13th Air Navigation Conference – IFATCA’s delegation at work for you at ICAO!

The 13th Air Navigation Conference took place in Montréal, Canada, from 9 to 19 October 2018. It was attended by 1022 participants, from 116 States and 37 International Organizations. Over 300 working papers and information papers were presented and discussed in two committees.

Committee A discussed the technical items of the Conference: air navigation global strategy, enabling and enhancing the global air navigation system, implementing the global air navigation system and the role of planning and implementation regional groups (PIRGs) and finally, emerging issues. Committee B handled all safety related items of the Conference: organizational safety issues, operational safety risks and emerging safety issues.

IFATCA was well represented at the Conference by a delegation comprising the Deputy President, Duncan Auld, the Executive Vice-President Professional, Peter Van Rooyen, the Executive Vice-President Technical, Ignacio Baca, and the Liaison Officer to ICAO, Jean-François Lepage.

IFATCA presented 7 working papers, in partnership with other international organizations, on global runway safety action plans, on the concept of acceptable level of safety performance, on the integration of drones within ATM, on cybersecurity, on remote ATS, on commercial space operations, and on the protection of safety data and safety information.

IFATCA also intervened on eight occasions to share the views of the Federation on a variety of topics: role of the human in the development of the GANP, proposed update of Doc 9426 (ATS Planning Manual), certification of ANSPs, remote ATS, challenges in aviation phraseology, investments in ATM, coordination of flights through controlled airspace for space operations, management of fatigue for ATCOs, and global ANS personnel shortage.


New Just Culture Toolbox – Download it now!

Download now the newly published "JUST CULTURE TOOLBOX"! The toolbox contains a set of guiding principles for implementing a Just Culture. While many documents have been written about Just Culture, very few have actually addressed ‘how’ to achieve one. Achieving a Just Culture in any organisation is complex; that's why ATCEUC, CANSO, ETF, IFAIMA, IFATCA and IFATSEA have developed this toolbox for you, in order the help you and your Member Association achieve this goal.

Visit our "Guidance Material" section or click here to download the toolbox!

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

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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Publication of ICAO Doc 10084 and associated events

Last Friday, June 1st 2018, ICAO published the Second Edition of Doc 10084, Risk Assessment Manual for Civil Aircraft Operations Over or Near Conflict Zones. The document was published on the ICAO public website, and is available for downlowd free of charge at the following link: https://www.icao.int/safety/ConflictZones/Pages/default.aspx

The enhanced guidance material in the manual is based on existing ICAO provisions and industry practices related to:

a)      responsibilities of States, operators and other services providers within States;
b)      significant regulatory developments and existing practices since the downing of flight MH17 in 2014;
c)      consolidated source material for conducting risk assessments;
d)      outline of risk information sharing mechanisms;
e)      guidance to States and operators on what to do with threat and risk information; and
f)       existing mechanisms for State-to-operator and/or State-to State sharing of information.

To support the implementation of the new manual and its comprehensive guidance material, several initiatives will be conducted by ICAO and industry partners in the upcoming months:

·        IATA AVSEC World Conference, 1 October 2018, Athens, Greece
·        ICAO AVSEC Symposium, 26-28 November 2018, Montréal, Canada

For more details on these events, visit www.icao.int 


The Controller magazine – May 2018

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.
  • For Member Associations: a print-ready PDF version (about 40Mb) 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 our Montréal office via [email protected].

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 and/or forward this mail to them.

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

Philippe Domogala, IFATCA Editor ad-interim


International Organisations warn against premature conclusions

The aviation community grieves for the tragic loss of lives aboard US-Bangla Flight 211 on 12 March 2018. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those lost, and the survivors who may still have a long road to recovery. We also wish to extend our support to our Nepalese and Bangladeshi colleagues for whom this is undoubtedly a traumatic experience.

In order to learn from such event and prevent any repetition, IFATCA and IFALPA, the International Organisations representing Air Traffic Controllers and Air Line Pilots, stress the need for the technical investigation into the circumstances of this accident to be conducted according to international Standards.

