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Congratulations Former FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt!


The Aero Club of Washington has presented the 2017 Donald D. Engen Aero Club Trophy for Aviation Excellence to former FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

NATCA President Paul Rinaldi and Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert congratulated Babbitt on the well-deserved honor, and Babbitt gave NATCA extended praise during his award acceptance remarks.

“One of the highlightsI must sayin my tenure at the FAA, was working with and repairing relationships with some of the labor unions, most notably with the air traffic controllers, NATCA. When I took office as the new FAA administrator, we sat down with Paul Rinaldi and Trish Gilbert, who I admire greatly for their courageous leadership that they exhibit to that union and said, ‘You know, we can do this better. We can.'

“We all took a leap of faith and created what I think is a model for labor-management relations in this industry or for any industry. We did it then, and we continue to do it today. And I applaud you as NATCA, for the people you represent and for what you do for air traffic control in this country. So thank you,” Babbitt said.

“Randy came to the FAA as administrator in 2009 at a time when we were looking to build much-needed trust in our relationship with the FAA,” Rinaldi said. Over the years, although many leaders within the FAA have spoken about their desire to develop a culture of collaboration between the agency and its workforce, Randy was the first to make it a priority and a reality.”
“Randy’s vision for the FAA was to keep looking forward out the windshield and not to look in the rearview mirror,” Gilbert said. “He did not want to re-argue past disputes. Instead, he proposed how management and the workforce could come together to move the Agency forward. In less than three months after he took office as administrator, the parties forged a new collective bargaining agreement that was later extended keeping it in effect for a total of seven years. Under the terms of that agreement and the collaborative relationship it fostered, we have enjoyed great success and improvements in many areas.”

Help your brothers & sisters in need

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Please give to the NATCA Disaster Relief Fund: Including all three recent hurricanes, the NATCA Disaster Relief Fund has assisted nearly 150 members with funds totaling just over $100,000. More than 20 of those members lost their homes. Approximately $30,000 was used for supplies. Thank you to everyone who has donated so generously to the Fund.

The need remains great, however, especially in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas. In this video, shot and produced by San Juan Tower Facility Representative Kyrandgel Rios, you can get a sense of the scale of the disaster as experienced by our members in Puerto Rico before, during, and after Hurricane Maria hit. We ask for your continued support. 

NATCA established a disaster relief fund in 1992 in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. It provides assistance to our members who have experienced catastrophic losses of property and helps provide a lifeline during those most desperate times. Due to the generosity of our membership, our fund has continued to grow after that horrific storm, and has allowed NATCA members to help those affected after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (2005), Ike (2008), and Matthew (2016).

Please consider a donation to assist our brothers and sisters who have been ravaged by these recent terrible storms. You can also send a check to: NATCA National Office; ATTN: Disaster Relief Fund, 1325 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., 2005.

To our members in the affected areas: We are with you in solidarity and are here to help in any way we can.

If you or someone you know are in need of assistance, please submit a request to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/37372DK  

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