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.

IFATCA’s Technical & Operations Committee Meets in Tbilisi, Georgia

IFATCA's Technical and Operations Committee (TOC) met at Tbilisi, Georgia this week to coordinate the work in progress and discuss the drafts of the papers to be presented in the next Annual Conference.

Amongst the subjects discussed, the committee studied the interoperability of automation systems, the use of parameters downloaded through Mode S radar and the issues resulting from airport surfaces becoming larger.

Our colleagues from the Georgian association were more than excellent hosts and organizers. Some of them joined the sessions and took the opportunity to discuss some local operational issues with their colleagues from abroad.

The members of the TOC will use all the input collectd during the meeting to further improve their working papers. A final meeting shortly before the Conference will then finalise the papers before distributing them to IFATCA's Member Associations so they can be debated at Conference.

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).

Controller Magazine – October 2017

coverIt 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.

Mobile Devices (tablets): We’ve switched to issuu.com for the best experience on mobile devices. The issuu.com app, which allows you to read The Controller offline on your tablet can be downloaded via http://ios.the-controller.net, http://android.the-controller.net and http://windows.the-controller.net. Best of all, the issues are now available for free – look for IFATCA once you’ve started the app.

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Annual Conference 2017 – Toronto, Canada

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IFATCA held its 56th Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition in Toronto, Canada from 15-19 May 2017.

The theme of this years Conference was ‘Taking Care of Business Together’ and we certainly did that with more than 400 attendees from over 70 countries. Committees were well attended and sessions ran smoothly. An ‘ICAO Open Forum’ was hosted by Mr Chris Dalton, Mr Nicolas Hinchliffe and Mr. Vincent Hwa, which provided MA’s with the opportunity to ask questions directly to ICAO. Mr Davis Perks hosted the IFATCA Panel on ‘Duty of Care’ with Mr Roderick van Dam and Mr Peter Ettler also in attendance.

IFATCA Technical Award

Recipients of the IFATCA Technical Award

2017 – NAVCanada NAVCANsuite

2016 – Frequentis

2015 – Imtradex

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