International Civil Aviation Day

Every time I fly, I am still amazed by the miracle that is aviation. Strapped into a seat on a several hundred-tonne machine, it powers forward and slowly moves away from the earth, the only realm of humanity for millennia. This was only a dream of great minds for centuries. The aircraft defies gravity and […]

IFATCA & IFALPA highlight concerns on Just Culture

The first ICAO European Aviation System Planning Group (EASPG) is currently being held in Paris, France. Our EVP Europe, Tom Laursen, presented a joint IFATCA-IFALPA paper on the effects of criminalisation of incidents in the context of Safety Culture. The paper and its conclusions were supported by many Sates representatives and the meeting plans to […]

IFATCA Asia/Pacific Regional Meeting in Nepal

The 36th IFATCA Asia/Pacific Regional Meeting was held from 21 to 23 November 2019 in the Aloft Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal. This event was organised by the Nepal Air Traffic Controllers’ Association and supported by more than 60 aviation entities. It was a highly attended regional meeting, with 14 Member Associations present. Another three had […]

Think Safety – Sofia, Bulgaria

Last week, IFATCA held its 11th Think Safety workshop. The course was coordinated by the Bulgarian Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations and sponsored by the Bulgarian Air Navigation Service Provider (BULATSA). It was organised at the Novotel Sofia airport Hotel. The course brought together different stakeholders from the Bulgarian service provider – different departments, including people […]

IFATCA AFM Regional Meeting in Hammamet, Tunisia – Day 3

The third and last day of the 30th IFATCA Regional Meeting of the Africa Middle-East Region started with the closed session for Member Associations. The meeting adopted the agenda for the 30th AFM RM and accepted the report from the 29th meeting in Abuja, Nigeria (2018). Mr. Duncan Auld, President and CEO of IFATCA, then […]

IFATCA AFM Regional Meeting in Hammamet, Tunisia – Day 2

The second day of the 30th IFATCA Regional Meeting of the Africa Middle-East Region started with a workshop on the Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) provisions that will become applicable next year, on 5 November 2020. Mr. Mohamed Smaoui, Regional Deputy Director- ICAO Cairo office in Egypt, gave a detailed overview of the Standards and […]

IFATCA AFM Regional Meeting in Hammamet, Tunisia – Day 1

The first day of the 30th IFATCA Regional Meeting of the Africa Middle-East Region started with official opening remarks from Mr. Skander Khalfallah, President of the Tunisian Air Traffic Controllers Association – Association Tunisienne des Contrôleurs de la Circulation Aérienne (ATCCA), Mr. Lofti Mhicen, CEO of the Office de l’Aviation Civile et des Aéroports de […]

Fourth IFATCA Competency-Based Training and Assessment Workshop

Tunis, Tunisia – 11-12 November 2019 The fourth IFATCA Competency-Based Training and Assessment Workshop was held at the Office de l’Aviation Civile et des Aéroports (OACA) training center, Tunis-Carthage International Airport, on 11-12 November 2019. The event was organized by the Tunisian Member Association, the Association Tunisienne des Contrôleurs de la Circulation Aérienne (ATCCA) and […]

Third IFATCA Competency-Based Training and Assessment Workshop

Algiers, Algeria – 7-8 November 2019 The third IFATCA Competency-Based Training and Assessment Workshop was held at the Centre de formation de l’Établissement National de la Navigation Aérienne (ENNA) in Algiers, Algeria, on 7-8 November 2019. The event was attended by approximately 30 participants from Algeria. IFATCA would like to sincerely thank the Syndicat National […]

Swiss Controller Acquitted

It is with great relief that IFATCA has learned that the Federal Tribunal in Lausanne, Switzerland, today acquitted our ATCO colleague in the case of a double take-off on 15 March 2011 at Zurich Airport. He has been cleared of any allegations of negligent disruption of public transport. There is no further appeal possible for […]

The 40th ICAO Assembly

IFATCA’s participation at the big rendezvous to shape the future of aviation The 40th ICAO Assembly took place last 24 September to 4 October 2019. It was attended by more than 2 400 delegates from around the world, representing 184 of the 193 Member States of ICAO and 55 international organizations, such as ACI, CANSO, […]

IFATCA Americas Regional Meeting in Puerto Iguazú, Argentina – Day 3

The third day of the 36th IFATCA Regional Meeting of the Americas region started with two presentations from Mr. Jean-François Lepage, Liaison Officer to the ICAO Air Navigation Commission. He first gave a detailed overview of the ICAO main bodies and hierarchy, where IFATCA is present in the organization, how Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) […]

IFATCA Americas Regional Meeting in Puerto Iguazú, Argentina – Day 2

The second day of the 36th IFATCA Regional Meeting of the Americas region started opening remarks by Mr. Jonathan Doino, General Secretary for ATEPSA. He highlighted the importance for his association to be part of ITF and also the importance for air traffic controllers to be well represented at ICAO. He also emphasized the need […]

