New issue of the IFATCA Circular


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Press Release - Air Traffic Situation in Belgium


The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations, IFATCA, is deeply concerned about the developments within Belgocontrol, the Belgian air traffic services provider, and the problems these have caused for the safe and efficient flow of air traffic in the region.

This conflict again highlights the shortcomings within the Belgian air traffic control System. In a letter to the Belgian government in 2009, IFATCA highlighted the unacceptable and potentially unsafe working conditions and lacking involvement of staff representatives. Despite continued promises made by management, no measurable improvements can be seen - on the contrary.

Air traffic controllers are faced with unworkable rosters to account for the long lasting lack of recruitment and training of personnel. In all likelihood, these practises violate European rules on air traffic controller working conditions and fatigue management. Controllers have to cope with incessant, politically-driven procedure changes and are frequently confronted with technical outages. Their pension age is now set to well exceed the accepted norm for controllers working high-density airspace. On top of this already almost unbearable pressure, a slanderous campaign was launched against highly skilled professionals without any respect or consideration for their continued commitment that has helped the Belgian aviation system survive crisis upon crisis.

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2016 Annual Conference - Press Release


The 55th Annual Conference of IFATCA, the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations ended on Friday, March 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada USA.  Over 400 delegates from over 70 Member Associations traveled from around the world to discuss and debate the professional, technical and operational aspects of air traffic control.

In their opening addresses, IFATCA President & CEO, Patrik Peters and National Air Traffic Controllers Association President, Paul Rinaldi, from the United States stressed the importance of international cooperation.  This year’s Conference theme “The Formula Worldwide:  Global Professionalism + Leadership = Safe Skies” heightened awareness of promoting and safeguarding the highest professional standards and the highest levels of safety for the travelling public. 

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Day 2 of the 55th Annual Conference


The second day of the Annual Conference of IFATCA ended today in Las Vegas. Committees B (Technical) and C (Professional/Legal) joined forces to discuss overlapping issues that affect both aspects of a controllers' job. The delegates were updated on interactions of the Federation with other organizations including IFALPA and ICAO. Information was shared on IFATCA Educational Material, Automation Principles and Guidelines and the IFATCA Training Workshop. And three work-studies on reducing “Initial Call” frequency congestion, a review of the Technical and Professional Manual and on Remote/Virtual Towers from the professional, procedural and view.

After the joined meeting, Committee B went on to discuss work studies done over the year by the Technical and Operational Committee (TOC), including one on Airport Collaborative Decision Making and another one on digitizing flight progress strips.

Committee C had discussions on mental fitness, the roles and responsibilities of the controller-in-charge and on a revision of the automation policy as it is currently written in the Technical and Professional Manual.

Committee A continued discussions on administrative issues affecting the Federation. This included elections for the Executive Board, which will be forwarded to the final plenary for confirmation and appointments of officials to various committees and functions. A number of proposals on the internal functioning of the Federation were also presented and voted upon.

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Day 1 of the 55th Annual Conference


Today, the 55th Annual Conference of IFATCA, the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations kicked off in Las Vegas, USA. Over 400 delegates from some 70 Member Associations traveled from across the globe to discuss professional, technical and operational aspects of air traffic control. The conference host, NATCA - the National Air Traffic Controllers' Association of the USA - put together an opening ceremony in true Las Vegas style, expertly strung together by master of ceremonies Richard Kennington. In their opening addresses, both NATCA President Paul Rinaldi and IFATCA President & CEO, Patrik Peters, stressed the importance of international cooperation and how we can learn from each others' experiences.

Following the opening ceremony, the opening plenary awarded the 2016 IFATCA Technical Award to Frequentis. In his introductory speech, the Chairman of IFATCA's Technical & Operational Committee, Ben Gorrie, praised the Electronic Flight Strip system of the Austrian manufacturer: operational feedback from controllers in various parts of the world indicated that the Frequentis systems provide a highly reliable and user-friendly experience, thereby enhancing safety and efficiency. Mr. Gorrie and Alfred Vlasek, chairman of the Professional & Legal Committee of IFATCA, presented the award to Thomas Fraenzl of Frequentis.

In the afternoon, the delegates spread across three committees to discuss administrative issues affecting the Federation (committee A), Technical and Operational issues (committee B) and Professional and Legal aspects (committee C).

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IFATCA 2016 Conference - ICAO Workshop and IFATCA Panel


With weeks to go until the 55th Annual Conference of IFATCA in Las Vegas, the Executive Board and Organising Committee is pleased to announce a workship and a the IFATCA panel. The first, the ICAO workshop, will be held on Wednesday March 16th, starting at 15:30. It will look at how IFATCA can support ICAO's strategic objectives. Click on the image to see the full poster.

The IFATCA panel will be held on Thursday 17 March (☘!) 2016, from 10:00am until 12:30pm. Theme of the panel will be Global Partnerships. Teri Bristol (COO FAA), Jeff Poole (DG CANSO), Frank Brenner (DG EUROCONTROL), Rip Torn (Chairman IFALPA ATS Committee) and Patrik Peters (President & CEO IFATCA) will give their views on the topic of Global Partnerships and what they mean for IFATCA and its members.

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Press Releases - Regional Meetings


The end of the year is tradionally the time for the different IFATCA regions to hold their Regional Meetings. The press release for the European edition was published earlier. The other regions also published a press release at the end of their succesful meetings.

The 26th International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) Africa and Middle East (AFM) regional meeting (26th IFATCA AFM RM) was held in the beautiful West African city of Accra, Ghana for the second time. It was attended by twenty two (22) Member Associations (MAs), which included more than 120 delegates; two equipment manufacturers and other stakeholders. Their press release can be found here.

The Americas Regional Meeting of IFATCA, the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations, was held 15th – 17th October in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Approximately 30 participants, representing 8 of the 26 member associations in the Region attended the meeting. The highlights of the meeting are summarised in their press release.

The last regional meeting of the year was that of the Asia/Pacfic Region, held from 30th November to the 2nd December in Macau, China. There were approximately 110 delegates and 10 aircrew, representing 15 countries and 8 airlines. Their press release can be read here.

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Think Safety Workshop - East Africa


Update: read the invitation letter

An essential pillar of a safe aviation environment is a robust safety culture among aviation professionals. The development of an industry wide culture that learns from its mistakes is reliant on a strong reporting culture and a strong just culture that accepts identifying and addressing systemic organizational issues, rather than seeking to apportion blame to individuals.

In an initiative to improve safety culture in the African region, IFATCA, in collaboration with ICAO, is hosting a safety culture workshop – “Think Safety” – to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 3-5 February 2016.

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2016 IFATCA Conference - Draft Schedule


Preparations for next year's Annual Conference in Las Vegas, USA are in full swing. The Organising Committee has met this week on site to discuss practical arrangement for the Conference. The latest update to the Conference Draft Schedule has also been published and can be found here.

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