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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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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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Deadline for Unum Open Season Approaches on Nov. 30

Don’t Miss Chance to Get This Insurance That Takes the Financial Stress Away The current open season to enroll in the NATCA group long-term disability (LTD) program from Unum is scheduled to end on Nov. 30. Unum is the insurance that provides protection in the event you lose your medical or are disabled. Having insurance…

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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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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:

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There are 16 acronyms in this directory beginning with the letter W.
Wide Area Augmentation System
Wide Area Network
Work Center
Weather Communications Processor
Western Electric Company
Western Electric Satellite Communications
Wildlife Hazard Assessment
Wildlife Hazard Management Plan
Weather Message Switching Center
Weather Message Switching Center Replacement
Weather Service Contract Meteorological Observatory
Weather Service Forecast Office
Weather Service Meteorological Observatory
Weather Service Office

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