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Upcoming Special Elections

NATCA encourages all members and their families to participate in the democratic process. NATCA’s Member Voter Center is a year-round resource to find links on how to register to vote and continuous information about upcoming special elections. Below are the […]

Federal Employee Pay Raise Update

This week, the House is considering a minibus spending package that includes the House version of the FY 2022 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill. This year, the legislation stays silent on an annual […]

H.R. 1108 Successor Bill Introduced

In the House, Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Rick Larsen, D-Wash., and T&I Committee members Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, recently introduced H.R. 4042, the Aviation Funding […]

Commercial Space

Paul Behan (ZJX) is the Article 114 Rep for Commercial Space integration.  Background: Historically, space launch and reentry operations in the NAS occurred infrequently and were segregated from other operations by containing them within special activity airspace. […]

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES & OCEANIC PROCEDURES (ATOP) 

John Lenhart (ZOA) is the Article 114 Representative for Advanced Technologies & Oceanic Procedures (ATOP).    Background:   The ATOP system processes information consistent with system calculations or expectations (e.g. vertical movement) and provides alerts to controllers when […]

NAVAIDS Monitoring Equipment (NME)

Corrie Conrad is the Article 114 Representative for NME  Background: Two different consolidated control and monitoring systems are currently operating in the National Airspace System (NAS) – the Integrated Control and Monitoring System (ICMS) and the Universal […]

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (UAS)

Jimmy Smith is the National UAS Representative  Background: Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ (UAS) safe integration into the NAS is an ongoing process that continually evolves with rapidly changing technological advancements. UAS integration will require new laws, policies, practices, procedures, and standards.  All these […]

Navigation

Brent Luna is the NATCA National Article 114 Navigation Representative   Background:  The Navigation Representative works closely with Agency Program Managers for the Very High Frequency Omni-directional Range (VOR) Minimum Operational Network (MON) Implementation Program, Distance Measuring […]

Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) Criteria 

Bennie Hutto is the Article 114 National PBN Criteria Representative.   Background: PBN design criteria can have a significant impact to instrument flight procedures and routes as they interact with ATC operations. As a result, the Agency and NATCA […]

Commercial Space

Paul Behan (ZJX) is the Article 114 Rep for Commercial Space integration.   Background: Historically, space launch and reentry operations in the NAS occurred infrequently and were segregated from other operations by containing them within special activity airspace. These launch […]

Airspace

Central Service Center (CSC) Performance Based Navigation (PBN)     Eric Johnson is the Article 114 Representative for CSC PBN.     Background: PBN Co-Leads are responsible for the oversight of designing, developing, and implementing PBN procedures and/or routes. Using a collaborative work group […]

SURVEILLANCE BROADCAST SERVICES (SBS)

Dan Hamilton is the Article 114 Representative to the SBS.   Background:  The Surveillance and Broadcast Services (SBS) program was created to manage a program that will enable the air traffic control (ATC) system to migrate from […]

ENTERPRISE-INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM (E-IDS)

Amanda Richardson is the Article 114 Representative for Enterprise-Information Display System (E-IDS).  Background:  The Enterprise Information Display System (E-IDS) project aims to replace all existing IDSs in the NAS, providing the Agency with one enterprise solution across […]

The Final Transition to STARS

Nearly two decades after the initial deployment of the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS), NATCA and the FAA have marked a collaboration milestone on National Airspace System (NAS) modernization: the completion of the deployment waterfall. The […]

House Passes NOTAM Legislation with NATCA Amendment

On Tuesday, June 15, the House passed H.R. 1262, bipartisan legislation that would, if enacted, establish an FAA task force to determine improvements to the Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs) system, which provides critical information to pilots […]

NATCA Advocates for Infrastructure Priorities

As Congress crafts infrastructure legislation, NATCA has been advocating for urgent air traffic control facility upgrades to ensure the continued safety of the National Airspace System. NATCA is strongly advocating for a robust funding authorization to bring […]

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Solicitation for One CISM Team Member

The NATCA Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team needs one team member. The CISM program operates in accordance with Article 74 of the CBA and is designed to proactively manage the common disruptive physical, mental, and […]

NATCA Supports H.R. 82, the Social Security Fairness Act

Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Rodney Davis, R-Ill., have introduced H.R. 82, the Social Security Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation that would eliminate the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset, two titles of the […]

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration

Jimmy Smith is the Article 114 UAS Representative  Background:  Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ safe integration into the NAS is an ongoing process that continually evolves with rapidly changing technological advancements. UAS integration will require new laws, policies, practices, procedures, and standards. All […]

