zEASA's Map to Safer Skies zICAO's Makeover zNavigating Mental Health zINSPIRATIONAL STORIES ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: Journal of Air Traffic Control OCTOBER 2023 THE CONTROLLER SHAPING IFATCA FOR THE FUTURE

THE CONTROLLER In this issue The cover photo was generated in Adobe Firefly, an AI generator Forward.............................................................................................................................. 4 Editorial.............................................................................................................................. 5 Federation News...................IFATCA's Vision and Mission Statements............................ 6 Looking back on IFATCA 62................................................. 7 IFATCA 2030+ Update........................................................ 12 Singapore 2024 Annual Conference.................................. 14 Hosting an Annual Conference.......................................... 15 Constitution and Administrative Committee..................... 16 Finance Committee........................................................... 17 Americas Region Update................................................... 18 Asia/Pacific - CISM Webinars............................................ 20 European Region Update................................................... 21 Technical & Professional .....TOC & PLC Update............................................................. 22 Remote Towers..................................................................24 Training & Proficiency Speak English Programme. ............................................... 26 IFATCA Training Task Force............................................... 28 Safety ...................................EASA's Map to Safer Skies. ............................................... 30 Environment..........................ATCOs: Champions Of Environmental Actions.................. 32 Equity, Diversity & Inclusion..Task Force Update.............................................................34 Breaking Down Barriers..................................................... 35 International Cooperation.....ICAO's Makeover................................................................36 IFALPA @ IFATCA...............................................................38 Industry News.......................IFATCA Industry Partners Tech Talks................................ 40 AERO'23 Friederichshafen................................................. 42 IFISA Seminar.................................................................... 44 Health & Wellbeing................Navigating Mental Health.................................................. 45 Feature..................................Inspirational Stories........................................................... 46 Charlie's Column.............................................................................................................. 49 EXECUTIVE BOARD OF IFATCA Duncan Auld President and Chief Executive Officer Helena Sjöström Deputy President Tom McRobert Executive Vice-President Finance (acting) Peter Van Rooyen Executive Vice-President Professional Benjamin van der Sanden Executive Vice-President Technical Fateh Bekhti Executive Vice-President Africa and Middle East Patricia Gilbert Executive Vice-President Americas Cheryl Yen-Chun Chen Executive Vice-President Asia and Pacific Frédéric Deleau Executive Vice-President Europe Jean-François Lepage ICAO ANC Representative* Nicola Ni Riada Communications Coordinator* Tatiana Iavorkaia Office Manager* * ex-officio members DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this magazine are those of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) only when so indicated. Other views will be those of individual members or contributors concerned and will not necessarily be those of IFATCA, except where indicated. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained in this publication is correct, IFATCA makes no warranty, express or implied, as to the nature or accuracy of the information. Further distribution of this publication is permitted and even encouraged, as long as it is not altered in any way or manner. No part or extracts of this publication may be reproduced, stored or used in any form or by any means, without the specific prior permission of the IFATCA Executive Board or Editor, except where indicated (e.g. a creative commons licence). VISIT THE IFATCA WEB SITE: The editorial team endeavours to include all owner information, or at least source information for the images used in this issue. If you believe that an image was used without permission, please contact the editor via 3 OCTOBER 2023 Volume 62 Issue 1 – ISSN 0010-8073 THE CONTROLLER z contents

z FORWaRD THE CONTROLLER 4 z by DUNCAN AULD, IFATCA President & CEO THE CHALLENGES AHEAD In the wake of a global pandemic that tested our society's foundations, we take to the skies with renewed spirit and determination, ensuring the safe passage of aircraft and maintaining the vital web of connectivity that unites us all. Air traffic controllers continue to stand at the forefront of our industry, confronting both longstanding challenges and new uncertainties. This edition of The Controller magazine marks a significant moment—the return of our in-person Annual Conference after four years. For those who attended, it served as a powerful reminder that nothing can replace the value of face-to-face interactions. It highlighted the essence of our community, a dimension that technology, for all its advancements, cannot replicate. The global pause compelled us to reflect on the essence of our relationships and our fundamental need for personal interactions. As flights resumed and terminals bustled once more, we rediscovered the enduring solidarity among the air traffic control community. This reminds us that, no matter the challenges we face, the heart of our industry is the people within it. As the aviation industry rebounded with unexpected speed, the pressure on frontline staff, including controllers, intensified. Their dedication stands as a testament to their passion and unwavering commitment to safety. We cannot ignore the tangible challenges, such as the pressing issue of staff shortages. Controllers are retiring faster than they can be trained, leaving a growing workforce gap. Addressing this shortage is paramount, and while technology can offer some assistance, it is no substitute for the human touch and ingenuity. Another shadow cast over our industry is climate change, demanding that we take meaningful steps toward sustainability. As stewards of the skies, air traffic controllers are uniquely positioned to advocate for and implement environmentally friendly practices. From optimizing flight paths to incorporating green technologies, we're tasked with reconciling our love for flying with the imperative to protect our planet. The next century of air traffic control begins now, and path ahead for air traffic controllers is both challenging and promising. As we collectively rebuild, renew, and reimagine, this magazine aims to shed light on their stories, challenges, and triumphs. It's a tribute to their resilience and an invitation to all readers to understand and appreciate the intricate dance that keeps our skies safe. In this edition, we'll also be focusing on the mental health and general welfare of air traffic control professionals as we move forward. The next opportunity for in-person connection awaits at our four regional meetings. If you have the chance, and if you're not already planning to attend, I strongly encourage you to join us and experience the essence of our Federation by meeting colleagues who share similar challenges and innovative solutions. In the meantime, welcome to this edition, and let's embark on this journey together.

