The IFATCA Technical Award recognises a single product, part of, or piece of equipment produced by one of our Corporate Members that demonstrates a committed effort to provide an innovative, quality product that will enhance aviation safety.

The criteria for nomination are:

• A candidate must be a Corporate Member of IFATCA, either as an existing member or as a new applicant who has paid their subscription.

• The product, part of, or piece of equipment must be in current use at any ATC unit in the world, directly in the operational environment by ATC.

• The product, part of, or piece of equipment should be innovative and incorporate good ergonomics and design principles. It should provide operational benefits over alternative products and/or demonstrate significant safety benefits.

• The Corporate Member shall make a submission detailing the products key features and benefits for the selection process.

The applications are reviewed by the Technical & Operations Commitee in collaboration with the Professional & Legal Commitee, at their second meeting of the year. The winner will be announced at our Annual Conference and will receive the award during the opening ceremony in the presence of dignitaries, usually Minister Of Transport and CAA / ANSP directors of the host country.

From 2017 onward, this presitigious award will be presented bi-annually.

IFATCA TECHNICAL AWARD 2017 - NAVCanada

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The 2017 IFATCA Technical Award was given to NAVCanada for their NAVCANsuite. The NAVCANsuite is a series of automation products, providing both standalone and integrated solutions in airport, tower and terminal ATC environments.

The suites have been successfully implemented at over 100 sites worldwide (mainly aerodrome control) and controller responses to the suites have been very positive. Human factors, ergonomics and other concerns of interest to the controller community have been considered and discussed, creating an end product by and for controllers.

The NAVCanada representative received the award at the Opening Plenary.

IFATCA TECHNICAL AWARD 2016 - Frequentis

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The 2016 IFATCA Technical Award was awarded to Frequentis during the Annual Conference in Las Vegas, USA. In his introductory speech, the Chairman of IFATCA's Technical & Operational Committee, Ben Gorrie, praised the Electronic Flight Strip system of the Austrian manufacturer: operational feedback from controllers in various parts of the world indicated that the Frequentis systems provide a highly reliable and user-friendly experience, thereby enhancing safety and efficiency. Mr. Gorrie and Alfred Vlasek, chairman of the Professional & Legal Committee of IFATCA, presented the award to Thomas Fraenzl of Frequentis.

IFATCA TECHNICAL AWARD 2015 - Imtradex

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The very first IFATCA Technology Award presented to Imtradex for their AirTalk 3000 XD Flex headset. Marketing Manager & Sales Manager ATC Susanne Lastein, who accepted the award, emphasized that air traffic safety is very much dependent on interference-free communications between everyone involved. “Misunderstandings between air traffic controllers and pilots can have serious consequences. It is therefore crucial that they understand each other clearly, which makes communication equipment a real safety factor”, said Susanne Lastein.