Professional Association Membership
Eligible for affiliation as a Member Association is any professional association, organization, or guild of air traffic control personnel whose technical objects are essentially the same as those of the Federation.
Where such association, organization or guild includes members who are not air traffic controllers and have no direct connection with air traffic control, then individual membership of, and participation in, the affairs of the Federation shall be as specified in the Bye- Laws.
An ATC association eligible for Professional membership is ineligible for Corporate Membership.
Only one association, organization or guild of air traffic control personnel may be accredited as a Member Association for an area of representation at any one time.
Any applicant association, organization or guild of air traffic control personnel must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Directors that it actually represents, or has the possibility to represent, a majority of the air traffic controllers within its area of representation.
By applying for professional membership, the prospective Member Association shall agree and subscribe, without reservation, to all provisions, conditions and regulations contained in the Convention, the Constitution, and the Bye-Laws.
Affiliation of a prospective Member Association is subject to approval by a two-thirds vote of the Directors.
Where an applicant seeks affiliation from an area of representation in which the Federation already has a Member Association, acceptance of the application from the new organization by the Directors shall automatically cause termination of the affiliation of the existing Member Association.
Where an applicant seeks affiliation subsequent to termination or withdrawal of a Member Association in the same or similar area of representation, the Directors at Conference shall have the authority to require, or to waive, payment of the outstanding debt (in whole or in part) owed by the previous Member Association when considering their application for membership.
Applications for professional membership shall be directed to the IFATCA Office and shall include all necessary information as specified in the Bye-Laws.
Associate Professional Membership
Eligible for Associate Professional Membership are all individual air traffic controllers employed in areas of representation, where there is no possibility of affiliation to the Federation through a Member Association.
The status of Associate Professional Member may be conferred on or revoked from any eligible individual, by the Executive Board, at any time, without obligation to provide reasons.
Associate Professional Members may participate in the affairs of the Federation as specified in the Bye-Laws, and attend as observers at Conferences and meetings, except that they shall not be allowed to hold any elective office in the Federation, or have any right to vote.
Immediately the Federation admits to Professional status a Member Association in which an Associate Professional Member would be eligible for membership, his Associate Professional Membership shall be automatically terminated.
Applications for Associate Professional Membership shall be directed to the IFATCA Office and shall include all necessary information as specified in the Bye- Laws.
Individual professional membership of the Federation is only possible through membership of the Member Association in the area of representation in which the individual normally lives and/or is employed.
An individual who lives and/or is employed in an area which has no Member Association, or which has a Member Association that the individual is not eligible to join, may be accepted for professional membership through another Member Association if s/he is eligible under that Member Association’s rules.
Only those members who are actively employed in the provision of air traffic control services including instruction, maintaining standards of performance, supervision, operational support and safety regulation and who hold or are required to have held a formal qualification to control air traffic, shall be eligible to be declared as individual professional members.
Members of a Member Association who previously met these criteria and who have retired shall also be eligible for individual professional membership.
Members of a Member Association who do not meet these criteria but who work actively for the interests of the profession of air traffic control shall also be eligible for individual professional membership.
Individuals who are not otherwise eligible to be members of the Member Association appropriate to their location but who have demonstrated by their contribution to the work of the Federation that they actively support the aims and objectives of the Federation may be elected to Honorary Associate Membership.