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National Air Traffic Controllers Association

NATCA is a labor union and aviation safety organization in the United States that represents nearly 20,000 highly skilled air traffic controllers, engineers, and other aviation safety-related professionals. NATCA was certified in 1987 by the Federal Labor Relations Authority to be the exclusive bargaining representative for air traffic controllers employed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Today, NATCA is one of the strongest labor unions in the federal sector and represents a range of aviation safety professionals in 15 FAA bargaining units, five Department of Defense air traffic facilities, and 117 federal contract towers. These air traffic controllers and other aviation safety professionals make vital contributions to the U.S. economy and make modern life possible by coordinating the safe, orderly, and expeditious movement of nearly one billion aviation passengers and millions of tons of freight within the National Airspace System each year. NATCA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

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Attend One of the Last Three Retirement Webinars of 2021

Whether you’re still building for your future in retirement or ready to put your retirement plan into action, one of the most important member benefits that NATCA provides is expert planning and guidance. The National Benefits Committee (NBC) has scheduled three monthly virtual sessions for the remainder of 2021; Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m. CDT;…

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Member Benefit: Union Plus Mortgage

Union Plus Mortgage Company was created by the AFL-CIO and Union Plus to provide union members and their families mortgage loans and benefits others can only dream about. Whether you are buying your first home or refinancing an existing one, Union Plus Mortgage is committed to helping you achieve your dream of home ownership. With…

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From the Desk of Rich Santa: Looking Forward to Convention

Brothers and Sisters, As you prepare to travel to Houston to represent your facilities and your fellow brothers and sisters at the 18th Biennial Convention next week, please know how grateful I am for the efforts you are making to attend, and for your commitment to this great Union. It is vitally important to our Union…

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NATCA News Alert: Federal Employee Paid Leave Act Update

Brothers and Sisters,   As you have read, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA) contains a new title called the “Federal Employee Paid Leave Act.” This Act will provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave to parents of children born or adopted on or after Oct. 1, 2020. NATCA has been working…

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Aviation Facts

Fact: The United States aviation system is an economic driver, contributing five percent to the nation’s gross domestic product.


Average daily scheduled passenger flights


Pounds of freight moving through the NAS (2016)

Current Traffic

Tracking 10,677 airborne aircraft with 636,859,278 total flights in the database. FlightAware has tracked  113,709 arrivals in the last 24 hours.

Aviation Acronyms

Learn acronyms used by safety professionals nationwide:

All A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q R S T U V W
There are 15 acronyms in this directory beginning with the letter B.
BRITE Alphanumeric System
Billing Analysis Reporting Tool (GSA software tool)
Basic Contract Observing Station
Military Base Operations
Benefit/Cost Analysis
Benefit/Cost Ratio
Digitized Beacon Data
Best Management Practices
Bell Operating Company
bits per second
Basic Rate Interface
Bright Radar Indicator Terminal Equipment
Building Restriction Line
Back-- up Emergency Communications
Back-- up Emergency Communications Equipment

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