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13 Characteristics of an Air Traffic Controller

Air traffic controllers are super humans. Well, almost. Akin to the stripes on a tiger, here are a handful of characteristics that air traffic controllers must possess in order to keep aircraft safe in the skies.

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Maintaining safety as flight operations increase

In 2017, 4.1 billion passengers were carried by scheduled air carriers around the world. This equates to millions of flights which took off and arrived safely at their destination. With such a stellar performance, time out must be taken to acknowledge the collective efforts of aviation team members across the globe which made this possible. Of course there were a handful of flights that did not make it to their destination, but that number is dwindling.

GATE ONE: Now 11 members on board

On the 3rd of February 2014, the ANSP of Bosnia-Hercegovina (BHANSA) joined the Cooperation Agreement signed by the CEOs of ANSPs of Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia in Sofia on the 6th of November, 2013.

Video: Felix Baumgartner’s Space Jump

Jumping from 128,100 feet above the Earth’s surface, GoPro’s HERO2 cameras documented every moment of the record breaking feat. Back in October of 2012, Felix Baumgartner broke the speed of sound while free-falling from the edge of space, setting three world records in the process.

Tragedy Gives Birth to Robustness

Guyanese collectively held their breath as they learned of the disappearance of a Cessna Caravan in the interior of the country on Saturday. The worst fears were realized as both crew members on board the aircraft perished in the crash. What lessons are there to be learned? These will undoubtedly make aviation more robust.

5 Ways to Leverage Your Best Performance

As aviation professionals the world over, we have the responsibility of safely moving millions of passengers around the world. To our aid are thousands of pages of regulations and best practices, a myriad of equipment and tools, and rigorous training. Despite the monumental advances through the decades, these alone are not enough to ensure safety. Here are 5 ways to leverage your best performance.

ICAO's Annex 19 – Safety Management

The value of safety in the aviation community has manifested itself in the form of a new annex published by ICAO. Annex 19, Safety Management became effective on November 14, 2013, some 30 years after Annex 18 was issued.

FAA Approves Boeing 787 Certification Plan

The FAA approved the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company’s certification plan for the redesigned 787 battery system, after thoroughly reviewing Boeing’s proposed modifications and the company’s plan to demonstrate that the system will meet FAA requirements.

Modern ATC Centre Inaugurated in Budapest

The new Hungarian air navigation centre was inaugurated in Budapest on 27 February 2013, advancing the air transport infrastructure of both Hungary and Central Europe as a whole.

3‭ ‬Unique Flight Experiences Not to Be Missed

Guest post by Jamie McMackin who is a flying adventure enthusiast. He writes about stunt planes, non-power gliding and jet-pack rides. Read on for the thrill.

HungaroControl for green flight

The Hungarian air navigation service provider joins the European project with its own initiatives.

About Wayne Farley

I am Wayne, a career air traffic controller. Engage me while I share my thoughts, experience, and news from around the aviation world. A post titled “13 Characteristics of an Air Traffic Controller” written in 2010 went viral and established me as the unofficial ambassador of ATC.

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