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News Archive 2013

For Boston Logan Tower NATCA Member Nunzio DiMillo's big save, high honors
Fri, Nov 29, 2013

Air traffic controller who grew up in Maine made an ‘incredible’ observation that kept a plane and jet from colliding. Please click here to read the story in the Portland (Maine) Press-Herald.

IFATCA The Controller Fall 2013 Article On NATCA-ALPA Symposium
Tue, Nov 26, 2013

Please click HERE.

IFALPA publication higlights controller-pilot communications issues
Thu, Nov 21, 2013

Please click HERE.

CNN.com: "A Day in the Life of the World's Busiest Airport - Atlanta"
Wed, Nov 20, 2013

CNN recently spent 24 hours inside Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; check out the "How it Works" section of the final piece for a behind the scenes look at how air traffic control in Atlanta works, explained by NATCA Facility Representatives Brian Wilante and Mike Ryan. Please click HERE.

NATCA Mourns the Loss of John Thornton, Founding Father of Union
Tue, Nov 5, 2013

NATCA mourns the loss of union founding father John F. Thornton.

NATCA Supports Chairman LoBiondo, a Steadfast Champion of Aviation Safety
Thu, Oct 24, 2013

Congressman LoBiondo has been an outspoken leader on countless issues affecting the lives of the men and women who serve the public as aviation safety professionals, represented by NATCA.

The Pressure is Building on our Aviation System
Fri, Oct 18, 2013

Sequestration and the recent government shutdown have badly damaged our aviation system. Please click HERE.

NATCA STATEMENT: With shutdown finally over, establishing stable funding mechanism is essential next step for lawmakers
Thu, Oct 17, 2013

The skill, focus, dedication and passion for safety shown by air traffic controllers and other NATCA-represented safety professionals forced to work during the past 17 days, with distractions and uncertainty swirling around them, was nothing short of extraordinary. We thank each and every one of them.

TIME MAGAZINE: The Government Shutdown Could Lead to Flight Delays — or Worse
Wed, Oct 16, 2013

Thanks to training delays and a glut of air-traffic controllers set to retire, the U.S. could face a serious shortage of controllers in 2016.

Thu, Oct 10, 2013

NATCA to Host Aviation Rally Calling on Congress to End Government Shutdown
Wed, Oct 9, 2013

On Thursday, October 10 at 1 p.m. EDT, NATCA will host an aviation community rally to call on Congress to end the government shutdown on Capitol Hill.

NATCA Urges Support for Federal Worker Pay Fairness Act
Wed, Oct 9, 2013

This bill would pay federal employees who are currently working without pay before the government shutdown ends.

NATCA STATEMENT: Second Week of Government Shutdown Means More Negative Effects on Aviation
Mon, Oct 7, 2013

The uncertainty created by this shutdown is only adding to an already stressful work environment.

NATCA STATEMENT: House bill passage to guarantee retroactive pay for furloughed federal workers after shutdown ends
Sat, Oct 5, 2013

The House action today is a much needed first step in providing some relief to those who have been furloughed by this unacceptable government shutdown.

NATCA TO CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP: End the Shutdown; It is Not Business As Usual for Air Traffic Control
Fri, Oct 4, 2013

NATCA Condemns Government Shutdown
Tue, Oct 1, 2013

As a result of the shutdown, 3,000 of NATCA’s aviation safety professionals, vital to the daily function, maintenance and safety of the National Airspace System (NAS) have been furloughed.

Vectors for Hope Hosts First Annual Charity Fly-In
Tue, Sep 24, 2013

On September 28 Vectors for Hope will hold its first-ever charity fly-in to benefit organizations that provide free transportation to treatment facilities for patients with life threatening illnesses.

Statement From NATCA
Thu, Sep 12, 2013

Safety is and always has been NATCA’s top priority.

NATCA Communicating for Safety 2014: Registration Now Open!
Wed, Sep 4, 2013

Join us for CFS 2014 in Las Vegas. Register now here. View our new print ad here.

NATCA Statement on News That FAA ATO COO David Grizzle Will Leave Position
Tue, Aug 13, 2013

Throughout David Grizzle's tenure at the ATO, we worked together to strengthen the NATCA-FAA collaborative relationship.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Tower Controller Greg Emberland Honored as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Controller of the Year
Mon, Aug 5, 2013

Each year, the team of volunteer air traffic controllers who work tirelessly throughout the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh nominate one of their peers to be the recipient of the AirVenture Controller of the Year Award. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association congratulates NATCA member Greg Emberland on receiving this prestigious award.

NATCA Congratulates New DOT Secretary Foxx, Thanks Outgoing Secretary LaHood
Tue, Jul 2, 2013

As Secretary LaHood leaves and Secretary Foxx assumes his duties, NATCA offers thanks to the outgoing Secretary for his service and pledges to continue the climate of collaboration he helped establish.

