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Aug. 18, 2017 // This Week’s Notebook: Atlanta TRACON’s Mike Ryan Talks ATC at Breakfast Club, Union Plus Scholarship, Penn State World Campus Benefits, NATCA 101 Class Dates, and Much More

Atlanta TRACON controller Mike Ryan spoke before an Atlanta Breakfast Club recently, highlighting the profession of air traffic control and all that NATCA members do to keep the flying public safe.

Warren Wheeler organized the event and introduced Ryan by explaining what phase of a trip by airplane you are statistically most likely to be injured or killed — the drive to the airport.

“Our commercial air transport system is extremely safe and a lot of people work hard to make it so,” said Wheeler. “Our speaker is one of them.”

About 70 members of the breakfast club were in attendance and listened to Ryan speak for about 30 minutes about the air traffic control system. As business professionals, they fly frequently and were very interested to learn more about the National Airspace System and aviation safety professionals that keep it safe. After his presentation he answered member questions.

UnionplusLogoSince 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.2 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2018.

Eligibility: Current and retired members of participating unions, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations). At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant’s spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2018. See more details on eligibility in the tab below.

Evaluation Criteria: This is a competitive scholarship. Applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need, and appreciation of labor. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended. The required essays can account for up to half your total score. Scholarship applicants are judged by a committee of impartial post-secondary educators.

Application Timeline: Applications are available starting in mid-June, and a complete application must be received on or before 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on January 31, 2018. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Scholarship Award Amounts: Amounts range from $500 to $4,000. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of 2018. Students may re-apply each year.

For more information and application, click here.



As a thank you to NATCA for being a valued education alliance partner, Penn State World Campus would like to extend the following Penn State Football ticket offers to receive access to discounted Penn State Football tickets for four different home games.

This Year’s Games:

  • Saturday, September 2 vs. Akron (Home Opener)
  • Saturday, September 16 vs. Georgia State (Blue Band Jam)
  • Saturday, September 30 vs. Indiana
  • Saturday, November 18 vs. Nebraska (Stripe-Out)

To purchase tickets today, please click here and use the promo code PSUWORLD17.

The maximum number of tickets that can be purchased is 10 per person. Parking is also available for purchase. If you are experiencing difficulties with the link, would like to order more than 10 tickets, or to purchase parking, please contact James Grecco with Penn State Athletics at 814-867-2544 or at [email protected].


Oklahoma City Meet & Greet Dates: 2017 Schedule

NATCA leadership makes it a priority to educate ATC Academy Students about NATCA and their rights as part of the future air traffic controller workforce. NATCA will be hosting a lunch meeting in Oklahoma City at 12:30 p.m. local time and a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. local time for each date listed below in Oklahoma City. Check back in the Insider for more details as each date approaches.


NATCA BottlesNATCA Store Item of the Week: Slim Grip Water Bottle

Features of this product: 25oz / 750ml, poly-pure slim grip bottle with flip straw lid. It’s contoured for easy handling on-the-go. It is molded with dishwasher-safe plastic and is Bisphenol A (BPA) free. It’s also FDA Compliant and safe for food contact.

Colors: Red, blue, green, and smoke
Price: $6
Made in the U.S.A.

To see the item and how to order: Select USPS or UPS as your shipping preference on your orders. Reminder: Apparel items take three to four weeks to deliver from date of order. If you need items by a certain date, please contact NATCA Store customer service for arrangements. Expedited shipping charges may apply. To check on stock availability or for further assistance, call 800.266.0895 or email [email protected].

The NATCA Member Portal

Have you moved recently and need to update your mailing address? Do you need to update your email address? No problem! Simply log in at the Member Portal and update your contact information. If you’re registering for the first time, you must have your NATCA member number ready as it is needed when you register. For further assistance, contact Customer Service at 800-266-0895 or email [email protected].

Benefits Spotlight: Free Medical Advice
If you have a potential issue with your medical certificate, wouldn’t it be great to get free advice from an aviation medical doctor? With the Aviation Medical Advisory Service (AMAS), a benefit available only to NATCA members, you will get straight answers from a doctor about your case before making that call to the Regional Flight Surgeon. NATCA has created an opportunity, through AMAS, for its members to obtain 100 percent confidential medical advice and counseling.

If you are currently going through a medical situation, get the best kind of information: accurate and free.

Please go to www.aviationmedicine.com or call (866)-AEROMED (1-866-237-6633) to find out more information and begin the process.

Upcoming Retirement Seminars Provided By 4 Square

Thank you for your interest in attending a NATCA Retirement Seminar by 4Square Financial Literacy Partners. Each locale hosting a seminar will hold both a standard seminar for members with more than 15 years of service from 3 – 9 p.m. local time, and a Career Optimization and Retirement Education (CORE) Seminar for members with fewer than 15 years of service from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. local time.

To register for a seminar, log in to the NATCA Portal and click the “Events” tab, followed by “2017 Retirement Seminars.” Complete the requested information and click “Next.” When you come to the screen listing the seminars, select the one you wish to attend, hit “Next,” verify your requested seminar information and then click “Done.”

You will receive a confirmation email once your registration is complete. A second email will be sent three weeks prior to the seminar with logistical information for the seminar along with instructions on how to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar. You may access the benefits data collection form on the confirmation page once you register.

Spouses and significant others also are invited to attend. Please ensure that you add them to the registration when asked if you will be bringing a guest.

Although you may register anytime, we ask that you register three weeks prior to the event. Walk-ins are permitted with a membership ID number. However, you will be unable to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar.

For any questions or problems with registration, please contact [email protected].

NATCA EDGE — Designed exclusively for NATCA members!

Can’t get to an in-person retirement seminar? We’ll bring the seminar to you! Presenting an all-new, flexible access, web-based session of our popular retirement benefits seminar. Log in to the NATCA Portal to register.

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