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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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Retirement Webinars Scheduled Through July

All upcoming retirement seminars for the months of June and July 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 June and July are as follows:   June 2 : 9 a.m.-3 p.m. PDTJune 3 : 9 a.m.-3 p.m. EDTJune 24 : 9 a.m.-3 p.m. PDTJune 25 :…

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2020 Retirement Seminar and Webinar Schedule

One of the most important member benefits that NATCA provides you is expert planning and guidance about your retirement. This year, we are pleased to offer you retirement seminars in 28 cities, provided by 4 Square Financial Literacy Partners, Inc. The format has changed, and both dates (two per city) present the same information. Either…

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NATCA Biennial Convention: Registration is Open

The 18th Biennial Convention is rescheduled to take place at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Saturday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Aug. 31. Registration is a two-step process.STEP 1: Register for the convention here. STEP 2: Register for your hotel room here.

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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.


Average daily scheduled passenger flights


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

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There are 3 acronyms in this directory beginning with the letter K.
Kilobits Per Second
Keyboard Video Display Terminal

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