Air Traffic Controller

FAA staff cuts rolled back after turbulent week

The furloughs cause delays at major US airports. Photo: AP

On behalf of steaming-mad air travellers in the United States - some forced to wait hours or have their flights cancelled - the US Congress has given the Federal Aviation Administration special dispensation to recall furloughed air traffic controllers.

Monday, 29 April, 2013, 5:44am

Collision course

On September 18, two Hong Kong-bound flights carrying more than 600 passengers narrowly missed each other while trying to land at the city's airport.

The Civil Aviation Department stressed that there had been no risk of a collision and dismissed claims that the near miss was caused by fatigued air traffic controllers. An investigation is under way.

8 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Air incident based on lies, report says

Flight crews on both aircraft involved in a controversial mid-air emergency over a Shanghai airport this month lied to air-traffic controllers, air-safety watchdogs said.

27 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Airport expansion won't fly without more controllers

The crux of the debate over a third runway is the issue of software - the manpower shortage - which has long been overlooked by the Airport Authority, the Civil Aviation Department and the public.

8 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Air traffic safety risk from lack of staff

As Hong Kong considers a third runway at Chek Lap Kok airport, some air traffic controllers claim they are already struggling to cope with a manpower shortage they say is leading to fatigue and putting flight safety in jeopardy.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Airline pilots bemoan uncivil aviation

Airline pilots say Hong Kong air traffic controllers have jettisoned old-fashioned good manners as they direct pilots in and out of the city's increasingly busy airport.

Pilots complain that they no longer get a civil 'good morning' or 'goodbye' when they communicate with controllers at Chek Lap Kok and that some are brusque to the point of rudeness.

20 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Eye in the sky

DURING ONE 24-HOUR period last Easter, there were a record 870 flight movements at Chek Lap Kok and everything went without a hitch. Even on what passes for a normal day, there is likely to be a plane taking off or landing every 90 seconds.

Behind the scenes, it is the air traffic controllers at the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) who keep everything running like clockwork.

1 Feb 2007 - 12:00am


1997: Graduated from university and joined Civil Aviation Department

1999: Received flight training in Australia and obtained a private pilot's licence

2000: Attended Aviation English language course and Basic Aerodrome and Approach Control Course in Britain

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6 May 2005 - 12:00am

HK urgently needs air traffic controllers: aviation chief

Hong Kong's newly appointed civil aviation chief says the city could face a shortfall of air traffic controllers within the next decade if air travel in the region continues to boom and retirements reduce the current crop of experienced staff.

21 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Importance of pilots' work habitually exaggerated

Amid all the furore surrounding the protracted negotiations (or lack thereof) between Cathay and its pilots, I have yet to see anyone raise the real issue at stake.

8 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

English not cause of air-traffic accidents

I refer to your editorial of May 23 headlined, 'Airport alarm bells'.

The Civil Aviation Department is of the firm view that any incident, no matter how small, but which may indicate the slightest breach of safety standards, cannot be dismissed. That is why Air Traffic Control (ATC) staff are required to report any incidents even if they are of a minor nature.

12 Jun 2000 - 12:00am