European Aviation Artificial Intelligence High-Level Group

The Kickoff meeting of the European Aviation Artificial Intelligence High-Level Group took place at the EUROCONTROL headquarters in Brussels on 16 September 2019. This group, formed with experts from different aviation areas, is tasked to study how Artificial Intelligence can be included in ATM. Their ambitious target is to produce a report on the subject […]

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Just Culture: Are we sustaining a false belief?

By Sidney W. A. Dekker, currently a professor at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, where he founded the Safety Science Innovation Lab. He is also Honorary Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland. He flew as First Officer on Boeing 737s for Sterling and later Cimber Airlines out of Copenhagen. In 2004, he wrote […]

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Safeguarding the Aeronautical Frequency Spectrum

Europe is currently studying the possibility of low power audio “Programme Making and Special Events” (PMSE) equipment in the 960 – 1164 MHz band of the spectrum, which is currently reserved for aeronautical use.Sharing this portion of the spectrum with other users would potentially affect systems widely used in civil aviation like Secondary Radar, DME, ADS-B, […]

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Just Culture: Learning or Punishing?

By Job Brüggen, Safety Officer of LVNL (Air Traffic Control The Netherlands).Our feature articles on Just Culture, triggered by the conviction of an Air Traffic Controller in Switzerland, aim to trigger thoughts and ideas for how to proceed. This article is written as a personal opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the […]

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IFATCA Think Safety Workshop – Nassau, Bahamas

The 10th Think Safety course just wrapped up in Nassau, Bahamas. The course was coordinated by the Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations and sponsored by the Bahahamian Air Navigation Service Division. The course brought together different stakeholders from the Bahamian aviation Industry.Through an interactive workshop, facilitated by IFATCA’s EVP Europe Tom Laursen and Safety Culture […]

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Just Culture: Where are we going now?

IFATCA will be publishing several short articles on our website in the coming days. The articles will be asking important questions about the current status of Just Culture triggered by the conviction of an Air Traffic Controller in Switzerland. It is the purpose to trigger thoughts and ideas for how to proceed. To describe one […]

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Bridging the gap – are we fighting windmills?

IFATCA will be publishing several short articles on our website in the coming days. The articles will be asking important questions about the current status of Just culture triggered by the conviction of an Air Traffic Controller in Switzerland. It is the purpose to trigger thoughts and ideas for how to proceed. This article explains […]

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Is the Justice System ready to adapt to a more connected and interrelated world?

IFATCA will be publishing several short articles on our website in the coming days. The articles will be asking important questions about the current status of Just culture triggered by the conviction of an Air Traffic Controller in Switzerland. It is the purpose to trigger thoughts and ideas for how to proceed. In the second […]

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Are we burying Just Culture for good?

IFATCA will be publishing several short articles on our website in the coming days. The articles will be asking important questions about the current status of Just Culture triggered by the conviction of an Air Traffic Controller in Switzerland. It is the purpose to trigger thoughts and ideas for how to proceed.  In the first article […]

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The Swiss Justice System is setting new unheard-of standards for the Aviation industry.

Swiss Justice system convicts an individual Air Traffic Controller for a system shortcoming. Yesterday the Swiss Federal Court rejected the appeal by an Air Traffic Controller, implementing a sentence from the Federal Criminal Court and made the sentence legally binding. IFATCA expresses our deepest support and sympathy with the involved Air Traffic Controller. We can […]

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Single European Sky III – Mission Possible?

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 […]

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JATCA Launches ERM website

Our Jordanian colleagues have launched their website for the European Regional Meeting 2019. This will be held in Aqaba, the only coastal city in Jordan and the largest and most populous city on the Gulf of Aqaba, in southernmost Jordan.Note that the site’s address is now http://erm2019.co and that registration requires a code. Instructions on […]

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Article in The Economist

The latest edition of The Economist (an English-language weekly magazine-format newspaper, published in the UK) had an article (unfortunately behind a paywall) that examined air traffic control and more specifically, the industry’s difficulties and challenged in Europe.While the article paints a mostly accurate picture of the ATC (or Air Traffic Management – ATM) situation around […]

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IFATCA 2019 Conference

The 2019 Annual Conference of IFATCA kicked off in Costa Rica this week. Delegates representing IFATCA’s Member Associations will debate administrative and professional issues affecting the Federation and air traffic controllers worldwide. As always, the conference provides formal and informal opportunities to meet colleagues, industry representatives including ICAO officials, and our corporate members.During the opening […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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International Women’s day 2019

Women and Equality in Air Traffic ControlThere is a growing worldwide shortage of air traffic controllers, a profession which is key to a safe aviation industry. Forecasts from the International Civil Aviation Organisation, a United Nations specialized agency, predict a shortfall of over 40,000 controllers over the next 20 years.Many of IFATCA’s Member Associations also […]

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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, […]

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PCX Resignation

The Executive Board of IFATCA regrets to announce the resignation of Mr. Patrik Peters, IFATCA President & Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 March 2019.In a letter to the IFATCA Member Associations, Mr. Peters explained that personal circumstances no longer allow him to fully focus on the needs of the Federation. Over the past 13 years, […]

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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 […]

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Congratulations to GATCO and the UK for involving professionals that have hands on expertise!

Congratulations to GATCO – The Guild of Air Traffic Control Officers and BALPA for making sure professional voices are being heard! Active involvement from the front line is essential for these kind of projects – not onlyin the UK!

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Productive Meeting with ITF

On January 18th, IFATCA representatives met with membersof the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). The meeting successfullyagreed on a common approach to the challenges of planned remote towersoperations, whether sequential or simultaneous. We also paved the way for arenewed memorandum of understanding between our organizations and planned acommon workshop to brief our members on how […]

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

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Earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia

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Joint IFALPA-IFATCA Drone Sighting Briefing Leaflet

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

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Publication of ICAO Doc 10084 and associated events

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Unstable Approaches Guidance Material release – 3rd Edition

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2017 International Day of the Controller

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