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FAA NextGen: the trailer!

The USA - FAA equivalent of SESAR is NextGen. The FAA have made a promo video about what they hope to achieve over the next 10 years.

 

N-FDPS = tomtom

For those of you struggling to understand the New Flightplan Processing System in Maastricht, perhaps the following interview can be of help. The following link will take you to the Flemish Radio 1 site, where Fred Könnemann enlightens the listeners on NFDPS inauguration-day what this new system really is and does...

Click here for the story and click on the link under 'Audio'. It's in dutch but if demand is high enough, we might just put an english translation up. Let us know via our 'Contact' page.

Airlines 'lost' 1 million bags in 2007

According to the Air Transport Users Council (AUC) report, airlines around the world 'mishandled' 42 million bags in 2007 and completely lost more than a million of them. Still according to the report, the problem was the worst it had been in recent years.

The policies of some airlines are highlighted in the report, clearly showing the red tape passengers have to deal with to try and get compensation for a delayed or lost bag.

Read the full story on the BBC website.

EGATS 2009 Annual General Meeting

UPDATE: here's the booklet with the agenda, reports and minutes of the last AGM. Proxy forms can be found on the last page of the pdf file or as a word document here.

The 2009 Annual General Meeting of EGATS, will be held in the Maastricht UAC Canteen on Tuesday 31st of March. The meeting kicks off at 19.30h.

Nightshift = bad for you

The latest findings on the impact on night shifts (the duty, not the 1984 album by the Commodores) on people's metabolism, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. It shows a clear link between work-sleep cycles, metabolic disregulation and disease.

People who participated in the test produced less leptin, a hormone that signals a body to stop eating by triggering feelings of satiety. Blood glucose and insulin levels rose, both of which are linked to diabetes. Levels of the stress hormone cortisol also shot up, as did the blood pressure of the test subjects. 

Even a brief misalignment caused quite impressive changes, the research shows.

You can read more on the study here.

OUTPUT, winter 2008

You can find a pdf version of the latest OUTPUT magazine here. Subjects in this issue include: Waiting for the DREAMFLIGHT, CBAS, Red Bull Air Race Rotterdam 2008, Ilia’s Charity and EBBL Visit.

OPS Breakfast

With the introduction of the new ops roster from 01/10 it was clear that it would be very difficult to continue with the provision of breakfast in the same way it was done in the past. Although the roster is still called "Team Based" it has become impossible for the responsible persons in the different teams to figure out when they were supposed to arrange breakfast and who they should approach for that.

So the time had come for the board to decide if we would continue with the provision of the breakfast. We all agreed at the latest meeting to do so, but to change the procedure completely.

Executive Board Meeting November 2008

Our last board meeting was held on 8th November and we discussed the following items:

Results from survey
We received 60 votes, which means only 13% of the membership replied. We discussed the suggestions made for a re-organization of EGATS and hope for more input from the membership. Frederic proposed to organize a forum/meeting between pilots and controllers in order to make EGATS more interesting again. The board decided to collect more ideas, think about the suggestions and discuss them in our future meetings again.

IFATCA Conference Newcommer Ballot

As some of you will remember EGATS used to give the opportunity for a member to join the official EGATS delegation at the IFATCA annual conference. Last year we didn’t organise the ballot, as there were too many practical difficulties, but this year we are bringing it back!

The 48th IFATCA Annual Conference will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia from 20th to 24th April 2009. Participating in this conference will give you the chance to attend interesting meetings regarding our profession, with professional and technical committees set up to discuss the main issues and the way forward.

International Day of the Air Traffic Controller - 20 OCTOBER 2008

Air traffic control has developed from the humblest beginnings into a highly sophisticated and technology dependent occupation. And even as we are on the cusp of an even more dramatic leap of new technologies, many people remain unaware of just what an air traffic controller does and few comprehend just what is involved in keeping aircraft safely apart, but close enough so that they get to their destinations as efficiently as possible.