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
IFATCA is an international Federation, with Member Associations in more than 130 countries from all corners of the globe.
IFATCA unites and defends the professional aspects of the air traffic controller profession.
NOT FOR PROFIT
IFATCA is a registered not-for-profit organisation in Montréal, Canada.
IFATCA maintains political independence.
IFATCA's Technical and Operations Committee (TOC) met at Tbilisi, Georgia this week to coordinate the work in progress and discuss the drafts of the papers to be presented in the next Annual Conference.
Amongst the subjects discussed, the committee studied the interoperability of automation systems, the use of parameters downloaded through Mode S radar and the issues resulting from airport surfaces becoming larger.
Our colleagues from the Georgian association were more than excellent hosts and organizers. Some of them joined the sessions and took the opportunity to discuss some local operational issues with their colleagues from abroad.
The members of the TOC will use all the input collectd during the meeting to further improve their working papers. A final meeting shortly before the Conference will then finalise the papers before distributing them to IFATCA's Member Associations so they can be debated at Conference.
The first IFATCA Competency-Based Training and Assessment Workshop was held at the ATEPSA Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 10-11 September 2018.
The event was attended by more than 35 participants from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Panama, The Bahamas, and Trinidad & Tobago.
IFATCA would like to sincerely thank ATEPSA, and in particular Eva Rios, for the extraordinary organization of this event; her incredible dedication ensured the success of the workshop. ATEPSA graciously provided well equipped facilities, refreshments and meals for all participants and instructors.
The last day of the EB meeting was dedicated to a final review of the work done during the previous days on strategic lines for the Federation. This included work on what can be considered the IFATCA pillars: ICAO work, TOC and PLC, Regions, Safety, Training Courses and Prospective activities.
The rest of the day was dedicated to prepare for the upcoming IFATCA Conference in Costa Rica, 2019.
The next EB meeting will take place in February 2019. Many thanks to our Argentinean hosts for their hospitality and help in organizing this meeting. Significant action points arising from the meeting:
• The EB will finalise establishment of the Tactical Response Team (TRT).
• The EB developed an action plan for the ‘IFATCA joint human machine system’ concept.
• The EB confirms the 58th annual conference of IFATCA being a 5-day event with the opening ceremony on Monday morning, closing on Friday afternoon.
• The EB continued work on formalizing the ‘Remote TWRs’ and ‘Drones’ groups and also considered the addition of other groups focused on ‘Safety’ and prospective activities.
• The EB formalized internal processes to manage financial matters in the absence of an EVP-Finance.
• The EB reviewed expenditures for the first 3 months of the financial year and verified being well within the approved budget.
• The EB decided to hold a “Think Safety” course for the Executive Board and members of TOC and PLC at their joint meeting in March 2019.
• The EB reviewed the IFATCA training courses and decided the continuation of this initiative.
• The EB worked significantly on the IFATCA operating plan.
• The EB finalised preparation for the upcoming ICAO Air Navigation Conference.
Over the past few months, IFALPA and IFATCA have been working jointly to produce a document for pilots and air traffic controllers to improve the information flow between the two groups and to coordinate the response when a drone is reported as being sighted.
Drone sightings by commercial aircraft are on the rise. There have been numerous cases of airspaces and aerodromes being closed due to reports of drones in the vicinity. Many countries do not yet have standard procedures to deal with drone sightings near aerodromes or violations of controlled airspace by drones. These guidelines are not a one-fits-all solution due to the dynamic and unpredictable nature of drone encounters but can be used to support the implementation of standard procedures and help pilots and air traffic controllers handle drone reports until such procedures are in place.
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On the 4th day of the EB meeting, EB members visited the tower of Aeroparque and learned about the complexities of an area where 5 airports are located in close proximity and also were briefed about the main issues for the Argentinian Air Traffic Control system.
