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News Archive 1998

Membership Ratifies 1998 Contract Agreement between NATCA and the FAA
Wed, Sep 2, 1998

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The membership of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association today overwhelmingly voted "yes" to the 1998 contract agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration, marking a fresh start between the union and the agency.

Controllers Blind to Aircraft in New England Airspace
Wed, Jun 17, 1998

NASHUA, N.H. - Radar critical to safe separation of aircraft in New England is failing at an alarming rate. Computer equipment - the Computer Display Channel -- that displays aircraft on controllers' radar scopes, is so unreliable that regional Federal Aviation Administration officials cannot schedule sufficient technicians to keep up with outages.

Michael P. McNally, President , National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Mon, Jun 15, 1998

Statement Announcing New Labor Agreement Between NATCA and the Federal Aviation Administration First, I'd like to thank the administration, Secretary Slater and Administrator Garvey on the successful outcome of this agreement.

Drug Traffickers, Terrorists, Illegal Immigrants: Start Your Engines
Wed, Jun 10, 1998

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Small aircraft that now show up only as a blip on a controller's radar scope will not appear at all, if the government's aviation agency has its way, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association said. Primary radar, associated with long range radar sites, is utilized by controllers in the nation's 21 air route traffic control centers to determine the location of aircraft without transponders, including over an estimated 7,000 domestic general aviation aircraft used by individuals and companies, as well as low flying foreign planes such as those flown by drug traffickers and illegal immigration operators.

Controllers and FAA Clear the Path for Progress in ATC Modernization
Tue, May 5, 1998

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- An unprecedented collaboration between the nation's air traffic controllers and the Federal Aviation Administration is clearing the way for progress in modernizing the country's air traffic control system.

AFL-CIO Offers Direct Affiliation to National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Mon, Mar 23, 1998

Washington, D.C. --The AFL-CIO Executive Council unanimously voted March 20 to approve the issuance of a charter of affiliation to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the union representing 15,000 federal and private air traffic controllers and 1,200 FAA engineers.

Controllers Say Congress Can Provide Final Push to Advance Implementation of New Compensation System
Wed, Mar 18, 1998

WASHINGTON, D.C. --The National Air Traffic Controllers Association asked the House aviation subcommittee to provide the Federal Aviation Administration support to implement a new classification system for controllers and ensure FAA employees receive fair adjudication in labor disputes.

NATCA Says Congress Must Prioritize Funding of Air Traffic Control System
Thu, Mar 12, 1998

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The nation's air traffic controllers say funding and implementation of the Federal Aviation Administration's Flight 2000 program is necessary, but Congress must also ensure the air traffic control system can handle significant changes in technology.

Air Force One Disappears from Radar Screen
Wed, Mar 11, 1998

Ronkonkoma, N.Y. -- Air traffic controllers' complaints about a new radar site used at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center went unheeded by the Federal Aviation Administration until Air Force One was put in possible jeopardy.

Controllers Emerge Victorious in Battle with FAA over Contract Towers
Thu, Mar 5, 1998

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After four years of litigation, a U.S. District Court judge made an historic ruling ordering the Federal Aviation Administration to cancel its program privatizing FAA operated level one air traffic control towers and directing the agency to reconsider whether air traffic control services should be contracted out.