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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 112 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 NATCA’s Benefits with Lenovo

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Record Numbers Sign Up in Unum Campaign

Like most things in 2020, NATCA’s Unum long-term disability open enrollment period was challenging. With the COVID pandemic, we were unable to educate members about this important benefit at our Union’s national, regional, and local events. We had to change the way we reached members about how this plan protects their income. We had help from every corner of…

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Events

16th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Award Winners’ Spotlight: Southwest Region, Fort Worth Center

Larry Bell, Brian Cox, and Colin McKinnon, Fort Worth Center (ZFW) Pictured: Cox (bottom left), Bell (top left), and McKinnon (right). Pilot and flight instructor Anise Shapiro and her student, Jouni Uusitalo (pictured below), were flying Uusitalo’s Piper PA-46 Malibu on a Saturday last spring from Hereford Municipal Airport (HRX), southwest of Amarillo, Texas, to…

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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 62 acronyms in this directory beginning with the letter R.
Term
Definition
RAIL
Runway Alignment Indicator Lights
RAPCO
Radar Approach Control (USAF)
RAPCON
Radar Approach Control (FAA)
RATCC
Radar Air Traffic Control Center
RATCF
Radar Air Traffic Control Facility (USN)
RBC
Rotating Beam Ceilometer
RBDPE
Radar Beacon Data Processing Equipment
RBSS
Radar Bomb Scoring Squadron
RCAG
Remote Communications Air/Ground
RCC
Rescue Coordination Center
RCCC
Regional Communications Control Centers
RCF
Remote Communication Facility
RCIU
Remote Control Interface Unit
RCL
Radio Communications Link
RCLR
RCL Repeater
RCLT
RCL Terminal
RCO
Remote Communications Outlet
RCU
Remote Control Unit
RDAT
Digitized Radar Data
RDP
Radar Data Processing
RDSIM
Runway Delay Simulation Model
REIL
Runway End Identification Lights
RF
Radio Frequency
RL
General Aviation Reliever Airport
RMCC
Remote Monitor Control Center
RMCF
Remote Monitor Control Facility
RML
Radio Microwave Link
RMLR
RML Repeater
RMLT
RML Terminal
RMM
Remote Maintenance Monitoring
RMMS
Remote Maintenance Monitoring System
RMS
Remote Monitoring Subsystem
RMSC
Remote Monitoring Subsystem Concentrator
RNAV
Area Navigation
RNAV (NATCA)
Retired NATCA Active Volunteers
RNP
Required Navigation Performance
ROD
Record of Decision
ROSA
Report of Service Activity
ROT
Runway Occupancy Time
RP
Restoration Priority
RPC
Restoration Priority Code
RPG
Radar Processing Group
RPZ
Runway Protection Zone
RRH
Remote Reading Hygrothermometer
RRHS
Remote Reading Hydrometer
RRWDS
Remote Radar Weather Display
RRWSS
RWDS Sensor Site
RSA
Runway Safety Area
RSAT
Runway Safety Action Team
RSS
Remote Speaking System
RT
Remote Transmitter
RT & BTL
Radar Tracking And Beacon Tracking Level
RTAD
Remote Tower Alphanumerics Display
RTCA
Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics
RTP
Regional Transportation Plan
RTR
Remote Transmitter/Receiver
RTRD
Remote Tower Radar Display
RVP
NATCA Regional Vice President
RVR
Runway Visual Range
RW
Runway
RWDS
Same as RRWDS
RWP
Real-time Weather Processor

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