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.
Over the past few months, IFALPA and IFATCA have been working jointly to produce a document for pilots and air traffic controllers to improve the information flow between the two groups and to coordinate the response when a drone is reported as being sighted.
Drone sightings by commercial aircraft are on the rise. There have been numerous cases of airspaces and aerodromes being closed due to reports of drones in the vicinity. Many countries do not yet have standard procedures to deal with drone sightings near aerodromes or violations of controlled airspace by drones. These guidelines are not a one-fits-all solution due to the dynamic and unpredictable nature of drone encounters but can be used to support the implementation of standard procedures and help pilots and air traffic controllers handle drone reports until such procedures are in place.
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On the 4th day of the EB meeting, EB members visited the tower of Aeroparque and learned about the complexities of an area where 5 airports are located in close proximity and also were briefed about the main issues for the Argentinian Air Traffic Control system.
EVP Technical presented his report of activities including an update of the development of the Technical and Operations Committee work. IFATCA’s Liaison Officer to the ICAO ANC also presented his work at ICAO and the ongoing preparations in view of the 13th Air Navigation Commission.
EVP Professional’s report was focused on the courses developed by IFATCA which have already been of use for a number of associations: Aviation English, Think Safety, Competency Based Training. He also updated the information regarding the Professional and Legal Committee.
The third day of the EB meeting was focused on continued development of the long term operating plan for the Federation. A review of the global activities was correlated to constitutional objectives and regional priorities. The EB attended a team building event displaying Argentinean culture and traditions. The day concluded with a teleconference regarding the finances of the Federation.
The EB meeting goes on for the second day. The EVP Americas presented IFATCA activity in the region with special mention to the English language courses that have been organized in several countries of the region.
The report of EVP Europe focused on the Single European Sky evolution and the objectives of RP3 (third reporting period).
The EB also dedicated a session to review the strategy of the Federation to set its course for the following years.
Meeting of the EB at Buenos Aires. During the first day of the meeting the EB discussed how to improve communication within IFATCA to ensure that information about the work of the Federation is available to every MA.
During this first day, the EB received the report of the EVP Asia-Pacific and EVP Africa-Middle East about their regions. During the session, the EB got a telephonic update from the Ethiopian MA about their situation with several controllers put under arrest following an strike considered as illegal by the Ethiopian government. The EB studied how the escalation of tension can affect operations and safety and discussed ways for the Federation to help to normalize the situation.
IFATCA is deeply saddened by the passing of its former Executive Vice President Professional, Martyn Cooper.
Having qualified as a controller in the summer of 1973 at his home airport in Luton, UK, Martyn soon found a passion in training new colleagues. Over time, he was the logical choice to become a unit training officer and the unit’s first Local Competency Examiner. Later, he joined the CAA’s Director of Airspace Policy as the NATS representative in the Terminal Airspace Section and it was from here that he retired in 2009.
He joined the London branch of GATCO shortly after qualifying, showing particular interests in the professional aspects of the air traffic control profession. Consequently, he joined GATCO’s Executive Board as Director Professional. Amongst his many achievements in that function, he was instrumental in the introduction of a scheme to control ATCO working hours, a system that remains in place even today.
It was during his tenure as GATCO Board Member that he also became involved in IFATCA. He chaired numerous Committee C sessions, dealing with professional and legal issues, during annual conferences and was involved in the Federation’s Standing Committee IV, the precursor to the Professional & Legal Committee (PLC). His passion for professional and human factor issues made him serve as IFATCA’s Executive Vice President Professional at the end of the 1990s.
The IFATCA family will fondly remember Martyn for his cheerful personality, humour, knowledge, insight and good common sense. But above all, his was able to transfer his deep passion for our profession onto others.
On behalf of the IFATCA Executive Board, our deepest condolences go out to his wife Carolyn, two sons Christian & Matthew, his two daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.
SIDs and STARs have proven to be effective means of ensuring that the flow of traffic to/from an airport is as efficient as possible and that potential conflicts are procedurally and safely managed. This is particularly so when combined with optimum airspace design in a PBN environment. Additionally, they provide a means of prescribing and representing the large amount of information associated with the lateral and vertical profiles an aircraft is required to fly.
However, over time, some of the benefits of SIDS and STARS have been eroded as diverging and sometimes conflicting meanings were attached to elements of the phraseology. In particular, there were reports of significant variances in the application of level and speed restrictions, leading to misunderstandings between flight crews and controllers, a number of incidents and a very real safety risk.
