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NATCA Leaders Visit Potomac TRACON and Command Center, Address Operational Challenges

On Jan. 23, NATCA President Rich Santa and Eastern Regional Vice President Brian Shallenberger visited Potomac TRACON (PCT) and the Air Traffic Control System Command Center (DCC). The facility visits occurred before a joint DCC/PCT Membership Meeting, aiming to directly engage with the membership and understand the operational challenges of these facilities.

At the Command Center, discussions focused on the unique challenges due to its critical role in managing air traffic flow. Santa and Shallenberger spoke with members of each function and area of the Command Center to see and understand the operation firsthand.

Following the site visits, the joint membership meeting provided a platform for open communication, allowing NATCA members to directly express concerns and suggestions to our Union’s leaders. This visit highlighted NATCA’s commitment and focus on supporting members’ needs and improving air traffic control operations’ safety and efficiency.

Pictured, left to right: Santa, Treat, Shallenberger

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