EB Meeting – Day 5

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.

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EB Meeting – Day 4

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.

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EB Meeting – Day 3

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.

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EB Meeting – Day 2

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.

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EB Meeting – Day 1

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.

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TOC & PLC January Meeting – Tokyo, Japan

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Twice a year TOC comes together for a 3-day meeting to discuss the progress and the desired outcome of the papers. Although a great share of the discussion is done via email throughout the year, meeting in person provides the opportunity to have more in depth discussions. By having the meeting in different places, the committee is able to involve corresponding members or by some paper subjects concerned MAs in the discussion. 

In January 2017, the meeting took place in Tokyo, Japan. Since there were several combined papers on the working program, the final day of the meeting has been a combined TOC/PLC meeting. This day was also the start of the 3 days of meeting PLC had scheduled. 

 

Several subjects were discussed during the meeting.

The paper on Ambient Workplace Recording (AWR, combined PLC/TOC) created much discussion. The controversial subject is current is many countries. In a world where aviation and incident reporting is not only getting more and more important, but also more transparent, the urge to implement systems such as AWR is getting bigger.

The lengthy discussions on the subject showed that this implementation is a delicate issue. To stand against AWR seems to be the easiest way forward, especially regarding the many discussions on privacy issues, which are not solely aviation related. However, as said before, there is a big push toward implementation so the question is if our objection would actually prevent it. Also, AWR could be beneficial to safety investigation is some cases, not just for the overall result but also for an ATCO’s case in particular.  There is no hesitation that the AWR data collected should be handled with extreme care.

The committees decided that no AWR records shall be made public. Since the data will be used for incident investigation, it was agreed that a censured transcript of the data is needed. Sufficient and clear agreements on when to use the AWR data and who is allowed to access the data should be made between controllers and management. 

These kinds of comprehensive subjects usually create a lot of discussion. By having these discussions, the committees try to cover all point of views so that they can epitomize this in widely supported policy statements to be presented during conference

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