On October 20, 2007, more than fifty thousand air traffic controllers are going to celebrate World Air Traffic Controllers Day. IFATCA – International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers, established that day the ATC Day, to tribute this profession and its contribution in the development of air transport. This hard and reliable occupation is performed by four hundred people, the personnel of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency.
IFATCA is the world federation, uniting air traffic controllers from 138 countries. Among its main tasks, the crucial is to promote safety, efficiency and regularity in aviation, and the protection of the profession of air traffic controller.
More than fifty years ago, in 1956, the idea of raising the world professional organization of air traffic controllers was born. Its originator was Jacob Wachtel, the creator and the first president of Air Traffic Controllers Association in Israel. The idea gained the support of a great deal of existing national associations quickly. The unit responsible for setting up European Federation of Air Traffic Controllers (EFATCA) came in the first place.
The time and place of constitution of this first body was established on October 19-20, 1961 in Amsterdam. The ginger group were 12 European countries. But during the first conference, the wish to join the organization was reported by next 20 countries. Nowadays, IFATCA (International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers) – this is the name was finally accepted – unites 138 state organizations with more than fifty thousand air traffic controllers worldwide.
“Air traffic controllers working in the tower and area control centres are professionals, working, in some measure, hidden – inaccessible for outer world – says Marc Baumgartner, the President of IFATCA – Both public opinion and media know little about our work. IFATCA treats air traffic control as the “bone marrow” filling the “skeleton” of the construction commonly named aviation infrastructure. In aviation, the controllers are the “tissue” of the organism”.
The history of POLATCA (Polish Air Traffic Controllers’ Association) starts in 1980 – a memorable year in the Polish history. On September 8, the Association’s Foundation Committee was set up, and Adam Kacperski, Witold Kamocki, Edward Radziejewski and Eugeniusz Wojtiuk were its founders. On July 3, 1981, according to the decision of the court, Polish Air Traffic Controllers’ Association “POLATCA” achieved legal personality. Nine years later, on April 27, 1990, POLATCA became the professional member of IFATCA.
Tomasz Wojciechowski, The Secretary of POLATCA, LEO IFATCA
Phone no: +48 603 640 904
Polish Air Traffic Controllers’ Association “POLATCA”
ul. Wieżowa 8, 02-147 Warszawa CZRL pok. C104
Phone no: +48 22 574 58 18
Fax no: +48 22 574 58 19
The Spokesman of Polish Air Navigation Services Agency
ul. Wieżowa 8, 02-147 Warszawa
Phone no: +48 22 574 67 74, +48 609 102 863
Fax no: +48 22 574 67 79