z FEDERATION NEWS 5 THE CONTROLLER z by Nicola NI RIADA, IFATCA COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR FROM THE EDITORIAL TEAM Welcome to the 2023 Controller Magazine edition. As you are probably aware we have started issuing a circular each month that links articles to the online platform of the Controller Magazine. This allows a more immediate interaction with topical articles for our members. We will still continue to do an annual Magazine like this one though! The Comms team has been keeping our social media presence high. Posts are themed around IFATCA and how it works, like the EB series and the IFATCA at ICAO series. We have also been highlighting the excellent work our standing committees and task forces do. This is part of the visibility, value and community ethos of the IFATCA comms team! We have been working hard with the 2030+ TF to find ways to improve internal communication and our external visibility. We still have work to do but we hope you are seeing a difference! A big thank you to the comms team of Umi, Renz, Mirad, Maureen, Ramon, ElKadur, Olivia, Kristian and Olga. And to the wonderful Philip Marien for editing, formatting and supportive mentoring. 2022 was all about the ATC100 celebrations, 2023 is a welcome to the next century of ATC! When we think how much our industry has changed in the last 100 years it is so exciting to be at the start of the next era. So far, in 2023, Jamaica hosted our first world conference in four years- over 300 delegates with 60 MAs attending and 23 proxies given (Big Up Jamaica). We were reminded of what an amazing community we have. Looking forward to continuing this at the Regional Meetings and at the Annual Conference 2024. The best part was seeing everyone getting back to the work of the federation, especially the rejuvenation of the standing committees and task forces. Remember you are the agents of change! Thank you to the contributors and to you the readers! If you want to get involved or have ideas for social media, virtual articles or the comms team contact Dont forget to follow the IFATCA Facebook and Instagram accounts. Brought to you by the amazing IFATCA Comms Team. Instagram Facebook

z FEDERATION NEWS 6 z by Helena Sjöström, Deputy President on behalf of the executive board and Jules Ogilvie (Switzerland) chair of the 2030+ task force IFATCA'S VISION & MISSION STATEMENTsDEFINEPURPOSEANDOFFERAN INSIGHT INTOTHEASPIRATIONSOFTHEFEDERATION IFATCA's MISSION To enhance air traffic safety, to promote the air traffic control profession, and to shape the future of air traffic management. On August 21st, 2023, the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations (IFATCA) unveiled its long-awaited Vision and Mission statements, making them accessible to the public through their website and various social media platforms. While these statements may seem like just words on a page, they play a crucial role in guiding IFATCA's direction. These statements are more than mere declarations; they are the compass that steers the organization toward its goals. The process of crafting them was a collaborative effort involving the 2030 Task Force (TF) and the Executive Board (EB), based on valuable feedback gathered from Member Associations. In essence, these statements are member-led and reflect the collective aspirations of the IFATCA Member Associations. Mission Statement: Defining IFATCA's Purpose IFATCA's mission statement encapsulates the "what" and "how" of the organization. It serves as a roadmap for strategic planning, providing a clear outline of the organization's purpose and the means by which it aims to achieve its goals. In practical terms, the mission statement serves as a guiding light for IFATCA's activities, shaping the decisions made by its leadership and members alike. The mission statement is a declaration of IFATCA's commitment to ensuring safety, efficiency, and harmony in air traffic control. It signifies the organization's dedication to upholding the highest standards in the profession while fostering collaboration among its global network of air traffic controllers. Vision Statement IFATCA's vision statement, on the other hand, offers a glimpse into the future that the organization envisions. It outlines the desired longterm outcome, acting as a source of inspiration for members and stakeholders. The vision statement is a beacon that encourages continuous improvement and innovation within IFATCA. In the context of IFATCA, the vision statement paints a picture of a world where air traffic controllers play a pivotal role in ensuring safe and efficient air travel for all. It embodies the organization's dream of a future where the profession is universally respected, and its members are equipped with the latest technology and training. The Significance of Mission and Vision Statements IFATCA'smissionandvisionstatements are not mere statements of intent but serve as strategic tools. They provide a foundation for decision-making, offering clarity and purpose to its leadership and members. Additionally, they enable IFATCA to set measurable goals and objectives, facilitating the assessment of progress towards its mission and vision. IFATCA's newly unveiled mission and vision statements are more than just words. They are the heart and soul of the organization, reflecting its commitment to the safety and efficiency of air traffic control. With these statements as their guiding principles, IFATCA and its dedicated members are well-positioned to navigate the challenges of the future and continue their invaluable contributions to aviation worldwide. y IFATCA's VISION IFATCA is the global voice of Air Traffic Controllers. It furthers air traffic safety, influences the sustainable evolution of aviation, and embraces all members of its community. The apolitical federation provides guidance, representation, training, and other services to advance the status and professionalism of air traffic control. It collaborateswithother internationalorganizations to achieve mutual goals. THE CONTROLLER


