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ICAO/IFATCA Webinar on ATC Licensing in view of COVID-19

Date: 13 August 2020
Time: 1200UTC

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

The ICAO ESAF and WACAF Regional offices, in coordination with IFATCA, have organized a webinar (English) on the theme “Manage – ICAO/IFATCA Webinar on ATC Licensing in view of COVID-19”.
The primary objective of the Webinar is to address the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on personnel licensing, especially as it relates to Air Traffic Controllers; highlighting the challenges that have been faced by States to ensure the validity of licenses and guidelines for preparation of the recovery phase for the resumption of aviation operations post-COVID-19.
The discussions will include the following areas:

  1. Status of ATC licensing implementation in the AFI region;
  2. How States are dealing with the requirements of Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention – Personnel Licensing (with ATC in perspective) in the COVID-19 environment;
  3. State preparations for the Restart/recovery phase

TARGET AUDIENCE

The Webinar targets participants from the air navigation services providers, air traffic controllers, air traffic controllers’ professional associations, the civil aviation authorities, and other stakeholders interested in the area of personnel licensing.

Panelists

Papa Issa Mbengue, Regional Officer/OPS, ICAO
Kebba Lamin Jammeh, Regional Officer/FS, ICAO
Duncan Auld, President and CEO IFATCA
Alfred Vlasek, IFATCA Expert

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Webinar #4: Safely Navigating the Industry Restart

We are pleased to announce the fourth webinar of the Safely Navigating the Industry Restart web series. This exciting webinar will provide an overview of potential challenges related to the interface between ATCOs and pilot in light of the new and changing operating environment resulting from COVID 19. It will also provide insights to best practices and mitigations during the restart phase of aviation.

You are cordially invited to register for:

Episode 4 – Pilot & ATCO Interface during Restart

Target Audience: Pilots, ATCOs, ATC/OCC Unit Managers
30 July, 2020
1030 UTC

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Bulletin #2: Safely Navigating the Industry Restart

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the aviation industry and its stakeholders. In order to help facilitate the industry restart in these challenging times,  the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (IFATCA), International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently held a webinar on the topic of Maintaining Competency During COVID-19 and Throughout the Restart of Aviation. Following the webinar, IATA has drafted a bulletin highlighting the main points covered during the webinar.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs) allow for the identification of hazards, risks and control measures associated with a given event or change. The example provided in this bulletin is for information only and is NOT a replacement for a proper SRA taking into account the local environment for which it will be used.

IFATCA will not be responsible for how the assessment is carried out, and is not responsible for the use of the example provided. It should be noted that nothing within the example provided overrides any requirements needed to comply with national regulation and approved procedures.

The assessment is a continuous, live process and must be monitored and audited, reviewed and revised with any change occurring. Any change could lead to new risks and hazards needing to be considered and no liability rests with IFATCA in this respect. The assessment should be programmed for review at appropriate intervals.Maintaining Competency During COVID-19 and Throughout the Restart of Aviation

Bulletin 2 – Maintaining Competency During COVID-19 and Throughout the Restart of Aviation

Target Audience: ATC/OCC Shift Supervisors, ATC Unit/OCC Managers, Training Managers / Directors

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Bulletin #1: Safely Navigating the Industry Restart

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the aviation industry and its stakeholders. In order to help facilitate the industry restart in these challenging times,  the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (IFATCA), International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently held a webinar on the topic of Human Factors for ATCOs and Dispatchers. Following the webinar, IATA has drafted a bulletin highlighting the main points covered during the webinar.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: Safety Risk Assessments (SRAs) allow for the identification of hazards, risks and control measures associated with a given event or change. The example provided in this bulletin is for information only and is NOT a replacement for a proper SRA taking into account the local environment for which it will be used.

IFATCA will not be responsible for how the assessment is carried out, and is not responsible for the use of the example provided. It should be noted that nothing within the example provided overrides any requirements needed to comply with national regulation and approved procedures.

The assessment is a continuous, live process and must be monitored and audited, reviewed and revised with any change occurring. Any change could lead to new risks and hazards needing to be considered and no liability rests with IFATCA in this respect. The assessment should be programmed for review at appropriate intervals.

