EATC’s core structure includes three pillars: the operational pillar, the functional pillar and the policy & support pillar. All divisions are closely interacting and working hand in hand, thereby increasing effectiveness and efficiency within the EATC
The consolidation of the operational and functional domain into EATC’s structure is a main multiplier for our organisation.
The Operational Division
The Operational Division manages all processes related to the execution of EATC air transport missions. All processes aim to meet the member nations’ needs.
The EATC runs a daily average of 60 missions throughout the world. Thanks to an integrated staff, the Operational Division handles the full process from planning and tasking to controlling of the fleet both in peacetime and in times of crisis.
The Operational Division is structured in five branches. The branches are dealing with specific aspects of the air transport mission cycle: planning, tasking, controlling and reporting on missions, including providing intelligence information. The aeromedical evacuation control centre is providing a full set of expertise and procedures to perform strategic aeromedical evacuation.
Based on the member nations’ requests, the tasking branch plans and prepares the world wide air transport and air-to-air refuelling missions. It chooses the asset which fits best the requirements of the mission at hand, thus strives to fulfil the national request as efficiently as possible. At the end of the process, the tasking branch hands over the approved mission to the mission controlling branch. This centre works on 24/7 duty. It monitors all flight activities under the responsibility of the EATC, pro-actively manages unplanned circumstances impacting the schedule, as well as provides quality service and cost effective plans in the interest of the member nations' requirements.
The division is supported by the M.E.A.T. branch and by the intelligence branch. M.E.A.T. (Management of European Air Transport) is a unique software at the heart of the EATC’s air transport process. It is regularly re-tailored to the needs arising from the ever changing air transport environment.
The intelligence branch continuously monitors, analyses and disseminates information with regard to areas of interest or strategic relevant domains. The branch also delivers threat assessment to the mission control, thus playing a crucial role for a successful mission execution.
The Functional Division
The main objective of the Functional Division is to enhance harmonisation and interoperability between EATC’s member nations. Benefits include optimized utilization of available assets and efficiency in the planning and execution of air transport.
Effective and efficient air transport missions in a multinational environment coalesce with sharing concepts, doctrines and procedures among nations.
The Functional Division is structured in three different branches: Employment, Training & Exercises, and Technical & Logistics. These three branches are strongly interrelated, generating a unique pool of expertise. It is paramount to them to take into account the different national regulations and work in close and interdependent coordination with the Operational Division as well as national partners.
Through this steady concurrence of the actors, the three branches develop concepts, procedures and common standards in the domains of employment, logistics and training & exercise for air transport, airdrops and air-to-air refuelling. The entry into service of the A400M and the A330 MRTT are two lighthouse projects in which the branches are deeply involved. Other examples are the yearly fleet review that informs on EATC’s fleet, its major evolutions and future developments or the EATC Ground Operations Manual, a major step towards interoperability between our member nations. If you are interested in EATC’s documentation, please click here.
The Functional Division also encompasses EATC’s efforts in the multinational training and exercise environment. The aim is to bring air and ground crews up to common standards. Moreover the trainings and exercises are an important laboratory to test and enhance newly developed concepts.
The Policy & Support Division
The Policy and Support Division is structured in various branches, each supporting the activities and proceedings of the command group and the two main divisions: political-military aspects, legal domain, communication and information systems, quality management, administrative and financial support.
The Policy and Support Division also plays a leading role coordinating with the member nations and third parties. Its Policy and Legal affairs branch is a think tank for an innovative air transport and air-to-air refuelling future. It develops long and medium term strategies, develops common policy and legal frameworks and is the main entry and exit point for third nations and international organisations. The branch continuously strives for closer cooperation with partners.
The Analysis and Reporting branch offers mission analysis and statistics to the member nations to facilitate the identification and monitoring of critical indicators. It is also responsible for the ATARES accountancy of exchanged flying hours and services between the EATC member nations.