Aviation English Instructor course, Algiers

Over the past week and with the support of local association SNPCA, IFATCA hosted an Aviation English Development course in Algiers, Algeria. Some 28 participants from Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Niger and Nigeria attended. Presented by Silvia Caragui (from our Romanian Member Association RATCA), it culminated in a small ceremony this morning, during which the certificates were handed out to the attendees. The course is a so-called train-the-trainers course, where the idea is that the participants take the experience back to their local units/countries to help their colleagues improve their aviation english skills.

Earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia

As you may have heard, Indonesia was struck by another earthquake last week. This time, the epicentre was near the island of Sulawesi. In addition to the strong quake, a devastating tsunami hit Palu Bay. Currently, there are over 1,000 fatalities reported.

Our thoughts go out to the many victims of this disaster and especially to one of our colleagues: Anthonius Gunawan Agung was was the only person left in the control tower of Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport in Palu when the magnitude-7.5 quake struck the coastal city on Friday. He remained behind to ensure a flight that was about to take off could do so safely. The decision to stay cost him his life, but potentially saved hundreds of others. Agung was born in 1996 in Abepura - Papua. He graduated from the Aviation Training Centre in Makassar on 2017. He was working at AiNav Indoneaia since June 2018. He was still single and would turn 22 later this month.

Via our Indonesian member association, IFATCA has reached out to the family: we've sent a wreath and have made a donation towards the costs of the service. We are evaluating whether we can help in any other way. In the mean time, we would encourage everyone to consider donating to the relief efforts for Indonesia: over the past months, different parts of the country have been hit by major earthquakes and any help is welcome. A number of non-government organisations have set up fund raisers to collect money towards the relief efforts. Please look in your country for such actions and consider donating - every little bit helps.

On behalf of the IFATCA Executive Board and all our Federation's members, we again extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. We hope they find some comfort in remembering his bravery and commitment to our profession. May he rest in peace.

Lastly, we salute our colleagues in Palu, who in very difficult circumstances continue to provide air traffic control services. In doing so, they're a vital link in the crucial relief efforts for the area.

Summary of 1st Digitisation Workshop available

At the end of January 2018, IFATCA organsised their 1st digitalisation conference. Venue was the press room of @GeneveAeroport. This document offers short summaries of the presentations, captured from various notes. As such, they highlight the main points made by the presenters. The summaries do not necessarily reflect the views of the contributors, as they have been collected by the author of this summary, Marc Baumgartner. To open the presentation, click on the slide - they will be downloaded from an external website (www.atcfactory.ch).

Aviation English Proficiency Course, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Controllers from Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Ecuador recently completed an IFATCA sponsored five-day Aviation English Proficiency Course in Santa Cruz, Bolivia November 13-17. MAs and controllers from the entire region were invited to participate and the class filled up with over 25 participants, including a pilot.

The course was taught by Ronald Vega, MA from 2019 Conference host Costa Rica.  Ron actually assisted the FAA in the United States with the creation of some of the material used in the course.  Each student was given an E-textbook and accompanying CD so they could share their knowledge with ATCOs in their home facilities.

The Americas Region looks forward to hosting the next "Think Safety" seminar planned for February 6-8, 2018 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

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The IFATCA European Regional Meeting in Austria, 26-28th September 2017

120 participants from 34 member associations made their way to Hotel Sonnreich in Loipersdorf, Austria to participate in the 34th ERM.
The issues discussed ranged from Fatigue Management, Single European Sky, Sovereignty of airspace, Privatisation in ANS, IFATCA working papers, FISOs to new EASA regulations. Maria Serano Mulet from USCA led the meeting with lively discussions and involvement from the audience.
The meeting showed that the problems in our industry are far from being solved and that Air Navigation Service in Europe is in transformation, which requires that we work together to find new ways to influence the decision makers to secure a high standard of service. Besides the professional issues, we also had time to enjoy the social program that our hosts from the Austrian ATCA had organised.
A warm thank you to all the people from AATCA that made this a memorable and well organised ERM.

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Think Safety Workshop – Accra, Ghana

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On the 3-5th of April around 40 people participated to the 2nd ICAO/IFATCA think safety seminar. Participants came from Kenya, The Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Ghana and ranged from CAA representatives, ANS managers to ATCOs. The course revolved around Safety management systems, incident investigations, Critical Incident Stress Management and Just Culture. The three-day course was based on ICAO Annex 19 and systemic safety ideas. The workshop was superbly organised by our Ghanaian member association, GHATCA, who is also the host of next years IFATCA conference.

TOC & PLC January Meeting – Tokyo, Japan

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Twice a year TOC comes together for a 3-day meeting to discuss the progress and the desired outcome of the papers. Although a great share of the discussion is done via email throughout the year, meeting in person provides the opportunity to have more in depth discussions. By having the meeting in different places, the committee is able to involve corresponding members or by some paper subjects concerned MAs in the discussion. 

In January 2017, the meeting took place in Tokyo, Japan. Since there were several combined papers on the working program, the final day of the meeting has been a combined TOC/PLC meeting. This day was also the start of the 3 days of meeting PLC had scheduled. 

 

Several subjects were discussed during the meeting.

The paper on Ambient Workplace Recording (AWR, combined PLC/TOC) created much discussion. The controversial subject is current is many countries. In a world where aviation and incident reporting is not only getting more and more important, but also more transparent, the urge to implement systems such as AWR is getting bigger.

The lengthy discussions on the subject showed that this implementation is a delicate issue. To stand against AWR seems to be the easiest way forward, especially regarding the many discussions on privacy issues, which are not solely aviation related. However, as said before, there is a big push toward implementation so the question is if our objection would actually prevent it. Also, AWR could be beneficial to safety investigation is some cases, not just for the overall result but also for an ATCO’s case in particular.  There is no hesitation that the AWR data collected should be handled with extreme care.

The committees decided that no AWR records shall be made public. Since the data will be used for incident investigation, it was agreed that a censured transcript of the data is needed. Sufficient and clear agreements on when to use the AWR data and who is allowed to access the data should be made between controllers and management. 

These kinds of comprehensive subjects usually create a lot of discussion. By having these discussions, the committees try to cover all point of views so that they can epitomize this in widely supported policy statements to be presented during conference

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