Bulletin 1 – Human Factors for ATCOs and Dispatchers

Topic: Addressing the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 on the workforce
Target Audience: ATC/OCC Shift Supervisors, ATC Unit/OCC Managers, Training Managers / Directors

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Webinar #3: Safely Navigating the Industry Restart

We are pleased to announce the third webinar of the Safely Navigating the Industry Restart web series. This exciting webinar will provide participants with an overview of the impact of COVID-19 on Safety Management Systems (SMS) and gain insights from industry experts on best practices for maintaining SMS for ANSPs and safety culture during and post COVID-19, in light of all the changes in the operational environment and risk landscape.

You are cordially invited to register for:

Episode 3 – Maintaining Safety Culture & SMS during a Pandemic

Target Audience: ANSPs, ATC/OCC Unit Managers, Safety Managers/Supervisors, Dispatchers
9 July, 2020
1030 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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IFATCA & IFALPA on Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303 Preliminary Report

Press Release

The aviation community grieves the tragic loss of lives aboard Pakistan International Airlines Flight 8303 on 22 May 2020. Our thoughts are with the families of those lost and the survivors who may still have a long road to recovery. We are extending our support to our Pakistani colleagues for whom this is undoubtedly a traumatic experience.

The air transport industry is a complex system made up of people, procedures, and technology that interact to create the safest way to travel. The few accidents that occur are always a consequence of multiple factors, which combine in unprecedented ways to push a safe system over the edge towards a breakdown.

In order to learn from accidents and prevent recurrence, international ogranisations the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) would like to emphasise that the technical safety investigation by the accident investigation authority must be conducted according to the international standards on accident investigation. As stated clearly in Annex 13 to the Chicago Convention:

“The sole objective of the investigation of an accident or incident shall be the prevention of accidents and incidents. It is not the purpose of this activity to apportion blame or liability.”

Such investigation should not be impeded or influenced by administrative, disciplinary, or judicial proceedings that would apportion blame or criminal liability.

Whilst the investigation is ongoing, there should be no disclosure of the accident evidence other than the basic factual information usually included in a Preliminary Report. None of the actual recordings should be made available for purposes other than the technical safety investigation.

There should also not be premature conclusions, which are often based on incomplete, inaccurate and/or speculative information and which focus on one aspect of what happened. Premature conclusions hamper the ability to learn from these tragic events and could be unfair to one or more of the parties concerned. We urge the media, the public, and the concerned stakeholders to respect the long-established processes and procedures for analysing these events and let the accident investigation authorities perform their investigations professionally and objectively.

IFALPA and IFATCA will monitor the investigation closely to ensure that it is conducted in accordance with the principles described above. We will support all efforts to prevent the recurrence of accidents.

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Save your sky!

For a safe and resilient air traffic control system

Press Release

Air traffic control across Europe is in danger. Unprecedented cuts in resources are underway, affecting the social and working conditions of workers in air traffic management, the safety of passengers and the overall capacity of air traffic control in the near future. To inform the EU citizens of the current situation of Air Traffic Services and potential consequences for the safety in the skies, Unions and Professional Associations representing ATM/ANS (Air Traffic Management/Air Navigation Services) staff (ATCEUC, ETF, IFAIMA, IFATCA, IFATSEA) have decided to launch a petition. We are seeking support for our appeal:

We call upon European institutions and member states to work with all aviation workers and find a plan for the European aviation sector that includes air traffic management systems!

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on European aviation, affecting Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs – companies or agencies providing air traffic control) as much as other sectors of the aviation industry. Due to the nature and complexity of the infrastructure and services provided, ANSPs have suffered greatly from the COVID-19 crisis. They will continue to suffer in the future if there is no Europe-wide solution in place. Air navigation services were maintained 24/7 during the crisis (ambulance flights, cargo flights carrying essential equipment and medicines, hospital and repatriation flights).

Volker DICK, ATCEUC President: “The good functioning of Air Traffic Services was proven to be essential in this period of crisis. First necessity goods, doctors, sick people had to be transported with the highest level of safety for the benefit of the entire European society.

Since the beginning of February, ANSPs have faced a total absence of revenue. An agreement has been made to allow airspace users to defer charges which would normally be paid to ANSPs. This lack of funding has translated into severe difficulties for the ANSPs, and it is affecting the lives of workers in the air traffic management.

