Report on the Information Hand Book (IHB) – 2019

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Report on the Information Hand Book (IHB) – 2019

58TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE, Conchal, Costa Rica, 20-24 May 2019

WP No. 154

Report on the Information Hand Book (IHB) – 2019

Presented by the Liaison Officer to the ICAO ANC


Article I, paragraph 3, Objects, of the IFATCA Constitution specifies that the Federation shall “collect and distribute information on professional problems and developments”. To this end, the IFATCA Information Handbook (IHB) was created and contains the most up-to-date information provided to the Federation on all aspects relating to environmental and human factors in ATC.

The IFATCA Technical and Professional Manual (TPM) contains policy on the collection and dissemination of information required by the IHB (Section INFO, TPM pp. 338-344 refers). However, that section has not been updated in many years and needs some maintenance. This working paper will present an overview of the current status of the IHB and propose some editorial amendments to the TPM to address the concerns raised above.


During the previous years, the task of updating the IHB was carried by The Controller Magazine Editor, Philip Marien and more recently by former EVPP, Eric Risdon. In 2018, following the departure of Mr. Risdon, I took upon myself to modernize and update the IHB. During the last year, approximately forty (40) associations sent an updated version of their information, to be included in the IHB. While this represents a significant step towards up-to-date information, there are still a number of MAs for which the Federation has not received an update in more than twenty (20) years.


Even today, with the profusion of information available online, there is no equivalent to the IHB produced by IFATCA. Indeed, no document offers the same level of granularity when it comes to air traffic controllers’ work conditions and environment, all condensed in one document.

The IHB remains undoubtedly a valuable tool for IFATCA members, and the Federation urges its Member Associations to provide updates on a regular basis to guarantee the information remains as current as possible.

The table below presents the date of the last update to the IHB received by the Federation as of April 1st, 2019. It can be argued that information that is three years old or less can be considered “current”, information between 3 and 6 years old can be considered “old” and information dating more than 6 years shall be considered “obsolete”.

  • Information older than twenty (20) years old is shown in red in the table.
  • Information older than ten (10) years old is shown in yellow in the table.
  • Information that is less than ten (10) years old is shown in green.

In order for IFATCA to maintain the most up-to-date database possible, Member Associations are invited to submit the most up-to-date version of their information, as required by the IHB, as soon as possible. The form can be accessed following this link; it is also reproduced in Appendix A of this working paper. In addition, the form is available on the IFATCA website, under the “Documents and Manuals” section of IFATCA-NET.


