DANUBE FAB workshop at World ATM Congress 2019 on ATSEP Training and Competence



DANUBE FAB workshop at World ATM Congress 2019 on ATSEP Training and Competence

Representatives of ANSPs, Training Organisations and from the International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations (IFATSEA) gathered at DANUBE FAB stand at the World ATM Congress 2019 in Madrid to discuss fundamental concepts and questions related to the implementation of EU requirements regarding the ATSEP training and competence assessment programme.

Hosted by DANUBE FAB on 13 March 2019, the meeting aimed primarily at exchanging views and best practices to identify models for smooth transition on the implementation of Annex XIII to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373. In this context, Sorin Spinean (ROMATSA) showcased the planned ATSEP training and competence assessment programme already underway in Romania. whilst Matej Eljon, FAB CE Programme Manager and Director of FAB CE Aviation Services offered a FAB approach of the matter. FAB CE was the first FAB to publish a baseline ATSEP plan and continues to lead the delivery of a common competence scheme at InterFAB level together with FAB Central Europe and NATS, developing a new common pool of assessment questions to standardise the assessment process for ATSEP training.

The workshop also gave an overview on training aspects, Dr-ing Thomas Bierwagen (DFS Air Navigation Services Academy) explaining how DFS and its academy can provide with the most suitable way of getting compliant with the EU common requirements on ATSEP training and competence assessment.

On a different note, Theodore Kiritsis Vice President of IFATSEA presented the federations’ proactive strategy for inclusion of ATSEPs in ICAO Annex1, while Costas Christoforou IFATSEA Director Europe explained why Cyber-security should be included in the future as training objectives for ATSEP.

The workshop ended with a concept of a holistic approach on competence shared to the participants by Paul Bugeac (ROMATSA).