MEDIA ADVISORY: ALPA, NATCA Host NextGen Symposium on June 27
Mon, Jun 24, 2013

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) will join the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) in hosting a Users Perspective on NextGen Symposium.

ALPA, NATCA Host NextGen Symposium June 27
Fri, Jun 7, 2013

Please click HERE

NATCA Mourns The Loss Of Sen. Frank Lautenberg
Mon, Jun 3, 2013

Senator Lautenberg was a true champion of aviation safety and a tireless advocate for the rights of travelers and the aviation safety professionals who work in our National Airspace System.

Bob Kerr Featured in Ohio Public Employee Union Publication
Thu, May 30, 2013

Please click HERE.

NATCA Statement on DOT Announcement That Contract Towers To Remain Open
Fri, May 10, 2013

We are pleased to hear that the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 will allow the FAA to transfer funds to keep 149 contract towers slated for closure open for the remainder of the fiscal year.

NATCA Statement on the Nomination of Mayor Anthony Foxx as Transportation Secretary
Mon, Apr 29, 2013

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association congratulates Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx on his nomination as Transportation Secretary.

Fri, Apr 26, 2013

After just one week of furloughs, it is abundantly clear that a fully staffed air traffic control workforce is necessary for our national airspace system to operate at full capacity.

Wed, Apr 24, 2013

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association applauds the bipartisan efforts of Senators John Hoeven (R-ND), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and others who have today introduced the Dependable Air Service Act.

NATCA Press Statement - Furlough Update
Tue, Apr 23, 2013

After just two days of furloughs for air traffic controllers, more than 10,000 flights have been delayed and more than 600 canceled.

Mon, Apr 22, 2013

The current furloughs of air traffic controllers may be due to unique and unusual circumstances but after a single day of delays throughout the aviation system, it’s clear they should be halted immediately.

NATCA Statement on Air Traffic Controller Furlough Situation
Fri, Apr 19, 2013

With just days to go before air traffic controllers are forced off the job by furloughs imposed in the wake of sequester, the Federal Aviation Administration is echoing what NATCA has been saying for months – these cuts will needlessly disrupt and diminish the capacity of the world’s safest, most efficient national airspace system.

NATCA Fully Supports Bill From Sen. Blunt to Stop Controller Furloughs
Mon, Apr 15, 2013

NATCA Statement on FAA Announcement That Contract Tower Closures Are Delayed
Fri, Apr 5, 2013

Continuing service at these towers will help maintain an important layer of safety, and for that reason we are pleased to hear they will remain open longer than originally expected.

Fri, Mar 22, 2013

The closure of these air traffic control towers will reduce the overall margin of safety of our entire aviation system.

NATCA Supports Udall-Collins Amendment
Mon, Mar 18, 2013

This amendment would give the heads of federal agencies and departments the discretion necessary to implement sequestration cuts in a smarter, more efficient way.

Fort Worth Center NATCA Member Featured on ABC World News Tonight
Thu, Mar 14, 2013

Archie League Medal of Safety Award winner LouElla Hollingsworth saved a pilot's life last year. He was suffering from hypoxia. Click here.

Thu, Mar 14, 2013

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association supports the Blunt amendment and urges its adoption during the current Continuing Resolution debate.

NATCA Honors Skill, Professionalism of Its Archie League Medal of Safety Award Winners
Fri, Mar 8, 2013

Named for the first air traffic controller, the NATCA Archie League Awards honor the top skill, dedication and professionalism that NATCA members demonstrated in 2012 in the pursuit to save lives in emergency situations.

NATCA Statement: Update on Sequestration
Tue, Mar 5, 2013

Today, the projections about the effects of sequestration are giving way to reality.

NATCA REPORT: Sequestration
Wed, Feb 27, 2013

Sequestration: The Effects on Aviation and Everyday Travel; How Sequestration will Affect the Flying Public and the U.S. Economy

PRESS RELEASE, FULL TEXT OF REMARKS: NATCA President Paul Rinaldi at the Aero Club of Washington
Wed, Feb 27, 2013

Rinaldi: "Continued budget uncertainty is not good for the long-term safety of the system.”

Fri, Feb 22, 2013

"Today’s announcement from the FAA unfortunately confirms the concerns we have been warning about for months – sequestration will significantly and perhaps permanently undermine the capacity of the National Airspace System."

NATCA Salutes DOT Secretary LaHood for Term Marked by Safety
Tue, Jan 29, 2013

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association today salutes Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, upon his resignation announcement.

NATCA Applauds Senate Confirmation of Michael Huerta as FAA Administrator
Tue, Jan 1, 2013

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association applauded Senate confirmation today of Michael Huerta as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration for the next five years.