IFATCA Americas Regional Meeting in Puerto Iguazú, Argentina – Day 1

The 36th IFATCA Regional Meeting of the Americas region started this morning at 9:30AM. Mr. John Carr, Executive Vice-President Americas, offered some opening remarks to the participants, followed by the organizing committee from ATEPSA addressing the audience. The meeting continued with a brief overview of IFATCA’s activities in ICAO and a summary of the recent […]

IFATCA European Regional Meeting in Aqaba, Jordan – Day 2

On its second day, the IFATCA European Regional Meeting in Aqaba discussed controller training in Europe. According to ICAO, there will be a need to train and validate an extra 23 500 controllers in the next 20 years to fulfil vacancies created by retirements and cope with traffic increase forecast. The training organization GLOBAL ATS […]

IFATCA joins with global partners to call for new guidance on drone operations

Important issue raised at ICAO’s 40th Triennial Assembly in Montreal Montreal, 10 October 2019 – Airports Council International (ACI) World and its global aviation industry partners have addressed the pressing need for standards and guidance to address unauthorised drone operations to the 40th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly. ACI World, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), […]

IFATCA European Regional Meeting in Aqaba, Jordan – Day 1

The ERM started in the Jordan town of Aqaba and was opened by the CEO of the Jordan CAA who welcomed around 100 delegates representing 32 European Associations. The ERM was preceeded by a meering of the representatives working for SESAR and a workshop. The representative of Switzerland controllers gave a long briefing of the […]

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 […]

European Aviation Artificial Intelligence High-Level Group

The Kickoff meeting of the European Aviation Artificial Intelligence High-Level Group took place at the EUROCONTROL headquarters in Brussels on 16 September 2019. This group, formed with experts from different aviation areas, is tasked to study how Artificial Intelligence can be included in ATM. Their ambitious target is to produce a report on the subject […]

Just Culture: Are we sustaining a false belief?

By Sidney W. A. Dekker, currently a professor at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, where he founded the Safety Science Innovation Lab. He is also Honorary Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland. He flew as First Officer on Boeing 737s for Sterling and later Cimber Airlines out of Copenhagen. In 2004, he wrote […]

Safeguarding the Aeronautical Frequency Spectrum

Europe is currently studying the possibility of low power audio “Programme Making and Special Events” (PMSE) equipment in the 960 – 1164 MHz band of the spectrum, which is currently reserved for aeronautical use. Sharing this portion of the spectrum with other users would potentially affect systems widely used in civil aviation like Secondary Radar, DME, […]

Just Culture: Learning or Punishing?

By Job Brüggen, Safety Officer of LVNL (Air Traffic Control The Netherlands). Our feature articles on Just Culture, triggered by the conviction of an Air Traffic Controller in Switzerland, aim to trigger thoughts and ideas for how to proceed. This article is written as a personal opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect […]

IFATCA Think Safety Workshop – Nassau, Bahamas

The 10th Think Safety course just wrapped up in Nassau, Bahamas. The course was coordinated by the Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations and sponsored by the Bahahamian Air Navigation Service Division. The course brought together different stakeholders from the Bahamian aviation Industry. Through an interactive workshop, facilitated by IFATCA’s EVP Europe Tom Laursen and Safety […]

Just Culture: Where are we going now?

IFATCA will be publishing several short articles on our website in the coming days. The articles will be asking important questions about the current status of Just Culture triggered by the conviction of an Air Traffic Controller in Switzerland. It is the purpose to trigger thoughts and ideas for how to proceed. To describe one […]

Bridging the gap – are we fighting windmills?

IFATCA will be publishing several short articles on our website in the coming days. The articles will be asking important questions about the current status of Just culture triggered by the conviction of an Air Traffic Controller in Switzerland. It is the purpose to trigger thoughts and ideas for how to proceed. This article explains […]

Is the Justice System ready to adapt to a more connected and interrelated world?

IFATCA will be publishing several short articles on our website in the coming days. The articles will be asking important questions about the current status of Just culture triggered by the conviction of an Air Traffic Controller in Switzerland. It is the purpose to trigger thoughts and ideas for how to proceed. In the second […]

Are we burying Just Culture for good?

IFATCA will be publishing several short articles on our website in the coming days. The articles will be asking important questions about the current status of Just Culture triggered by the conviction of an Air Traffic Controller in Switzerland. It is the purpose to trigger thoughts and ideas for how to proceed.  In the first article […]

The Swiss Justice System is setting new unheard-of standards for the Aviation industry.

Swiss Justice system convicts an individual Air Traffic Controller for a system shortcoming. Yesterday the Swiss Federal Court rejected the appeal by an Air Traffic Controller, implementing a sentence from the Federal Criminal Court and made the sentence legally binding. IFATCA expresses our deepest support and sympathy with the involved Air Traffic Controller. We can […]

Single European Sky III – Mission Possible?

