We Guide You Home

Home

Discover NATCA

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.

Video Channel

Check out our most recent videos:

Benefits

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Events

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…

Read More

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 29 acronyms in this directory beginning with the letter I.
Term
Definition
I/AFSS
International AFSS
IA
Indirect Access
IAF
Initial Approach Fix
IAP
Instrument Approach Procedures
IAPA
Instrument Approach Procedures Automation
IBM
International Business Machines
IBP
International Boundary Point
IBR
Intermediate Bit Rate
ICAO
International Civil Aviation Organization
ICSS
International Communications Switching Systems
IDAT
Interfacility Data
IF
Intermediate Fix
IFCP
Interfacility Communications Processor
IFDS
Interfacility Data System
IFEA
In-- Flight Emergency Assistance
IFO
International Field Office
IFR
Instrument Flight Rules
IFSS
International Flight Service Station
ILS
Instrument Landing System
IM
Inner Marker
IMC
Instrument Meteorological Conditions
INM
Integrated Noise Model
INS
Inertial Navigation System
IRMP
Information Resources Management Plan
ISDN
Integrated Services Digital Network
ISMLS
Interim Standard Microwave Landing System
ITI
Interactive Terminal Interface
IVRS
Interim Voice Response System
IW
Inside Wiring

Our Media is Social