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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RIP Willem Zuidveld 1965-2017

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Our Federation has lost a soldier, a leader, and to many of us, a dear friend. Willem Zuidveld passed away following a relapse of cancer in the afternoon of Monday 24 April 2017.

He fought a long and courageous battle; he was the kind of man that would win any fight, and many of us thought he had beat this too. Sadly that was not the case.

We shall however not let this take from us the memories of his life. Not only was he an inspiration and a mentor to many, he was also a joker and the life of many a party. He was a good man, always with a smile on his face, a heart of gold and a willingness to help anyone he could, and with a proud dedication to his profession.

Willem was very active within his own association, The Netherlands Guild of Air Traffic Controllers, and within IFATCA. Willem proudly and ably represented the Federation on many occasions, and will be known to many to have attended our conferences. He was part of our IFATCA family and will be sadly missed. We will honour him at our conference in Toronto next month.

On behalf of all members of IFATCA, the Executive Board expresses its deepest condolences to Willem's family, friends and colleagues.

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