Country Date Region Country


AFM Algeria 05-Mar-08 AFM South Africa 11-Apr-07
AFM Angola 03-Jan-01 AFM Tanzania 27-May-14
AFM Benin 10-Dec-99 AFM Togo 25-Feb-18
AFM Botswana 31-Dec-01 AFM Uganda 22-Mar-18
AFM Burundi 03-Jul-18 AFM Yemen 01-Oct-98
AFM Cabo Verde 23-Nov-98 AFM Zambia 21-Apr-08
AFM Cameroon 03-Mar-18 AMA Argentina 15-Nov-08
AFM Chad 30-Jan-01 AMA Aruba 07-Mar-18
AFM Congo, Brazzaville 01-Oct-01 AMA Bahamas 01-Jan-99
AFM Côte D’Ivoire 22-Mar-18 AMA Barbados 22-Oct-05
AFM Djibouti 01-Mar-01 AMA Bermuda 05-Mar-97
AFM Egypt 04-Dec-00 AMA Bolivia 25-Dec-01
AFM Eswatini (Swaziland) 01-Jan-19 AMA Brazil 13-Dec-07
AFM Ethiopia 25-Oct-02 AMA Canada 27-May-08
AFM Gabon 20-Dec-01 AMA Chile 03-Feb-12
AFM Gambia, The 01-Apr-02 AMA Colombia 05-Jan-10
AFM Ghana 27-Apr-08 AMA Dominican Rep. 16-Feb-10
AFM Guinea Bissau 01-Jul-03 AMA El Salvador 22-Oct-05
AFM Jordan 12-Apr-02 AMA Guatemala 22-Dec-99
AFM Kenya 18-Oct-02 AMA Guyana 30-Nov-97
AFM Lebanon 11-Mar-18 AMA Haiti 22-Oct-05
AFM Madagascar 13-Dec-07 AMA Jamaica 22-Mar-18
AFM Mali 27-Jun-03 AMA Mexico 01-Jul-10
AFM Mauritania 01-Apr-02 AMA Panama 25-Mar-99
AFM Mozambique 13-Jun-18 AMA Peru 15-Jul-99
AFM Namibia 10-Oct-02 AMA Saint Lucia 08-Oct-14
AFM Niger 10-Dec-00 AMA Suriname 01-Oct-00
AFM Nigeria 03-Jul-18 AMA Trinidad&Tobago 09-Feb-15
AFM Rwanda 15-Jan-97 AMA United States 14-Mar-12
AFM São Tomé 25-Feb-18 AMA Uruguay 24-Sep-07
AFM Somalia 16-Jan-10 ASP Australia 19-Mar-18
ASP Fiji 04-Feb-05 EUR Georgia 26-Feb-08
ASP Hong Kong 03-Mar-18 EUR Germany 12-Jun-18
ASP India 16-Aug-14 EUR Greece 31-May-07
ASP Iran 02-Feb-09 EUR Hungary 05-Mar-12
ASP Japan 23-Jan-15 EUR Iceland 20-Mar-18
ASP Kazakhstan 07-Nov-14 EUR Ireland 09-Apr-11
ASP Macau 14-Dec-01 EUR Israel 24-Sep-18
ASP Malaysia 22-Feb-18 EUR Italy 21-Mar-18
ASP Mongolia 12-Jan-97 EUR Kosovo 16-Mar-18
ASP Nepal 22-Feb-18 EUR Latvia 23-Mar-08
ASP New Zealand 28-Feb-18 EUR Lithuania 21-Feb-18
ASP Papua New Guinea 15-Jan-10 EUR Luxembourg 10-Jan-01
ASP Republic of Korea 17-Oct-14 EUR Macedonia, FYR 30-Oct-11
ASP Singapore 21-Mar-18 EUR Malta 20-Aug-18
ASP Sri Lanka 15-Jul-98 EUR Moldova 18-Feb-10
ASP Taiwan 20-Apr-08 EUR Montenegro 26-Oct-14
EUR Albania 31-May-07 EUR Netherlands, The 26-Sep-18
EUR Austria 27-Feb-18 EUR Norway 16-Aug-18
EUR Belarus 10-Mar-15 EUR Poland 16-Mar-18
EUR Belgium 21-Mar-18 EUR Portugal 06-Mar-18
EUR Bosnia & Herz. 30-May-07 EUR Romania 09-Mar-18
EUR Bulgaria 24-Oct-10 EUR Russian Fed. 08-Oct-07
EUR Croatia 23-Oct-10 EUR Serbia 21-Dec-07
EUR Cyprus 09-Mar-18 EUR Slovakia 08-Dec-08
EUR Czech Republic 26-Feb-18 EUR Slovenia 20-Mar-18
EUR Denmark 11-Jan-13 EUR Spain 28-May-07
EUR EGATS 25-Apr-14 EUR Sweden 07-Mar-18
EUR Estonia 11-Mar-18 EUR Switzerland 25-Feb-18
EUR Finland 27-Feb-18 EUR Turkey 24-Oct-10
EUR France 25-May-07 EUR Ukraine 21-Feb-08
      EUR United Kingdom 14-Mar-08



What stands out from the previous table is that just above 50% of the information contained in the IHB is less than ten years old. It means that a significant effort could be put in the upcoming year(s) to try to improve these numbers in order to keep the document somewhat relevant. It is interesting to note that there are only 12 MAs for which the information is older than 20 years, which is a significant improvement compared to last year.


The section pertaining to the IHB can be found in the TPM, starting on page 338 onwards. It has not been updated in nine years (last update was in Punta Cana, 2010), and new technology has now changed how and by whom the information is gathered, processed and presented. The following section will present a number of proposals for amendments to the TPM, mainly of an editorial nature, to reflect how these processes have evolved.


It is recommended that the IFATCA TPM be amended as follows:

IFATCA TPM (2018), page 339 – INFO 12.1.1


Article I, paragraph 3, Objects, of the IFATCA Constitution specifies that t The Federation shall collect and distribute information on professional problems and developments, as stated in Article I, paragraph 3 of the IFATCA Constitution.


The policy is not really a policy, but rather a reference to the Constitution of IFATCA. The proposed amendment turns the sentence into a policy, without losing the reference to the IFATCA Constitution. Additionally, it is proposed to move the rationale before the policy (for consistency); there is no need to change it, as it offers a good overview of how IHB came about.

IFATCA TPM (2018), page 340 – INFO 12.1.2


The Information Handbook should contain current information on aspects relating to professional and legal matters in ATC in the countries represented in the Federation.

