An Amazing Story of Teamwork and Dedication

One team, one goal. And one year later, aviation safety professionals at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZAU) and nearly three dozen other facilities around the Midwest remember not what was destroyed, but what was built.  

On September 26, 2014, the one man who caused the unprecedented shutdown of ZAU by setting fire to its core communications nerve center was no match for the resolve of the team of hundreds across an entire region. A team of extraordinary professionals met the challenge by racing into action. In a spirit of true collaboration, they crafted an astonishing, 17-day story that uplifted an already proud profession and its dedicated men and women to career-defining heights. Watch this video to hear portions of the audio from the day the fire was set, and watch this video that details the efforts of NATCA and FAA to ensure safety while restoring ZAU to full operation.

We Need Stable, Predictable Funding for NAS

NATCA President Paul Rinaldi recently testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee at its hearing on Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization, with a focus on air traffic control modernization and reform. Rinaldi's message was direct: the lack of stable or predictable funding for the National Airspace System (NAS) is unacceptable, and a major change is needed in order to maintain and advance the system’s safety and efficiency.

Details matter in this process. Our goal is to maintain and improve upon our high standard. However, fundamental change is needed to do so.

To read the full testimony, please click this link.
To see Rinaldi's column in the latest monthly e-brief from the Eno Center for Transportation, please click this link.

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NATCA Reloaded

Are you a member making the transition from the FAA Academy into your first facility? Then the NATCA Reloaded program is here to assist you, as you undergo the process of becoming a Certified Professional Controller.

Whether you are a CTI student searching for the upcoming events or just simply interested in learning more about the NATCA Reloaded program, we invite you to click here to visit the NATCA Reloaded website.