ETAP-T, European Tactical Airlift Programme (ETAP) most ambitious project of the year is back in 2022, after a three (3) year’s break imposed by COVID 19 restrictions. From 05 to 17 June, Beja Air Force Base was once again the scenario of a European Air Transport “Block Training”. Last time Portugal hosted a similar multinational project was in 2017, [...]

Short change of position

Two (2) of our three (3) ETAC Tactical Instructor Pilots (TacIP) have changed the instructor role and presently become themselves ‘students’. Both TacIPs are currently attending TLP’s COMAO Synthetic Course given at the premises of Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP) at Albacete (ESP). ‘The Course is focused on Tactical Leadership and COMAO mission planning.  The objective … is to enhance the [...]

Start of ETAP-C 22-3

“A new spring is starting and, once again, Orleans Air Base gets ready to host one of the distinct projects of the program: the ETAP “Element Leader Course”. Derived from the former X-Ship, an on TAT-assets formation focused French training, the “Element Leader Course” project takes one step forward towards one of the main goals of the European Tactical Airlift [...]

End of ETAP-C 22-1

The last scenes of the project ETAP-C 22-1 Sg NIGHT/NVG were taken on Friday, 18th February and all aircrews and augmentees have been released for their way back home. With that another fruitful project, hosted by Spain, has been concluded successfully.  The ‘Centre’ is in the happy position of having such a training area right outside its front door. With [...]

Visit of the EATC Commander

On Thursday 27th January, the European Air Transport Centre was visited by Major General Andreas Schick, EATC Commander, who was also visiting the Air Mobility Headquarters and the Wing-31. The ETAC Chief Colonel, Mr. Juan Gonzalo Fernández González, explained to the General the current situation of the centre, the high degree of involvement of both national and international personnel [...]

Visit of the Deputy Director of the European Air Group (EAG)

During his visit to Spain, the Deputy Director of the European Air Group (EAG), Air Commodore (Air Cdre) Hugh Smith, made a stopover at Zaragoza to pay a visit to the 'Centre'. Accompanied by the Spanish Senior Resident National Officer (SRNO) at EAG, TCol Andrés Alejandro Berciano Martínez, he made some proposals on how to foster the relationship between [...]

ETAP-I, new TacIPs

Today the ‘Centre’s’ active project phase has been concluded with the graduation of four new multinational TacIPs (Tactical Instructor Pilot).  This makes in total 11 new TacIPs, who had been introduced to their duties on the last three ETAP-Is (21-4,21-5 and 21-6) in the IV. Quarter of 2021 in Orleans (FRA) and Pisa (ITA). Our congratulations go to the candidates [...]

ETAP-C 21-4, another succesfull project come to an end

ETAP-C 21-4 ended with the positive result of eight graduated crews and three Instructor Load Masters. More than 60 flights have been performed during the course with a total of more than 120 flying hours. In addition, 43 ERO's (Engine Running Operations), 6 COL (Combat Off Load), 6 SL (Static Line para-droppings), 3 ADGE (Air Delivery Gravity Extraction), 1 ADPE [...]