What is TATCA?
The Turkish Air Traffic Controllers Association, established by Air Traffic Controllers in 1975, aims to inform the Air Traffic Controllers in aviation sector by uniting all the controllers in Turkey under the same roof, helping to transform the theoretical information into practice by producing innovative projects, by contributing to the improvement of working conditions, achieving social and personal rights, organizing conferences and trainings, improving our teamwork competence and social development, exchanging ideas with our partners, organizing activities to promote our profession, and as a result, to provide contribution to the sector with equipped qualified controllers.
Who is the Air Traffic Controller?
The control of Air Traffic arises from the need to prevent collisions between aircrafts in the air and on the ground, and to ensure that they are managed in an order and smoothness. We, as air traffic controllers, are proud of successfully managing air traffic in our country with this understanding of team spirit.
The flight, considered as the fastest and most reliable way to travel from one place to another, is an indispensable part of the transportation sector. Air traffic controllers are responsible for ensuring that the continuously increasing air traffic is dispatched and maintained safely. Air traffic controllers give 7/24 service to have safe flight for people who are in a rush to unite with their loved ones and who try to reach their destinations as soon as possible.
The sky that hosts numerous flights that one can see or cannot see with naked eyes makes you think that there is no danger in the sky because of its vastness. However, a significant portion of flight safety is provided to the pilots by instructions given via radio telephone frequencies.
For instance, aircrafts cannot leave the parking space without the permission of air traffic controller, cannot follow the course he wants in aerodromes for reaching the runway heading, cannot take-off and land without the permission of taking off and landing.
They cannot change the in-flight route determined before the flight, and cannot climb and descend to the altitudes they want since while the pilots are primarily responsible of the safety of aircrafts they operate, air traffic controllers have responsibility when they are at work. Therefore the instructions of the air traffic controllers are vital.
There are roads and intersections of these roads in the sky, just like on the ground. Thus the air traffic controllers working on the radar screens provide the aircrafts to cross their routes safely without colliding with the other aircrafts. Namely, air traffic controllers do not only work at the tower. An aircraft is under the responsibility of air traffic controller from the moment it completes its departure and disappeares to the moment it lands.
Nowadays, the development of radar tracking systems gives us the opportunity to follow every step of the flight from radar screens. All controllers, whether working at a tower or on a radar screen, must consider aircraft types and their performance characteristics when instructing pilots to turn right / left / climb / descend, increase / decrease the speed of the aircraft. That is why this profession should be improved by constant reading and learning.
Air Traffic Control is a profession that should be taken seriously. There is no room for mistakes and errors. Every decision taken, every instruction given to the pilots, always and under all conditions; must be just in time and be the best. We are honoured to have a role in the development of Turkish Civil Aviation in rapid and sure steps and in the management of a prestigious air space.