AATCA stands for Austrian Air Traffic Controllers’ Association. The AATCA is the non-profit professional association representing the interests of Austrian civilian and military air traffic controllers.
The main goal of the AATCA is to maintain the common professional, social and health-related interests of Austrian civilian and military air traffic controllers.
Goals of AATCA
The AATCA is the non-profit professional association representing the interests of Austrian civilian and military air traffic controllers.
The AATCA’s declared goals are as follows:
- to maintain the common professional, social and health-related interests of Austrian civilian and military air traffic controllers
- to reduce the job-related risks of air traffic controllers
- to actively be involved in creating new professional procedures and technical developments; to work out new proposals to improve processes, equipment and facilities
- to maintain high standards in terms of the knowledge and skills of air traffic controllers
- to spread information and to further train members by means of discussion evenings and lectures by experts
- to cooperate closely with national and international representative bodies:
- to participate at IFATCA Annual Conferences, IFATCA Regional Meetings and IFATCA/EUROCONTROL workshops
- to exchange experiences and information with the Austrian Cockpit Association (ACA) and IFALPA
- to provide assistance and support in the event of an incident or accident
- to provide social security to ATCOs in the case of not being covered by the company:
- our members are covered by occupational risk insurance and by a legal defence fund up to a maximum amount.
- To recommend legal counsel in aviation matters
History of AATCA
- 1960: the Austrian Air Traffic Controllers’ Association was founded as the VÖFVK (Verband österreichischer Flugverkehrskontrollore), later renamed the VÖFVL (Verband österreichischer Flugverkehrsleiter)
- 1961: the Austrian Association, together with 11 other associations, was a founding member of the EFATCA (European Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations). After non-European states also joined the EFATCA, this body was renamed the IFATCA (International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Associations).
- 2000: the name of the VÖFVL is now changed to the AATCA (Austrian Air Traffic Controllers’ Association).
At present the AATCA has some 305 ordinary members.
Any civilian or military air traffic controller can become an ordinary member. (It is also possible to join before completion of training. Military information or passing the FIC test enables members to receive the status of extraordinary member. The status is changed to that of ordinary member upon completion of the training, and from this point on, the Loss of Licence and the legal protection insurance come into effect.)