When a study starts, a desired end-state is defined. This end-state can take many forms - but reaching this does not always put an end to the work related to the subject. Especially if the result of a study is a regulation or standing procedure, the work of the EATC and the nations continues and is referred to as a recurrent task.
For standing procedures, this work can be regular reports to be provided to the nations. This kind of work can be easily planned as the workload - and due dates - are clearly identified. A good example is the yearly fleet review performed by the TechLog Branch of the Functional Division.
As for other procedures, the responsible branch needs to react in a prescribed way to requests or actions by the nations. TREX Branch handles participation offers or requests by one nation to another nation’s exercises in this way, as described in the SOP for cross-participation.
All documents published by the EATC are subject to regular reviews. These reviews are based on changes of the source and driving documents or base assumptions for a regulation. The recurring work on the EATC Flight Duty Regulation clearly reflects this.
Linked to the review of regulations, the EATC is actively participating in groups that work on the source documents of existing EATC documents and procedures. Typical examples are the NATO Air Transport Working Group and different groups under the umbrella of for example EDA. An active role in a group can also be expanded like it is the case for the Load Clearance Working Group of the EAG, where the EATC has recently taken over the role of chairman.
The examples of our recurrent work as exposed in the next paragraphs give an insight of what this work is about and are only a picture of the situation today.
- Cross-participation »
- Yearly Fleet Review »
- Flight Duty Regulation Review »
- Load Clearence Working Group »