The EUROCONTROL Maastricht UAC story
The EUROCONTROL Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC)’s story begins back in the sixties, when air travel started to become very popular as a result of mass tourism and business travel. MUAC was established as part of a broader pan-European vision to create a number of similar facilities across the continent to ensure a common, consolidated and more efficient approach to the provision of air traffic control services, in order to meet the needs of the newly thriving aviation industry. What was required was an interoperable control system which transcended national borders. These were the very first steps towards the objectives of the Single European Sky.
Four decades after its initial operations began, MUAC feels younger and more dynamic than ever. It has grown into one of the most innovative and best-performing air navigation service providers in Europe, with excellent safety records, first-rate cost-efficiency and the highest controller productivity on the continent, as proven by international benchmarks.
As it continues to grow, going from strength to strength and with essential projects on track, MUAC’s contribution within FABEC and SESAR will be essential in transforming Europe’s skies into an efficient, performance-driven pillar of global aviation, meeting the objectives of the Single European Sky and the original vision of EUROCONTROL’s founding fathers back in the sixties.