The conference 'App'!

May
12

Our annual conference takes place next week. Rather than an app, we have a mini-website to update attendees on the proceedings. On mobile devices, you can add the page to your homescreen for quick access via the menu in your mobile browser. The mini-site can be found on http://2017.ifatca.org

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RIP Willem Zuidveld (1965 - 2017)

Apr
25

Our Federation has lost a soldier, a leader, and to many of us, a dear friend. Willem Zuidveld passed away following a relapse of cancer in the afternoon of Monday 24 April 2017.

He fought a long and courageous battle; he was the kind of man that would win any fight, and many of us thought he had beat this too. Sadly that was not the case. We shall however not let this take from us the memories of his life. Not only was he an inspiration and a mentor to many, he was also a joker and the life of many a party. He was a good man, always with a smile on his face, a heart of gold and a willingness to help anyone he could, and with a proud dedication to his profession.

Willem was very active within his own association, The Netherlands Guild of Air Traffic Controllers, and within IFATCA. Willem proudly and ably represented the Federation on many occasions, and will be known to many to have attended our conferences. He was part of our IFATCA family and will be sadly missed. We will honour him at our conference in Toronto next month.

On behalf of all members of IFATCA, the Executive Board expresses its deepest condolences to Willem's family, friends and colleagues.

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New issue of The Controller

Feb
21

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.
  • Mobile Devices (tablets): We've swithed to issuu.com for the best experience on mobile devices. The issuu.com app, which allows you to read The Controller offline on your tablet can be downloaded via http://ios.the-controller.net, http://android.the-controller.net and http://windows.the-controller.net. Best of all, the issues are now available for free - look for IFATCA once you've started the app.
  •  PDF Version: download the pdf version of the latest issue. This file is about 4Mb in size and requires a PDF viewer to be able to read it. A higher quality version is available via this link (25Mb).
  • For Member Associations: a print-ready PDF version (about 25Mb) 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 the editor via editor[at]ifatca[dot]org, or our Montréal office via office[at]ifatca[dot]org.

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 via http://subscribe.ifatca.org and/or forward this mail to them.

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

Philip Marien, Editor IFATCA
http://www.the-controller.net

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Position Paper on Europe's Performance Scheme

Feb
18

IFATCA believes that it should be the aim of the future evolution of the Performance Scheme to create a modern state of the art, innovatively driven, socially responsible and long-term sustainable service provision at an acceptable and realistically achievable cost for the users. IFATCA therefore has outlined its view in a position paper to the European Commission on the needs for the future Performance Scheme.

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Executive Board Newsletter - Feb 2017

Feb
15

The Executive Board decided to prepare and send this Newsletter as a result of the discussion to improve communication with our membership. It shall serve to increase transparency and better information flow. The intention is to publish the Newsletters on a monthly basis via different media, such as FB, IFATCA homepage and IWEN. It contains short paragraphs on various points tackled during the EB meeting and teleconferences held.

The first issue is available here.

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20th 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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