The Single European Sky (SES) concept was initially introduced by the European Commission in 1999 to tackle the inefficiencies of the European Air Traffic Management (ATM) system and to ensure it could meet future demand for air travel effectively. However, despite the introduction of two regulatory frameworks and implementation initiatives, SES I in 2004 and […]

JATCA Launches ERM website

Our Jordanian colleagues have launched their website for the European Regional Meeting 2019. This will be held in Aqaba, the only coastal city in Jordan and the largest and most populous city on the Gulf of Aqaba, in southernmost Jordan.Note that the site’s address is now https://erm2019.co and that registration requires a code. Instructions on […]

Article in The Economist

The latest edition of The Economist (an English-language weekly magazine-format newspaper, published in the UK) had an article (unfortunately behind a paywall) that examined air traffic control and more specifically, the industry’s difficulties and challenged in Europe. While the article paints a mostly accurate picture of the ATC (or Air Traffic Management – ATM) situation […]

Working conditions of controllers in Cyprus

ATCEUC and IFATCA criticize the working conditions of the ATCOs in Cyprus ATCEUC and IFATCA express their support to the Air Traffic Controller, who was injured during the collapse of the ceiling on the 13th of June 2019 in the Area Control Centre of Nicosia. ATCEUC and IFATCA also express their sympathy with the employees […]

IFATCA 2019 Conference

The 2019 Annual Conference of IFATCA kicked off in Costa Rica this week. Delegates representing IFATCA’s Member Associations will debate administrative and professional issues affecting the Federation and air traffic controllers worldwide. As always, the conference provides formal and informal opportunities to meet colleagues, industry representatives including ICAO officials, and our corporate members. During the […]

We are all one in the sky

Fifteen signatories, including IFATCA, support the European regulatory authorities in producing a robust, harmonised, EU-wide regulatory safety framework that enables the safe, secure, efficient and fair integration of drones in the aviation system, and fosters broad public acceptance. In order to facilitate the integration of drones in very low-level airspace (i.e. below 500 ft) and […]

European Excellence Award

During the 2019 World ATM Congress​ in Madrid, the International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations (IFATSEA), the European Cockpit Association (ECA) and the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) have jointly been awarded the Single European Sky Excellence Award. The European Commission attributed the award to the “complete commitment from staff […]

International Women’s day 2019

Women and Equality in Air Traffic Control There is a growing worldwide shortage of air traffic controllers, a profession which is key to a safe aviation industry. Forecasts from the International Civil Aviation Organisation, a United Nations specialized agency, predict a shortfall of over 40,000 controllers over the next 20 years. Many of IFATCA’s Member […]

Annual Report from the Expert Group on the Human Dimension

The Expert Group on the Human Dimension (EGHD) of the Single European Sky (SES) was formally established by the European Commission in 2017 to advise on the implementation and development of SES from a human dimension perspective. It represents the opinion of all frontline operators and support staff who are impacted by the latest regulatory, […]

PCX Resignation

The Executive Board of IFATCA regrets to announce the resignation of Mr. Patrik Peters, IFATCA President & Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 March 2019. In a letter to the IFATCA Member Associations, Mr. Peters explained that personal circumstances no longer allow him to fully focus on the needs of the Federation. Over the past 13 […]

Letter to Argentinian Government

IFATCA has addressed the government of Argentina, through its President – His Excellency Mauricio Macri. We are extremely concerned about the disrespect for international safety culture standards at the Aeroparque Jorge Newberry airport. Following a single complaint from one pilot regarding an event where safety was not compromised in any way, the controllers working at […]

Congratulations to GATCO and the UK for involving professionals that have hands on expertise!

Congratulations to GATCO – The Guild of Air Traffic Control Officers and BALPA for making sure professional voices are being heard! Active involvement from the front line is essential for these kind of projects – not only in the UK!

Productive Meeting with ITF

On January 18th, IFATCA representatives met with members of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). The meeting successfully agreed on a common approach to the challenges of planned remote towers operations, whether sequential or simultaneous. We also paved the way for a renewed memorandum of understanding between our organizations and planned a common workshop to […]

IFATCA / ECA JOINT PRESS RELEASE

IFATCA & ECA are deeply concerned about the negative impact of judicial decisions on air transport safety in and over Switzerland The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations, IFATCA, and the European Cockpit Association, ECA, are extremely disappointed to learn of the conviction of two Air Traffic Controllers in Switzerland. In April and December […]

13th Air Navigation Conference – IFATCA’s delegation at work for you at ICAO!

Earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia

Joint IFALPA-IFATCA Drone Sighting Briefing Leaflet

ICAO SID/STAR Implementation Support Team (ISSIST) officially launched!

Publication of ICAO Doc 10084 and associated events

The Controller magazine – May 2018

It is our pleasure to present the latest electronic issue of The Controller. 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 […]

IFATCA / IFALPA JOINT PRESS RELEASE

International Organisations warn against premature conclusions The aviation community grieves for the tragic loss of lives aboard US-Bangla Flight 211 on 12 March 2018. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those lost, and the survivors who may still have a long road to recovery. We also wish to extend our support to […]

IFATCA’s Newest Corporate Member: GCAA, United Arab Emirates

The UAE is home to the newest corporate member of the IFATCA community and the General Civil Aviation Authority is proud to be a member of the community. Joining IFATCA means a lot for the GCAA. It means gaining access to a wealth of information and best practices from around the world, while keeping abreast […]

Unstable Approaches Guidance Material release – 3rd Edition

2017 International Day of the Controller

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