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Coronavirus Guidance

The world is once again facing a global crisis that is not sparing the aviation industry. This crisis will impact each and every one of us in a number of ways. It is inevitable that every Member Association will be asked to contribute to the effort of their ANSP to manage the crisis.

IFATCA has developed Guidance Material to help its Member Associations respond to the COVID-19 crisis surrounding the responses of their employers and the aviation industry in general. This Guidance Material aims to support the IFATCA Member Associations to assist where possible their employers (Governments, National Agencies, Air Navigation Services Providers).

As an additional resource, a discussion forum is available via Google Groups – the content can be seen without an account but if you would like to participate in the discussion you will need to register.

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IFATCA EU 373/2017 Regulation Workshop

On the initiative of our Lithuanian and Latvian air traffic controllers’ associations, IFATCA held a workshop on the implementation of EU regulation 373/2017 at Oro Navigacija in Vilnius, Lithuania from the 6-7th of January.

The workshop was a mix of presentations and group work with participants from Poland, Rumania, Ireland, Estonia, Latvia, Denmark, Lithuania and Eurocontrol. Fatigue, rostering, stress, CISM and the testing of psychoactive substance were among the topics discussed.

For more details on the regulation and its impact, IFATCA published a checklist for Member Associations to verify their ANSP/Country’s compliance with European Regulation 2017/373 on stress, fatigue and psychoactive substances. While obviously most relevant to European associations, it may be of use to others to crosscheck how they are doing in respect to this regulation.

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Low Level Drone Guidance

The number of drone sightings by pilots and ATCOs and related airprox reports continues to rise. There have been numerous cases of airspace and aerodrome closures due to drones in the vicinity. Many countries do not yet have standard procedures to deal with drone sightings near aerodromes or violations of controlled airspace. IFATCA has released a guidance document on very-low-level drone operations near controlled airports.

The objective of this discussion and guidance material is to promote and uphold a high standard of knowledge and professional efficiency among Air Traffic Controllers. This document is for: distribution to IFATCA Member Associations and ATCOs; as guidance for IFATCAs’ representatives; and for public dissemination. The guidance material focusses on drones operating very-low-level (e.g. not above 400 ft AGL) near controlled airports, generally within controlled airspace, and either VLOS💬 or BVLOS💬.

The guidance material complements the IFALPA/IFATCA Drone Sighting Guidelines published 29 August 2018. It also aligns with IFATCA’s policy statements on the operational use of unmanned aircraft.

Remote Towers: an overview

The concept of remote operations remains the subject of debates, working groups, studies and, above all, professional reality. While issues related to Remote Air Traffic Services are still under discussion, and without specific global guidelines to regulate standards available, the industry is moving forward with testing multiple tower solutions.

IFATCA has compiled a quick reference to assist Member Associations that are confronted with implementation scenarios in their country. It includes a list of topics that they can expect to come up in discussions.

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