Commercial Space

Paul Behan (ZJX) is the Article 114 Rep for Commercial Space integration.   Background: Historically, space launch and reentry operations in the NAS occurred infrequently and were segregated from other operations by containing them within special activity […]

National Airspace Representative/Established on Required Navigation Performance (EoR) 

National Airspace Representative/Established on Required Navigation Performance (EoR)   Josh Haviland is the Article 114 National Airspace Representative and Article 114 National EoR Representative.   Background: Required Navigation Performance (RNP) describes an aircraft’s capability to navigate using certain performance standards. When an aircraft is “RNP […]

NATCA Advocates for Infrastructure Priorities

Earlier this spring, President Biden introduced an infrastructure proposal titled the “American Jobs Plan,” a $2.5 trillion proposal that calls on Congress to invest $25 billion in our nation’s airports, including funding to upgrade Federal Aviation […]

Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS)

Ryan Jacobs is the Article 114 TFMS Representative.  Background:  TFMS is a data exchange system for supporting the management and monitoring of national air traffic flow. TFMS processes all available data sources such as flight plan messages, flight plan […]

Wake Turbulence

Gerald Quaye (JFK) is the Article 114 representative for Wake Turbulence.  Background: Consolidated Wake Turbulence (CWT) will reduce and streamline the number of wake turbulence separation standards implemented in the national airspace (NAS). There are currently three […]

TERMINAL FLIGHT DATA MANAGER (TFDM)

TERMINAL FLIGHT DATA MANAGER (TFDM)  Aaron Rose is the Article 114 Representative for TFDM.     Background:  TFDM will provide improvements to flight data coordination and management for ATCT users, as well as enhanced surface traffic flow management […]

Terminal Automation Modernization and Replacement (TAMR)

 Kyle Ness, NATCA TAMR Article 114 Representative  Background:  The TAMR program deploys and sustains Terminal Automation for the Terminal Radar Approach Controls (TRACONs) and associated Air Traffic Control Towers in the National Airspace System (NAS). The automation […]

Change Strategy

Jimmy Clouse is the Article 114 Representative for Change Strategy Co-lead.   Background: The Change Strategy team works with the National Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) Management/NATCA Co-leads and will work with Operating Area Collaborative Work Group (CWG) Co-leads, Metroplex Co-leads as well as […]

Operational Readiness/Contingency Operations

Kevin Wright is the Article 114 Representative to the Operational Readiness Group (AJR-X).  Background:  AJR-X is the directorate established to develop, maintain, and exercise contingency planning and readiness. The primary aim of AJR-X is to build contingency […]

National Airspace System (NAS) Voice over IP Communication Enterprise

Jon Shedden is the NATCA Article 114 Representative to the VoICE project.  Background:  The National Airspace System (NAS) Voice over IP Communication Enterprise (VoICE) program will encompass what was the NVS program. This will include acquisitions to replace our aging voice switches, as […]

Information Display System Replacement Program (IDSR)

Tiffany McBride is the Article 114 Representative   The IDS Replacement program was originally supposed to replace all of the Information Display Systems in the NAS with one product known as NIDS (NAS IDS). The program was later reduced […]

ENTERPRISE-INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM (E-IDS)

Amanda Richardson is the Article 114 Representative for Enterprise-Information Display System (E-IDS).  Background:  The Enterprise Information Display System (E-IDS) project aims to replace all existing IDSs in the NAS, providing the Agency with one enterprise solution across […]

Strategy National Representative

Mark Ostronic is the Strategy National Representative   Background:  The Strategy National Representative works with the Mission Support Services Strategy & Planning (AJV-S) Director to provide a vision, a plan, and the requirements for airspace modernization programs. The NATCA Representative works with internal and external stakeholders […]

Commercial Space

Paul Behan is the Article 114 Rep for Commercial Space integration.   Background: Historically, space launch and reentry operations in the NAS occurred infrequently and were segregated from other operations by containing them within special activity airspace. […]

Wake Turbulence

 Gerald Quaye is the Article 114 representative for Wake Turbulence.  Background: Consolidated Wake Turbulence (CWT) will reduce and streamline the number of wake turbulence separation standards implemented in the national airspace (NAS). There are currently three (3) different orders […]

TERMINAL FLIGHT DATA MANAGER (TFDM)

Aaron Rose is the Article 114 Representative for TFDM.     Background:  TFDM will provide improvements to flight data coordination and management for ATCT users, as well as enhanced surface traffic flow management capabilities.  TFDM will replace ATCT […]

Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM)

Matt Gammon (ZID) Art. 114 Rep for Time Based Flow Management (TBFM)  Time Based Flow Management is a system of tools used to manage flows of traffic based on time in order to maximize efficiency.  There are a number […]

NAVAIDS Monitoring Equipment (NME)

Corrie Conrad is the Article 114 Representative for NME  Background: Two different consolidated control and monitoring systems are currently operating in the National Airspace System (NAS) – the Integrated Control and Monitoring System (ICMS) and the Universal […]

Collaborative Decision Making (CDM)

Ron Foley is the CDM Article 114 Lead   Flow Evaluation Team (FET), Weather Evaluation Team (WET) and Future Concept Team (FCT) reps will be sending their updates separately this month as part of CDM. As for SCT (Surface Concept Team), I’ve been the SME for […]

Change Strategy

Jimmy Clouse is the Article 114 Representative for Change Strategy Co-lead.   Background: The Change Strategy team works with the National Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) Management/NATCA Co-leads and will work with Operating Area Collaborative Work Group Co-leads, Metroplex Co-leads as well as Regional, […]

Women of the Aviation Workforce Week

Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., introduced a resolution that designated the week of March 8 as “Women of the Aviation Workforce Week.” This resolution honored women in the aviation workforce and highlighted the […]

NATCA Supports Proposed 3.2% Pay Raise for Feds

House Representative Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Senator Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, recently introduced the FAIR Act in the House and Senate (H.R. 392; S. 561). If enacted, the FAIR Act would provide a 3.2% pay raise for federal […]

COVID Relief Package Enacted into Law

On March 11, President Biden signed into law a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package titled the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.” To understand how this law impacts NATCA and our membership, click here to view our recent […]

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Committee

Background: The NATCA OSHA Committee endeavors to assist NATCA representatives and members to identify,understand, prevent, and seek remedy for occupational safety and health (OSH) issues. The committee is comprised of a NATCA OSHA representative from every region. […]

Collaborative Decision Making (CDM)

Ron Foley is NATCA CDM Representative   Background:  The FCT was formed to address longer term (12-24 months) Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) and Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) capabilities’ integration with applying an operational approach of using an integration of data, procedures and […]

NextGen

Adam Rhodes is the National NextGen Representative.      Background:  Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is the modernization of America’s air transportation system to make flying safer, more efficient, and more predictable.  NextGen is not one technology product or […]

Human Performance

Aaron Katz is the National Human Performance Representative Background:  The Human Performance Representative is the NATCA liaison to AJI 155, the FAA Human Performance office. The office is comprised of a group manager (currently Jason Demagalski) and 5 […]

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES & OCEANIC PROCEDURES (ATOP) 

John T. Lenhart (ZOA) is the Article 114 Representative for Advanced Technologies & Oceanic Procedures (ATOP).    ATOP Program    Background:  The ATOP system processes information consistent with system calculations or expectations (e.g. vertical movement) and provides alerts to […]

SURVEILLANCE BROADCAST SERVICES (SBS) OFFICE

   Dan Hamilton (SFO) is the Article 114 Representative to the SBS Office.   Background:  The Surveillance and Broadcast Services (SBS) program was created to manage a program that will enable the air traffic control (ATC) system […]

Information Display System Replacement Program (IDSR)

Tiffany McBride (SCT) is the Article 114 Representative   The IDS Replacement program was originally supposed to replace all of the Information Display Systems in the NAS with one product known as NIDS (NAS IDS). The program was later […]

ENTERPRISE-INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM (E-IDS)

Amanda Richardson is the Article 114 Representative for Enterprise-Information Display System (E-IDS).  Background:  The Enterprise Information Display System (E-IDS) project aims to replace all existing IDSs in the NAS, providing the Agency with one enterprise solution across […]

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Jimmy Smith is the UAS Representative  Background:  Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ safe integration into the NAS is an on-going process that continually evolves with rapidly changing technological advancements.  UAS integration will require new laws, policies, practices, procedures, and standards. All […]

Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Criteria 

Bennie Hutto is the Article 114 National PBN Criteria Representative.   Background: PBN design criteria can have a significant impact to instrument flight procedures and routes as they interact with ATC operations. As a result, the Agency and NATCA […]

National Airspace Representative/Established on Required Navigation Performance (EoR) 

