Transport workers express concerns over remote towers (aviationweek.com)

By Alan Dron Transport sector trade unionists have expressed concern at the growth of air traffic control remote tower operations (RTO), urging a global set of regulations governing their use. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) says there should be “solid, enforceable regulations,” both to define safety requirements for RTO and to ensure that the […]


November 6, 2020

ITF launches first position paper on remote tower operations

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has today launched its first position paper on remote tower operations, striking to the heart of a key issue for the future of global aviation. Air traffic services are vital to the safety and efficiency of the aviation sector and the wider global economy, managing national and international airspace […]


November 2, 2020

ICAO Air Navigation Conference: Lobbying underway by aviation unions over remote towers

The ICAO Air Navigation Conference (AN-Conf/13), organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization is taking place from 9 October to 19 October 2018 in Montreal, Canada. The theme of the conference is “From Development to Implementation” and it will discuss issues and proposed solutions relating to flight safety and air navigation capacity and efficiency, and […]


October 9, 2018

Aviation unions – keep up with remote towers technology changes

The ITF has produced a ‘living document’ to help its civil aviation unions keep up to speed with the constant changes in remote towers technology. Super-fast fibre networks, high definition cameras and remote sensing technology mean that the concept, testing and deployment of remote tower services is advancing rapidly. The In Focus document will track […]


June 2, 2017

Concerns over remote digital towers (shetnews.co.uk)

Unions and local politicians have voiced serious concern after it emerged that Highlands and Islands Airport Limited (HIAL) is looking at proposals to do away with air traffic control towers across its network of airports. Dozens of highly skilled and well paid jobs could be on the line if HIAL centralises air traffic control to […]


May 18, 2017

ITF civil aviation unions lobbying over the big issues at the ICAO Assembly

ITF civil aviation unions from across the world are lobbying their governments on key worker and industry issues at ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization)* 39th Triennial Assembly, in Montreal. The ITF presented two working papers and two information papers during the Assembly which began on 24 September. Civil aviation representatives from governments are a large […]


October 3, 2016

ITF delegation attending the ICAO’s RPAS and Remote ATS Symposium

An ITF delegation from the Civil Aviation Section is participating at ICAOs RPAS (The Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) and Remote ATS Symposium, Stockholm, on 9 and 10 May 2016. The symposium aims to advance the understanding of remotely piloted aircraft systems and remote air traffic services with a specific focus on the way to address […]


May 10, 2016

Unions set strategies for emerging air traffic control technologies

The ITF’s air traffic services (ATS) affiliates from 20 countries have agreed to develop a global strategy to stop any negative impact on flight safety and aviation workers’ conditions posed by the growing use of remote air traffic control towers far from airports. Sixty-five delegates gathered on 5 and 6 February for a lively two-day […]


February 11, 2016