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Update 24 - SEP 2022

ASECNA controllers have suspended their action for 10 days, pending new negotiations with their management. IFATCA welcomes this development and encourages all parties to reach a constructive and meaningful agreement.

Press Release - 23 SEP 2022

The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations, IFATCA, is gravely concerned for the safety of civil aviation in parts of West Africa following the rapid escalation of the social conflict between the ASECNA staff across 17 countries and their management.

IFATCA has received reports that multiple air traffic controllers have been arrested, notably in Brazzaville and Douala.

In other ASECNA locations, unqualified staff, including military personnel with no civil air traffic control experience, have reportedly taken over working positions.

We also understand that airspace users have not been advised of these developments, and are under the impression that the service is being provided by fully qualified and competent personnel. They may therefore not be aware of the risks these vindictive measures pose for the safety of the airspace under control of ASECNA.

As signatories to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, States commit to upholding the licensing and competency standards set out in Annex 1 to the Convention. The replacement of qualified controllers with untrained persons, while neglecting to notify the international community is a breach of trust and undermines the credibility of the safety of that airspace.

Given the obvious risks posed by the unavailability of qualified control staff, IFATCA believes that there are immediate concerns for the safety of air traffic in the airspace controlled by the ASECNA organisation. We have communicated these concerns to other international organisations, including IFALPA, IATA and ICAO.

In the interest of air traffic safety, IFATCA calls on the involved parties to de-escalate this situation as quickly as possible and to return to the negotiating table, preferably with an independent mediator.


La Fédération Internationale des Associations de Contrôleurs Aériens, IFATCA, est gravement préoccupée par la sécurité de l'aviation civile dans certaines parties de l'Afrique de l'Ouest suite à l'escalade rapide du conflit social entre le personnel de l'ASECNA dans 17 pays et leur direction.

L'IFATCA a reçu des informations selon lesquelles plusieurs contrôleurs aériens ont été arrêtés, notamment à Brazzaville et à Douala.

Dans d'autres sites de l'ASECNA, du personnel non qualifié, y compris du personnel militaire sans expérience du contrôle du trafic aérien civil, aurait repris des postes de travail.

Nous comprenons également que les usagers de l'espace aérien n'ont pas été informés de ces développements et ont l'impression que le service est fourni par un personnel pleinement qualifié et compétent. Ils peuvent donc ne pas être conscients des risques que ces mesures vindicatives font peser sur la sécurité de l'espace aérien sous contrôle de l'ASECNA.

En tant que signataires de la Convention relative à l'aviation civile internationale, les États s'engagent à respecter les normes de licence et de compétence énoncées à l'annexe 1 de la Convention. Le remplacement de contrôleurs qualifiés par des personnes non formées, tout en négligeant d'informer la communauté internationale, est un abus de confiance et sape la crédibilité de la sécurité de cet espace aérien.

Compte tenu des risques évidents posés par l'indisponibilité de personnel de contrôle qualifié, l'IFATCA estime qu'il existe des préoccupations immédiates pour la sécurité du trafic aérien dans l'espace aérien contrôlé par l'organisation ASECNA. Nous avons communiqué ces préoccupations à d'autres organisations internationales, notamment l'IFALPA, l'IATA et l'OACI.

Dans l'intérêt de la sécurité du trafic aérien, l'IFATCA appelle les parties concernées à désamorcer cette situation le plus rapidement possible et à revenir à la table des négociations, de préférence avec un médiateur indépendant.


Obituary - Edgerton "Edge" Green

Edge Green 1930 - 2022

IFATCA is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Edgerton "Edge" Green on July 17, 2022, at the age of 92.

Edge's professional life was connected with aviation throughout. National service introduced him to radar in the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force, after which he became a navigator with a major aerial survey company. He started his ATC career as a GCA controller, seconded to the United States Air Force before joining the civil side at Bournemouth. Subsequent postings took him to Heathrow and eventually London ATCC, where he worked as both sector and chief sector controller. In between these postings, he managed to get in 18 months in Accra, Ghana, where he assisted with training the first radar controllers. He was UK GATCO's IFATCA liaison officer for several years and eventually served as GATCO President for two years from 1985. He was a member of IFATCA's technical and professional committee (SC I) for several years, serving on the IFALPA ATS study group as the IFATCA representative. He also represented the Federation at ICAO on several occasions.

