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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 102 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

Retirement Webinars Scheduled for August

Upcoming retirement seminars have been merged and reformatted to be webinars due to the COVID-19 national emergency. They are open to any member nationwide. The webinars in August are as follows:   Aug. 19 : 9 a.m.-3 p.m. PDTAug. 27 : 9 a.m.-3 p.m. EDTIMPORTANT: If you had previously signed up for these seminars and are unable to attend virtually, please…

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Benefits Spotlight: Penn State World Campus/NATCA Alliance

Have you or someone in your family thought about pursuing a college degree? Through the Penn StateWorld Campus/ NATCA Alliance partnership, you, your spouse, and children qualify for in-state tuition rates from Penn State, as well as a five percent tuition discount. In addition, if you have taken any NATCA Academy courses, you can earn…

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Events

16th Annual Archie League Awards Banquet Scheduled for May 26, 2021 in Houston

Because of the cancellation of Communicating For Safety 2020, our annual banquet celebration of the Archie League Medal of Safety Award winners is moving to a different event for the first time since 2007. It will be held on the evening of Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at the 18th Biennial Convention in Houston.Stay tuned for an announcement…

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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.

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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