 Frédéric DELEAU, IFATCA (Acting) Executive Vice-President Europe, explains: “Without proper and sustainable funding of ANSPs,  the quality of services given and performance in capacity and safety will be jeopardised for the coming years. The existence of such services in certain areas of the network is now clearly at stake. Air Traffic Controllers and other front-line staff have proven to take their responsibilities seriously in times of crisis. IFATCA expects other stakeholders to cooperate and guarantee stability while creating sustainability for the critical infrastructure of Air navigation Services (ANS).

Costas Christoforou, IFATSEA Director Europe, complements: “Medium/long-term investments in technology and people can no longer be guaranteed. ANSPs have to focus simply on their survival and on maintaining the highest level of service possible.

Urgent help is needed to rebuild this sector and secure the recovery and the future of the entire aviation industry. Maximum effort has to be done to maintain stable air traffic management, a critical infrastructure to support Europe and its economy fully. EU citizens need to be aware of what is going on in the European sky. The high level of performance and the safety of European Sky could be put at risk if nothing is done.

Charles-André QUESNEL, ETF ATM Committee Chair, reflects on the significance of cooperation on the side of the European institutions: “No help for ATM/ANS sector is planned at European level to face the harsh consequences of COVID-19 crisis. To the contrary, we can see disastrous political manoeuvers by the European Commission, hampering the difficult recovery of these general European’s interest services.

Lately, the European Commission has attacked air traffic control systems in multiple ways. Firstly, it proposed to change the regulation defining ANSPs revenues by abolishing or completely diminishing recovery mechanisms in case of low level of traffic (traffic risk-sharing mechanism). At the same time, its officials have put some inappropriate pressure on employers’ representatives around Europe to increase the numbers of ANSPs staff layoffs, to continue to reduce salaries drastically and to stop any recruitment. Employees and their families have already been badly hit, but this severe social damage seems not to be sufficient enough for the European Commission.

Fernando LOPES, IFAIMA President confirms: “Attacks against ANSPs and their employees have increased to an unprecedented level and have to stop now.

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Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination (ATCEUC) was created in 1989 and is currently composed of 34 professional and autonomous trade unions representing more than 14000 Air Traffic Controllers and Air Safety Engineering Personnel throughout Europe. ATCEUC is an EU srecognised social partner in air traffic management.

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) represents more than 5 million transport workers, including approx. 370,000 aviation workers from more than 200 transport unions and 41 European countries. It is a srecognised social partner and the only representative of aviation workers across all sub-sectors (air traffic management, aircrew, ground handling, maintenance, etc.).

The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) is the recognised independent, non-political and non-industrial International sorganisation uniting air traffic controller associations for the last 60 years. IFATCA represents more than 50.000 air traffic control professionals in over 130 countries and holds an observer seat at the ICAO Air Navigation Commission. The main aims of the Federation are the promotion of safety, efficiency and regularity in international air navigation, along with safeguarding the professional interests of air traffic controllers.

International Federation of Aeronautical Information Management Associations (IFAIMA) is the Global Voice of AIM. It represents Professional Associations, Organisations, or guilds of Aeronautical Information Management (AIM), Aeronautical Communications (COM) and Flight Data Processing (FDP) personnel worldwide. The objects of IFAIMA are and shall be to operate as a non-partisan, non-profit-making to promote safety, efficiency and regularity in International Air Navigation. Officially srecognised by ICAO, EC and EASA. Your safety starts with us.

International Federation Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations – IFATSEA region Europe unites the Professional associations of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEP) from around the world. It is the authoritative voice on the competence of air traffic safety electronics personnel. Using our strong global network, we actively contribute to the improvement of air traffic safety performance.

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Webinar #2: Safely Navigating the Industry Restart

COVID-19 had an impact on training and licensing of ATCOs and dispatchers due to the lockdown imposed in many States, the inaccessibility to training facilities, the changing priorities in medical checks and the impact of physical distancing requirements on OJT. To ensure continuity of operations, many regulators approved the extension of licenses and alleviated some requirements for recurrent and refresher training. 

