The 55th Annual Conference of IFATCA, the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations ended on Friday, March 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. Over 400 delegates from over 70 Member Associations traveled from around the world to discuss and debate the professional, technical and operational aspects of air traffic control.
In their opening addresses, IFATCA President & CEO, Patrik Peters and National Air Traffic Controllers Association President, Paul Rinaldi, from the United States stressed the importance of international cooperation. This year’s Conference theme “The Formula Worldwide: Global Professionalism + Leadership = Safe Skies” heightened awareness of promoting and safeguarding the highest professional standards and the highest levels of safety for the travelling public.
The Conference included a panel covering Global Partnerships and featured speakers Teri Bristol (COO FAA), Jeff Poole (DG CANSO), Frank Brenner (DG EUROCONTROL), Rip Torn (Chairman IFALPA ATS Committee) and Patrik Peters (President & CEO IFATCA) who exchanged views on the topic of Global Partnerships and what they mean for IFATCA and its members. Other panels included the Foundations of Air Traffic Control Professionalism as well as a panel on streamlining the US National Airspace System.
The Conference ended with a farewell dinner under the stars, in the shadow of the replica Eiffel Tower at the beautiful Paris Hotel on the famous Las Vegas Strip. “Our international community comes together every year to improve and enhance the art and science of air traffic control,” said IFATCA President, Patrik Peters, “and for the first time in 55 years we were honoured to have our conference hosted in the United States. We leave here with many new friends, and a renewed commitment to ensuring the safest aviation system across the globe.”
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