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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 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.

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NATCA Members Can Save Up to 20% on Beacon Relocation Services

NATCA Benefits is pleased to offer our members the services of Beacon Relocation! Whether you are moving across town or across the country, Beacon Relocation will provide you with up to a 20% Realtor® discount through our vetted Approved Realtor® Partners. Simply visit www.BEACONRELOCATION.com and fill out the form under the “Apply Now” tab and…

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NATCA Offers Exclusive Sylvan Learning Discounts

In observance of Autism Awareness Month, NATCA is proud to highlight the exclusive discounts on Sylvan Learning’s services provided to our members, with a 15 percent discount off regular rates. Sylvan, known for its personalized tutoring programs, caters to the unique learning styles of each child, offering both in-person and online options. Sylvan’s approach is…

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Get To Know NATCA’s National Legislative Committee Chair David Skarphol

Relationship building is at the core of NATCA’s legislative activism. Earlier this year David Skarphol (Phoenix TRACON, P50) stepped up as the chair of NATCA’s National Legislative Committee (NLC), leading the team that coordinates and facilitates NATCA members’ legislative training and relationships with members of Congress. Today we take a moment to introduce Skarphol and…

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Aviation Facts

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

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 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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