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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 123 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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NATCA Exclusive Retirement Briefings: Unlocking Your Path to Financial Freedom

Discover your retirement journey with NATCA’s expert planning and guidance. As one of your exclusive benefits as a member, NATCA’s partnership with 4 Square Financial Literacy Partners, Inc., offers members expert planning and guidance for retirement. These workshops delve into federal benefits, retirement choices, and their effects on retirees and their loved ones. Retirement briefings…

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NATCA Benefits Partners with Penn State World Campus

The NATCA Benefits Committee is pleased to offer members a benefit that assists those pursuing a college degree. The Penn State World Campus/NATCA alliance provides our members with a 5% discount on all tuition rates and college credit for completion of a certified NATCA Academy course(s). This benefit extends to spouses, domestic partners, and children….

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Registration for NATCA’s 20th Biennial Convention Is Now Open

Registration for NATCA’s 20th Biennial Convention is now open. Register today and plan to be at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco from May 9-11, 2025, with the opening ceremony taking place on the evening of May 8. Early registrants will get the best prices on all Convention events. Please do not register NATCA members…

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Get To Know NATCA’s National Legislative Committee Chair David Skarphol

Relationship building is at the core of NATCA’s legislative activism. Earlier this year David Skarphol (Phoenix TRACON, P50) stepped up as the chair of NATCA’s National Legislative Committee (NLC), leading the team that coordinates and facilitates NATCA members’ legislative training and relationships with members of Congress. Today we take a moment to introduce Skarphol and…

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Aviation Facts

Fact: The United States aviation system is an economic driver, contributing 5.2 percent to the nation’s gross domestic product, and generating nearly 11 million jobs.


Aircraft in the sky at peak operational times


Pounds of freight moving through the National Airspace System each year

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 20 acronyms in this directory beginning with the letter H.
Non-- Directional Radio Homing Beacon (NDB)
Height Above Airport
Height Above Landing
High Altitude Route System
Height Above Touchdown
Hazardous Material
High Capacity Carriers
NDB with Distance Measuring Equipment
FAA Headquarters
High Frequency
NDB, 2kw or More
High Altitude EFAS
High Level Data Link Control
High Occupancy Vehicle
Heliport Protection Zone
Horizontal Situation Indicators
Housing and Urban Development
Hazardous In-- Flight Weather Advisory

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