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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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Member Benefit Spotlight: SkyOne Federal Credit Union

In our day-to-day operations, rates are extremely important! Nothing good ever comes from a rate that is too high. The same can be said when you have items to finance. The higher the rate, the bigger bite out of your bank account. NATCA wants members to always have access to rates that work for them, both on and off position. SkyOne Federal…

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Updated 2021 Retirement Briefings

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our members, their families, and our benefits partners, the decision has been made to cancel the remaining in-person Retirement & Benefits Education Seminars for 2021. In order to fulfill your retirement and career education…

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Events

Remembering AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who passed away suddenly last week, invigorated the labor movement and working people across the country with his passion. He fought for all union members with vigor and stood arm-in-arm with them every single day. NATCA members got a first-hand view of that passion on many occasions, most notably at two…

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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 49 acronyms in this directory beginning with the letter D.
Term
Definition
DA
Direct Access
DABBS
DITCO Automated Bulletin Board System
DAIR
Direct Altitude and Identity Readout
DAR
Designated Agency Representative
DARC
Direct Access Radar Channel
dBA
Decibels A-weighted
DBCRC
Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission
DBE
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
DBMS
Data Base Management System
DBRITE
Digital Bright Radar Indicator Tower Equipment
DCA
Defense Communications Agency
DCAA
Dual Call, Automatic Answer Device
DCCU
Data Communications Control Unit
DCE
Data Communications Equipment
DDA
Dedicated Digital Access
DDD
Direct Distance Dialing
DDM
Difference in Depth of Modulation
DDS
Digital Data Service
DEA
Drug Enforcement Agency
DEDS
Data Entry and Display System
DEIS
Draft Environmental Impact Statement
DEP
Departure
DEWIZ
Distance Early Warning Identification Zone
DF
Direction Finder
DFAX
Digital Facsimile
DFI
Direction Finding Indicator
DGPS
Differential Global Positioning Satellite (System)
DH
Decision Height
DID
Direct Inward Dial
DIP
Drop and Insert Point
DIRF
Direction Finding
DITCO
Defense Information Technology Contracting Office Agency
DME
Distance Measuring Equipment
DME/P
Precision Distance Measuring Equipment
DMN
Data Multiplexing Network
DNL
Day-- Night Equivalent Sound Level (Also called Ldn)
DOD
Direct Outward Dial
DOI
Department of Interior
DOS
Department of State
DOT
Department of Transportation
DOTCC
Department of Transportation Computer Center
DOTS
Dynamic Ocean Tracking System
DSCS
Digital Satellite Compression Service
DSUA
Dynamic Special Use Airspace
DTS
Dedicated Transmission Service
DUAT
Direct User Access Terminal
DVFR
Defense Visual Flight Rules
DVOR
Doppler Very High Frequency Omni-- Directional Range
DYSIM
Dynamic Simulator

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