GATCO, through its membership of IFATCA, has contributed to those projects, providing input mostly from an operational point of view.The hazards identified can come from a wide variety of sources: from within the operational unit including existing issues such as maintaining currency and recency, and new issues such as the need to maintain social distancing. A large number of hazards, however, come from external sources, for example technical issues with aircraft and cross border issues with adjacent air navigation service providers. The work also included sample mitigations to address those risks identified although it should be noted that they are not exhaustive. Furthermore, the measures suggested may not address all possible eventualities.
The GATCO policy team has taken its input to the aforementioned projects and extracts from the output produced to capture the issues we feel are more akin to the needs of our members at operational units – the hazards aimed at more strategic management level were considered less relevant and have not been included. It is understood that conditions may vary from unit to unit and will also be dependent on the COVID-19 restrictions in place at that time.
GATCO members can access the electronic version of the guidelines on the link below: