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News Archive 2000

NATCA Extends Wishes for Safe and Happy Holiday Travel Season
Thu, Dec 21, 2000

WASHINGTON - As the busy holiday travel season gets into full swing, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association would like to remind travelers they have the safest air traffic control system in the world. This is because 15,000 controllers are on the job, working hard to make sure every flight is safe and progresses as efficiently as possible.


NATCA Supports President Clinton's Position That Air Traffic Control is Inherently Governmental
Thu, Dec 7, 2000

WASHINGTON - The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is in complete agreement with President Clinton’s assertion that increased efficiency in the nation’s aviation system can be achieved while ensuring safety by keeping air traffic control within the federal government.


NATCA President John S. Carr to Testify on LaGuardia Airport Congestion Problems
Tue, Dec 5, 2000

WASHINGTON - National Air Traffic Controllers Association President John S. Carr will join a panel of aviation officials today to discuss the serious congestion problem at New York’s LaGuardia Airport before the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on aviation.


NATCA Strongly Criticizes Conclusions Drawn by Reporting of Sarasota Mid-Air Collision Circumstances
Thu, Nov 30, 2000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Conclusions drawn by reporters at several South Florida media outlets about the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report on the Nov. 16 midair collision near Bradenton, Fla., are premature, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.


FAA Plan for O'Hare Arrivals Concerns NATCA
Mon, Nov 20, 2000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite concerns raised by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced plans to proceed with a test procedure called Compressed Arrival Procedures (CAPS) in the Chicago Terminal Radar Approach Control airspace during the busy Christmas travel season.


NATCA Celebrates 15th Anniversary of First Organizational Meeting
Fri, Nov 10, 2000

WASHINGTON - The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, which represents 15,000 controllers and has expanded its membership to include a total of 15 bargaining units, today celebrates the 15-year anniversary of its first organizational meeting of regional and facility representatives.


Oakland Center Software Failure Affects Radar and Disrupts Bay Area Travel
Mon, Oct 23, 2000

OAKLAND, Calif. – An air traffic control computer failure occurred today as a result of a scheduled software upgrade at the Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center in Fremont, Calif.


NATCA Works with the FAA to Ensure Safety at Miami International Airport's New Facility
Thu, Oct 5, 2000

WASHINGTON – Another victory in the continuing effort by the Federal Aviation Administration and its air traffic controllers to provide the safest possible conditions for air travelers was earned this week with news that the FAA has agreed to rebuild the top sections of the air traffic control tower at Miami International Airport.


President, Aviation Groups Announce Delays Initiative
Tue, Oct 3, 2000

WASHINGTON -The National Air Traffic Controllers Association along with the White House, Federal Aviation Administration and other airline industry groups announced their plan to alleviate potential flight delays related to severe weather conditions.


Stable Funding Protects ATC Modernization Programs, Safety
Mon, Oct 2, 2000

WASHINGTON—In today’s testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Michael McNally stressed the need for Congress to commit steady funding to ensure the safety and efficiency of the nation’s air traffic control system.


NATCA Announces Grassroots Awards
Fri, Sep 29, 2000

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association recently announced its first grassroots legislative activism award winners from each of the nine Federal Aviation Administration regions around the country.


NATCA President John Carr to Testify on Airline Delays and Proposed Solutions
Thu, Sep 28, 2000

WASHINGTON – National Air Traffic Controllers Association President John Carr will join a panel of officials today to testify on airline delays before the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on aviation.


NATCA Adds New Bargaining Unit Members
Tue, Sep 26, 2000

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is continuing its successful organizing effort with the addition of 532 bargaining unit members. This brings to over 2,200 the number of Federal Aviation Administration employees the union has organized this year to join its founding core group of 15,000 air traffic control specialists.


NATCA Awaits DOT/FAA Data About Chicago TRACON
Wed, Sep 20, 2000

WASHINGTON - In reaction to an announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration concerning discipline of air traffic controllers at Chicago TRACON, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association is taking a "wait and see" approach.


ADVISORY: "NATCA in Washington 2000"
Fri, Sep 15, 2000

WASHINGTON — The National Air Traffic Controllers Association will be hosting its annual legislative conference from Sunday, Sept. 17 to Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the Hyatt Regency Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave., N.W. (202/737-1234).


NATCA President John Carr to Testify
Thu, Sep 14, 2000

WASHINGTON — National Air Traffic Controllers Association President John Carr will be among a select panel of officials testifying Thursday before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on air traffic control.