Such investigation should strictly follow the provisions laid out in Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, which states that "the sole objective of the investigation of an accident or incident shall be the prevention of accidents and incidents" and that "it is not the purpose of this activity to apportion blame or liability".

Accident investigators should have unrestricted access and control over the evidence to ensure that a detailed examination can take place. Whilst the investigation is ongoing, there should be no disclosure of the accident evidence such as recordings, in order to avoid misinterpretation of the events that occurred.

Premature conclusions, often based on incomplete, inaccurate or speculative information, and focusing on any one aspect of what happened, will only hamper the ability to learn from these tragic events. We urge the media, the public, and the concerned stakeholders to respect the longestablished procedures for analysing these events and let the accident investigation run its course.

IFATCA and IFALPA will closely monitor the investigation to ensure that it is conducted in accordance with the principles described above, and that all efforts are made to prevent the recurrence of such an event.


IFATCA’s Newest Corporate Member: GCAA, United Arab Emirates

The UAE is home to the newest corporate member of the IFATCA community and the General Civil Aviation Authority is proud to be a member of the community.

Joining IFATCA means a lot for the GCAA. It means gaining access to a wealth of information and best practices from around the world, while keeping abreast of issues, trends and challenges related to ATC. As the first member from the Middle-East and GCC (Gulf Cooperative Council) to join IFATCA, the GCAA is also looking forward to contributing and improving global ATC operations by sharing its knowledge and expertise related to its area of activities.

Who are we?

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is both the State Regulator and the service provider for en route air traffic control in the United Arab Emirates. Its mission is to regulate and oversee aviation safety, security and environment, deliver air navigation services and facilitate air connectivity through international collaboration in order to efficiently serve the general public and civil aviation industry. It is responsible for the only area control centre in the UAE, the Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre, where over 100 controllers work in various capacities.

Inaugurated in 2009 and located just minutes away from the Abu Dhabi International Airport, the General Civil Aviation Authority of The United Arab Emirates Centre of Air traffic Control, Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre (SZC) in Abu Dhabi is the busiest and most advanced air traffic control facility in the Middle East. It ranks as one of the elite facilities in the world. It is an en route facility handling international flights arriving, departing and overflying the UAE from all over Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and South America The UAE controls some 120,000 square km (46,332 square miles) of airspace. Of the average of 2,500 daily movements, about 80% are either arriving or departing the UAE while the rest are overflights.

The Middle East is the aviation crossroads of the world and at the core of this nerve centre are the men and women at the Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre. These air traffic controllers are a well-trained individuals of quick thinking, professionally minded, hardworking aviation experts who safely guide thousands of aircraft 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year.

The job of a controller at SZC can be challenging, but the upside is that the employees in the United Arab Emirates live a lifestyle their friends and family can only dream of. The GCAA currently relies on UAE Nationals and experienced controllers from 22 nations to accomplish its mission. If living abroad in a multi-cultural country and being part of a modern and fast-paced ATC organization appeals to you, you may want to consider applying for an ATC position at Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre. Any en route-rated controllers with at least two years’ experience at a busy facility (or approach control-rated with at least five years’ experience) can apply using the following link: https://www.gcaa.gov.ae/en/pages/careers.aspx.

If you are selected you will be offered training as an area controller with a very competitive remuneration package. If you have any questions regarding these positions, write to us at [email protected]

Unstable Approaches Guidance Material release – 3rd Edition

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 the 3rd edition of "Unstable Approaches: Risk Mitigation Policies, Procedures and Best Practices".

It has been a joint effort between IATA, CANSO, IFATCA and IFALPA to address the problems surrounding unstable approaches, a major contributor to accidents.

The document is available for download free of charge here.

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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]

IFATCA Technical Award

Recipients of the IFATCA Technical Award

2017 – NAVCanada NAVCANsuite

2016 – Frequentis

2015 – Imtradex

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