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News Archive 2002

Air Traffic Controllers Distribute Leaflets Nationwide, Warning of Looming Safety Concerns from Privatization
Fri, Dec 20, 2002

As hundreds of controllers distributed leaflets to passengers at airports around the nation, the president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) said Friday that privatizing air traffic control could damage the world’s safest aviation system.


FAA Intends to Declare Air Traffic Control a “Commercial Activity”; Air Traffic Controllers are Deeply Concerned, but Not Surprised
Wed, Dec 4, 2002

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association has received notice that the Federal Aviation Administration intends to declare air traffic control a "commercial activity."


NATCA to Gather Aviation Community for Comprehensive Discussion on the State of the Skies
Mon, Sep 23, 2002

National Air Traffic Controllers Association State of the Skies Summit - A gathering of members of the aviation community to discuss the challenges they continue to face, from economic woes to security concerns to air traffic issues.


NATCA Pledges Its Support for Australian Controllers
Fri, Aug 30, 2002

U.S. air traffic controllers today pledged their full support for controllers in Australia who are in the midst of an ongoing dispute with their employer, Airservices Australia, a government-owned business.


Supplemental FAA Funding Must Be Declared Emergency Spending or Air Travel May Be Severely Impacted, Controllers Warn
Wed, Jul 24, 2002

Faced with the looming threat of furloughed air traffic controllers by the end of September, which would result in severe disruption of air travel, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association today strongly urged the Bush Administration to declare “emergency spending” money already appropriated by Congress for the Federal Aviation Administration.


Challenges Mark NATCA's 15th Anniversary; Staffing, Privatization Schemes Take Center Stage
Tue, Jun 18, 2002

Celebrating 15 years as the exclusive bargaining representative for the Federal Aviation Administration’s 15,300 air traffic controllers, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association will mark its anniversary on Wednesday, June 19. From a few controllers dedicated to improving aviation safety to a national labor powerhouse whose air traffic expertise is recognized worldwide, NATCA has grown and matured while maintaining its founding slogan: Safety Above All.


Travelers Advisory: European Controllers Plan Strikes on Wednesday
Tue, Jun 18, 2002

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is warning air travelers in the United States with European destinations about a series of planned strikes by air traffic controllers on Wednesday to protest transportation ministers' plans for consolidation of airspace which could lead to privatization.


GAO Report Bolsters NATCA Position on Impending Critical Air Traffc Controller Staffing Shortage
Mon, Jun 17, 2002

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association reacted with enthusiasm to a General Accounting Office report, released today, which details what controllers nationwide already knew: Air traffic controller staffing is reaching a desperate stage and is forecast to get worse.


Controllers Remember United Flight 93, Sept. 11 Events in Flag Day Ceremony
Fri, Jun 14, 2002

OBERLIN, Ohio - Speaking at a Flag Day event commemorating the connection of Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center with United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, National Air Traffic Controllers Association President John Carr said the holiday “is a fitting time to pay tribute not only to the fallen heroes of United Flight 93, but to the unsung heroes of that day,” the men and women of Cleveland Center.


Bush Official Fumbles Essential Air Traffic Control Safety Question
Mon, Jun 10, 2002

National Air Traffic Controllers Association President John Carr was flabbergasted watching White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card stumble over the question of air traffic control privatization Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” Carr noted, “The administration thinks it can dupe the American people into believing we should follow the failed path of privatization and jeopardize aviation safety to boot.”


President Bush Slaps Air Traffic Controllers in the Face by Stripping Them of "Inherently Governmental" Designation
Fri, Jun 7, 2002

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association reacted with shock and disgust to Tuesday's presidential Executive Order - released unannounced late Thursday - stripping air traffic control of its "inherently governmental" designation.


Controllers Back O'Hare Plan, Dispute Schiavo's Scare Tactics
Wed, May 29, 2002

National Air Traffic Controllers Association President John Carr reacted angrily today when informed that former Department of Transportation Inspector General Mary Schiavo cited controller safety concerns when addressing her apprehension with expansion plans at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.