This webinar will discuss the impact of extension of licenses and recurrent training and what can be done to ensure continued competency with all the new requirements, e.g. physical distancing. The guest speakers will also share best practices and discuss the alternatives to training facilities and in-class room training.

You are cordially invited to register for:

Episode 2 – Maintaining Competency During COVID-19 and Throughout the Restart of Aviation

Target Audience: ATC/OCC Shift Supervisors, ATC Unit/OCC Managers, Training Managers / Directors
25 June, 2020
1030 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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REPLAY – Webinar: Safely Navigating the Industry Restart

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the aviation industry and its stakeholders. In order to help facilitate the industry restart in these challenging times,  the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (IFATCA), International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) are excited to announce the launch of a webinar series that will focus on the safe return to normal operations.

If you missed the first iteration of the 1st Episode, this is your chance to attend the webinar again! There will be a replay of the presentations, followed by a live Q&A where participants will be invited to ask their questions to the panelists!

You are cordially invited to register for:

REPLAY AND LIVE Q&A Episode 1 – Human Factors for ATCOs and Dispatchers

Topic: Addressing the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 on the workforce
Target Audience: ATC/OCC Shift Supervisors, ATC Unit/OCC Managers, Training Managers / Directors

08 June, 2020
1330 UTC

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IFAIMA, IFATCA, IFATSEA and ITF joint statement on Air Navigation Services

During these trying times, IFAIMA, IFATCA, IFATSEA and ITF would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost a loved one to the pandemic. We express our sincere sympathies to those affected by the virus and the measures in place to combat the spread, and share everyone’s concerns with regards to the long term impacts on society.

We understand the restriction of passenger flights is an effective mitigation to the spread. However, it must also be recognised that the efficient transit of freight flights is critical to the timely distribution of medical supplies and personnel. In a number of remote locations, it is of paramount importance to facilitate the timely operations of MEDEVAC flights; these air missions are indeed essential to transport those who require immediate and critical healthcare towards facilities that can accommodate their needs.

Amid this pandemic, Air Traffic Management (ATM) staff and, in particular, air traffic controllers continue to work, keeping our skies safe. They provide crucial services to the medical, humanitarian, military, repatriation and cargo flights still taking place. International organisations, governments, regulators and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) must ensure continuity of operations by complying with the health and sanitary requirements that this situation demands. They must also provide sufficient financial and regulatory support to the ANSPs to fulfill their mission [1].

IFAIMA, IFATCA, IFATSEA and ITF are working closely with the relevant United Nations agencies and other key international organisations to provide guidance material, gather and share best practices and offer support to those associations and professionals in need of assistance.

In the longer term, the COVID-19 pandemic will remain a global health emergency for the foreseeable future and has triggered an economic catastrophe. Millions of people are already suffering the dire economic circumstances as businesses shut down, income is reduced, and jobs disappear.

We thank those governments that have put in place income protection for workers and urge that any remaining people not covered should also be assisted.
It is crucial that governments understand the importance of aviation and support the aviation industry. Laying off highly qualified staff and/or implementing irreversible cost-reduction measures will delay the recovery of the aviation industry and should be avoided at all cost. Protecting these jobs in this crisis and enabling the training for existing and new staff will guarantee that aviation can support functioning global supply chains and ensure that they are capable to lead in the economic recovery when the pandemic has been contained.

The current situation highlights that Air Navigation Services (ANS) are part of a country’s essential infrastructure, playing a key role in the distribution of much-needed medical and other supplies to address this health crisis. This was for instance recognised by the EU Ministers of Transport in their most recent video conference [2] at the end of April 2020. Regrettably, the funding of this critical infrastructure is at risk due to the flawed financing mechanism that includes airspace users wanting to defer the payment of route charges already incurred. This will severely impact both the current and future operation of ANSPs

IFAIMA, IFATCA, IFATSEA and ITF therefore call on governments to provide immediate financial and regulatory support for all air navigation service providers, in order to ensure the provision of air navigation services is financially supported to overcome this crisis and ensure that sufficient essential qualified staff is available when commercial air traffic returns. We also urge to investigate alternative and sustainable ways of financing these and other essential services, making them less dependent on volatility and economic downturns.

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