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NATCA to Host Aviation Rally Calling on Congress to End Government Shutdown - (10/9/2013)

CONTACT: Sarah Dunn, 315-796-1560; Doug Church, 301-346-8245
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) will host an aviation community rally to call on Congress to end the government shutdown tomorrow on Capitol Hill. Representatives from across the aviation community will make clear that it is not business as usual for the aviation system during this government shutdown. The furlough of thousands of aviation safety professionals is eliminating critical layers of redundancy and safety that keep the system operating safely and efficiently. Manufacturing and modernization efforts have been stopped and certification processes that are critical for general aviation to thrive have been halted. The shutdown has also interrupted the flow of hiring, training and innovation.

Specific details on the rally are below.

WHAT: Aviation Community Rally Calling on Congress to End the Government Shutdown

WHO: Moderator: Trish Gilbert, Executive Vice President, NATCA;
Paul Rinaldi, President, NATCA;
Ed Bolen, President and CEO, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA); 
Mike Perrone, President, Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS); 
Todd Hauptli, President, GOV, American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE);
Captain Sean Cassidy, First Vice President, Airline Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA); 
Jens Hennig, Vice President of Operations, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA); 
Jim Coon, Executive Vice President, National Air Transportation Association (NATA);
Jonathan Grella, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, US Travel Association (USTA).

WHEN: Thursday, October 10; 1:00 p.m. EDT.
WHERE:  East Front of the U.S. Capitol Lawn on the Senate side. Site nine on the following map: http://www.uscapitolpolice.gov/special_events/map.pdf.


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