ICAO/IFATCA Webinar on ATC Licensing in view of COVID


13 August 2020, 1200 UTC (1500 hours Nairobi time)







The ICAO ESAF and WACAF Regional offices, in coordination with IFATCA, have organized a webinar (English) on the theme "Manage - ICAO/IFATCA Webinar on ATC Licensing in view of COVID-19".

The primary objective of the Webinar is to address the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on personnel licensing, especially as it relates to Air Traffic Controllers; highlighting the challenges that have been faced by States to ensure the validity of licenses and guidelines for preparation of the recovery phase for the resumption of aviation operations post-COVID-19.

The discussions will include the following areas:
1. Status of ATC licensing implementation in the AFI region;
2. How States are dealing with the requirements of Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention – Personnel          Licensing (with ATC in perspective) in the COVID-19 environment;
3. State preparations for the Restart/recovery phase


The Webinar targets participants from the air navigation services providers, air traffic controllers, air traffic controllers’ professional associations, the civil aviation authorities, and other stakeholders interested in the area of personnel licensing.


Kebba Lamin Jammeh
      ​Papa Issa Mbengue
       Nadia Bamowongo

Also in the Panels will be ICAO Team of ATM Experts:

  • Boyd Mike
    Technical Officer, ANB/AN/AMO

  • Albert Taylor
    Regional Officer, ATM/SAR WACAF

  • Keziah Ogutu
    Regional Officer, ATM/SAR ESAF
​             Duncan Auld
             ​Alfred Vlasek


Kebba Lamin Jammeh

Kebba Lamin Jammeh started working at the ICAO Western and Central African (WACAF) Regional Office in June 2014 as Regional Officer, Flight Safety. He serves as a Team Member in the USOAP CMA Activities in the areas of Aircraft Operations (OPS) and Personnel Licensing (PEL).


Prior to joining ICAO, Mr. Jammeh has 29 years work experience with The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), where he was Flight Safety Manager responsible for Flight Operations (OPS), Personnel Licensing (PEL) and Aerodromes and Ground Aids (AGA).  


He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electronics Engineering (B.Eng Hons) from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone; An Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL, US FAA & Gambia CAA) with B737 and A320 Type Ratings; Air Traffic Controller Licence (UK CAA & Gambia CAA); and Flight Dispatcher Licence (US FAA & Gambia CAA). He is an Aircraft Accident Investigator (Cranfield University, UK). 

Papa Issa Mbengue

Papa Issa Mbengue is working in the ICAO Eastern and Southern African Regional Office (ESAF), in Nairobi as a Regional Officer, Operation of Aircraft.

Previously he had occupied various positions; especially in Flight Safety in the Civil Aviation Authority of Senegal.

He is also an ICAO USOAP auditor in the areas of Personnel Licensing (PEL) and Aircraft Operations (OPS).

Nadia Bamowongo

Is a Senior Air Traffic Controller at Intl N'djili Airport, Kinshasa D.R.Congo.


She has been working as an ATCO in Kinshasa, for over 13 years. She is qualified in aerodrome and approach procedural control, as well as area (procedural and surveillance ADS/B). She is a qualified civil aviation engineer.

She is also currently part of the IFATCA regional AFM support group and a corresponding member for IFATCA Professional and Legal Committee (PLC) as well as the Technical and Operational Committee (TOC).

Duncan Auld

Duncan Auld is the President & CEO of IFATCA. He was elected as EVP Technical at the 2013 IFATCA Conference in Bali, Indonesia. Following two terms totalling four years in the role of EVPT, he was elected Deputy President at the 2017 IFATCA Conference in Toronto, Canada. At the 2019 Conference in Costa Rica, he was appointed as President &CEO.

Following a brief journey as a student pilot in Australia, Duncan entered air traffic controller training at the age of 20. His first rating was the airspace formerly known as 'West Procedural' controlling Western Australia and a large portion of the Indian Ocean from Melbourne Area Control Centre. This sector group controlled approximately 7 percent of the Earth using procedural (non-radar) control methods.

After a while he became responsible for local procedures and change management for various sector groups interfacing with safety management systems, safety hazard identification and safety assessment processes. After enough time at Melbourne ACC Duncan transferred to the Sydney Terminal Control Unit, where he worked both Sydney Approach and Sydney Departures. He now works in Abu Dhabi as a Senior Safety Inspector (Air Traffic Services) for the General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates.

As a member of various ICAO Panels & groups over the years he obtained a valuable understanding of the change processes and internal mechanics of ICAO. Over several years he found some time to attain a Master's Degree in Aviation Management which, combined with the experience at a global level, has provided him with a thorough understanding of international aviation law, national regulatory environments, and considerable experience in drafting and presenting working papers, and writing technical based procedures.

His time with the Federation has allowed him to promote and enable change in aviation which otherwise he would not have had the chance to do. Of particular focus was safety initiatives such as improving implementation of global standards and the IFATCA safety culture workshops in the African Region. 

Alfred Vlasek

Alfred started his career at Austro Control in June 1996 as Area Controller in the ACC Vienna, right from the beginning he was involved in several project like the first European Airspace Block called CEATS, he was involved and part of the project team for the Fast Time and Real Time Simulation, the whole re design of the airspace and also in the project of Dynamic Re-sectorization. After the project he was part of the definition phase from the new ATM System in Austria and as Operational Safety Manager responsible for all changes to the ATM functional system. In the year 2013 he became the Safety Manager of the whole ANS division and there his main responsibilities include the development and integration of System Safety methods and tools into the existing safety management system in line with current and new regulative requirements, as well as the implementation and improvement of the occurrence reporting process including Human Factors and Just Culture activities.  Also Alfred is an expert in RPAS and part of the group on EASA Level for defining KPI´s for ANSP.

Alfred completed his master thesis in the field of System Safety and Human Factors under the supervision of Sidney Dekker and the Human Factors Course at the University Southern California.

Alfred is also a member of the EUROCONTROL/IFATCA initiative on Just Culture acting as legal advisor for court cases.

For IFATCA Alfred is representing the federation at the EASA Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) and he is Safety and Just Culture Instructure for IFATCA. He was also chairing the Professional and Legal Committee for the Federation for 5 years.

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