Welcome to Spain!
Miguel Ángel Serra Biarnés President of USCA
As Chairman of the Organizing Committee , I have the great pleasure of inviting you to IFATCA's 53rd Annual Conference that will take place in the Canary Islands, Spain, from the 5th to the 9th of May 2014.
For USCA it is a great honor and an utmost pleasure to be able to host you in one of the most important meetings regarding Air Traffic Control and the aviation-related industry. We are working hard so that your stay with us becomes an unforgettable and positive experience.
I would like also to take the opportunity to thank IFATCA's Member Associations for choosing Spain as the venue for this edition. Among the countless magnificent spots that we may find in our country, we have chosen the Canary Islands. This paradise is a strategic crossroad for air navigation, but above all we hope the climate ("the best in the world") and the landscape in Gran Canaria ("a miniature continent") help us make your stay an unforgettable one. I strongly recommend you to lengthen your stay in order to enjoy the wonders of the islands, as I am sure both the delegates and their companions will be able to taste their unique warmth. This environment will also help, I am sure, make more productive the work carried out during the conference.
The motto we have selected: "ATCOs: the key factor to safety and performance", aims to draw attention to the key role that air traffic controllers have in the design of the future of ATM industry. We are seeing with great concern how in the last years we are losing the balance between safety and cost efficiency, and the human factor is being left aside, neglecting the fundamental contribution that the expertise of air traffic controllers can make to the optimum development of the air navigation system.I sincerely hope you enjoy your visit and find it useful and gratifying both from a personal and a professional point of view.
Looking forward to seeing you all in may.
Miguel Ángel Serra Biarnés
President of USCA
53rd Annual Conference IFATCA2014