z FEDERATION NEWS 8 THE CONTROLLER After several years of virtual meetings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Association (IFATCA) was able to host its first face-to-face annual conference in the beautiful city of Montego Bay, Jamaica during the period May 8-12, 2023. The event was hosted ably by the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers’ Association (JATCA) with their 17 member OC team, 6 AV Tech support personnel, 3 photographers, Decor and Hospitality team who were all supported by the staff at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa. More than 250 delegates from some 60 Member Associations (MAs) as well as observers from ICAO, ITF and IFISA attended the conference. Apart from those physically present, 23 MAs were ‘in attendance’ via proxies. Before the formal start of the conference, a series of briefings were held to update the Member Associations on IFATCA Basics, Communications, IFATCA 2030+ and Training & Licensing. Thereafter the four IFATCA regions held their respective regional meetings in order to discuss topics specific and sensitive to their regions. The opening plenary included welcoming speeches from Mr Douglas Lindo, Deputy Board Chairman of the Jamaican Civil Aviation Authority, Mr Nari Williams-Singh, Director General of the Jamaican CAA, Mr Kurt Solomon, President of the host association JATCA and Mr Sean Blair, Chairman of the Conference Organising Committee. IFATCA President and CEO, Mr Duncan Auld, and the Federation's Deputy President, Ms Helena Sjöström, formally opened the meeting. The IFATCA family welcomed four new Member Associations this year, representing controllers from Grenada, Malawi, Peru and Slovakia, and accepted a new association from Seychelles as a member. Committee A, chaired by Jules Ogilvie (Switzerland) and co-chaired by Ramon Armora (Dom. Republic) heard updates on the Federation's activities and finances and discussed proposed changes to the Federation's administrative policies and bye-laws. Two changes to the constitution were proposed to the final plenary. There were 75 working papers in Committee A! The Constitution and Administrative Committee (CAC), led by Rob Mason (Australia), produced 14 Working papers. These ranged from support materials for chairing a committee to modifying the election of Regional Executive Vice-Presidents at Regional Meetings. This paper brings more autonomy, direction and strength to our regions, part of the aim of making IFATCA more regionally focussed whilst retaining global leadership. The three positions in CAC were filled by Uganda, Ghana and Canada, with Trinidad and Tobago participating as a corresponding member. EVP Finance reported to Directors on the state of the Federation's finances, which provided a positive overview of cash in the bank, financial activity over the year, and plans. The budget for the upcoming year was subject to constructive discussion. In line with both the direction of the Federation and the wishes of the Directors, both the 2030+ TF and the EDI TF will be financially supported to assist in their ongoing important work. Similarly, TOC and PLC, plus ICAO will get the backing they need to enhance both policymaking and influence. To protect against increasing costs and the highlighted areas already mentioned, an increase in membership subscription fees of 2.5% would be made to the next invoicing period; those invoices being sent in June. For the coming year, the Financial Committee (FIC) will again be led by Daniel Nartey from Ghana. He is joined by Matthew Narine of Trinidad & Tobago and newcomers to FIC, Andrew LeBovidge from the USA and Joel Holguin Hernandez from the Dominican Republic. Further depth and support will be provided by corresponding members, Tom McRobert from Australia and Maria Trivina from Indonesia. Committee B chaired by Alex Schwassmann (Germany) and cochaired by Oliver Tembo (Zambia) received reports from IFATCA officials and representatives to ICAO and debated on working papers prepared by the Technical and Operations Committee (TOC). There were 28 working papers in Committee B! Topics discussed ranged fromADS-B assisted visual approaches, terrain clearance, cold temperaturecorrection, trajectorybased operations, the possible change from magnetic to true north and its implications, to the challenges of High Airspace Operations above FL600. The Committee accepted a total of 13 reports and discussed four working papers drafted by TOC. Two were accepted as information papers. Policy was amended on the following subjects: Remote Tower Operations (now designated Digital Air Traffic Services or DATS by ICAO), and Short Term Conflict Alert (STCA). The continued work of the IFATCA representatives to ICAO under the guidance of our Liaison Officer, Mr Jean-Francois Lepage, as well as the member of TOC led by its Chair, Ms Jaymi Steinberg, was once more a testament to the high standard and professionalism that makes IFATCA an important and well-respected player on the global stage of civil aviation. Special mentions must go to Mr Oliveiro Barsanti from Italy, IFATCA representative to the ICAO Flight Operations Panel, who could not attend the conference because he fell ill shortly LOOKING BACK ON IFATCA62 FIRST FACE-TO-FACE IFATCA ANNUAL CONFERENCE SINCE 2019 WAS HELD IN JAMAICA z by Sean Blair, Organising Committee chair, JAMAICA ATCA


z FEDERATION NEWS 10 THE CONTROLLER before embarking on the journey, and still found the strength to record his presentation from his sickbed, and to Mr David Perks who, in between his duties as Chair of the Professional and Legal Committee which required his almost constant presence in Committee C, still found time to present his report to our Committee as the IFATCA representative to the ICAO Separation and Airspace Panel. Such was the hunger to get back to work within IFATCA after three years of COVID-19 that 13 member associations indicated their willingness to become part of TOC for the period 2023/24. The following eight were elected: Canada, EGATS, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and USA. Committee C, chaired by Sten Verpalen (Netherlands) and co-chaired by Nyamgerel Dashdolgor (Mongolia), was very well attended by delegates and observers, with proceedings taking place in a relaxed yet professional manner. It was pleasing to see a high level of discussion between the delegates on a wide range of topics, especially the input from the firsttimers- more than half of the room consisted of newcomers, they were not reluctant to