International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations
IFATCA is the recognised international organisation representing air traffic controller associations.
The Federation has been representing air traffic controllers for more than 50 years,
and has more than 50,000 members in over 125 countries.
One Sky - One Voice
IFATCA is an international Federation, with Member Associations in more than 130 countries from all corners of the globe.
IFATCA unites and defends the professional aspects of the air traffic controller profession.
NOT FOR PROFIT
IFATCA is a registered not-for-profit organisation in Montréal, Canada.
IFATCA maintains political independence.
IFATCA held its 56th Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition in Toronto, Canada from 15-19 May 2017.
The theme of this years Conference was ‘Taking Care of Business Together’ and we certainly did that with more than 400 attendees from over 70 countries. Committees were well attended and sessions ran smoothly. An ‘ICAO Open Forum’ was hosted by Mr Chris Dalton, Mr Nicolas Hinchliffe and Mr. Vincent Hwa, which provided MA’s with the opportunity to ask questions directly to ICAO. Mr Davis Perks hosted the IFATCA Panel on ‘Duty of Care’ with Mr Roderick van Dam and Mr Peter Ettler also in attendance.
Our Federation has lost a soldier, a leader, and to many of us, a dear friend. Willem Zuidveld passed away following a relapse of cancer in the afternoon of Monday 24 April 2017.
He fought a long and courageous battle; he was the kind of man that would win any fight, and many of us thought he had beat this too. Sadly that was not the case.
We shall however not let this take from us the memories of his life. Not only was he an inspiration and a mentor to many, he was also a joker and the life of many a party. He was a good man, always with a smile on his face, a heart of gold and a willingness to help anyone he could, and with a proud dedication to his profession.
Willem was very active within his own association, The Netherlands Guild of Air Traffic Controllers, and within IFATCA. Willem proudly and ably represented the Federation on many occasions, and will be known to many to have attended our conferences. He was part of our IFATCA family and will be sadly missed. We will honour him at our conference in Toronto next month.
On behalf of all members of IFATCA, the Executive Board expresses its deepest condolences to Willem's family, friends and colleagues.
On the 3-5th of April around 40 people participated to the 2nd ICAO/IFATCA think safety seminar. Participants came from Kenya, The Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Ghana and ranged from CAA representatives, ANS managers to ATCOs. The course revolved around Safety management systems, incident investigations, Critical Incident Stress Management and Just Culture. The three-day course was based on ICAO Annex 19 and systemic safety ideas. The workshop was superbly organised by our Ghanaian member association, GHATCA, who is also the host of next years IFATCA conference.
Twice a year TOC comes together for a 3-day meeting to discuss the progress and the desired outcome of the papers. Although a great share of the discussion is done via email throughout the year, meeting in person provides the opportunity to have more in depth discussions. By having the meeting in different places, the committee is able to involve corresponding members or by some paper subjects concerned MAs in the discussion.
In January 2017, the meeting took place in Tokyo, Japan. Since there were several combined papers on the working program, the final day of the meeting has been a combined TOC/PLC meeting. This day was also the start of the 3 days of meeting PLC had scheduled.
Several subjects were discussed during the meeting.
The paper on Ambient Workplace Recording (AWR, combined PLC/TOC) created much discussion. The controversial subject is current is many countries. In a world where aviation and incident reporting is not only getting more and more important, but also more transparent, the urge to implement systems such as AWR is getting bigger.
The lengthy discussions on the subject showed that this implementation is a delicate issue. To stand against AWR seems to be the easiest way forward, especially regarding the many discussions on privacy issues, which are not solely aviation related. However, as said before, there is a big push toward implementation so the question is if our objection would actually prevent it. Also, AWR could be beneficial to safety investigation is some cases, not just for the overall result but also for an ATCO’s case in particular. There is no hesitation that the AWR data collected should be handled with extreme care.
The committees decided that no AWR records shall be made public. Since the data will be used for incident investigation, it was agreed that a censured transcript of the data is needed. Sufficient and clear agreements on when to use the AWR data and who is allowed to access the data should be made between controllers and management.
These kinds of comprehensive subjects usually create a lot of discussion. By having these discussions, the committees try to cover all point of views so that they can epitomize this in widely supported policy statements to be presented during conference
Objectives of the Federation
The objects of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations are:
a. To operate as a non-‐profit and non-‐political federation of air traffic controllers' associations;
b. To promote safety, efficiency and regularity in International Air Navigation;
c. To assist and advise in the development of safe and orderly systems of Air Traffic Control;
d. To promote and uphold a high standard of knowledge and professional efficiency among Air Traffic Controllers;
e. To protect and safeguard the interests of the Air Traffic Control profession;
f. To make mutual benefit affiliations with other international professional organisations;
g. To strive for a world-‐wide Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations.
Official Seal of The Federation
IFATCA maintains valuable relationships with the ICAO, other aviation industry and professional bodies, and our Corporate Members.