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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 114 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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Benefits

Member Benefit Spotlight: Lenovo’s Dads and Grads Technology Sale

Momentum begins with tools that won’t quit. Receive up to 56% on Lenovo tech, smart devices, and accessories that keep you going, with the NATCA Lenovo Savings Program. Earn rewards galore on every purchase with MyLenovo Rewards. Sign-up is easy.  Visit: www.lenovo.com/us/en/lspCall: (800) 426-7235, ext. 3569 (Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. EDT and Saturday: 9 a.m. –…

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Plan for Your Retirement Future with Financial Literacy Workshops

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 its members is expert planning and guidance about your retirement. This year, we are pleased to offer you a mix of online and in person briefings provided by 4 Square Financial…

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Events

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Shuler to Speak at Biennial Convention in Houston

We are very excited to announce that our union sister and dear friend Liz Shuler, the AFL-CIO’s Secretary-Treasurer since 2009, has graciously accepted our invitation to address NATCA’s 18th Biennial Convention in Houston. It will be her first appearance before NATCA’s supreme convention body since 2014 when she spoke to our 15th Biennial Convention in…

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Spotlight

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.

26,527

Average daily scheduled passenger flights

39,900,000,000

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:

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There are 67 acronyms in this directory beginning with the letter C.
Term
Definition
C/S/S/N
Capacity/Safety/Security/Noise
CAA
Civil Aviation Authority
CAB
Civil Aeronautics Board
CAC
Citizen's Advisory Committee
CAD
Computer Aided Design
CARF
Central Altitude Reservation Facility
CASFO
Civil Aviation Security Office
CAT
Category
CAU
Crypto Ancillary Unit
CBI
Computer Based Instruction
CC&O
Customer Cost and Obligation
CCC
Communications Command Center
CCCC
Staff Communications
CCCH
Central Computer Complex Host
CCS7
NI — Communication Channel Signal-7 — Network Interconnect
CCSD
Command Communications Service Designator
CCU
Central Control Unit
CD
Common Digitizer
CDR
Cost Detail Report
CDT
Controlled Departure Time
CDTI
Cockpit Display of Traffic Information
CENTX
Central Telephone Exchange
CEP
Capacity Enhancement Program
CEQ
Council on Environmental Quality
CERAP
Center Radar Approach Control
CFC
Central Flow Control
CFCF
Central Flow Control Facility
CFCS
Central Flow Control Service
CFR
Code of Federal Regulations
CFWP
Central Flow Weather Processor
CFWU
Central Flow Weather Unit
CGAS
Coast Guard Air Station
CIP
Capital Improvement Plan
CLC
Course Line Computer
CLIN
Contract Line Item
CLT
Calculated Landing Time
CM
Commercial Service Airport
CNMPS
Canadian Minimum Navigation Performance Specification Airspace
CNS
Consolidated NOTAM System
CNSP
Consolidated NOTAM System Processor
CO
Central Office
COE
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
COMCO
Command Communications Outlet
CONUS
Continental United States
CORP
Private Corporation other than ARINC or MITRE
CPE
Customer Premise Equipment
CPMIS
Consolidated Personnel Management Information System
CRA
Conflict Resolution Advisory
CRDA
Converging Runway Display Aid
CRT
Cathode Ray Tube
CSA
Communications Service Authorization
CSIS
Centralized Storm Information System
CSO
Customer Service Office
CSR
Communications Service Request
CSS
Central Site System
CTA
Controlled Time of Arrival
CTA/FIR
Control Area/Flight Information Region
CTAF
Common Traffic Advisory Frequency
CTAS
Center — Tracon Automation System
CTMA
Center Traffic Management Advisor
CUPS
Consolidated Uniform Payroll System
CVFR
Controlled Visual Flight Rules
CVTS
Compressed Video Transmission Service
CW
Continuous Wave
CWA
Clean Water Act
CWSU
Central Weather Service Unit
CWY
Clearway

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