speak up. Under the leadership of David Perks, PLC once again developed high-quality working papers. Nine work studies were presented in Committee C, eight of which contained recommendations to add, amend or delete IFATCA policy. PLC recommended new conditions for operating multiple ratings during the same shift considering the limitations of our cognitive abilities. The existing policy on simultaneous training on adjacent positions was expanded to reflect current operations in member states. A study on converting military to civilian licenses prompted in-depth discussions. A recommendation was passed to allow recognition of prior learning and experience for military air traffic controllers. Staffing shortages remain a worldwide challenge. Both PLC and the Dominican Republic presented a paper on this topic, and together, they gave a complete overview of what is happening in the world. The policy we already have on this topic was strengthened and extended. Compliments to the Dominican Republic for submitting an excellent working paper to the conference.​ A comprehensive paper on Information Overload was provided to the delegates, and the outdated concept of ‘free flight’ was removed from our TPM since the policy has not been used for 30 years. ​ Adam Exley (UK GATCO) was elected Chairman of the Federation's Professional and Legal Committee (PLC). He will replace David Perks (Australia), who will remain active as IFATCA Representative on the ICAO Separation and Airspace Safety Panel and as an appointed advisor of PLC. The following Member Associations were elected as members of PLC: USA, Israel, Kenya, Japan, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Australia, Romania, Italy, Greece, Slovenia and Jamaica. In the combined B/C session the tightly packed agenda started with reports by the Technical and Professional Secretary as well as the IFATCA Liaison Officer to ICAO, followed by a presentation by Céline Canu, one of IFALPAs technical officers, focusing on joint projects with IFATCA and the current hot topic within IFALPA, Reduced Crew Operations. IFALPA is also following the RPAS developments very closely. Céline stressed that IFALPA and IFATCA together form a strong voice for the frontline operators in ATM. The meeting heard the report of the IFATCA representative to the IFALPA ATS Committee, detailing ongoing work within IFALPA in the Air Traffic Services domain. Work in the committee subsequently focused on the recurring topics of Remote and Virtual towers, now redesignated by ICAO as Digital Air Traffic Services, and RPAS. In both areas, IFATCA's expertsare inaposition and willing to influence the ongoing developments to make sure that we, the controllers, remain the focal point. New draft policy statements, prepared by the Technical and Operations Committee, the Professional and Legal Committee, the Remote Towers Task Force and the RPAS Task Force, were accepted in both domains. A special mention must certainly go to Mr Eugenio Diotalevi (Italy), who over the last years, has been relentlessly pursuing all things RPAS, and through his dedication, has become one of the leading experts in this domain. Artificial Intelligence has made an appearance in public debate in recent months, and it comes as no surprise that the aviation industry has also been taken in by its apparent charms. The Federation must be ready if this change becomes a reality, and most of today’s ATCOs’ tasks will be executed by automation instead of human operators, even if their presence will still be necessary in order to verify the correct functioning of systems and intervene in case of disruption. New policy was accepted by the joint committees as a starting point for further study of this subject. Following a nomination by the Ukrainian Federation of Air Traffic Controllers (FATCU), Mr Philippe Domogala (EGATS) was awarded the Award of Merit for coordinating support for our Ukrainian colleagues affected by the Russian invasion. In his acceptance speech, Philippe stressed the group effort. He thanked everyone that donated money and, above all, Member Associations that helped and continue to help their Ukrainian colleagues with material support. The Executive Board Award has been awarded to the outgoing EVP Technical, Mr Ignacio Baca (Spain). Ignacio was elected as IFATCA EVP Technical in 2017. Before that, he was a member of TOC and chaired the committee from 2012 onwards. The Executive Board Award has been awarded to the outgoing Chair of the Professional and Legal Committee (PLC), Mr David Perks (Australia). David took charge of the committee as the COVID-19 crisis was winding down and will remain active as IFATCA Representative on the ICAO Separation and Airspace Safety Panel and as an appointed advisor of PLC. Nominated by the IFATCA Executive Board, the Award of Merit was presented to the outgoing Communications Coordinator, Mr Philip Marien (EGATS), for his outstanding service to the Federation. Philip could not join the meeting in Jamaica but appeared via videolink to thank the delegates and the Executive Board and to reassure his successor, Nicola NiRiada, that he would continue to support her in her new role. The Executive Board Award has been awarded to a very good friend and a supporter from IFALPA, Mr Felix Gottwald. Felix participated in numerous conferences and TOC/ PLC meetings and became a valued and respected contributor to the discussions. The Executive Board Award has been awarded to the Technical and Professional Secretary, Mr Joy

z FEDERATION NEWS Bhattacharya (India). In his role as TPSEC, Joy has been editing the IWEN for as long as anyone can remember. OnFriday,ourfinaldayattheconference, a panel discussion moderated by Trish Gilbert (IFATCA EVP Americas, USA), debated the topic of "The future of ATC: Examining the Next 100 Years". This was really interesting as the panel was exclusively made up of ATCOs. A lot of interesting debate and some food for thought going forward. Friday also had a fascinating presentation by Jeff Woods and Elly Smith from Mitre Corporation on Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) Evolution, explanation of TBO and an introduction to the Info-Centric NAS Vision, what it entails and how the two relate. IFATCA and the International Flight Information Service Association, IFISA, officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding. This collaboration paves the way for closer cooperation in our shared mission of improving global air navigation. We look forward to seeing everyone again in Singapore in 2024! y THE CONTROLLER 11

