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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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75 years of connecting the world

On December 7th each year the world commemorates International Civil Aviation Day. This year’s celebration is particularly special since ICAO is commemorating the 75th anniversary.

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Curaçao Deploys Space-Based ADS-B

The Dutch Caribbean Air Navigation Service Provider (DC-ANSP) has deployed Aireon’s space-based ADS-B surveillance service in the Curaçao Flight Information Region.

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How the U.S. Government shutdown is affecting Air Safety

The U.S. government shutdown has ground on beyond a month leaving controllers without a paycheck and some systems under-resourced.

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How To Stop A Drone?

The suspension of flights in and out of Gatwick due to drone sightings has brought the question of How to stop a Drone? into the limelight.

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20 Books that Shaped my Aviation Career

As the world observed International Literacy Day on Saturday 8th September, I paused to reflect on the books that I read that helped to shape my aviation career. I’ve read hundreds of books but here are the ones that have had the biggest impact.

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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.

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World celebrates AIS Day on May 15

With aeronautical information service being one of the important pillars for safe and efficient air navigation, the world aviation community is observing World Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) day on May 15, the anniversary of the adoption of Annex 15 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

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NAV CANADA and Aireon Complete ADS-B Flight Test

NAV CANADA has completed a successful flight test of space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology. The test was conducted to collect ADS-B data used for validating Aireon’s satellite aircraft surveillance and tracking service.

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WMO adds new cloud types for the first time in 30 years

The World Meteorological Organization released its new digitized International Cloud Atlas, the global reference for observing and identifying clouds. It includes new classifications, including volutus, a roll cloud and asperitas, a dramatic undulated cloud.

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The benefits of inking ATS agreements

Thousands of agreements have been inked since the dawn of the aviation industry. Agreements between states, organizations, service providers, and every other stakeholders. They bind parties to specific actions or layout the terms for cooperation that have mutual benefits. Air Traffic Services should ink these too.

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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