EVP Technical presented his report of activities including an update of the development of the Technical and Operations Committee work. IFATCA’s Liaison Officer to the ICAO ANC also presented his work at ICAO and the ongoing preparations in view of the 13th Air Navigation Commission.
EVP Professional’s report was focused on the courses developed by IFATCA which have already been of use for a number of associations: Aviation English, Think Safety, Competency Based Training. He also updated the information regarding the Professional and Legal Committee.
The third day of the EB meeting was focused on continued development of the long term operating plan for the Federation. A review of the global activities was correlated to constitutional objectives and regional priorities. The EB attended a team building event displaying Argentinean culture and traditions. The day concluded with a teleconference regarding the finances of the Federation.
The EB meeting goes on for the second day. The EVP Americas presented IFATCA activity in the region with special mention to the English language courses that have been organized in several countries of the region.
The report of EVP Europe focused on the Single European Sky evolution and the objectives of RP3 (third reporting period).
The EB also dedicated a session to review the strategy of the Federation to set its course for the following years.
Meeting of the EB at Buenos Aires. During the first day of the meeting the EB discussed how to improve communication within IFATCA to ensure that information about the work of the Federation is available to every MA.
During this first day, the EB received the report of the EVP Asia-Pacific and EVP Africa-Middle East about their regions. During the session, the EB got a telephonic update from the Ethiopian MA about their situation with several controllers put under arrest following an strike considered as illegal by the Ethiopian government. The EB studied how the escalation of tension can affect operations and safety and discussed ways for the Federation to help to normalize the situation.
IFATCA is deeply saddened by the passing of its former Executive Vice President Professional, Martyn Cooper.
Having qualified as a controller in the summer of 1973 at his home airport in Luton, UK, Martyn soon found a passion in training new colleagues. Over time, he was the logical choice to become a unit training officer and the unit’s first Local Competency Examiner. Later, he joined the CAA’s Director of Airspace Policy as the NATS representative in the Terminal Airspace Section and it was from here that he retired in 2009.
He joined the London branch of GATCO shortly after qualifying, showing particular interests in the professional aspects of the air traffic control profession. Consequently, he joined GATCO’s Executive Board as Director Professional. Amongst his many achievements in that function, he was instrumental in the introduction of a scheme to control ATCO working hours, a system that remains in place even today.
It was during his tenure as GATCO Board Member that he also became involved in IFATCA. He chaired numerous Committee C sessions, dealing with professional and legal issues, during annual conferences and was involved in the Federation’s Standing Committee IV, the precursor to the Professional & Legal Committee (PLC). His passion for professional and human factor issues made him serve as IFATCA’s Executive Vice President Professional at the end of the 1990s.
The IFATCA family will fondly remember Martyn for his cheerful personality, humour, knowledge, insight and good common sense. But above all, his was able to transfer his deep passion for our profession onto others.
On behalf of the IFATCA Executive Board, our deepest condolences go out to his wife Carolyn, two sons Christian & Matthew, his two daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.
SIDs and STARs have proven to be effective means of ensuring that the flow of traffic to/from an airport is as efficient as possible and that potential conflicts are procedurally and safely managed. This is particularly so when combined with optimum airspace design in a PBN environment. Additionally, they provide a means of prescribing and representing the large amount of information associated with the lateral and vertical profiles an aircraft is required to fly.
However, over time, some of the benefits of SIDS and STARS have been eroded as diverging and sometimes conflicting meanings were attached to elements of the phraseology. In particular, there were reports of significant variances in the application of level and speed restrictions, leading to misunderstandings between flight crews and controllers, a number of incidents and a very real safety risk.
To mitigate this risk and at the request of the aviation community, work was undertaken by the ICAO ATM Operations Panel (ATMOPSP), with extensive consultation throughout the development process. The agreed outcome led to new SID/STAR phraseologies that became applicable in 2016.
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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.
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IFATCA maintains valuable relationships with the ICAO, other aviation industry and professional bodies, and our Corporate Members.