z FEDERATION NEWS 12 THE CONTROLLER z by Julian Ogilvie, Helvetica Swiss Controllers Association and chair of the IFATCA 2030+ Task force During the Jamaica Annual Conference in May of this year, the Task Force presented on its work in each of the regional meetings and held a workshop the following day for all delegates. Three main topics were addressed during the workshop: Agility, Conferences and Community. The participation was exceptional, the feedback comprehensive and for that we thank the participants wholeheartedly. After a short break, we analysed your feedback and classified the headline items in order of your vote results and broke these results down by region in order to establish whether there were any major differences. Agility - Digital presence The participants felt that although there has been considerable improvement to the online platform that IFATCA uses, this could be improved further. Notably, the IFATCAWiki search function, ease of locating manuals, magazine articles, topics to be addressed, work updates by the standing committees and the potential development of an individual MA space/template that they can use whilst retaining the IFATCA web format and therefore the ‘corporate’ identity without having to fund the creation of their own website. Agility - Mobile App There is considerable interest in the development of an IFATCA App. An App through which MAs can access all important information regarding policy, events, articles, that could contain an area for the use of individual MAs to communicate amongst their members and other MAs. That could facilitate dynamic voting during conferences, that would promote IFATCA through the use of its logos, whilst being individually tailored to show a member’s shift schedule. An App that would probably cost a considerable amount to develop, however provide an interactive and effective communication tool. We imagine that this would take a few years to budget for and to develop. Working Papers & Policy Observations were made regarding working papers. An idea was to publish conference WPs executive summaries early as bite-size pieces online. Can we vote for some topics online early, allowing more time for interactive workshops at conference? These are questions that we are investigating and are currently in discussions with the relevant Chairs and Executive Vice Presidents. A point that was brought up often during our questionnaire last year and during conference was the establishment of regional TOCs and PLCs. We feel that this approach has merit but requires a solid format to be put in place to ensure coordinationwith the global TOC and PLC committees and also the EB. We will be working on this over the next months. FEEDBACK FROM THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE WORKSHOP IFATCA 2030+ UPDATE 2030

z FEDERATION NEWS 13 THE CONTROLLER An interesting question was also raised regarding the policy that we produce as a federation. How many MAs actually adopt IFATCA policies and depending on the answer, should we continue to produce them in the current format? This will also form some discussion within the task force on how best to proceed. Conferences and Community This topic generated a lot of debate during the workshops and questionnaire and has already led to some change as to the way the annual conference is planned. It will continue to evolve as we help implement your requests. Someparticipantsexpressed the wish to use the online voting possibility that was adopted during the virtual conference in 2022 to be able to adopt policy on some working papers before conference in order to allow more time for workshops and seminars. The use of voting apps was also discussed during the workshop in order to streamline the current voting and election procedures. We expect, however, more subtle changes to be in place for Singapore ’24. A great point was raised during the Jamaica workshop about community. How we differentiate between physical and virtual communities and how we could make the most of both and potentially combine the two. Annual conferences and regional meetings are obvious examples of physical community, and the Speak English Program and Tech Talks are great examples of how virtual presence can increase community spirit. These online forums are efficient economically for IFATCA and the MAs and can reach parts of our membership that physical meetings cannot. We will therefore investigate how to best exploit this option. We have a lot to work with thanks to your input. We will be meeting with standing committee chairs and relevant EVPs over the next few weeks to seek their feedback too. We shall also meet physically at the end of November in Spain to finalise working paper structure and content. As we mentioned many times during the annual conference, our work is based on your contributions, you are the driving force behind change, and we thank you for it. If you feel that you would like to suggest something that is important to you and your MA or you think that we are heading in the wrong direction, please do contact us via the email address below. We would love to hear from you. y

