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NATCA Celebrates International Day of the Air Traffic Controller

NATCA is proud to join others in the United States and throughout the world in celebrating the International Day of the Air Traffic Controller on Oct. 20. This special day honors all the men and women who work to make air travel the safest possible mode of transport.

The day also marks the anniversary of the founding of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) on Oct. 20, 1961. NATCA is a member of IFATCA. It was created to further the interests of the air traffic control profession at the international level. IFATCA represents more than 50,000 air traffic control professionals in more than 130 countries. 

On this day, NATCA joins in recognizing aviation safety professionals globally as essential professionals. As a result of the pandemic, the world’s aviation system is under stress like never before. But despite the challenges, these professionals in the U.S. and in other countries have continued working day in and day out to keep the airspace moving safely.

Below are examples of the many ways the members of our great Union have demonstrated they are essential.

Members Supporting Other Essential Employees
I am a Professional Controller
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