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The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) is an international organisation, founded in 1963, whose primary objective is the development of a seamless, pan-European Air Traffic Management (ATM) system. This civil organisation currently has 38 member states; its headquarters are in Brussels.

The goal for EUROCONTROL is to develop, coordinate and plan for implementation of pan-European air traffic management strategies and their associated action plans in an effort involving national authorities, air navigation service providers, civil and military airspace users, airports, industry, professional organisations, and relevant European institutions. Its core activities involve all gate-to-gate air navigation service operations: strategic and tactical flow management, controller training, regional control of airspace, safety-proofed technologies and procedures, and collection of air navigation charges.

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Functions and Centres

EUROCONTROL provides a set of different services:

  • CFMU (Central Flow Management Unit) - coordinates flight plans & actual traffic
  • EAD (European AIS Database) - centralized access to AIS information
  • CRCO (Central Route Charges Office) - collects en-route (& aerodrome approach) charges on behalf of the ANSPs
  • EEC (EUROCONTROL Experimental Centre) - ATM research, simulations, etc.
  • CEATS Research, Development and Simulation Centre - ATM research, simulations, etc.
  • IANS (Institute of Air Navigation Services) - training & e-learning
  • Projects
  • ESARRs (Eurocontrol Safety Regulatory Requirement) - basis requirements for certification & designation according to "EC regulation 2096/2005"
  • MUAC (Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre) - see below

Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre

EUROCONTROL's Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC), located at Maastricht Aachen Airport, provides air traffic control for traffic above 24,500 ft over Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and north-west Germany. A DFS unit, controlling military air traffic over the north-west of Germany, is co-located with the civil facilities. It started operations in 1972.[1]

It is the second busiest Area Control Centre(ACC) in Europe, after London.

MUAC has put in operation innovative technology and productivity enhancements: a new generation Flight Data Processing System[2], the Short-Term Conflict Alert (STCA), Medium-Term Conflict Detection (MTCD), Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) and stripless controller working positions.

Typically, air traffic control sectors at MUAC can handle 50 or more flights per hour. The average flight duration is approximately 18 minutes and typically 60% of the traffic is climbing from or descending to the major European airports of London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Berlin.

Regulatory Responsibilities

Eurocontrol has been delegated parts of the Single European Sky regulations by the European Commission.

Membership

EUROCONTROL

EUROCONTROL, EU and ECAC members:

EUROCONTROL and ECAC members outside the EU:

Notable non-members:
EU and ECAC members:

ECAC members:

See also

References

  1. ^ Eurocontrol. "Eurocontrol MUAC / About Us". http://www.eurocontrol.int/muac/public/standard_page/AboutUs.html. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  2. ^ MUAC'S New generation FDPS

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