Catch what you've missed: IFATCA discusses ATCO fatigue risks

August 30, 2012 | 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Associations (IFATCA) and Quintiq recently co-hosted a successful ATCO Fatigue Risk Management Webinar. The webinar was tailored to representatives of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), particularly those overseeing the scheduling of ATCOs. The webinar provided the latest information and insights on ATCO fatigue risk management and garnered more than 120 registrations, 50 live attendees, and, to date, 70 webcast views.

The webinar highlighted the following regarding ATCO fatigue risk management:

  • Fatigue is a very important safety issue in ATC that needs to be managed.
  • Both ANSP management & ATC associations are responsible for Fatigue Risk Management.
  • The majority of ANSPs use pre-defined work/rest cycles to create their ATCO rosters, the recommendation is to use dynamic cycles instead.
  • Incorporating fatigue reduction goals is thought to decrease operational efficiency, and is therefore often neglected.
  • Tasks and breaks are, in most cases, planned during the day or managed by controllers themselves.

In his presentation, Alexis Brathwaite, President and CEO of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Associations (IFATCA), discussed IFATCA's viewpoint on ATCO fatigue and the risks associated with it. David Hillis, Senior Business Development Executive at Quintiq, talked about the necessity of having an advanced planning solution that is able to incorporate all fatigue reduction rules without decreasing the operational efficiency of the ATCO workforce planning.

Together, IFATCA and Quintiq gave their audience access to information on fatigue risk management and provided guidance on the process of incorporating fatigue risk management into ATCO planning processes.

Those interested can listen to the recorded webinar for further insights from ATC industry experts. The recording is available at

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