News and Notes From Around NATCA
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Still Time to Participate in Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

There is still time to participate in this year’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (EVS). NATCA supports participation. The Office of Personnel Management has randomly selected 3,400 NATCA bargaining unit employees to be invited to this year’s survey. If you are one of them, please take the time to complete the survey. The results are used to create the listing of the best federal agencies to work for, and for DOT strategic planning.

OPM will protect the confidentiality of responses and produce the final reports for the DOT. If you have received an email invitation (check your FAA email account), you have until Monday, June 25th to complete the survey.

DOT Secretary Ray LaHood is also encouraging participation in the survey. Please click here to view Secretary LaHood’s video message.

The FAA is very interested in getting our members’ survey responses. For more than two years, NATCA has clearly proven that the Agency’s best outcomes only happen when we are involved. Voluntarily completing the EVS is just another way for our members to keep our concerns at the forefront.

For questions, please contact:
Tom Hayes, FAA HQ Organizational Effectiveness office; 202-738-6610

Russ Miller, NATCA Collaboration; 817-291-9158

Want to Opt Out of Receiving Printed Version of Newsletter at Home?

We’d like to save on printing and postage costs, and continue to be as environmentally responsible as we can. That’s why we’re offering members a way to opt out of receiving the printed version of NATCA’s quarterly newsletter, the Air Traffic Controller.

There are two ways to opt out:

1. Go to the NATCA Members Portal at, log in, and simply UNCHECK the box where it indicates, “receive newsletter.”
2. Call the National Office at 800-266-0895 or 202-628-5451 and ask to speak with a Support Staff Specialist, who can update your listing in the membership database.

Starting with the next issue of the quarterly newsletter (next month), we will email a PDF version to all members with an email address on file with us, to provide another way to enjoy the newsletter.

Discounts Available at Two Ohio Amusement Parks

For members in Ohio and the Great Lakes Region, or for anyone planning a vacation to those areas this summer, a NATCA member from Indianapolis Center, John Pierce, has worked to get discounts at two popular amusement parks:

— Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio):

— Kings Island (Mason, Ohio):; promo code: kinatca

NATCA Dolphin Fishing Tournament Next Week

The third annual NATCA Dolphin Fishing Tournament is next Friday, June 29, and members can still get in on the fun in the beautiful Florida Keys. Lines go in the water at 7 a.m. and the weigh-in will be at 4 p.m. at Smuggler's Cove in Islamorada (mile marker 85). Full details available HERE.

"The tournament is a great tradition that was started over 20 years ago," Miami Center Facility Representative Steve Wallace said. "Only in the last four years has it come back to life and started drawing anglers from as far away as Atlanta and Pensacola. This year we're expecting 10 boats and about 60 people for the weigh-in. I'm sure many of the other anglers feel like I do and keep coming back for the camaraderie and fun."

Added Wallace: "Some of the fishing tales are fairly exotic and you always have to remember that we're fishing in the Bermuda Triangle, so you never know where the next laugh is going to come from."

Need Help Getting Your Membership Number? NATCA Portal Can Now Assist

NATCA has added a new feature to the Membership Portal that will provide members' with their unique membership numbers. Simply answer a few questions and your NATCA membership number will be instantly generated.

Visit and click on the link. This should make accessing the Membership Portal itself easier, as your NATCA membership number is required.

If you have any questions, please contact New England Region RVP Mike Robicheau at