20.October - The International Day of the Air Traffic Controller

Oct
19

Dear colleagues and friends,

coinciding with IFATCA's 55th birthday, we again celebrate the International Day of the Air Traffic Controller on October 20th. For this occasion, we've again designed a poster, which we hope you'll like. Different versions, including a high quality one for printing can be downloaded clicking on the poster-icon.

Additionally  - and thanks to our colleague Kostas Patouras (Greek ATCA) - we're also delighted to present our 2016 ATCO day video clip, which you can download in two different formats.

 

 

 

 

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New Unstable Approaches Guidance Material released

Oct
17

Safety is the number one priority for IFATCA and the entire aviation industry, and we are most effective when we all work together to make it ever safer. With this goal in mind, I am very happy to announce the publication of Unstable Approaches: Risk Mitigation Policies, Procedures and Best Practices, second edition. It has been collaboratively written by IATA, CANSO, IFATCA and IFALPA, to address the problems surrounding unstable approaches, a major contributor to accidents and is available for download free of charge at this link.

As you know, a stabilized approach is one during which several key flight parameters are controlled to within a specified range of values before the aircraft reaches a predefined point in space relative to the landing threshold (stabilization altitude or height), and maintained within that range of values until touchdown. The parameters include attitude, flight path trajectory, airspeed, rate of descent, engine thrust and aircraft configuration. A stable approach is vitally important to the safe conclusion of a flight. The pilot needs to be in a safe position to land. If the aircraft does not meet the criteria for a stable approach, such as being at the wrong height, flying too fast or approaching at the wrong angle, the approach will most likely be an unstable one. Over the period of 2011-2015 period, 65% of the accidents occurred during the approach and landing phases leading to different types of accidents, some more and some less susceptible to unstable approaches. However, in general terms, about 14% of these accidents occurred in the presence of an unstable approach (generally related to the aircraft’s energy state) without a go around performed.

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2017 Annual Conference

Jun
21

UPDATE: the website for the 2017 Annual Conference is now live. Please visit www.ifatca2017.com for practical details on how to attend.

As decided during the Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the 2017 Annual Conference will be held in Toronto, Canada. Importantly to note is that the Conference will now be held from May 15th to May 19th 2017. The organising committee is working hard to bring their website online with more details on the venue, registrations, hotels, etc. As soon as it goes online, we'll announce it via the usual channels.

In the mean time, we've uploaded the 2016 Conference Report - Note that a logon is needed to access it. Please contact your IFATCA Liaison or responsible association board member in case you have problems with the login.

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New Corporate Members Coordinator

May
31

Following a call for nominees for the position of Corporate Members Coordinator (CMC) in April, the Executive Board is pleased to appoint Mr. Philippe Domogala (EGATS) as IFATCA Corporate Members’ Coordinator, with effect from May 25th and for the period of two years. At the same time as congratulating Philippe with a new appointment, the Executive Board would like to extend its gratitude to Thomas Fraenzl of Frequentis for his work as Corporate Members Coordinator over the past 2,5 years.

 

 

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Fatigue Management Guide released

Apr
22

Fatigue is an inevitable hazard in the around-the-clock aviation environment. Fatigue management provides structured methods to address the safety implications of fatigue. ICAO, IFATCA and CANSO have produced a guidance manual that describes science-based and operationally-oriented fat iguemanagement processes.

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New issue of the IFATCA Circular

Apr
19

For members only (so you need to log in) - the latest edition of the Circular has arrived. The new issue can be found in the internal publication section, which magically appears after you've successfully log in.

 

 

 

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Press Release - Air Traffic Situation in Belgium

Apr
16

The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations, IFATCA, is deeply concerned about the developments within Belgocontrol, the Belgian air traffic services provider, and the problems these have caused for the safe and efficient flow of air traffic in the region.

This conflict again highlights the shortcomings within the Belgian air traffic control System. In a letter to the Belgian government in 2009, IFATCA highlighted the unacceptable and potentially unsafe working conditions and lacking involvement of staff representatives. Despite continued promises made by management, no measurable improvements can be seen - on the contrary.

