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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.

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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

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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

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Please note this is a FREE webinar however live attendance is limited to the first 1000 attendees connecting
2021_02

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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Unstable Approaches Survey by IATA/CANSO/IFALPA/IFATCA

Unstable Approaches Survey by IATA/CANSO/IFALPA/IFATCA


The reduction of Unstable Approaches is an ongoing objective of the aviation industry, since they are a contributing factor to accidents like Runway Excursions, Hard Landings, Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT), and Tail Strikes among other accident categories. In our ongoing effort to help the industry implement the most current best practices to achieve this goal, IATA/CANSO/IFALPA and IFATCA, together with other industry partners, are working on a Safety Risk Assessment to evaluate current safety barriers and propose new safety enhancements.

 

To support this industry effort, IATA, CANSO, IFALPA and IFATCA kindly request your participation in our survey that will help us gauge the effectiveness of the 2017 IATA/CANSO/IFALPA/IFATCA Unstable Approaches: Risk Mitigation Policies, Procedures and Best Practices, and with your help, find opportunities to improve and update its content. The survey should not take more than 10 minutes to complete.

 

We invite you to take part in this survey. To participate, please click on the link below.

 

We value your feedback.

Participate in the Survey!

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Bulletin 1 - Mitigating Human Factors Hazards in the Context of the Operating Environment during and post COVID-19

Bulletin 1 – Mitigating Human Factors Hazards in the Context of the Operating Environment during and post COVID-19


Many aviation-related organizations have taken steps to help crews, dispatchers and controllers deal with changes in the physical and psychosocial environment owing to the impact of COVID-19, both at work and in their personal lives. Maintaining this focus on COVID-related human factors challenges and staying proactive is important to ensuring continued high levels of safety as operations ramp up. Appropriate resources and tools to minimize the mental health impact of COVID-19, including peer support programs, will play an important role in ensuring staff well-being throughout the recovery. 

Restarting a complex system, such as aviation, is not a linear process. The impact on staff in airlines, ATCOs and the aviation supply chain could lead to a different risk landscape which can, by extension, introduce new operational and safety challenges. Additionally, traffic recovery is expected to be volatile and the ramp up may be different than anticipated. Therefore, local safety management systems (SMS) should address COVID-19 related concerns including the biological and psycho-social risks and their interactions with aviation safety. In addition, creating a supportive environment for aviation personnel can help maintain self-wellbeing. 

To better understand the impact that post COVID-19 operations-related challenges could have on human factors, CANSO, IFATCA, IFALPA and IATA conducted a safety risk assessment. The safety risk assessment (SRA) example, provided at the end of this bulletin, was reviewed, and used to shape a webinar organized on 20 May 2021. This joint bulletin is an update of Bulletin 1, which was issued in 2020, and is a result of the revised SRA and the webinar.

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Change Management Concept on the Gears.

Webinar 4 - Organization & Change Management Throughout a Pandemic

The uncertainty brought on by COVID-19 is causing aviation stakeholders to explore new ways of working together. In addition to the need to minimize the negative impacts of the pandemic on workforce and operations, there are opportunities to look at how to ensure future resilience in a changing environment.

 

In this session, experts will explore areas for change and organization management during and after COVID.

You are cordially invited to register for:

Episode 4 – Organization & Change Management Throughout a Pandemic

Target Audience: Airlines, ANSPs, ATC/OCC Shift Supervisors, ATC Unit/OCC Managers, Pilots, Training Managers / Directors
29 July, 2021
1030 UTC

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Please note this is a FREE webinar however live attendance is limited to the first 1000 attendees connecting
Jez

New Conference Coordinator

The IFATCA Executive Board is honoured to announce the appointment of Mr Jez Pigden (UK) as the next Conference Executive. As such, Jez will act as the liaison between (potential) host Member Association(s) and the Executive Board in planning and organising the IFATCA's Annual Conference. With ample experience on the Federation's Professional and Legal Committee and as committee secretary during quite a number of conferences, the Executive Board is confident that Jez is well placed to take up this challenging task.

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