Patrick Delhaise is an electronics and telecom engineer from Université Catholique de Louvain, at Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium.
The subject of his thesis for engineer degree already was related to digital telephony and high capacity networks.
He initially worked about 5 years in research and in firmware developments for broadband networks and for digital data networks in ALCATEL and TELINDUS, before joigning EUROCONTROL Upper Air Control Center in MAASTRICHT in 1992 to co-ordinate projects in ground-ground and air-ground communications. In 1994 he was a single communication engineer among the small team developing the initial PETAL 1 project, and later he coordinated the development of MAASTRICHT UAC' multistack front-end establishing data-link over FANS and ATN/VDL 2.
In 1998 he moved to EUROCONTROL COM' division in Brussels where he presently coordinates a 'CURRENT SYSTEMS 'team in Air/Ground Communications dealing with VDL, 8.33 technical aspects, VHF incidents, etc.
Since PETAL II and LINK2000+ project began, this team especially has taken care of VDL 2 channels deployment and capacity planning aspects that will be described today.