International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations

IFATCA is the recognised international organisation representing air traffic controller associations.

The Federation has been representing air traffic controllers for more than 50 years,
and has more than 50,000 members in over 125 countries.

One Sky - One Voice

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GLOBAL

IFATCA is an international Federation, with Member Associations in more than 130 countries from all corners of the globe.

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PROFESSIONAL

IFATCA unites and defends the professional aspects of the air traffic controller profession.

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NOT FOR PROFIT

IFATCA is a registered not-for-profit organisation in Montréal, Canada.

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NON POLITICAL

IFATCA maintains political independence.

Latest News

Letter to Argentinian Government

IFATCA has addressed the government of Argentina, through its President – His Excellency Mauricio Macri. We are extremely concerned about the disrespect for international safety culture standards at the Aeroparque Jorge Newberry airport. Following a single complaint from one pilot regarding an event where safety was not compromised in any way, the controllers working at the time were removed from their position, seemingly as a disciplinary measure. The information we have suggested they were replaced by staff who may not have been licensed or rated for the positions they occupied, clearly creating a serious breach of the applicable safety levels.

The full letter, in Spanish and in English can be found here.

IFATCA Executive Board Meeting

Over the past week, the IFATCA Executive Board met in Lisbon. It was the last face-to-face meeting before the Federation’s world-wide conference in Costa Rica at the end of May. As such, preparation of the conference and its workshops was a main focus. Board members presented updates on the state of the Federation, our profession and any future. This included the Federation’s strategy, as it will be discussed during the conference. In line with this strategy, the board defined the top priorities, paying close attention to the needs of each region. The board also reviewed the financial status and discussed ways to optimise the financial oversight in each budget post. Finally, time was also spent on the preparation of IFATCA’s participation to the 40th ICAO Assembly, to be held in autumn this year.

Member Associations, remember to register for Conference at https://ifatca58.com
We hope to see you all in Costa Rica!

Aviation English Instructor course, Algiers

Over the past week and with the support of local association SNPCA, IFATCA hosted an Aviation English Development course in Algiers, Algeria. Some 28 participants from Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Niger and Nigeria attended. Presented by Silvia Caragui (from our Romanian Member Association RATCA), it culminated in a small ceremony this morning, during which the certificates were handed out to the attendees. The course is a so-called train-the-trainers course, where the idea is that the participants take the experience back to their local units/countries to help their colleagues improve their aviation english skills.

Congratulations to GATCO and the UK for involving professionals that have hands on expertise!

Congratulations to GATCO – The Guild of Air Traffic Control Officers and BALPA for making sure professional voices are being heard! Active involvement from the front line is essential for these kind of projects – not only in the UK!

Productive Meeting with ITF

On January 18th, IFATCA representatives met with membersof the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). The meeting successfullyagreed on a common approach to the challenges of planned remote towersoperations, whether sequential or simultaneous. We also paved the way for arenewed memorandum of understanding between our organizations and planned acommon workshop to brief our members on how to deal with conflict/disputeresolution.

We especially want to thank NATCA representatives AdamRhodes and Jeff Richards for coming over to Europe, despite the shutdown and theissues this is causing for their members and them personally!

IFATCA / ECA JOINT PRESS RELEASE

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IFATCA & ECA are deeply concerned about the negative impact of judicial decisions on air transport safety in and over Switzerland

The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations, IFATCA, and the European Cockpit Association, ECA, are extremely disappointed to learn of the conviction of two Air Traffic Controllers in Switzerland. In April and December 2018, two air traffic controllers were convicted by the Federal Penal Court and by the Cantonal Court of Zurich respectively for operational incidents. No one was injured in either event, nor was there any damage sustained to any of the involved aircraft or to ground infrastructure. This reaction does nothing to improve aviation safety.

Aviation is the safest mode of transport, and accidents are extremely rare. This is thanks to the continuous effort to learn from incidents where the stringent aviation standards may not have been met. A ‘Just Culture’ is one where aviation professionals, including pilots and air traffic controllers, are encouraged to report issues relevant to safety without undue fear of punishment. This makes the aviation system safer. Despite drastic increases in traffic, safety levels have continued to improve to the level the flying public enjoys today.

Switzerland remains one of the few States that has chosen to deviate from international standards and recommendations - including those in the Annexes to the Convention on International Civil Aviation - when it comes to using safety reports to trigger court cases. The Swiss judicial system is limited by the 1942 penal code which binds the courts to perform in a manner that is not benefical to aviation safety. An urgent review is needed in line with Resolutions 38-3 and 38-4 of the General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the aviation specialised body of the United Nations.

Aviation, and in particular air traffic control, is a complex industry where the front-end operator is working as an integral part of the system, interacting in teams with systems and procedures. These complex systems are extremely resilient and do not fail only because of one element of the system, it is the system that fails, not the individual.

Lengthy and costly court cases do not improve aviation safety, nor do they contribute to the robustness of complex systems. They create a climate of fear amongst aviation professionals and result in a reluctance to submit reports. The opportunity to learn from these events is therefore severely compromised. Just Culture is not a carte blanche for aviation professionals, including air traffic controllers. It is an essential cornerstone that allows aviation professionals to actively engage in the process of improving safety.

IFATCA & ECA urgently call upon Switzerland to align with other States and International standards, to incorporate the principles of Just Culture into their legal system in order to provide for a balanced approach between safety and the administration of justice.

Note to editors:

ECA is the representative body of European pilot associations, representing over 38.000 pilots from across Europe, striving for the highest levels of aviation safety and fostering social rights and quality employment for pilots in Europe.

