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.
Brothers and Sisters, As we reported previously, we face the threat of another government shutdown at 12:01am Saturday, March 2. On Wednesday afternoon, Congressional leaders announced an agreement on several annual spending bills, including funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The U.S. House of Representatives just passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) that pushes the appropriations…
NATCA Applauds Senate Commerce Committee for Passage of Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Bill, Reiterates Call to Include Controller “Maximum Hiring” Requirement in Final Bill
(WASHINGTON) – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) applauds the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation for its work to pass the FAA Reauthorization Act. We want to specifically thank Chair Cantwell, Ranking Member Cruz, Aviation Subcommittee Chair Duckworth, and Ranking Member Moran for their support and bipartisan efforts to move…
(WASHINGTON) – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) applauds Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Speaker of the House of Representatives Johnson on their bi-partisan, bi-cameral top-line spending agreement. We hope that this agreement will lead to swift passage of a bill to avert the partial government shutdown that would otherwise begin at 12:01 a.m….
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Western Pacific Regional Vice President (NWP RVP) Joel Ortiz and Planning Committee Chair Charles Howell recently convened the first meeting for the planning committee for NATCA’s 2025 Convention that will take place in San Francisco in May of 2025. The group spent two days discussing the budget, reviewing lists of tasks that need to be…
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…
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
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.
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