From 26 to 28 April 2022, the Commander EATC, Major General Andreas Schick, participated in the ARSAG* Conference which was held this year in San Diego (USA).
Major General Schick delivered a speech introducing EATC as a recognized centre of expertise for Air Mobility. “We proved to be up to lead the build-up of a European AAR capability”, he states. “We standardise AAR procedures through commonly agreed documentation and evaluate through multinational trainings. Since 2014, EATC has organised the only dedicated AAR training in Europe, EART.”
The Commander also introduced EATC’s newly published “Trail Missions Handbook”. This manual aims to harmonise processes and documents amongst EATC member nations, in order to improve interoperability of AAR trail missions for the A400M, KC-767 and A330 MRTT.
Major General Schick ended his speech stating that “we explore new opportunities to step up effectiveness, efficiency, and interoperability. We picked up the speed to intensify the collaborative efforts with partners and to coordinate support given to our nations, in particular in times of crisis and the war raging in Ukraine.”
*Read more about ARSAG (Aerial Refuelling Systems Advisory Group)
The ARSAG is a joint military-industry professional organisation formed to provide a single inter-service and international agency to advise on aerial refuelling system matters. It serves as a platform for the introduction of new ideas and innovations in air-to-air refuelling. The ARSAG organises an annual meeting where senior leaders and experts in aerial refuelling from twenty allied nations share their knowledge, experience, and plans. During the annual meeting, aerial refuelling innovations, developments, challenges, and lessons are exchanged and highlighted through plenary sessions, seminars, military and industry briefings, exhibits, and networking opportunities.