It should be drafted in such a way as to enable its users to identify those MAs that may have useful information on specific professional and legal matters, after which direct contacts with such and should provide means to contact MAs should be established to obtain the desired detail of information.

As ultimate goal t The information thus provided and used should help to achieve a certain standard of conditions in all MAs countries.

In 1990, at the Acapulco Conference, the following recommendation was accepted: “that the first reply to Providing the information required by the IHB Questionnaire to the IHB Questionnaire shall be part of the application procedure for membership of the Federation.


These changes are mainly editorial and are intended to bring clarity to the text. In the last paragraph, the sentence is turned from a reference to the Acapulco Conference into a proper policy statement. The essence of the policy is not changed overall.

IFATCA TPM (2018), page 341 and 342 – INFO 12.1.3


The Information Handbook shall present the information by country and contain at least the following elements presented in “country by country” format contains the following chapters:

[EDITORIAL: Remove the notion of Chapter, rearrange the presentation of the information as follows: SECTION TITLE: SUB-ELEMENTS]

The Information Handbook is shall only be made available to professional members of the Federation.


These changes are mainly editorial and are intended to bring clarity to the text. The IHB currently doesn’t contain chapters for each MA; it rather presents the information in a table, which renders the use of “Chapters” superfluous. Reorganizing the requirements per section would bring clarity to the policy.

The last sentence of the policy (on p. 342) is redrafted to include a “shall” and make it more consistent with the Federation’s policy drafting standards.

IFATCA TPM (2018), page 343 – INFO 12.1.4


The Editor Information Handbook ( shall update the Information Handbook shall be updated by means of an electronic questionnaire form, made available on the IFATCA website. New and amended entries shall be sent to

Every even year a new enquiry shall take place. This enquiry will be announced in the first IFATCA Circular of that year. The An enquiry shall be done at least once every year. This enquiry shall be announced during the Annual Conference. at the start at the first day of the “Committee C” proceedings at the Annual Conference and end on the last day of the Regional Meeting held that year. Member Associations having new information regarding items listed in the IHB are requested to inform the Editor IHB and the Office by means of refilling the E- questionnaire online form, or by e-mail stating changed topics modifications.

The Executive Vice-Presidents Region have the responsibility to ensure that up-to-date information from every MA within their region is available. To accomplish such, the Editor IHB will draft reports for the Regional Meetings stating the unavailability of information and outdated information from the MAs. They will inform the Editor Information Handbook on any problem with regard to the collection of information.

Update on the Information Handbook should be a standard agenda item at each Regional Meeting.

The Editor Information Handbook shall compile a Amendments to the Information Handbook shall be published at least every 2 years.


These changes are mainly editorial and are intended to reflect how the updates of the IHB are now carried out.

The first paragraph changes the recipient of the changes from the IHB Editor (which does not exist anymore) to the Office. The Office will then dispatch the modifications accordingly. This drafting allows more flexibility in case there is a need to move the responsibility of the update from one person to the other. Basically, it does not tie the Federation to a specific person.

The second paragraph is modified to simplify the enquiry process. There is normally an IHB report published at every Conference, and it would be the ideal opportunity to promote that enquiry; however, the new drafting leaves some flexibility in this regard, while keeping the essence of the policy. There is no reason why it shall only be done every other year; it is proposed to standardize the process and make it yearly. The reference to the RM is removed, as it is covered in the following paragraph.

The third paragraph is simplified; with the continuous availability of the document online, EVPs from the various regions can assess by themselves the need for an update in a given MA. Furthermore, the annual report on the IHB should have provided them with an overview of the current status in their respective region.

The amendments to the last paragraph are consequential to the amendments done to the second paragraph.

IFATCA TPM (2018), page 344 – INFO 12.1.5


Geert Maesen
Vilvoordsesteenweg 81
B-1820 Perk

Tel: +32 2 751 7694
Fax: +1 514 866 7612

[EDITORIAL NOTE: Delete the policy in toto]


These changes are consequential to the changes proposed in INFO 12.1.1. By standardizing dispatch of the changes towards the IFATCA Office, there is no need to retain this policy. Furthermore, for privacy and confidentiality reasons, it is best not to publish personal addresses in any of the Federation’s manuals.

Additionally, removing this information from the TPM will reduce the risk of having inaccurate information at any given time, should an impromptu change occur in between annual conferences.

Last Update: October 2, 2020  

September 23, 2020   735   Jean-Francois Lepage    2019    

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