT-world within Europe. Although the Dutch Air Chief had a good start… facing only few hours before the accession of Spain to the EATC.


A rising giant

With the additional aircraft of Spain, intended to transfer authority latest by the end of the year, EATC will conduct more than 180 aircraft, operating from bases between the Baltic Sea and Gibraltar. But although this “rising giant called EATC” is a successfull lighthouse project in Pooling and Sharing, the new Commander knows, that nothing comes for free, facing e.g. the implementation of two Air Forces AT-fleets (Spain and upcoming Italy) into EATC structures: “With resources decreasing, demands rising, aging fleets and delays in the fielding of our new A400M we have to find better - and for sure sometimes new - ways in order to fulfil our commitments. All that counts at the end of the day is the added value that EATC can provide for each Participating Nation.”


Gallery EATC Change of Command Ceremony


EATC has a new Commander
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11 avril 2014 5 11 /04 /avril /2014 11:50
The soldiers of EART at their daily workstation


Date: 9 April 2014 EATC


It is the people who finally make this pioneering training a success. Have a look at their working place and share a few moments at Eindhoven Air Base with the multinational EART-team out of Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.


All pictures HERE



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6 avril 2014 7 06 /04 /avril /2014 13:50
Pictures of Air-to-Air Refuelling Training EART 2014


Sunday 6 April - EATC


EDA, EATC and the Eindhoven Air Base implemented and now conduct the first European Air-to-Air Refuelling Training, EART 2014.


Find first pics from the plattform, the Air Base as well as some airborn impressions. The gallery is to be found here.


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