Tunisian Association hosts Think Safety Workshop

The Tunisian Air Traffic Controllers’ Association is hosting the IFATCA Think Safety workshop. This hugely sought-after event is our Federation’s most effective tool for expanding awareness of just culture and a core understanding of systemic safety concepts.

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We are all one in the sky

Fifteen signatories, including IFATCA, support the European regulatory authorities in producing a robust, harmonised, EU-wide regulatory safety framework that enables the safe, secure, efficient and fair integration of drones in the aviation system, and fosters broad public acceptance.

In order to facilitate the integration of drones in very low-level airspace (i.e. below 500 ft) and preserve the high level of safety in the entire European airspace, we jointly call to accelerate the implementation of a number of measures as detailed in the declaration.

Hoping for a miracle seems to be the strategy of the the European Commission!

Europe’s Staff organisations have published an open letter to the aviation stakeholders within the Single European Sky concerning the proposed targets for ANSPs in the the period from 2020-24 – the so-called reporting period 3 (RP3)

In essence, the European Commission, the Airlines and the Performance Review Body (PRB) don’t seem to acknowledge that there is an obvious connection between the immense focus on cost reduction in RP1 and RP2 and the current delay situation in Europe.

It is clear that the Commission uses the same thinking for RP3 as used for RP1 and RP2. The staff organisations predict that the results will be the same: similar or more delay, underinvestment in the areas where there is an urgent need, a continued disharmony between the needs of the airlines and the performance of the ANSPs, continued distrust between the main stakeholders while there is no visible benefit for the passenger.

Read the full letter here.

European Excellence Award

During the 2019 World ATM Congress​ in Madrid, the International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations (IFATSEA), the European Cockpit Association (ECA) and the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) have jointly been awarded the Single European Sky Excellence Award.

The European Commission attributed the award to the “complete commitment from staff to delivering the essential services needed to enable capacity and deliver safety.”

Needless to say that as representatives of air traffic controllers worldwide, IFATCA is honoured to share this award with our engineering and pilot colleagues. We also want to explicitly recognise all of our members for their continued commitment and skill with which they uphold the highest safety standards in often challenging circumstances.

IFATCA wants to thank the European Commission for recognising the vital role the front-line operators play in keeping aviation the safest mode of transport.

Marc Baumgartner (left, IFATCA SES Coordinator), Costas Christoforou (middle, IFATSEA Regional Director Europe) and Loïc Michel (right, ECA Technical Policy Advisor) accepting the award on behalf of European staff.

Annual Report from the Expert Group on the Human Dimension

The Expert Group on the Human Dimension (EGHD) of the Single European Sky (SES) was formally established by the European Commission in 2017 to advise on the implementation and development of SES from a human dimension perspective. It represents the opinion of all frontline operators and support staff who are impacted by the latest regulatory, operational and technological changes resulting from SES. The group is co-chaired by Paul Neering, an experienced IFATCA Representative. Within the group, IFATCA is represented by Anders Liebl (DK). They have just published their 2018 Annual Report, which gives an excellent overview of the importance of this group.

Letter to Argentinian Government

IFATCA has addressed the government of Argentina, through its President – His Excellency Mauricio Macri. We are extremely concerned about the disrespect for international safety culture standards at the Aeroparque Jorge Newberry airport. Following a single complaint from one pilot regarding an event where safety was not compromised in any way, the controllers working at the time were removed from their position, seemingly as a disciplinary measure. The information we have suggested they were replaced by staff who may not have been licensed or rated for the positions they occupied, clearly creating a serious breach of the applicable safety levels.

The full letter, in Spanish and in English can be found here.

Aviation English Instructor course, Algiers

Over the past week and with the support of local association SNPCA, IFATCA hosted an Aviation English Development course in Algiers, Algeria. Some 28 participants from Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Niger and Nigeria attended. Presented by Silvia Caragui (from our Romanian Member Association RATCA), it culminated in a small ceremony this morning, during which the certificates were handed out to the attendees. The course is a so-called train-the-trainers course, where the idea is that the participants take the experience back to their local units/countries to help their colleagues improve their aviation english skills.

Earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia

As you may have heard, Indonesia was struck by another earthquake last week. This time, the epicentre was near the island of Sulawesi. In addition to the strong quake, a devastating tsunami hit Palu Bay. Currently, there are over 1,000 fatalities reported.

Our thoughts go out to the many victims of this disaster and especially to one of our colleagues: Anthonius Gunawan Agung was was the only person left in the control tower of Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport in Palu when the magnitude-7.5 quake struck the coastal city on Friday. He remained behind to ensure a flight that was about to take off could do so safely. The decision to stay cost him his life, but potentially saved hundreds of others. Agung was born in 1996 in Abepura - Papua. He graduated from the Aviation Training Centre in Makassar on 2017. He was working at AiNav Indoneaia since June 2018. He was still single and would turn 22 later this month.

Via our Indonesian member association, IFATCA has reached out to the family: we've sent a wreath and have made a donation towards the costs of the service. We are evaluating whether we can help in any other way. In the mean time, we would encourage everyone to consider donating to the relief efforts for Indonesia: over the past months, different parts of the country have been hit by major earthquakes and any help is welcome. A number of non-government organisations have set up fund raisers to collect money towards the relief efforts. Please look in your country for such actions and consider donating - every little bit helps.

On behalf of the IFATCA Executive Board and all our Federation's members, we again extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. We hope they find some comfort in remembering his bravery and commitment to our profession. May he rest in peace.

Lastly, we salute our colleagues in Palu, who in very difficult circumstances continue to provide air traffic control services. In doing so, they're a vital link in the crucial relief efforts for the area.

Summary of 1st Digitisation Workshop available

At the end of January 2018, IFATCA organsised their 1st digitalisation conference. Venue was the press room of @GeneveAeroport. This document offers short summaries of the presentations, captured from various notes. As such, they highlight the main points made by the presenters. The summaries do not necessarily reflect the views of the contributors, as they have been collected by the author of this summary, Marc Baumgartner. To open the presentation, click on the slide - they will be downloaded from an external website (www.atcfactory.ch).

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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