Air traffic controllers are faced with unworkable rosters to account for the long lasting lack of recruitment and training of personnel. In all likelihood, these practises violate European rules on air traffic controller working conditions and fatigue management. Controllers have to cope with incessant, politically-driven procedure changes and are frequently confronted with technical outages. Their pension age is now set to well exceed the accepted norm for controllers working high-density airspace. On top of this already almost unbearable pressure, a slanderous campaign was launched against highly skilled professionals without any respect or consideration for their continued commitment that has helped the Belgian aviation system survive crisis upon crisis.

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2016 Annual Conference - Press Release

Mar
21

The 55th Annual Conference of IFATCA, the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations ended on Friday, March 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada USA.  Over 400 delegates from over 70 Member Associations traveled from around the world to discuss and debate the professional, technical and operational aspects of air traffic control.

In their opening addresses, IFATCA President & CEO, Patrik Peters and National Air Traffic Controllers Association President, Paul Rinaldi, from the United States stressed the importance of international cooperation.  This year’s Conference theme “The Formula Worldwide:  Global Professionalism + Leadership = Safe Skies” heightened awareness of promoting and safeguarding the highest professional standards and the highest levels of safety for the travelling public. 

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Day 2 of the 55th Annual Conference

Mar
15

The second day of the Annual Conference of IFATCA ended today in Las Vegas. Committees B (Technical) and C (Professional/Legal) joined forces to discuss overlapping issues that affect both aspects of a controllers' job. The delegates were updated on interactions of the Federation with other organizations including IFALPA and ICAO. Information was shared on IFATCA Educational Material, Automation Principles and Guidelines and the IFATCA Training Workshop. And three work-studies on reducing “Initial Call” frequency congestion, a review of the Technical and Professional Manual and on Remote/Virtual Towers from the professional, procedural and view.

After the joined meeting, Committee B went on to discuss work studies done over the year by the Technical and Operational Committee (TOC), including one on Airport Collaborative Decision Making and another one on digitizing flight progress strips.

Committee C had discussions on mental fitness, the roles and responsibilities of the controller-in-charge and on a revision of the automation policy as it is currently written in the Technical and Professional Manual.

Committee A continued discussions on administrative issues affecting the Federation. This included elections for the Executive Board, which will be forwarded to the final plenary for confirmation and appointments of officials to various committees and functions. A number of proposals on the internal functioning of the Federation were also presented and voted upon.

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Day 1 of the 55th Annual Conference

Mar
14

Today, the 55th Annual Conference of IFATCA, the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations kicked off in Las Vegas, USA. Over 400 delegates from some 70 Member Associations traveled from across the globe to discuss professional, technical and operational aspects of air traffic control. The conference host, NATCA - the National Air Traffic Controllers' Association of the USA - put together an opening ceremony in true Las Vegas style, expertly strung together by master of ceremonies Richard Kennington. In their opening addresses, both NATCA President Paul Rinaldi and IFATCA President & CEO, Patrik Peters, stressed the importance of international cooperation and how we can learn from each others' experiences.

Following the opening ceremony, the opening plenary awarded the 2016 IFATCA Technical Award to Frequentis. In his introductory speech, the Chairman of IFATCA's Technical & Operational Committee, Ben Gorrie, praised the Electronic Flight Strip system of the Austrian manufacturer: operational feedback from controllers in various parts of the world indicated that the Frequentis systems provide a highly reliable and user-friendly experience, thereby enhancing safety and efficiency. Mr. Gorrie and Alfred Vlasek, chairman of the Professional & Legal Committee of IFATCA, presented the award to Thomas Fraenzl of Frequentis.

In the afternoon, the delegates spread across three committees to discuss administrative issues affecting the Federation (committee A), Technical and Operational issues (committee B) and Professional and Legal aspects (committee C).

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