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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

2021 Retirement Benefit Briefings Update

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases across the country and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our members, the decision has been made to cancel the remaining in-person Retirement & Benefits Education Seminars for 2021. The safety of our membership, their families, and our benefits partners is of the utmost…

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Member Benefit Spotlight: Car Rentals

Do you have a business trip or vacation coming up, and find yourself in need of a rental car? Let NATCA Benefits and Union Plus make the decision easier for you. Your membership in NATCA earns you up to a 25% discount on a variety of vehicles. You also get to support your fellow union brothers…

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Events

NATCA’s Convention Postponed Until December 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters, After significant internal discussion, we have decided to once again postpone our 18th Biennial Convention in Houston. This was not an easy decision, but the pandemic continues to affect our families and our workplaces. There currently are more aggressive and transmissible strains of COVID-19 circulating. According to the CDC, the Delta…

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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:

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 51 acronyms in this directory beginning with the letter S.
Term
Definition
S/S
Sector Suite
SAC
Strategic Air Command
SAFI
Semi Automatic Flight Inspection
SALS
Short Approach Lighting System
SATCOM
Satellite Communications
SAWRS
Supplementary Aviation Weather Reporting System
SBGP
State Block Grant Program
SCC
System Command Center
SCVTS
Switched Compressed Video Telecommunications Service
SDF
Simplified Direction Finding
SDIS
Switched Digital Integrated Service
SDP
Service Delivery Point
SDS
Switched Data Service
SEL
Single Event Level
SELF
Simplified Short Approach Lighting System With Sequenced Flashing Lights
SFAR-- 38
Special Federal Aviation Regulation 38
SHPO
State Historic Preservation Officer
SIC
Service Initiation Charge
SID
Station Identifier
SIGMET
Significant Meteorological Information
SIMMOD
Airport and Airspace Simulation Model
SIP
State Implementation Plan
SM
Statute Miles
SMGC
Surface Movement Guidance and Control
SMPS
Sector Maintenance Processor Subsystem
SMS
Safety Management System
SNR
Signal-- to-- Noise Ratio, also: S/N
SOAR
System of Airports Reporting
SOC
Service Oversight Center
SOIR
Simultaneous Operations On Intersecting Runways
SOIWR
Simultaneous Operations on Intersecting Wet Runways
SRAP
Sensor Receiver and Processor
SRM
Safety Risk Management
SSALF
SSALS with Sequenced Flashers
SSALR
Simplified Short Approach Lighting System
SSB
Single Side Band
STAR
Standard Terminal Arrival Route
STARS
Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System
STD
Standard
STMUX
Statistical Data Multiplexer
STOL
Short Takeoff and Landing
SURPIC
Surface Picture
SVCA
Service A
SVCB
Service B
SVCC
Service C
SVCO
Service O
SVFB
Interphone Service F (B)
SVFC
Interphone Service F (C)
SVFD
Interphone Service F (D)
SVFO
Interphone Service F (A)
SVFR
Special Visual Flight Rules

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