The reasons to move to a new facility often include, but are not limited to, aging or outdated facilities. Moving to a new facility is a very demanding and lengthy process. It not only affects ATM as a system, but it also significantly affects those who operate within it. A proper preparation and continuous assessment and reflection benefit the final result. Controller involvement in all stages of the process contributes to a broadly carried and accepted final concept.
Moving to a new facility may be a benefit to the users of the ATS as in most cases the new facility will provide a new or upgraded system and possibly new procedures. ICAO Doc 9426 highlights the need of involving experts and interested parties in establishing a new facility without clarifying how to conclude this participation.
IFATCA Policy is:
Operational controllers shall be involved in the design, development and deployment when moving ATS facilities.
Their role shall include at a minimum:
a) Define facility requirements and user needs.
b) Participating in the risk and safety assessment processes
c) Defining operational training requirements prior to the transition.
d) Validating the new facility.
e) Providing feedback in the further development of the facility.
|See: WP85 – Toronto 2017|
Last Update: October 2, 2020