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News Archive 2012

NATCA Releases Report on Impact of Sequestration
Wed, Dec 12, 2012

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) today released a report outlining the major impact sequestration will have on the aviation industry and the U.S. economy if Congress does not act to avert the across-the-board cuts. 


Joint Services Academies' Ball
Wed, Nov 21, 2012

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NATCA Urges Swift Confirmation of Michael Huerta as FAA Administrator
Mon, Nov 19, 2012

The U.S. airspace system is ready to handle the increased traffic safely and efficiently thanks to the leadership shown this year by Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator Michael Huerta. NATCA urges the U.S. Senate to confirm him as administrator.


NTSB Notes Improvements Made by NATCA, FAA to Address Fatigue and Professional Standards
Wed, Nov 14, 2012

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association said today that it is pleased with the decision by the National Transportation Safety Board to drop fatigue and pilot-and-air-traffic-controller professionalism from its “most wanted” list of transportation safety issues for the next year.


Veterans Day Radio Ad Honors All Who Have Served
Sun, Nov 11, 2012

NATCA is proud to support our veterans and all who are currently serving. Please click HERE to listen to a NATCA radio advertisement.


Statement from NATCA President Paul Rinaldi: The Re-Election of President Obama and Vice President Biden
Wed, Nov 7, 2012

"Today, NATCA is very proud and excited to congratulate President Obama and Vice President Biden on their re-election victory."


NATCA Celebrates International Day of the Air Traffic Controller
Sat, Oct 20, 2012

Today the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) celebrates the International Day of the Air Traffic Controller and pays tribute to the work done by air traffic controllers throughout the international aviation community and in the United States.


THIS SATURDAY, Oct 20: International Day of the Air Traffic Controller
Thu, Oct 18, 2012

Please click here for a special flyer from IFATCA about Saturday's International Day of the Air Traffic Controller.


NATCA Director of Terminal Technology and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Representative Chris Stephenson
Fri, Oct 5, 2012


Region X Eastern Region President Dan Stefko
Fri, Oct 5, 2012


ATCA 2012: NATCA Director of Safety and Technology Dale Wright
Thu, Oct 4, 2012


ATCA 2012: NATCA NextGen Representative Mel Davis
Thu, Oct 4, 2012


ATCA 2012: NATCA President Paul Rinaldi
Thu, Oct 4, 2012


NATCA Cleveland Center Member and CDM Lead Ron Foley
Thu, Oct 4, 2012


NATCA Members Receive Air Traffic Control Association Awards
Mon, Oct 1, 2012

Every year, the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) recognizes those in the air traffic control profession who in the previous year have contributed to the worldwide air traffic control system in an exemplary way. This year, NATCA members John Blakeney, Kissimmee (Fla.) Tower (ISM), Robert Carr, Los Angeles Center (ZLA) and Brian Graham, Jacksonville Center (ZJX), will be among those honored by ATCA today for their achievements.


NATCA Joins FAA, Industry at Orlando NextGen Event
Sat, Sep 22, 2012

Southern Regional Vice President Victor Santore represented NATCA at the press conference.


NATCA Supports NextGen Modernization Projects, Recognizes Collaboration As Key to Success
Wed, Sep 12, 2012

National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi affirmed the organization’s full support for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) modernization projects, and emphasized stakeholder collaboration before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation hearing on Wednesday.


24 Hours of Flight in the U.S. Airspace System
Tue, Aug 28, 2012

Here's a fascinating new video from NASA Smart Skies that shows what the U.S. National Airspace System looks like during one 24-hour period. Click HERE.


NATCA Honors Sacrifice of PATCO Controllers on 31st Anniversary of 1981 Strike
Fri, Aug 3, 2012

On Aug. 3, 1981, the men and women of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO), in their fight for a safer work environment, reliable equipment, adequate staffing levels and fair work and pay rules, took a courageous stand and began a strike in fierce support of these goals and for the profession they so dearly loved. Today, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association remembers the sacrifice they made.


Increased ATSAP Reporting Marks Giant Step Forward for Safety
Mon, Jul 23, 2012

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association today is commenting on a report by the Department of Transportation Inspector General on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Safety Action Program (ATSAP) and offering an opposing view on several points in the report.


