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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

NATCA Benefit: Consumer Credit and Budget Counseling

Sometimes life doesn’t go the way we planned. Life throws us all kinds of curve balls, and we don’t always hit them out of the park. If life has put your finances in a strain, then let your union membership go to work for you through the Union Plus Consumer Credit Counseling Service. Members receive…

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UNUM: Open Enrollment Extended

You’ve invested days, weeks, and even years to get you where you are in your air traffic career. You’ve insured your car, your home, and even your life to protect your family and all of its assets. But what about protecting the very thing that makes your lifestyle possible? All it takes is one accident,…

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Events

NATCA in Washington Registration is Open!

Brothers and Sisters, Registration for NATCA in Washington 2020 is now open. The event will be held March 23-25 , at the Marriott Marquis, in Washington, D.C. Click here to register. Our Union continually faces new legislative challenges, and this year has been no exception. NATCA in Washington gives our Union a tremendous opportunity to…

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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:

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 65 acronyms in this directory beginning with the letter F.
Term
Definition
F&E
Facilities and Equipment
FAA
Federal Aviation Administration
FAAAC
FAA Aeronautical Center
FAACIS
FAA Communications Information System
FAATC
FAA Technical Center
FAATSAT
FAA Telecommunications Satellite
FAC
Facility
FACREP
NATCA Facility Representative
FAF
Final Approach Fix
FAP
Final Approach Point
FAPM
FTS2000 Associate Program Manager
FAR
Federal Aviation Regulation
FAST
Final Approach Spacing Tool
FATO
Final Approach and Take Off
FAX
Facsimile Equipment
FBO
Fixed Base Operator
FBS
Fall Back Switch
FCC
Federal Communications Commission
FCLT
Freeze Calculated Landing Time
FCOM
FSS Radio Voice Communications
FCPU
Facility Central Processing Unit
FDAT
Flight Data Entry and Printout (FDEP) and Flight Data Service
FDE
Flight Data Entry
FDEP
Flight Data Entry and Printout
FDIO
Flight Data Input/Output
FDIOC
Flight Data Input/Output Center
FDIOR
Flight Data Input/Output Remote
FDM
Frequency Division Multiplexing
FDP
Flight Data Processing
FED
Federal
FEIS
Final Environmental Impact Statement
FEP
Front End Processor
FFAC
From Facility
FIFO
Flight Inspection Field Office
FIG
Flight Inspection Group
FINO
Flight Inspection National Field Office
FIPS
Federal Information Publication Standard
FIR
Flight Information Region
FIRE
Fire Station
FIRMR
Federal Information Resource Management Regulation
FL
Flight Level
FLOWSIM
Traffic Flow Planning Simulation
FMA
Final Monitor Aid
FMF
Facility Master File
FMIS
FTS2000 Management Information System
FMS
Flight management System
FNMS
FTS2000 Network Management System
FOIA
Freedom Of Information Act
FONSI
Finding of No Significant Impact
FP
Flight Plan
FRC
Request Full Route Clearance
FSAS
Flight Service Automation System
FSDO
Flight Standards District Office
FSDPS
Flight Service Data Processing System
FSEP
Facility/Service/Equipment Profile
FSP
Flight Strip Printer
FSPD
Freeze Speed Parameter
FSS
Flight Service Station
FSSA
Flight Service Station Automated Service
FSTS
Federal Secure Telephone Service
FSYS
Flight Service Station Equipment Systems
FTS
Federal Telecommunications System
FTS2000
Federal Telecommunications System 2000
FUS
Functional Units or Systems
FWCS
Flight Watch Control Station

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