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Single European Sky III – Mission Possible?

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The Single European Sky (SES) concept was initially introduced by the European Commission in 1999 to tackle the inefficiencies of the European Air Traffic Management (ATM) system and to ensure it could meet future demand for air travel effectively. However, despite the introduction of two regulatory frameworks and implementation initiatives, SES I in 2004 and SES II in 2009, we are still a long way away from the full implementation of the SES.

IFATCA has now compiled a whitepaper, in which it presents its views on the reasons behind that delay and gives five recommendations to achieve an interoperable, standardised and efficient SES and ATM system, without compromising safety. The main reasons behind the failure to implement the SES are the lack of an agreed long-term vision and strategy about the SES, an inefficient legal framework which reinforces the idea of short-term performance targets, the lack of political will amongst Member States to break free from national boundaries and the absence of technological and procedural standards to ensure Europe-wide interoperability.

IFATCA is committed to and has been supportingthe SES since its inception. We strongly believe that the SES is possible.However, the onus is on all the stakeholders to collaborate, leave vestedinterests aside and find a way forward, which avoids the mistakes of the pastand addresses the current problems of the ATM system. Only then will the SESbecome a reality.

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Low Level Drone Guidance

The number of drone sightings by pilots and ATCOs and related airprox reports continues to rise. There have been numerous cases of airspace and aerodrome closures due to drones in the vicinity. Many countries do not yet have standard procedures to deal with drone sightings near aerodromes or violations of controlled airspace. IFATCA has released a guidance document on very-low-level drone operations near controlled airports.

The objective of this discussion and guidance material is to promote and uphold a high standard of knowledge and professional efficiency among Air Traffic Controllers. This document is for: distribution to IFATCA Member Associations and ATCOs; as guidance for IFATCAs’ representatives; and for public dissemination. The guidance material focusses on drones operating very-low-level (e.g. not above 400 ft AGL) near controlled airports, generally within controlled airspace, and either VLOS💬 or BVLOS💬.

The guidance material complements the IFALPA/IFATCA Drone Sighting Guidelines published 29 August 2018. It also aligns with IFATCA’s policy statements on the operational use of unmanned aircraft.

2019_01

The Controller magazine – April 2019

It is our pleasure to present the latest electronic issue of The Controller. Our magazine is available on a variety of platforms:

Remote Towers: an overview

The concept of remote operations remains the subject of debates, working groups, studies and, above all, professional reality. While issues related to Remote Air Traffic Services are still under discussion, and without specific global guidelines to regulate standards available, the industry is moving forward with testing multiple tower solutions.

IFATCA has compiled a quick reference to assist Member Associations that are confronted with implementation scenarios in their country. It includes a list of topics that they can expect to come up in discussions.

Guidance Material

IFATCA has released two new guidance documents. The first one is a checklist for Member Associations to verify their ANSP/Country’s compliance with European Regulation 2017/373 on stress, fatigue and psychoactive substances. While obviously most relevant to European associations, it may be of use to others to crosscheck how they are doing in respect to this regulation.

The second document is a short guide to human fatigue and associated risk based management Systems for air traffic control.

Both documents can be found in our guidance material section, under the education tab.

The Controller magazine – November 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 20Mb) 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,

Thom Metzger, The Controller Editorial Team
http://www.the-controller.net

2018_03

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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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
http://www.the-controller.net

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