Guidance Documents

One of the core objectives of the Federation is “To promote and uphold a high standard of knowledge and professional efficiency among Air Traffic Controllers”. To achieve this, the Federation conducts several educational initiatives, including producing guidance material for distribution to the Member Associations. The Federation also conducts training workshops on several important topics, which can be found in the Workshops section.


The information provided in the following is guidance material only, and is based upon international standards, best practices, and IFATCA policies. All users should confirm the requirements of their national regulations and procedures when reviewing this guidance material.

IFATCA Policy on Accident and Incident Investigation

Version 1.0 - July 2022

IFATCA Policy on Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft and Unlawful Interference With Civil Aviation and its Facilities

Version 1.0 - July 2022

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) - Model of a Suggested Course Design

Version 1.0 - July 2022

Simultaneous ATC Training on Adjacent Positions

Version 1.0 - October 2023

IFATCA Policy on Training

Version 1.0 - July 2022

Educational Issues on Distraction

Version 1.0 - July 2022

Model of Employment Agreement

Version 1.0 - July 2022

A Statement on the Future of Global Air Traffic Management by IFATCA

Version 1.0 - February 2007

ILO Meeting of Experts on Problems Concerning Air Traffic Controllers

Geneva, 8-16 May 1979 - Report

Unstable Approaches Guidance Material

Safety is the number one priority for IFATCA and the entire aviation industry, and we are most effective when we all work together to make it ever safer. With this goal in mind, the Unstable Approaches: Risk Mitigation Policies, Procedures and Best Practices, second edition, has been collaboratively written by IATA, CANSO, IFATCA and IFALPA, to address the problems surrounding unstable approaches, a major contributor to accidents and is available for download free of charge for all our Member Associations.

This is the third edition (2017)

Safely Navigating the Industry Recovery

Guidance Material produced and co-authored by IATA, CANSO, IFATCA and IFALPA, providing considerations for navigating the restart and recovery of air traffic.

Response to Unauthorized UA in the Vicinity of Aerodrome

The document is the result of an industry initiative started in 2020 and coordinated by IATA. The participants included organizations such as ACI, IFALPA, IFATCA and several ANSPs and provided expertise on security and airport and aircraft operations. The objective of this document is to provide guidance to all stakeholders potentially impacted by an unauthorized UA event in close vicinity of aircraft and aerodromes.

Checklist European Regulation 2017/373

We've compiled a checklist for Member Associations to verify their ANSP/Country's compliance with European Regulation 2017/373 on stress, fatigue and psychoactive substances. While obviously most relevant to European associations, it may be of use to others to crosscheck how they are doing in respect to this regulation.

Manual for the Oversight of Fatigue Management Approaches (Doc 9966)

Fatigue Management Guidance for ATS Providers

Fatigue is an inevitable hazard in the around-the-clock aviation environment. Fatigue management provides structured methods to address the safety implications of fatigue. ICAO, IFATCA and CANSO have produced a guidance manual that describes science-based and operationally-oriented fatigue management processes.


A short guide to human fatigue and associated risk based management Systems for air traffic control.

Drone Sighting Briefing Leaflet

Joint IFALPA-IFATCA leaflet for pilots and air traffic controllers to improve the information flow between the two groups and to coordinate the response when a drone is reported.

TCAS Procedures

The correct reaction to a TCAS RA by both controllers and aircrew is essential to the effectiveness of this safety net.