In 1990, Edge joined the IFATCA Executive Board as the Federation's last Executive Secretary. In that role, he was instrumental in establishing the Federation's permanent office in Montreal, Canada, in 1997. In the years before, Edge and his wife Wendy were familiar faces at the Annual Conferences, managing the Conference Secretariat with unseen efficiency and flair. For their hard work, the Federations recognised the Greens at the Conference in Toulouse, 1998: Edge received the Scroll of Honour, while Wendy was made the Federation's first Honorary Member. Three years later, their expertise was needed one final time to assist during the 40th Annual Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

On behalf of the Executive Board and membership of the Federation, we extend our deepest condolences to Edge's family and loved ones. May he rest in peace.

IFALPA, IFATCA, IFATSEA Joint Statement for International Women’s Day 2022

This is the first time all three aviation professional staff organizations for pilots, air traffic controllers and air traffic safety electronic personnel have come together to promote a diverse, equitable and inclusive aviation world by embracing the International Women’s Day theme:

#BreakTheBias

Barriers associated with workplace stereotypes have hindered women from developing and advancing careers in our sector. There is a lack of women in the general workforce and specifically in leadership roles in Aviation.

Roughly half of the population of the World are women and the outdated notion that aviation is an unsuitable sector for women needs to be challenged.

When we #BreakTheBias we state that promoting equal and diverse access to the aviation profession is not only a question of fairness to women, but also a way to ensure that the aviation world is not missing out on half of the World’s talent pool.

When we #BreakTheBias we help future generations of women view the aviation world as a professional opportunity.

When we #BreakTheBias we highlight that initiatives supporting women in accessing the professions and in career development are needed. We need to identify and remove the obstacles that block advancement opportunities for women.

It is time to implement measures to attract and retain women in Aviation.

Ukraine on the map of the world.

Help Support Ukrainian Refugees

Ukraine on the map of the world or atlas.

Together with the rest of the world, IFATCA remains deeply concerned about the unprovoked attack on Ukraine and the impact on the country’s population, including our colleagues and their families. As shown throughout history, armed conflict and aggression are never a solution. IFATCA urges all involved to cease hostilities, respect international agreements and de-escalate the situation immediately through negotiation and mediation.

In the meantime, many Ukrainians are seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, where they find help and support from countless volunteers. These include IFATCA Member Associations supporting friends and colleagues from Ukraine by arranging transportation, providing lodging in their homes and donating other material support using their own resources.

Having received requests for support from these neighbouring associations, IFATCA has decided to use the account of the European Support Fund to collect and distribute funds to assist them in providing support. Individuals that wish to financially support the efforts of their colleagues in providing support are encouraged to contact their Member Association for more details on how to contribute.

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New Issue of The Controller

The editorial team is proud to present the latest electronic issue of The Controller. As usual, our magazine is available on a variety of platforms:

  • The IFATCA website: https://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 use 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 https://ios.the-controller.net, https://android.the-controller.net and https://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 (88Mb).
  • For Member Associations: a print-ready PDF version (about 120Mb) can be downloaded that can eventually be printed for your members. Alternatively, issuu.com also offers a printing service. Please visit https://issuu.com/ifatca for more details. Associations that have problems to download these files can 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 page

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New Guidance Material by IATA, CANSO, IFATCA and IFALPA

Safely Navigating the Industry Recovery:

Considerations for Navigating the Restart and Recovery of Air Traffic

The operational and financial impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry is unprecedented. Air travel worldwide almost entirely stopped in April 2020. With air travellers regaining confidence and travel restrictions being eased, the aviation industry is seeing varying and changing traffic levels that are introducing new patterns of activity across the aviation supply chain. The operating and working environments continue to adapt to different factors, from uncertainty related to flight schedules to changing procedures and requirements imposed by governments and regulators. While domestic air travel has recovered to around 65% of pre-crisis levels, international air travel is still down approximately 70% due to travel restrictions. Furthermore, profiles for traffic recovery vary dramatically by region and country.

To better understand the operational impacts of COVID-19 and the challenges that can be faced by airlines and air navigation service providers (ANSPs), the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA), the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) started an initiative in 2020. The initiative included collaborative safety risk assessments (SRAs) in the context of the COVID-19 environment. The SRAs were used to shape educational webinars that were organized with experts representing the different organizations. This document captures the outcomes of the SRAs and webinars in 2020 and 2021 and provides general considerations for airlines, ANSPs and airports during restart and recovery to normal traffic levels.