NATCA Offers Recommendations for Improving Program Safety at Federal Contract Towers
Wed, Jul 18, 2012

National Air Traffic Controllers Association Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert affirmed the organization’s support for parts of the Federal Contract Tower (FCT) Program, but also discussed NATCA’s concerns before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation today.


NATCA Supports Keeping Radar Controller Jobs on Long Island
Mon, Jul 9, 2012

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), which represents more than 600 aviation safety professionals at the two major New York air traffic control radar facilities, said today it supports keeping those jobs on Long Island in a new, modern facility.


NATCA Safety Message on United, American Flights
Tue, Jun 26, 2012

Listen to an interview taped by NATCA President Paul Rinaldi that has been airing on United and American Airlines flights. Click HERE.


NATCA Celebrates its 25th Anniversary
Tue, Jun 19, 2012

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association today proudly celebrates a quarter century of keeping America’s airspace system the safest in the world.


IFATCA Congratulates NATCA on its 25th Anniversary
Mon, Jun 18, 2012

IFATCA Press Release: "The International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA)
congratulates its partners in aviation safety – the men and women of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) – who (on June 19) celebrate 25 years of professionalism, skill and dedication to the safety of the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS). Click HERE.


NATCA Supports Facility Realignments, But Only If Safety, Efficiency and Services Are Improved
Thu, May 31, 2012

National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to a collaborative relationship with the FAA and modernization of the National Airspace System (NAS) during testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation.


NATCA Radio Ads Ask for Help Supporting Wounded Warrior Project
Wed, May 16, 2012

NATCA is supporting the Wounded Warrior Project. Hear the details in these radio ads. Click HERE and HERE.


Please Help NATCA Support Wounded Warriors By Donating to Patriot Run Across America
Tue, May 8, 2012

NATCA is celebrating its 25th anniversary by honoring our nation's Wounded Warriors program. We are sponsoring ultra distance runner John Pyle, who is leading the "Patriot Run Across America." NATCA asks your support of our wounded warriors. Please click HERE.


Great Photo! Shuttle Enterprise Lands at JFK
Wed, May 2, 2012

The prototype shuttle Enterprise arrived at New York's JFK Airport last Friday atop a specially modified 747 jet, on its way to Manhattan's Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. NATCA thanks Luke Wasiak, CTI student from Vaughn College, for THIS PHOTO.


NATCA President Rinaldi, EVP Gilbert To Serve Second Term
Mon, Apr 2, 2012

National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi and Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert will serve a second three-year term after an election deadline last Friday passed without any nominations received from possible challengers for either position.


NATCA Commends President for Nominating Huerta to Lead FAA
Wed, Mar 28, 2012

NATCA commends President Obama for nominating Michael Huerta as the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. We strongly support Mr. Huerta's selection.


NATCA Collaborating With FAA on Northern California Airspace Program
Tue, Mar 20, 2012

NATCA is working collaboratively with the FAA on an airspace redesign program in Northern California that will benefit air travelers. Watch the story here. Coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle can be found HERE.


Jacksonville Center Controller Talks Pilot Down From the Clouds
Fri, Mar 16, 2012

"I've got myself in a situation here," the pilot radioed controller and NATCA Member Brian Graham. "I'm in some clouds. I need to find a way out." Graham said he only did what any controller would do. See the story HERE.


Philadelphia Controllers Assist Pilot of Single-Engine Plane
Tue, Mar 13, 2012

Watch HERE as PHL NATCA Member (and local VP) Jason Boyde tells CBS Philly about a dramatic flight assist last month in which controllers' calm and professional actions helped ensure a safe conclusion.


TODAY SHOW: Quick Actions by Philadelphia Controllers in Runway Incident
Fri, Mar 2, 2012

PHL STORY ON NBC TODAY SHOW: Reporter Tom Costello: "This could have been a very close call if it weren't for the very quick actions of the air traffic controllers who were watching their ground radar." Watch it HERE.


