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.
Registration continues for Communicating For Safety 2022! CFS is returning to Bally’s Las Vegas on Sept. 12-14 to bring together NATCA members, representatives from the FAA, and leaders of the aviation community to discuss an array of safety and modernization topics. On August 9, the hotel room block will be cut off. After the cut-off,…
NATCA President Rich Santa spoke to attendees of the Aero Club of Washington’s monthly luncheon on July 26. Santa addressed the Aero Club of Washington about ongoing challenges facing the National Airspace System (NAS), including air traffic controller staffing. The Aero Club of Washington fosters and promotes interest in the principles and development of aeronautics…
NATCA Celebrates its Members’ Best Work with Annual Archie League Medal of Safety and Commitment to Safety Awards; Livestream Friday, June 17 at Noon CDT
WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) on Friday will be honoring many of its members with the annual Archie League Medal of Safety Award and the Region X Commitment to Safety Award. Details below: WHAT: NATCA’s 16th and 17th Archie League Medal of Safety Awards, and 5th and 6th Region X Commitment…
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Whether you’re still building for your future in retirement or ready to put your retirement plan into action, one of the most important member benefits that NATCA provides its members is expert retirement planning and guidance. This year, we are pleased to offer you a mix of online and in person briefings provided by 4…
Whether you’re building for your future in retirement, or ready to put your retirement plan into action, NATCA offers a valuable benefit to members via online retirement briefings. These briefings are a valuable resource that explains the features of the federal benefits program, including choices that can be made at retirement and the impact of…
The Planning Committee for NATCA’s 19th Biennial Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., held its first meeting to prepare for welcoming our Union’s members to the Sunshine State in June 2023. Planning Committee member Amy Sayers (Fort Lauderdale ATCT, FLL) said, “We had a productive 3 days organizing the event which will be held at the…
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…
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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