On Friday, Prof. Eric Hollnagel gave a presentation of how Safety thinking is evolving. From his presentation, it was clear that the so-called Safety II (why do things go right?) can bring definite benefits in conjunction with the more traditional, Safety I, approach (Why do things go wrong?)
Member associations then assembled in informal regional meeting to discuss regional issues that MAs face. From these meetings, it remains clear that ATCOs around the world are under continued, and increasing pressures from their management, governments and other parties that appear to place costs and politics above common sense and, in some cases, safety.
After the lunch, IFATCA PCX Alexis Barthwaite reconvened the plenary assembly of the Federation. This assembly formalised the decisions taken in the different committees, by accepting the reports of the Committee Chairmen. A number of appointments needed to be explicitely voted on in plenary session: Patrik Peters (Eurocontrol Guild) takes over from Alexis Brathwaite as President and CEO of the Federation. Taking his place as DP is Scott Shallies (AUS), our former EVP Professional. That post is now filled by Eric Risdon (CH). John Carr's appointment as EVP Americas was confirmed after having taken this position ad-interim for the past months. EVP Europe Željko Oreški continues for another two years to manage IFATCA's largest region.
Immediate Past President Alexis Brathwaite was awarded the IFATCA Scroll of Honour, the highest award Federation can bestow on an individual. Darrell Meachum and Willem Zuidveld were awarded the IFATCA Award of Merit for their outstanding service to the Federation. Several others received an EB award for their services to the association.
Four Member Associations were (re-)accepted as members of the Federation: Angola, Maldives, Montenegro and Kazakhstan. Three members had to be considered for termination by Directors for not fulfilling their obligations to the Federation. The 2015 Annual Conference venue was confirmed to be Sofia, Bulgaria. Our MA from the USA won the bid to host the 2016 event in Las Vegas.
In his closing statement, former President and CEO Alexis Brathwaite stated the Federation was a strong and influential body in the international aviation community. Together with other organisations and associations, it is excellently placed to continue to strive to improve professional, technical and legal conditions for Air Traffic Controllers wordwide.
In his closing remarks, newly appointed President & CEO Patrik Peters thanked the Member Associations and volunteers for their dedicated work for and support of the Federation throughout the year and at this successful Conference. He thanked the Organising Committee and Spanish Member Association USCA for their outstanding organisation of a successful conference.