z FEDERATION NEWS 14 THE CONTROLLER z by Lim DeWei, President of the Organizing Committee Singapore 2024 SINGAPORE 2024 We are thrilled that the vibrant city-state of Singapore has been selected as the host for the prestigious International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations (IFATCA) Annual Conference in 2024. This significant event promises to be an exceptional gathering of aviation professionals from around the globe, offering an unparalleled opportunity to explore cutting-edge developments, share knowledge, and shape the future of air traffic control. A Global Aviation Hub Nestled in the heart of Southeast Asia, Singapore stands as a testament to the harmonious coexistence of tradition and innovation. Renowned for itsworldclass infrastructure, impeccable urban planning, and dedication to excellence, Singapore promises an exciting and fruitful venue for the conference. As one of the world's busiest aviation hubs, the country boasts a state-of-theart aviation ecosystem that perfectly mirrors the conference's themes of innovation, safety, and collaboration. Innovate for a Safer and Sustainable Tomorrow The IFATCA Conference 2024 will celebrate and foster innovation in the field of air traffic control. Singapore's commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology is evident in its world-leading smart city initiatives, cutting-edge aviation research facilities, and state-of-the-art air traffic management systems. Delegates attending the conference will have the unique opportunity to witness firsthand how technological advancements are enhancing safety, efficiency, and sustainability in air traffic control. First Class hospitality with Cultural Diversity Singapore’s well-developed hospitality and tourism industry will ensure that attendees experience a seamless blend of business and leisure. From excellent accommodation options to exceptional dining experiences, delegates can immerse themselves in Singapore's rich cultural tapestry while forging professional connections that can shape the future of air traffic control worldwide. Singapore's diverse cultural heritage adds a unique dimension to the conference experience. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore amyriad of cultural influences that coexist in this cosmopolitan city. From savouring delectable culinary delights in hawker centres to exploring traditional markets and modern architectural marvels, attendees can immerse themselves in the cultural fabric that makes Singapore truly special. A Glimpse into the Future The IFATCA Conference 2024 in Singapore is more than just an event; it's a forward-looking platform for professionals to collaborate, share insights, and drive innovation in the aviation industry. Be sure to mark your calendars for a transformativeexperienceasSingapore welcomes the world's aviation leaders, pioneers, and visionaries. Stay tuned for further updates as we embark on this remarkable journey together. Registration will open soon via An INTRODUCTION BY THE HOST OF NEXT YEAR'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE The handover ceremony between the 2023 and 2024 Annual Conference organisers, Jamaica and Singapore The 2024 Organising Committee during the Annual Conference in Montego Bay, 2023 © Mark McFarlane - PinkPhotography

z FEDERATION NEWS z by JEZ PIGDEN, IFATCA CONFERENCE COORDINATOR Has your association ever considered hosting an IFATCA Annual Conference? It's an opportunity to bring the global air traffic control community together, share experiences, and contribute to the advancement of the profession. IFATCA has prepared a comprehensive guide, the Conference Organisation Requirements (COR), to assist Member Associations interested in hosting these pivotal events. The COR document is your roadmap to understanding the intricacies of hosting an IFATCA annual conference. It outlines crucial details, from the bidding process to the essential criteria for submitting a bid. It's important to note that the host Member Association is selected through a vote by fellow Member Associations during the conference. The COR serves as the informational package that allows them to make an informed decision. To obtain a copy of the COR and kickstart your journey toward hosting an IFATCA conference, simply send an email request to the Conference Coordinator, Jez Pigden at jez. This document will provide you with valuable insights and practical guidelines to navigate the hosting process effectively. What kind of support can you expect from IFATCA once you decide to take on this responsibility? The Conference Coordinator (CC) will be your dedicated contact, offering guidance and assistance throughout the bidding and planning phases. It's a collaborative effort, and IFATCA aims to ensure you have the resources and expertise needed to organize a successful event. Additionally, we encourage you to reach out to previous host MAs for valuable insights and best practices in hosting a conference. Below are some essential points to keep in mind. Communication is Key Maintain open lines of communication with the Conference Coordinator and the IFATCA Executive Board. They will provide you with vital guidance and support throughout the process. Collaborative Agenda While you represent your Member Associations, it's essential to understand that the conference's agenda and program are determined by IFATCA. Your role is to bring a unique local perspective and flavour to the event, enhancing its global appeal. Business Comes First Hosting an IFATCA conference is not about providing a holiday for delegates. The primary focus is on conducting essential business, sharing knowledge, and advancing the profession. However, that doesn't mean there can't be enjoyable and memorable moments during the conference. Hosting an IFATCA annual conference is a significant undertaking, but it's also a remarkable opportunity to contribute to the air traffic control community's growth and development. The COR, along with the support of IFATCA's Conference Coordinator and the insights from previous host Member Associations, will empower you to take on this exciting challenge. We look forward to hearing from you and witnessing the fruitful outcomes of your efforts in bringing the global air traffic control community together. y HOSTING AN ANNUAL CONFERENCE 15 THE CONTROLLER