American Airlines Letter Clears Controller of Legal Cloud
Sat, Sep 9, 2000

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, while welcoming an American Airlines explanation of why it named and then cleared a Little Rock, Ark., air traffic controller in litigation stemming from a June 1, 1999 crash, expressed continuing concern about the issue.


Media Alert Spokesperson Availability
Sat, Sep 2, 2000

Testimony in front of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation


NATCA National Leaders Elected
Wed, Aug 2, 2000

WASHINGTON — John Carr, controller at Cleveland Tower and NATCA member since 1987, was elected by a wide margin as president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.


NATCA Position Statement: Runway Incursions
Thu, Jul 27, 2000

WASHINGTON — Runway incursions are becoming more frequent as the number of scheduled arrivals and departures increase. Safety — whether on the ground or in flight — is of paramount concern to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.


NATCA: Five Leading Causes of Air Traffic Delays
Tue, Jul 25, 2000

WASHINGTON — An air traffic controller from Newark International Airport testified today before the Senate Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee in Washington, D.C. on airline consumer service and delays. A copy of his testimony is being posted on www.natca.org.  


FAA Financial Services Division, Contract Towers Choose NATCA in Landslide Victories
Sun, Jul 2, 2000

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Eighty percent of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Financial Services Division staff voted for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association to become their exclusive bargaining unit. This overwhelming victory shows that FAA employees can have a voice in determining their future.


NATCA Adds More New Bargaining Unit Members
Tue, May 30, 2000

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The National Air traffic Controllers Association continues its successful organizing effort by adding another 786 bargaining unit members. The union has organized nearly 1,500 additional Federal Aviation Administration employees since the beginning of the year.


New Bargaining Units Overwhelmingly Choose NATCA for Representation
Thu, Apr 20, 2000

WASHINGTON–More than 600 Federal Aviation Administration employees recently chose the National Air Traffic Controllers Association as their exclusive bargaining unit.


DOT Report Shows More Information Needed in Determining Fate of Federal Contract Tower Program
Fri, Apr 14, 2000

WASHINGTON–In spite of showing little understanding of the complexities of air traffic control, using misdirected logic and comparing apples to oranges, the Department of Transportation inspector general’s report results in a reasonable conclusion: further study.


Airlines Must Accept Delays Responsibility
Mon, Mar 20, 2000

WASHINGTON– Continental Airlines is at it again, baselessly blaming controllers for their delays. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association and the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations are urging airlines to acknowledge their responsibilities in creating delays and stop their unjustified and malicious attacks on controllers.


Controller in Charge Agreement Promotes Safety, Efficiency
Thu, Mar 16, 2000

WASHINGTON–The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is at odds with a managers’ organization, singularly interested in preserving outdated and illogical staffing policies. The Federal Aviation Administration’s innovative "controller-in-charge" program is under fire from the Federal Managers Association.


Funding for FAA Operations Account Must be Protected
Thu, Mar 16, 2000

WASHINGTON-The Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, which was passed by the House on Wednesday, will finally relieve some of the uncertainty hindering the FAA’s funding and progress. However, the budget and appropriations committees must now follow through on the promised revenue.


New Terminal Radar System Deployed in Syracuse
Fri, Jan 28, 2000

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Unprecedented cooperation between the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and the Federal Aviation Administration has turned the fledgling Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System into a symbol of the nation’s modern air traffic control system to come. STARS was successfully deployed in Syracuse, N.Y., on Jan. 13, 2000.


FAA Delays Commissioning of New Air Traffic Control Facility
Tue, Jan 11, 2000

Both the FAA controller and technicians’ unions strongly oppose the continuing delay to the completion of the Northern California Terminal Radar Air Traffic Control Facility (TRACON). The construction of the state-of-the-art new facility, located in Mather, California, was completed in August 1999. No air traffic is controlled there as yet, and it is costing taxpayers millions for it to sit empty. The cost doesn’t end with an empty showplace either. It would replace four aging Air Traffic Control Facilities in Oakland, Sacramento, Stockton, and Monterey...


NATCA Endorsement of Belger
Mon, Jan 10, 2000

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Bill Clinton’s nomination of Monte Belger to the position of deputy administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration is strongly supported by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.


Controllers Seek Steady Support for En Route Modernization
Sun, Jan 2, 2000

WASHINGTON, D.C.— After millions spent and unprecedented progress, the successful modernization of the air traffic control system is in danger of being stopped mid-stream. Congress must commit steady funding and support for the nationwide automation modernization program, if the nation’s system is to meet the demands of the 21st century, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.