South African air traffic controller elected VP of global ATC representative body

Air Traffic and Navigation Services, the State-owned company that is responsible for South Africa’s air traffic management, announced on Sunday that its Area Radar Controller at OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg), Peter van Rooyen, had been elected Executive VP of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Associations (IFATCA). This happened during the recent (57th) IFATCA Conference, in Accra, Ghana. Van Rooyen has been Chairperson of one of IFATCA’s committees (“Committee C”) for the past four years. He is also the Executive VP (Professional) of the Guild of Air Traffic Controllers of South Africa (GATCSA). “The experience in GATCSA and IFATCA has broadened my overall knowledge and has given me a good international context to several important issues that affect Air Traffic Control in South Africa and globally,” he said. “[W]e need to realise that all our members have various work-related challenges and we should, where practically possible, assist and give guidance accordingly because they are the Federation in the end.”