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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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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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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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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 23 acronyms in this directory beginning with the letter V.
Voluntary Airport Low Emission
Visual Approach Slope Indicator
VOR with Distance Measuring Equipment
Voice Frequency
Visual Flight Rules
Visual Glideslope Indicator
Very High Frequency
Very Low Frequency
Visual Meteorological Conditions
Visual Navigational Aids
Volpe National Transportation System Center
Virtual On-net
VHF Omnidirectional Range
VHF Omnidirectional Range/Distance Measuring Equipment
VOR collocated with TACAN
VOR Test Facility
Vehicle/Pedestrian Deviation
Voice Recording System
Voice Switching and Control System
Vertex Time of Arrival
VOR collocated with TACAN
Vertical Takeoff and Landing
Voice Telecommunications System

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