z FEDERATION NEWS 16 THE CONTROLLER z by Robert mason (Australia), CAC Chair CONSTITUTION & ADMIN The IFATCA Constitution and Administrative Committee (CAC) may seem to be the domain of intellectual giants and movers and shakers of the Federation. I can see you might think that when you see the polished performance of our team at conference in Committee A, and the exciting highpowered work we do, but under the godlike visages we are all just air traffic controllers like the rest of the Federation doing an amazing job like all ATCOs. CAC is responsible for maintenance and development of administrative policy, rules, and guidelines to ensure the smooth, and legally required processes to run IFATCA. IFATCA is a Federation of over 130 Member Associations representing some 50.000 ATCOs and supporting services members across the globe. We represent all countries from which our members come but we are legally registered in Canada, the home of ICAO. Together with our fraternal twins in the Finance Committee (FIC), we work to ensure that IFATCA’s operation is legal, in accordance with our policies, responsive to changing circumstances, and subject to regular scrutiny with respect to relevance to our members. Accordingly, our work program can change significantly in response to changing circumstances. For example, our rules did not allow electronic voting for any matters before COVID-19. We learned quite a bit in the past 3 years. Our CAC team currently consists of 4 Francis Mensah - Ghana 4 Tonny Ssenkubuge - Uganda 4 Jerry Brodt - Canada 4 Kendall Galindo - Trinidad and Tobago (Corresponding) 4 Paul Karanja Ngigi - Kenya (Corresponding) 4 Robert Mason Australia (Chair) The committee reports to Helena Sjöström, Deputy President of IFATCA. We primarily operate by email or Zoom meetings, but we endeavour to meet in person, jointly with the Finance Committee, at least once during the year prior to Annual Conference. Corresponding members are involved in all discussions of the committee. Their attendance is only via email and Zoom. If you would like to know more, or become involved, well – I don’t blame you – CAC is where it’s at! I can be contacted at Everything you wanted to know about CAC but were afraid to ask! CAC Work Programme Item Brief description Review WP Submission Dates Working papers are required to be submitted 30 days prior to Conference (unless requiring Constitutional change – 90 days prior) Directors are concerned that the significant amount of effort for the office to publish the papers results in reduced time for Directors to read and consider them. Suggestion to move to a required publication date 30 days prior to conference Review EB Election Process We changed election processes to enable election of Regional Executive Vice-Presidents at the relevant Regional Meeting Remainder of EB elected at Annual Conference Need to align election process. Draft requirements for RM to establish quorum, election procedures as per Annual Conference Review Regional Meeting protocols In line with election processes above, review RM to ascertain whether proceedings need to be more formal. May not require separate paper Duration of Conference Examine the requirement for conference to be of 5 days duration and whether we are meeting this requirement if we conduct formal opening on Day 2 Preparation of Conference Report Clarify who is responsible for publication of Conference Report Consider value of publishing WP with EB recommendations Examine feasibility and value of including a section in WP in which the EB expresses their opinion and recommendation to Directors Establishment and Disestablishment of Task Forces Directors are not clear on how Task Forces are established or dissolved. Review IAM and recommend if any change required Review Member Association application process Review current guidance and required information to make it as easy as possible for potential member associations to understand Management of Ad-Hoc Proxy Notifications Review rejected WP carried from Conference 2023 for reconsideration next year

z FEDERATION NEWS 17 THE CONTROLLER The Finance Committee (FIC) of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations (IFATCA) serves as an integral part of the organization, focusing on its financial health and accountability. Operating closely with the Executive VicePresident of Finance (EVP Finance) and external auditors, the committee is tasked with meticulously reviewing the Federation's accounting books to ensure transparency, accuracy, and compliance with financial standards. One of the committee's primary responsibilities is to offer wellconsidered recommendations either to the Executive Board or during the annual conference. These recommendations may cover a range of financial topics, including how to deal with problematic fiscal situations that may arise or existing financial challenges that need to be addressed. Such recommendations ensure that the organization remains solvent, manages its funds efficiently, and is prepared for unforeseen contingencies. The FIC is also involved in evaluating multiple aspects of IFATCA's financial structure. These include reviewing and suggesting changes to affiliation fees and annual subscription rates to balance the organization’s financial health with the affordability for member associations. Additionally, they also look into setting the maximum subscription rates that should be charged. The committee aligns Member Association categorizations based on classifications provided in the World Bank World Development Reports annually. This helps in tailoring financial expectations and obligations according to the economic status of the member countries. The FIC is also responsible for evaluating the financial aspects of the annual conferences, including contributions and deficit guarantees. Such scrutiny ensures that the Federation maintains its operational integrity without compromising on its mission and objectives. Another key element under the committee’s purview is the Inflation Factor, derived from data provided by the International Monetary Fund. This helps in keeping the financial metrics of the organization in sync with global economic indicators. The current members of FIC are Daniel Nartey from Ghana, who serves as the Chair of the committee; Matthew Narine from Trinidad and Tobago, Joel Holguin Fernandez from the Dominican Republic, and Andrew LeBovidge from the United States. Additionally, Maria Trivina from Indonesia and Scott Shallies from Australia serve as Corresponding Members, expanding the committee’s perspective and expertise. In sum, the IFATCA’s Finance Committee plays a crucial role in safeguarding the Federation’s financial stability, providing a vital check and balance within the organization. y z by Daniel Nartey, IFATCA Finance committee chair KEEPING TABS ON THE FEDERATION'S FINANCIAL POLICIES FINANCE COMMITTEE FIC Work Programme Item Brief description Review the possibility of investing in a property in Brussels or Montreal Given the current financial standing of the federation, the Executive Board wishes to propose an investment in property