To mitigate this risk and at the request of the aviation community, work was undertaken by the ICAO ATM Operations Panel (ATMOPSP), with extensive consultation throughout the development process. The agreed outcome led to new SID/STAR phraseologies that became applicable in 2016.
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Last Friday, June 1st 2018, ICAO published the Second Edition of Doc 10084, Risk Assessment Manual for Civil Aircraft Operations Over or Near Conflict Zones. The document was published on the ICAO public website, and is available for downlowd free of charge at the following link: https://www.icao.int/safety/ConflictZones/Pages/default.aspx
The enhanced guidance material in the manual is based on existing ICAO provisions and industry practices related to:
a) responsibilities of States, operators and other services providers within States;
b) significant regulatory developments and existing practices since the downing of flight MH17 in 2014;
c) consolidated source material for conducting risk assessments;
d) outline of risk information sharing mechanisms;
e) guidance to States and operators on what to do with threat and risk information; and
f) existing mechanisms for State-to-operator and/or State-to State sharing of information.
To support the implementation of the new manual and its comprehensive guidance material, several initiatives will be conducted by ICAO and industry partners in the upcoming months:
· IATA AVSEC World Conference, 1 October 2018, Athens, Greece
· ICAO AVSEC Symposium, 26-28 November 2018, Montréal, Canada
For more details on these events, visit www.icao.int
It is our pleasure to present the latest electronic issue of The Controller. Our magazine is available on a variety of platforms:
- The IFATCA website: http://the-controller.ifatca.org, where issues can be read from within your browser. While this can be read on mobile devices, it does require you to be online (and your provider may charge you for this).
For the best experience, we recommend to select the full screen option via the toolbar on top of the pages.
- Mobile Devices (tablets): We’ve switched to issuu.com for the best experience on mobile devices. The issuu.com app, which allows you to read The Controller offline on your tablet can be downloaded via http://ios.the-controller.net, http://android.the-controller.net and http://windows.the-controller.net. Best of all, the issues are now available for free – look for IFATCA once you’ve started the app.
- PDF Version: download the pdf version of the latest issue. This file is about 5Mb in size and requires a PDF viewer to be able to read it. A higher quality version is available via this link (40Mb).
- For Member Associations: a print-ready PDF version (about 40Mb) can be downloaded that can eventually be printed for your members. Alternatively, issuu.com also offers a printing service. Please visit http://issuu.com/ifatca for more details. Associations that have problems to download these files can request a copy on a USB stick. Please contact our Montréal office via [email protected].
Besides being free, an electronic issue also offers new possibilities to interact with the content. Links in articles and adverts can be clicked and open to the relevant pages.
Feedback is always welcome and if you know anyone that might be interested in The Controller and IFATCA, please encourage them to subscribe to our magazine and/or forward this mail to them.
On behalf of the Editorial Team, I hope you will enjoy this latest issue of The Controller,
Philippe Domogala, IFATCA Editor ad-interim
International Organisations warn against premature conclusions
The aviation community grieves for the tragic loss of lives aboard US-Bangla Flight 211 on 12 March 2018. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those lost, and the survivors who may still have a long road to recovery. We also wish to extend our support to our Nepalese and Bangladeshi colleagues for whom this is undoubtedly a traumatic experience.
In order to learn from such event and prevent any repetition, IFATCA and IFALPA, the International Organisations representing Air Traffic Controllers and Air Line Pilots, stress the need for the technical investigation into the circumstances of this accident to be conducted according to international Standards.
Such investigation should strictly follow the provisions laid out in Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, which states that "the sole objective of the investigation of an accident or incident shall be the prevention of accidents and incidents" and that "it is not the purpose of this activity to apportion blame or liability".
Accident investigators should have unrestricted access and control over the evidence to ensure that a detailed examination can take place. Whilst the investigation is ongoing, there should be no disclosure of the accident evidence such as recordings, in order to avoid misinterpretation of the events that occurred.
Premature conclusions, often based on incomplete, inaccurate or speculative information, and focusing on any one aspect of what happened, will only hamper the ability to learn from these tragic events. We urge the media, the public, and the concerned stakeholders to respect the longestablished procedures for analysing these events and let the accident investigation run its course.
IFATCA and IFALPA will closely monitor the investigation to ensure that it is conducted in accordance with the principles described above, and that all efforts are made to prevent the recurrence of such an event.
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.
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IFATCA maintains valuable relationships with the ICAO, other aviation industry and professional bodies, and our Corporate Members.