NATCA, FAA Collaborate on Airspace Efficiency Project
Thu, Mar 1, 2012

Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, joined by NATCA, kicked off a collaborative effort to make air traffic control more efficient, help airlines improve on-time performance, and reduce emissions generated by aircraft flying in and out of airports in the Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., areas. Read more HERE.


Philadelphia Controllers Help Ensure Safety During Police Chase on Runway
Thu, Mar 1, 2012

See the amazing story, featuring great work by Philadelphia controllers, on ABC News "World News Tonight," HERE.


Newark Controllers Assist Pilots Who Made Successful Emergency Landing
Wed, Feb 29, 2012

“It’s tense, but we’re trained, and we’re skilled, and we remained as calm as possible. Our job is to keep the pilot calm and make sure everybody can do their job correctly,” said Ray Adams of NATCA. See the coverage HERE from CBS2 in New York.


NATCA Celebrates Its Members During National Engineers Week
Wed, Feb 22, 2012

These professionals are a part of every one of the 50,000 flights that safely take-off and land each day. They design, construct and remodel air traffic control facilities. They analyze, improve and upgrade radar and communications coverage. They are committed to making aviation technology the best it can possibly be.


Great Day for U.S. ATC System as President Signs FAA Bill
Tue, Feb 14, 2012

National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi praised the news today that President Obama has signed into law the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, which will now give the U.S. aviation system – already the world’s safest – a much-needed boost and lead to even safer air travel.


NATCA Hails Passage of Long-Term FAA Bill
Mon, Feb 6, 2012

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association cheered Congressional approval of the long-overdue Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill, saying that enactment will lead to an even safer and more efficient U.S. aviation system.


NATCA Applauds House for Final Approval of FAA Bill
Fri, Feb 3, 2012

We applaud the House of Representatives for approving the long-overdue FAA reauthorization bill, but the measure is not yet law. The Senate must act – and must act quickly – on this important compromise to ensure a safer, more modern and more efficient U.S. aviation system.


Seattle TRACON Trio of Controllers Wins NATCA President's Award
Thu, Feb 2, 2012

NATCA President Paul Rinaldi capped last night’s 8th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards by presenting the President's Award for most outstanding flight assist of 2011 to Seattle Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) air traffic controllers Ken Greenwood, Josh Haviland and Ryan Herrick.


NATCA Honors Top Controller Flight Assists at Eighth Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards
Wed, Feb 1, 2012

Named for the first air traffic controller, the NATCA Archie League Medal of Safety Awards honor the top skill, dedication and professionalism that NATCA members exemplified in 2011 in the pursuit to save lives in emergency situations.


NATCA Supports FAA Bill Agreement
Tue, Jan 31, 2012

NATCA President Paul Rinaldi: "Our country’s aviation system, already the world’s safest, needs this bill."


MEDIA ADVISORY: NATCA’s Annual Safety Conference Begins Monday; Live Webcast
Fri, Jan 27, 2012

“Communicating for Safety,” the National Air Traffic Controllers Association’s premier annual safety conference, bringing together air traffic controllers, pilots, FAA officials, industry and other members of the aviation community to discuss an array of topics and share information and expertise about improving aviation safety.


Seattle Post-Intelligencer Tells Story of How Controllers Guided Pilot Through Clouds Just in Time
Thu, Jan 26, 2012

The amazing story of last month's flight assist performed by Seattle TRACON NATCA members in helping pilot Jim Lawson is told in this article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.


NBC Today Show Spotlights Outstanding NATCA Controllers
Fri, Jan 20, 2012

Today Show story tells of two dramatic flight assists handled by controllers from Seattle TRACON and Chicago Center. Watch here.


NATCA Supports FAA Bill Compromise
Fri, Jan 20, 2012

NATCA President Paul Rinaldi praised today’s announcement that Congressional leaders have reached an agreement on a long-term reauthorization of the FAA.


NATCA Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Executive Order 10988 Which Granted Federal Workers Collective Bargaining Rights
Tue, Jan 17, 2012

Today NATCA celebrates the 50th anniversary of a key achievement in the labor union movement. On January 17, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 10988, granting federal workers collective bargaining rights.