in either Brussels or Montreal to the directors. FIC is tasked to investigate its possibility. Review of Membership charging mechanisms Canada presented a case during the Jamaica conference regarding the mechanism used to compute membership fees and requested the FIC to consider an alternative charging mechanism. Review the amounts of the Executive Board Honoraria Elected officers do not receive salaries but are granted honoraria in accordance with the Bylaws. The FIC is tasked with reviewing this amount to align it with current trends. Review IFATCA financial records for adherence to IFATCA policy Standing item for FIC to ensure policies are followed by Officers and employees of the federation. Review of membership categorization and annual subscription rate This is a standing item to adjust the subscription rate to account for inflation. Additionally, the paper will review membership categories based on the World Bank report. Review requirement for reporting debt for 5 years The aim is to remove recurring redundancies related to the indebtedness of terminated members from the financial report. Investigate the costs and merits of utilising Premium Economy class air travel for IFATCA Officers and Representatives that involve a flight time of over 7 hours. Our executives often attend meetings immediately after long-haul flights. To enhance well-being, improve executive performance, and align with modern trends, the FIC is tasked with investigating the costs and merits of premium economy for EB members. Investigate the possibility of funding the core business of the IFATCA annual conference from IFATCA central resources. The Executive Board recognizes the significant burden placed on member associations hosting the annual conference and is considering alleviating it by providing funding for IFATCA's core activities during the annual conference. Review procedure for payment close to annual conference. This arose during Jamaica conference when some MA’s paid their subscription very close to conference date, and the office was unable to acknowledge receipt before the annual conference began.

z AMERICAS REGION 18 THE CONTROLLER z by TRISH GILBERT, IFATCA Executive Vice President Americas AMERICAS REGION UPDATE The strength of IFATCA is significantly enhanced when the Directors and Delegates can meet in-person. We have been hard at work staying connected and engaged in the region since we met in-person in Jamaica at the world conference. It was the first in-person world event since 2019 which had a packed agenda with wonderful subjects to support our MAs. The Americas (AMA) region enjoyed learning, camaraderie, and solidarity with other MAs from our region and around the world and look forward to continuing the momentum at the upcoming regional meeting. Regional Meeting Planning continues for the 2023 regional meeting to be held 25-27 October in Nassau, Bahamas at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar hosted by the member association (MA) from the Bahamas, (BATCU) Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers’ Union. The meeting agenda is still being finalized but expect a panel discussion on “Crisis Management” and presentations on setting up a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) program and trends in addressing mental health for ATCOs. There will be updates from the IFATCA EVP Technical and the TOC chair, as well as the IFATCA 2030+ and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion task forces. Our heartfelt thanks to our regional meeting sponsors L3Harris and BANSA. For more details and the agenda for the meeting visit The election of the EVP for the Americas region, in accordance with the new policy, is scheduled to occur at the meeting. However, only one candidate was nominated, the current EVP, so she will serve another term. Also very important, the RVP selections for the region will occur during the meeting. The expression of interest (link attached EOI) was distributed to the MAs for consideration. The Regional Vice-President in the Americas are responsible for liaison with Member Associations within their geographic MAs; for fostering contacts with non-member associations in their geographic MAs, and encouraging the affiliation of such associations; overseeing the activities of their geographic MAs. The EVP and RVPs work together as a team and correspond routinely via WhatApps and email. They also hold virtual calls regularly. The team strategizes about the entire region and its challenges and successes and how best to support all MAs. Staffing All MAs in the Americas region have indicated air traffic controller staffing as a problem in their respective countries. Other issues include: labor relations/collective bargaining, funding, training (including OJTI and refresher), aging workforce, medical ins., salaries, pensions, schedules/ rosters, fatigue, mental health, general working conditions, infrastructure, new construction, unreliable frequency/ radar/other equipment, redistribution of workforce, Voluntary Safety Reporting Program (establishment), governmental coordination, strike potential, ANSP leadership void, transportation to/from ATC unit and integration of new entrants (drones and commercial space). The short staffing of ATCOs in the region has resulted in other mitigations such as excessive traffic management initiatives, ATCOs working overtime COLLECTIVE BARGAINING SUCCESSES AMIDST STAFF SHORTAGES Being chosen to host this year's AMA regional conference could not have come at a better time. The Bahamas are celebrating the 50th anniversary of our independence, and it is truly a festive year! As hosts of the conference, our Government has teamed up with BATCU and its authority Management team to put on a memorable event that is nothing shy of warm and welcoming to all our participants. October 23rd through 27th, 2023, is proclaimed as Air Traffic Control week, so look forward to fireworks! We sit at the approximate centre of our region and enjoy bringing all of you together to our beautiful shores for a fun-filled time of learning and discussion for improving our countries and industries. The team is in high gear as we await your arrival. See you soon and don't forget your smile. FROM THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE