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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.

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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.

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Man in the arena

It is not the critic who counts, the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly.

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How organizations can protect their reputation

In these modern times where people can freely express themselves via social media and other means, here are some ways that an organizations can safeguard its reputation from people who set out to ruin it.

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Cuba: A forbidden gem

Despite the US embargo against Cuba and their vilification of the its government over the years, I satisfied my curiosity of the communist nation by visiting Havana in December.

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European Air Traffic Control Strikes Hit 1 Million Minutes of Delay in 2016

IATA condemned the effects of air traffic controller strikes, which have caused 1 million minutes of delay across Europe in 2016.

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IFATCA 2016, the global ATC waterhole, begins in Las Vegas

The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations under the patronage of NATCA began its 55th international conference in Las Vegas with air traffic controllers from around the world.

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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