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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 for September and October

Upcoming retirement seminars 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 September and October are as follows:  September 11: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm PDTSeptember 29: 9:00 am -3:00 pm EDTOctober 6th: 9:00 am-3:00 pm EDTOctober 28th: 9:00 am-3:00 pm PDTIMPORTANT: If you had previously…

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16th Annual Archie League Awards Banquet Scheduled for May 26, 2021 in Houston

Because of the cancellation of Communicating For Safety 2020, our annual banquet celebration of the Archie League Medal of Safety Award winners is moving to a different event for the first time since 2007. It will be held on the evening of Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at the 18th Biennial Convention in Houston.Stay tuned for an announcement…

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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

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 O.
Official Airline Guide
Operational Acceptable Level of Traffic
Off-- airway Weather Station
Omnidirectional Approach Lighting System
Oceanic Display and Processing Station
One Engine Inoperative
Operational Evolution Plan / Partnership
Object Free Area
Offshore Flight Data Processing System
Outer Fix Time
Obstacle Free Zone
Outer Marker
Office of Management and Budget
Oceanic Navigational Error Report
Operational Acceptable Level of Traffic
Operational Switch
Off Premises Exchange
Operational Readiness Demonstration
Oceanic Transition Route
Organized Track System

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