Website: www.eurocockpit.be & twitter @eu_cockpit

The Controller magazine – November 2018

It is our pleasure to present the latest electronic issue of The Controller. Our magazine is available on a variety of platforms:

  • The IFATCA website: http://the-controller.ifatca.org, where issues can be read from within your browser. While this can be read on mobile devices, it does require you to be online (and your provider may charge you for this).
    For the best experience, we recommend to select the full screen option via the toolbar on top of the pages.
  • For Member Associations: a print-ready PDF version (about 20Mb) can be downloaded that can eventually be printed for your members. Alternatively, issuu.com also offers a printing service. Please visit http://issuu.com/ifatca for more details. Associations that have problems to download these files can request a copy on a USB stick. Please contact our Montréal office via [email protected].

Besides being free, an electronic issue also offers new possibilities to interact with the content. Links in articles and adverts can be clicked and open to the relevant pages.

Feedback is always welcome and if you know anyone that might be interested in The Controller and IFATCA, please encourage them to subscribe to our magazine and/or forward this mail to them.

On behalf of the Editorial Team, I hope you will enjoy this latest issue of The Controller,

Thom Metzger, The Controller Editorial Team
http://www.the-controller.net

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13th Air Navigation Conference – IFATCA’s delegation at work for you at ICAO!

The 13th Air Navigation Conference took place in Montréal, Canada, from 9 to 19 October 2018. It was attended by 1022 participants, from 116 States and 37 International Organizations. Over 300 working papers and information papers were presented and discussed in two committees.

Committee A discussed the technical items of the Conference: air navigation global strategy, enabling and enhancing the global air navigation system, implementing the global air navigation system and the role of planning and implementation regional groups (PIRGs) and finally, emerging issues. Committee B handled all safety related items of the Conference: organizational safety issues, operational safety risks and emerging safety issues.

IFATCA was well represented at the Conference by a delegation comprising the Deputy President, Duncan Auld, the Executive Vice-President Professional, Peter Van Rooyen, the Executive Vice-President Technical, Ignacio Baca, and the Liaison Officer to ICAO, Jean-François Lepage.

IFATCA presented 7 working papers, in partnership with other international organizations, on global runway safety action plans, on the concept of acceptable level of safety performance, on the integration of drones within ATM, on cybersecurity, on remote ATS, on commercial space operations, and on the protection of safety data and safety information.

IFATCA also intervened on eight occasions to share the views of the Federation on a variety of topics: role of the human in the development of the GANP, proposed update of Doc 9426 (ATS Planning Manual), certification of ANSPs, remote ATS, challenges in aviation phraseology, investments in ATM, coordination of flights through controlled airspace for space operations, management of fatigue for ATCOs, and global ANS personnel shortage.

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New Just Culture Toolbox – Download it now!

Download now the newly published "JUST CULTURE TOOLBOX"! The toolbox contains a set of guiding principles for implementing a Just Culture. While many documents have been written about Just Culture, very few have actually addressed ‘how’ to achieve one. Achieving a Just Culture in any organisation is complex; that's why ATCEUC, CANSO, ETF, IFAIMA, IFATCA and IFATSEA have developed this toolbox for you, in order the help you and your Member Association achieve this goal.

Visit our "Guidance Material" section or click here to download the toolbox!

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Earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia

As you may have heard, Indonesia was struck by another earthquake last week. This time, the epicentre was near the island of Sulawesi. In addition to the strong quake, a devastating tsunami hit Palu Bay. Currently, there are over 1,000 fatalities reported.

Our thoughts go out to the many victims of this disaster and especially to one of our colleagues: Anthonius Gunawan Agung was was the only person left in the control tower of Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport in Palu when the magnitude-7.5 quake struck the coastal city on Friday. He remained behind to ensure a flight that was about to take off could do so safely. The decision to stay cost him his life, but potentially saved hundreds of others. Agung was born in 1996 in Abepura - Papua. He graduated from the Aviation Training Centre in Makassar on 2017. He was working at AiNav Indoneaia since June 2018. He was still single and would turn 22 later this month.

Via our Indonesian member association, IFATCA has reached out to the family: we've sent a wreath and have made a donation towards the costs of the service. We are evaluating whether we can help in any other way. In the mean time, we would encourage everyone to consider donating to the relief efforts for Indonesia: over the past months, different parts of the country have been hit by major earthquakes and any help is welcome. A number of non-government organisations have set up fund raisers to collect money towards the relief efforts. Please look in your country for such actions and consider donating - every little bit helps.

On behalf of the IFATCA Executive Board and all our Federation's members, we again extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. We hope they find some comfort in remembering his bravery and commitment to our profession. May he rest in peace.

Lastly, we salute our colleagues in Palu, who in very difficult circumstances continue to provide air traffic control services. In doing so, they're a vital link in the crucial relief efforts for the area.

IFATCA Technical Award

Recipients of the IFATCA Technical Award

2017 – NAVCanada NAVCANsuite

2016 – Frequentis

2015 – Imtradex

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Objectives of the Federation

The objects of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations are:

a. To operate as a non-­‐profit and non-­‐political federation of air traffic controllers' associations;

b. To promote safety, efficiency and regularity in International Air Navigation;

c. To assist and advise in the development of safe and orderly systems of Air Traffic Control;

d. To promote and uphold a high standard of knowledge and professional efficiency among Air Traffic Controllers;

e. To protect and safeguard the interests of the Air Traffic Control profession;

f. To make mutual benefit affiliations with other international professional organisations;

g. To strive for a world-­‐wide Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations.

— Constitution of IFATCA
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