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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 September and October

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 September and October are as follows:  September 11: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm PDTSeptember 29: 9:00 am -3:00 pm EDTOctober 6th: 9:00 am-3:00 pm EDTOctober 28th: 9:00 am-3:00 pm PDTIMPORTANT: If you had previously…

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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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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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