ICAO SID/STAR Implementation Support Team (ISSIST) officially launched!

ICAO is there to assist with SID/STAR phraseology implementation!

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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Why the need for new phraseologies?

The new 2016 phraseologies have been based upon a number of essential considerations, such as the need for controllers to communicate their intention to the flight crew clearly and succinctly and for the flight crew to fully understand the controller's intent. Clarity of clearances for speed and level restrictions on SIDs and STARs, including the waiving of published restrictions, have also been considered. Overall, the principle is that of explicit instructions, with no room for implied clearances. Care is also taken to ensure that the 2016 phraseology does not contradict existing phraseologies, that it is identical for SIDs and STARs and that it is suitable for global implementation.

Implementation

Whilst the phraseologies have been applicable since 10 November 2016, by which date global implementation should have been completed, the actual picture is less ideal. Many States have indeed successfully completed their implementation, but others have yet to start. There are also instances of States choosing to delay or defer the implementation process, providing some valuable 'lessons learnt'. There is also at least one State that has, to-date, retained a variant of the procedures where the difference in procedures might either prove confusing or even be unknown to flight crews.

What needs to be done

In recognition of the safety imperative, the harmonized and timely deployment of the 2016 SID/STAR phraseologies are a high priority for ICAO with a parallel expectation from the wider aviation community.

Help is available!

For further information the ISSIT can be contacted at: [email protected]

Aviation English Proficiency Course, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Controllers from Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Ecuador recently completed an IFATCA sponsored five-day Aviation English Proficiency Course in Santa Cruz, Bolivia November 13-17. MAs and controllers from the entire region were invited to participate and the class filled up with over 25 participants, including a pilot.

The course was taught by Ronald Vega, MA from 2019 Conference host Costa Rica.  Ron actually assisted the FAA in the United States with the creation of some of the material used in the course.  Each student was given an E-textbook and accompanying CD so they could share their knowledge with ATCOs in their home facilities.

The Americas Region looks forward to hosting the next "Think Safety" seminar planned for February 6-8, 2018 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

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The IFATCA European Regional Meeting in Austria, 26-28th September 2017

120 participants from 34 member associations made their way to Hotel Sonnreich in Loipersdorf, Austria to participate in the 34th ERM.
The issues discussed ranged from Fatigue Management, Single European Sky, Sovereignty of airspace, Privatisation in ANS, IFATCA working papers, FISOs to new EASA regulations. Maria Serano Mulet from USCA led the meeting with lively discussions and involvement from the audience.
The meeting showed that the problems in our industry are far from being solved and that Air Navigation Service in Europe is in transformation, which requires that we work together to find new ways to influence the decision makers to secure a high standard of service. Besides the professional issues, we also had time to enjoy the social program that our hosts from the Austrian ATCA had organised.
A warm thank you to all the people from AATCA that made this a memorable and well organised ERM.

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2017 International Day of the Controller

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On October 20th, IFATCA invites everyone to join and celebrate the International Day of The Controller. The day coincides with the constitutional meeting of our Federation, held in Amsterdam in 1961. Member Associations around the world organise events for their members and/or a wider audience. It puts our profession, which is still relatively unknown to the general public, in the spotlight.

Anyone that wants to download the official Day of the Controller 2017 poster, can do so via this link [via dropbox]

Think Safety Workshop – Accra, Ghana

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On the 3-5th of April around 40 people participated to the 2nd ICAO/IFATCA think safety seminar. Participants came from Kenya, The Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Ghana and ranged from CAA representatives, ANS managers to ATCOs. The course revolved around Safety management systems, incident investigations, Critical Incident Stress Management and Just Culture. The three-day course was based on ICAO Annex 19 and systemic safety ideas. The workshop was superbly organised by our Ghanaian member association, GHATCA, who is also the host of next years IFATCA conference.

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