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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 114 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

Take Advantage of Your Retirement Future With Online Webinars

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 online briefings provided by 4 Square Financial Literacy Partners, Inc.Here are the upcoming online briefings: Thursday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CSTTuesday, March 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CDTWednesday,…

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Take Advantage of NATCA’s Benefits with Lenovo

Refresh your technology through Lenovo and receive up to 52% off, now through Jan. 31 with all the bells and whistles. Amp your experience with the best accessories and upgraded warranty services.Lenovo’s award-winning service and hassle-free buying experience is tailored to fit your needs. Whether for work, home, gifts, or gaming, you’ll receive: FREE shipping on…

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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…

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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 32 acronyms in this directory beginning with the letter L.
Term
Definition
LAA
Local Airport Advisory
LAAS
Low Altitude Alert System
LABS
Leased A B Service
LABSC
LABS GS-- 200 Computer
LABSR
LABS Remote Equipment
LABSW
LABS Switch System
LAHSO
Land and Hold Short Operation
LAN
Local Area Network
LATA
Local Access and Transport Area
LAWRS
Limited Aviation Weather Reporting System
LBA
Load-Bearing Area
LCF
Local Control Facility
LCN
Local Communications Network
LDA
Localizer Directional Aid
LDIN
Lead-- in Lights
LEC
Local Exchange Carrier
LF
Low Frequency
LINCS
Leased Interfacility NAS Communications System
LIS
Logistics and Inventory System
LLWAS
Low Level Wind Shear Alert System
LM/MS
Low/Medium Frequency
LMM
Locator Middle Marker
LMS
LORAN Monitor Site
LOC
Localizer
LOCID
Location Identifier
LOI
Letter of Intent
LOM
Compass Locator at Outer Marker
LORAN
Long Range Aid to Navigation
LPV
Lateral Precision Performance with Vertical Guidance
LRCO
Limited Remote Communications Outlet
LRNAV
Long Range Navigation
LRR
Long Range Radar

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