Annual Report of the Executive Board to the Cairo Conference
It is not my ambition to be perfectly correct wi th my ann ual prediction of continued problems in the interna tional air traffic control environment in the board's report to the an nu al confe rence. As a ma tter of fact. I would much prefer for once. to be proven w rong. Howeve r, based on t he display of intransigence of various employers and their ignorance - which after conclusions of the meeting of experts on air traffic control at the International Labour Office can only be termed ' deliberate路 - predictions of future problems in our profession are ridiculously easy to make with a guarantee of being right. The past twelve months have seen government employers dismiss contro llers who were fight ing in the name of t heir national controllers' organization. for the profession and their fellow co ntrollers. They have seen controllers 路mobilized'. i.e. put under military Jurisdiction and law. and military controllers being introduced into a normally civilian system as either replacement or threat of that poss1b1 hty. This federatio n unreservedly condemns such gestures of government in11m idat1on of air traffic controllers. they serve no purpose ot her tha n to decrease av1at1on safety. Controllers forced to work operational ly under such add1t1onal conditions of stress. ca nnot possibly perform their duties with the degree of safety our profes-
sion demands. It is interesting, in a morbid way. to speculate what the findi ngs of an impartial cou rt of law would be should an aviation accident attributable to human error occur under such circumsta nces. We are convinced that blame. or at least a maJOr portion of it. wou ld have to be laid at the feet of the employer. t he government. as the deliberate creator of this additional stress. What makes us sad. on top of the aforementioned degradation of aviation safety, the stress and aggravation to our members. 1s the fact that those who wi ll suffe r almost exclusively from these government-created and perpetrated situations of confrontation over inadequate air traffic control equipment. working conditions. and rela tionship. are the a1rl1nes and general aviation - our customers - and th e passe ngers and users - their customers. The. government employers. wilfully disregard the conclusions of the ILO meeting of experts. agreed upon by both government and con troller representatives. and the solutions contained therein . These governments are 1eopardizing untold sums of money in national income and the prof its of their national. and. in many cases. of international air carriers. Governmen ts must be aware. one hopes. of the money invested in training air traffic controllers. There are two reasons
The Exec utive Board (left to right) . H.H. Hensc hler. H. W enger. D Oudin. A Avgoust1 s and E Bradshaw. (P. o 路ooherty not present)
one can imagine for governments' 1rrat1onal behaviour: 1. They realize the vast economic impact of our professio n but they are not willing to accept the ensuing consequences as recognized by the ILO meeting of experts. and 2. They do not. directly. suffer the economic consequences of lost income. For both of these reasons. they wish to affirm their use of the civil service stra1t1acket. The impact of our profession. of our membership. on 1nternat1onal economics can not be overestimated. Just 1mag1ne. 1f you can. what even a 24 hour period in the life of th is planet without c1v1I av1at1on would mean. I cannot even guess at the amount of lost income to all facets of all economic endeavours - there are few. 1f any. groups of people who could have such impact. To be fair. there are government employers who have acted on the ILO conclusions. where the professio n receives proper recognition. These. together with the airlines who tangibly support the efforts of the federation. deserve our recognition and appreciation . It 1s our hope that the federat1on may be able to also. tangibly. show our recognition .
ADMINISTRATION General The Executive Board has continued the policy of reduced involvement. except for cases of benefit to IFATCA. with outside agencies and organ1za t1ons. Rather. the board put the emphasis on attending regional meetings. meeting of member associations. and of standing committees. To carry out this ob1ect1ve. we again had the assistance of the national authorities. rel uctant 1n some cases. of Canada. Cyprus. France and Ireland. We also had the assistance of a number of airlines to whom we wish to express our appreciation. Last year finally saw the ma1or amendment to our const1tut1on and bye laws completed and inc luded 1n the manual The technica l and professional policy statements and papers were in corporated 1n the manual in a new format It 1s hoped that the new layout will enable all member assoc1a11ons to make greater use of the 1nformat1on and guidance material available. The board received many req uests for assistance, not all of which could be at tended to 1n th e way the boa rd would have wished L1m1ts of time and money unfortunately lay boundaries to the act1v1t1es of t he Executive Board A number of short notice v1s1ts were made but as always travel cost presents a problem Many member associations are successf ul w hen requesting assistance from the ir governments for the provision of travel facil1t1es to the Executive Board Many others are regrettab ly hampered by the attitudes of the airlines. Executive Board' Due to the relatively late dates of IFATCA 路so. the Executive Board dec ided to forego the normal June Board M eeting rather than sched ule 1t for July or August inasmuch as such dates would have been 1mposs1ble. or at least very difficult. owing to the summer holiday period 1n the nor