A new edition of Advanced Combined Air Terminal Training (ACATT) was held from 19 to 29 July 2021. It is run by EATC and hosted by the Airborne and Air Transport School in Altenstadt (Germany). Twelve ground handlers from EATC nations and Lithuania train all aspects about processing passengers, luggage and cargo in a multinational environment.
This fourth edition is a premiere in two ways. It is the first time that a training facility is awarded the EATC certificate “Acknowledged Multinational Ground Handling Training Facility”. Before the course was kicked-off, on 20 July, Major General Andreas Schick, Commander EATC, offered this unique certificate to Lieutenant-Colonel Francke, Commanding Officer of the Airborne and Air Transport School.
In his speech, General Schick highlighted that “this certificate is a recognition of your excellent training facility here in Altenstadt but in particular of the quality of training you offer. My compliments to your outstanding instructors! But this certificate also values your commitment to one of EATC’s most valuable assets: multinationality. Training together in a multinational environment will ultimately achieve interoperability and standardisation. I thank you all for your commitment to make air mobility a multinational success.”
This edition sees also another première. The Air Movement Training Centre offers “virtual reality” means to the trainees for this fourth ACATT edition. These means present an innovative support to ground handling training and are used in complement to academics and interface training. This innovative cooperation will offer a new range of opportunities to shape the ACATT training.
ACATT is a truly joint effort between the German land force (Airborne and Air Transport School), a training course offered by the German air force and EATC.
After a long pandemic-induced break, EATC will run this year two ACATT trainings. The next edition will take place from 18 to 29 October 2021. It will be hosted again by the Airborne and Air Transport School in Altenstadt.
For more information read here the article from the German air force