Download the Guidance Material (.pdf)

Click on the button below to download the document:
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IFATCA Welcomes Ministerial Declaration from ICAO High Level Conference on COVID-19

Montréal, Canada - 25 October 2021 – IFATCA today welcomed the declaration made by the Ministerial participants of the International Civil Aviation Organisations (ICAO) High Level Conference on COVID (HLCC), addressing the global crisis in aviation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Alongside Airports Council International (ACI), the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA) and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), IFATCA issued a statement welcoming Ministers’ commitment to taking effective measures to safely restore international connectivity and support the revival of the global economy. The statement also highlighted the need to implement risk based, pragmatic approaches such as mutual recognition of vaccines and interoperable solutions for proof of health status, and emphasized industry’s willingness to work with ICAO and States to support the recovery of the aviation sector.

Reinforcing industry’s commitment to address climate change, the statement also highlighted recent commitments made by industry for global civil aviation operations to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

This statement comes as government and industry stakeholders from around the globe conclude the two-week long HLCC that centred on round-table sessions bringing together Ministers of Transport and Health with senior civil aerospace sector leaders. “The High-Level Conference on COVID-19 has demonstrated the alignment between States and industry in many areas of safety and facilitation,” said ICCAIA Chairman Jan Pie. The aviation industry looks forward to working with ICAO and States to implement the recommendations, not only to help the industry recover, but to stand it in good stead to address future crises.

IFATCA is an international collective of air traffic controller associations. It was established in 1961 and is the largest and most comprehensive representative body for air traffic control in the world.

 

The full text of the industry statement can be read HERE.

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Webinar 6 - ATCO and Crew Interface

Registration is now open for the sixth and last of our joint Civil Air Navigation Service Organizations (CANSO), International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (IFATCA), International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA), webinar series on safe recovery to normal operations in a post COVID-19 world.

This webinar will provide an overview of potential challenges related to the interface between ATCOs and air crew in light of the evolving operating environment resulting from COVID-19. The webinar will also provide insights to best practices and mitigations during the recovery of air traffic.

You are cordially invited to register for:

Episode 6 – ATCO and Crew Interface

Target Audience: Airlines, Airports, ANSPs, ATC/OCC Shift Supervisors, ATC Unit/OCC Managers, Pilots, Training Managers / Directors
4 November, 2021
1130 UTC

Register now using the button below

Please note this is a FREE webinar however live attendance is limited to the first 1000 attendees connecting
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Webinar 5 - ATM & Airport operations during recovery

COVID-19 continues to have an impact on airport capacity and infrastructure in a number of areas including increased risks from wildlife at airports where operations have declined, combined with high levels of parked aircraft that attract birds. Returning to normal operations may require additional support and training for all airport stakeholders to address these challenges. Additionally, COVID has motivated the expanded operation of some airspace users, including new entrants. Special attention to those new types of operations will be required as traffic resumes. 

In this session, industry experts will explore these issues and discuss mitigation measures that can be used to ensure safety as traffic levels start to build up.

You are cordially invited to register for:

Episode 5 – ATM & Airport operations during recovery

Target Audience: Airlines, Airports, ANSPs, ATC/OCC Shift Supervisors, ATC Unit/OCC Managers, Pilots, Training Managers / Directors
23 September, 2021
1030 UTC

Register now using the button below

Please note this is a FREE webinar however live attendance is limited to the first 1000 attendees connecting
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New Issue of The Controller

Thanks to the hard work of our Editor Thom Metzger (USA NATCA) and his editorial team, we're proud to present the latest electronic issue of The Controller. As usual, our magazine is available on a variety of platforms:

  • The IFATCA website: https://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 use 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 https://ios.the-controller.net, https://android.the-controller.net and https://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 4Mb in size and requires a PDF viewer to be able to read it. A higher quality version is available via this link (18Mb).
  • For Member Associations: a print-ready PDF version (about 18Mb) can be downloaded that can eventually be printed for your members. Alternatively, issuu.com also offers a printing service. Please visit https://issuu.com/ifatca for more details. Associations that have problems to download these files can 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 page

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