Martyn Gregory Cooper, 1949-2018

IFATCA is deeply saddened by the passing of its former Executive Vice President Professional, Martyn Cooper.

Having qualified as a controller in the summer of 1973 at his home airport in Luton, UK, Martyn soon found a passion in training new colleagues. Over time, he was the logical choice to become a unit training officer and the unit’s first Local Competency Examiner. Later, he joined the CAA’s Director of Airspace Policy as the NATS representative in the Terminal Airspace Section and it was from here that he retired in 2009.

He joined the London branch of GATCO shortly after qualifying, showing particular interests in the professional aspects of the air traffic control profession. Consequently, he joined GATCO’s Executive Board as Director Professional. Amongst his many achievements in that function, he was instrumental in the introduction of a scheme to control ATCO working hours, a system that remains in place even today.

It was during his tenure as GATCO Board Member that he also became involved in IFATCA. He chaired numerous Committee C sessions, dealing with professional and legal issues, during annual conferences and was involved in the Federation’s Standing Committee IV, the precursor to the Professional & Legal Committee (PLC). His passion for professional and human factor issues made him serve as IFATCA’s Executive Vice President Professional at the end of the 1990s.

The IFATCA family will fondly remember Martyn for his cheerful personality, humour, knowledge, insight and good common sense. But above all, his was able to transfer his deep passion for our profession onto others.

On behalf of the IFATCA Executive Board, our deepest condolences go out to his wife Carolyn, two sons Christian & Matthew, his two daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.


RIP Willem Zuidveld 1965-2017


Our Federation has lost a soldier, a leader, and to many of us, a dear friend. Willem Zuidveld passed away following a relapse of cancer in the afternoon of Monday 24 April 2017.

He fought a long and courageous battle; he was the kind of man that would win any fight, and many of us thought he had beat this too. Sadly that was not the case.

We shall however not let this take from us the memories of his life. Not only was he an inspiration and a mentor to many, he was also a joker and the life of many a party. He was a good man, always with a smile on his face, a heart of gold and a willingness to help anyone he could, and with a proud dedication to his profession.

Willem was very active within his own association, The Netherlands Guild of Air Traffic Controllers, and within IFATCA. Willem proudly and ably represented the Federation on many occasions, and will be known to many to have attended our conferences. He was part of our IFATCA family and will be sadly missed. We will honour him at our conference in Toronto next month.

On behalf of all members of IFATCA, the Executive Board expresses its deepest condolences to Willem's family, friends and colleagues.


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