FAB CE - QUASAR task force reaches major milestone in harmonising assessment for ATSEP

A major milestone along the path to harmonising assessment for Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEP) among all seven FAB CE air navigation service providers (ANSPs) was reached in December 2019 with finalising the standardised questionnaire (and the corresponding rules, “QUASAR Terms of Use”) covering all phases and domains of ATSEP Initial Training.

The assessment material corresponds with the training objectives defined by the European Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/373, the “Air Traffic Management/Air Navigation Services Common Requirements Implementing Regulation” (ATM/ANS IR), which came into effect on 2 January 2020.

“The Questionnaire for ATSEP Standard Assessment Routines (QUASAR) Task Force (QTF) has been working intensively within an inter-FAB group comprising representatives of FAB CE, FABEC and the UK and finalised phase two of the programme during a December 2019 meeting in Vienna,” said Ing. Robert Horak, ATSEP Training Manger of Austro Control’s Engineering Services division. “The assessment material had been collected, created and developed by the QTF in close cooperation with around 100 experts from contributing organisations. Based on expertise and different views throughout the intensive review mechanisms the material is now of a high quality. This has been recognised through several trial runs during the step-by-step development of the material over the last few years.”

During this intensive working phase, the QTF supported in parallel the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) activities in updating the agency’s training objectives, which will be published with the next update of the Regulation 2017/373 in 2020.

The assessment material will be used by all contributing organisations and the next step will be to offer the service to third parties.

“The work of the QTF will continue,” said Robert Horak. “Besides providing continuous support for EASA we will be involved primarily in the regular maintenance and continuous improvement of the assessment material based on experience gathered by our users.”