This Week’s News and Notes
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Archie League Award Nominations Due Dec. 31

The ninth annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards will be presented on March 6, 2013 at Communicating for Safety (CFS) in Las Vegas. We are accepting nominations for the awards through Dec. 31.

Please take a few moments to think of notable and extraordinary efforts made by your brothers and sisters at the facility this year to ensure safety. They would be great candidates for an Archie League Medal of Safety award and we urge you to nominate them.

Click here for more information.

BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT: Aviation Medicine Advisory Service/AMAS (Formally Virtual Flight Surgeons/VFS)

Aviation Medicine Advisory Service (AMAS) assists NATCA members to improve their health and increase aviation safety. NATCA members have access to world-class physicians who specialize in Aeromedical medicine.

AMAS provides confidential, one-on-one contact with its physician staff. They believe this contact provides early intervention with medical issues and gives patients the expert advice and assistance they need. Their physicians do not perform medical exams or act as AMEs, but provide members a confidential, risk-free source for aeromedical assistance.

Protect your career! Professionals who depend on a current valid medical certificate for their career cannot afford to be surprised at their medical exam with a deferral or denial of their medical certificate. Even more costly are the months of waiting for the FAA to process additional information required to reinstate a medical certificate. AMAS physicians can help controllers anticipate and avoid most of these situations, and when necessary, expedite processing of FAA medical determinations by providing complete accurate information required by protocol of the FAA Aeromedical Certification Division.

This benefit is available to you as part of your NATCA membership. Contact AMAS via or 1-866-AEROMED with your medical questions or concerns. If you have any questions about this benefit or other benefits offered by NATCA you can visit our members website here or contact the Chair of the National Benefits Committee, John Bratcher, at

Please Consider Leave Donation to Help NATCA Brothers and Sisters

You can view our online database of all NATCA members needing leave donations here.

We ask that you please consider making a donation to assist them if you have leave to spare, and we thank you for any help you can provide.

If you know a member who is also in the VLTP and needs to be added to our database, please email Director of Communications Doug Church (

NATCA Store Merchandise Item of the Week: Golf Balls

Pinnacle Gold blends a high-velocity, soft compression core with a soft cover to produce a golf ball that has a bold, long game along with a sharp short game. Great feel on all shots combines with long, straight distances so that you end up with improved scoring. Made in the USA. In stock for immediate shipment. Order online at (located in the "Golf" section of the navigation menu). Just $15.95 for a box of 12!                                                                                                                                                    

Upcoming Retirement Seminars

November 7 - Detroit/Romulus, Mich.
November 16 - Cleveland
November 30 - Indianapolis
December 7 - Atlanta/Peachtree City, Ga.
December 11 - Hauppauge/Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
If you wish to register for one of the above referenced seminars, please do so by signing on to the NATCA Portal:

Please verify the personal information listed for you including email and cell phone number. If any information is incorrect or missing, please correct or add it under the "My Profile" tab.

To register for a seminar, click the "Events" tab. Then click "2012 Retirement Seminars-Membership Registration." Complete the requested information and hit "next." When you come to the screen listing the seminars, click on the box next to the one you wish to attend, hit "next," verify your requested seminar information and then click on the "done" key.  You will receive a confirmation email that your registration was complete.

Spouses and significant others are also invited to attend. Please ensure that you add them to the registration when asked if you will be bringing a guest.

For your guide to “Understanding your NATCA Federal Benefits Package,” please visit this Web site: If you attempt to register for a seminar on this site, it will automatically lead you to the NATCA Portal.

If you have any questions regarding these events, registration process – or would like to have a retirement seminar take place in your area - please contact Sallie Sullivan at NATCA’s National Office by either emailing her at or calling 202-220-9803.

Do You Yet “Like” Our NATCA Facebook Page?

Between issues of the NATCA Insider, our NATCA Facebook page ( is the best place to go to get quick bites of news, information, photos and other material. We want to hear from you about your photos, events, outings and news. Either post to the NATCA wall or send ideas for Facebook page postings to either Doug Church ( or Sarah Dunn (

Do We Have Your Current Contact Information?

Visit Under the "My Profile" tab, please verify and update your address, email and cell phone number. If you have never used your NATCA Portal, there are step-by-step instructions to register on the opening page.

Winter’s Coming … Skiing Anyone?

The annual International Air Traffic Controllers SkiFest is scheduled for Jan. 19-26, 2013, at Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada.
For more information, please go to:

In addition, the Golden Flight Level international ski event will be held in Finland this coming winter. For more information, please go to:

IFATCA Has New Facebook and Twitter Feeds

The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) has entered the world of social media.

TWITTER: @ifatca (