Nation's Controllers to Bring Dual Message to Capitol Hill: Hire Next Generation of Controllers Now and Denounce Privatization
Thu, May 16, 2002

Seizing on the slogan, “The Future is Now,” the National Air Traffic Controllers Association will host its annual legislative conference next week. Controllers will focus on highlighting the immediate need to hire thousands of new controllers in anticipation of a coming wave of retirements and speaking out against the reckless idea of privatizing the air traffic control system.


Air Traffic Controllers, Pilots to Gather Aviation Community Together to Talk About Enhancing Safety, Communications
Tue, Apr 23, 2002

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association and the Air Line Pilots Association are proud to co-host a special conference for the aviation community to talk about how to make the system safer, better, clearer and more efficient.


Kenyan Government's Brutal Treatment of Its Air Traffic Controllers Creates a Dangerous, Unsafe Situation
Mon, Apr 8, 2002

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is warning travelers flying to Kenya about unsafe conditions as a result of disgraceful treatment and disciplinary action of controllers by the Kenyan government. This has left control of the country’s skies in the hands of untrained, retired replacement workers and overworked managers.


San Jose Controllers Ask to Halt Runway Closure Until Safety Issues are Addressed
Thu, Mar 28, 2002

Air traffic controllers working in the tower at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport are asking for the Federal Aviation Administration’s help in convincing the city of San Jose to suspend the closure and reconstruction of runway 30L/12R next week until a host of safety issues are properly addressed.


Controller Involvement Aids Success of Two FAA Projects
Wed, Mar 27, 2002

The nation’s air traffic controllers, citing the continuing success they’re enjoying as participants in the ongoing work to modernize the air traffic control system, are very pleased with recent developments with two Federal Aviation Administration projects - Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) and Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS).


Program for Increasing Air Traffic Control Capacity Loses Clearance for Takeoff
Thu, Mar 7, 2002

Air traffic controllers at Boston Center stand ready to implement Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM), an airspace capacity-enhancing program and part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s plan to modernize the air traffic control system. Only one thing stands in the way: Nav Canada, the privatized air traffic control provider for Canada.


Shutdown of U.K. Airspace Highlights Failure of Privatized Air Traffic Control Systems
Tue, Feb 26, 2002

The seven-month-old, part-privatized air traffic control system in the United Kingdom, already reeling from mounting financial woes and needing a government bailout last week just to survive, received an added dose of privatization reality last weekend when a staff shortage forced the shutdown of an airspace corridor.


NATCA Racing Joins Forces with Nascar Star Bobby Labonte
Tue, Feb 12, 2002

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is pleased to announce a new relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing and NASCAR Winston Cup star Bobby Labonte, whose No. 18 Pontiac Grand Prix will carry the red, white and blue NATCA logo for the 2002 season, starting with Sunday’s Daytona 500.


Appeals Court Ruling Starts Clock Ticking on Illegal Privatization Scheme
Mon, Feb 11, 2002

For the third time in the National Air Traffic Controllers Association’s eight-year legal effort to put control of privately managed air traffic control towers back in the government’s hands, an appeals court has ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to prove why its actions are not illegal.


Controllers Reject Administration's Budget Language
Wed, Feb 6, 2002

The nation’s air traffic controllers, believing the inherently governmental nature of their work has more implications for the safety and security of the U.S. air traffic control system than ever before, are angered and disappointed the Bush Administration – for the second straight year – has released a proposed budget supporting the concept of privatizing the system.


Salt Lake City Controllers Prepared for Their Olympic Event
Thu, Jan 31, 2002

Dozens of National Air Traffic Controllers Association members continue to play an integral role in carrying out an immensely complex plan for dealing with air traffic at the Winter Olympics.


Controllers from Northwest Mountain Region Arrive in Utah, Prepare for Unique Olympic Assignment
Tue, Jan 29, 2002

A team of 12 air traffic controllers representing seven states in the Rockies and Pacific Northwest has arrived in Utah and is preparing for work in two temporary control facilities which will be used to handle the expected heavy amount of air traffic in February because of the Olympic Winter Games.


Airport Ground Alert System Continues to Pay Safety Dividends
Fri, Jan 25, 2002

In two recent aviation safety success stories, the Airport Movement Area Safety System (AMASS), a new technology at Boston’s Logan International Airport, alerted air traffic controllers to potentially hazardous situations on the runway.