As the exclusive representative of air traffic controllers, traffic management coordinators, U.S. NOTAM Specialists, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) engineers, aircraft certification professionals, and other aviation safety professionals, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) believes that the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration are detrimental to the National Airspace System (NAS), as well as to the nation’s fragile economy. All users and operators of the NAS including travelers, general aviation pilots, airlines, businesses and the military are feeling the effects of the cuts in the form of a reduction in airport and air traffic control services, a diminishing of the NAS’s flight capacity, increased delays and costs to users, and lags in air traffic modernization. These cuts are significant, and their effects will have long-lasting consequences unless they are halted quickly.
May 10, 2013
NATCA Statement on DOT Announcement that Contract Towers Slated for Closure Will Remain Open
APRIL 26, 2013: NATCA STATEMENT ON CONGRESSIONAL PASSAGE OF FAA FURLOUGH BILL
After just one week of furloughs, it is abundantly clear that a fully
staffed air traffic control workforce is necessary for our national
airspace system to operate at full capacity. The nation’s air traffic
controllers and other aviation safety professionals take great pride in
their work and want nothing more than to be in their towers and radar
facilities, working each and every flight. Thanks to the action taken
this week in Congress, they will be able to return to work full time. We
applaud the bipartisan nature of the votes and look forward to working
closely with the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation
Administration to ensure the newly granted flexibility is exercised in a
way that maintains our national airspace system’s status as the safest
and most efficient in the world.
NATCA SUPPORTS DEPENDABLE AIR SERVICE ACT - APRIL 24
Please click HERE.
STATEMENT - APRIL 23
First two days of furloughs.
STATEMENT - APRIL 22
NATCA Comments on the Beginning of Controller Furloughs
STATEMENT - APRIL 19
NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, on the furlough situation which starts April 21
LETTER TO WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF
NATCA joins coalition of aviation organizations
NATCA DENOUNCES TOWER CLOSURES
Sequestration: The Effects on Aviation and Everyday Travel
How Sequestration will Affect the Flying Public and the U.S. Economy
Please click HERE.
NATCA FULLY SUPPORTS BILL FROM SEN. BLUNT TO STOP CONTROLLER FURLOUGHS
"If The Sequester Isn't Delayed, You May Be"
"It's All About Safety"
Sequestration and its negative effects on our aviation system and economy
NATCA President Paul Rinaldi: Click HERE.
NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert: Click HERE.
Full WTOP (Washington, D.C.) radio spot, with Rinaldi: Click HERE.
Full WTOP (Washington, D.C.) radio spot, with Gilbert: Click HERE.
Trish Gilbert’s April 23 interview on the Ed Schultz radio show
Paul Rinaldi’s April 25 interview on the Mark Riley radio show
Paul Rinaldi March 2013 interview on CNN
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