Josh Haviland is the Article 114 National Airspace Representative and Article 114 National EoR Representative.   Background: Required Navigation Performance (RNP) describes an aircraft’s capability to navigate using certain performance standards. When an aircraft is “RNP equipped,” it has the ability to monitor the aircraft’s flight track conformance and […]

Aeronautical Information Services (AIS)

Matt Trimble is the NATCA AIS Representative   AIMM E1/FNS Migration  Background:  On January 26th, AJM-336 Program Office received approval from the JRC to separate the current AIMM E1 investment into two separate investments. The new investment strategy […]

NATCA Works with FAA to Host TBO Industry Day

NATCA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hosted a virtual Industry Day for Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) in January. It was geared specifically towards collaboration with airlines and operators. “As the Agency, in collaboration with NATCA, […]

Wake Turbulence

Gerald Quaye is the Article 114 representative for Wake Turbulence.  Background: Consolidated Wake Turbulence (CWT) will reduce and streamline the number of wake turbulence separation standards implemented in the national airspace (NAS). There are currently three (3) […]

Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS)

Ryan Jacobs is the NATCA TFMS Representative.  Background:  TFMS is a data exchange system for supporting the management and monitoring of national air traffic flow. TFMS processes all available data sources such as flight plan messages, flight […]

Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM)

Matt Gammon is the Article 114 Representative for Time Based Flow Management (TBFM)  Time Based Flow Management is a system of tools used to manage flows of traffic based on time in order to maximize efficiency. There are a number of technologies within TBFM […]

TERMINAL FLIGHT DATA MANAGER (TFDM)

Aaron Rose is the Article 114 Representative for TFDM.     Background:  TFDM will provide improvements to flight data coordination and management for ATCT users, as well as enhanced surface traffic flow management capabilities.  TFDM will replace ATCT […]

Terminal Automation Modernization and Replacement (TAMR)

 Kyle Ness, NATCA TAMR Article 114 Representative  Background:  The TAMR program deploys and sustains Terminal Automation for the Terminal Radar Approach Controls (TRACONs) and associated Air Traffic Control Towers in the National Airspace System (NAS). The automation […]

Change Strategy

  Jimmy Clouse is the Article 114 Representative for Change Strategy.   Background: The Change Strategy team works with the National Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) Management/NATCA Co-leads and will work with Operating Area Collaborative Work Group Co-leads, Metroplex Co-leads as well as Regional, and […]

Weather

Eric Avila is the Article 114 Weather Representative.   Background:  The Aviation Weather Display (AWD) will consolidate the Weather and Radar Processor (WARP) and Corridor Integrated Weather System (CIWS).  In addition, the AWD will also incorporate new weather products.  The AWD will primarily be […]

Professional Standards (PS)

NATCA’s Professional Standards (PS) program has now processed over 3,600 cases since the program began. The program helps to maintain, promote, and inspire professionalism throughout the NAS. The purpose of the PS program is to provide an […]

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Committee 

Karena Marinas (ZLA) is the Chairperson of NATCA’s OSHA Committee.     Background: The NATCA OSHA Committee endeavors to assist NATCA representatives and members to identify, understand, prevent, and seek remedy for occupational safety and health (OSH) issues. The committee is comprised of a […]

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES and OCEANIC PROCEDURES (ATOP) 

John T. Lenhart (ZOA) is the Article 114 Representative for Advanced Technologies & Oceanic Procedures (ATOP).    ATOP Program   Background:  The ATOP system processes information consistent with system calculations or expectations (e.g. vertical movement) and provides alerts to controllers […]

Weather

Eric Avila  is the Article 114 Weather Representative.   Background:  The Aviation Weather Display (AWD) will consolidate the Weather and Radar Processor (WARP) and Corridor Integrated Weather System (CIWS).  In addition, the AWD will also incorporate new weather products.  The AWD will primarily be […]

Professional Standards

NATCA’s Professional Standards (PS) program has now processed over 3,600 cases since the program began. The program helps to maintain, promote, and inspire professionalism throughout the NAS. The purpose of the PS program is to provide an […]

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Committee 

Karena Marinas (ZLA) is the Chairperson of NATCA’s OSHA Committee.     Background: The NATCA OSHA Committee endeavors to assist NATCA representatives and members to identify, understand, prevent, and seek remedy for occupational safety and health (OSH) issues. The committee is comprised of a […]

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES & OCEANIC PROCEDURES (ATOP) 

John T. Lenhart (ZOA) is the Article 114 Representative for Advanced Technologies & Oceanic Procedures (ATOP).    ATOP Program   Background:  The ATOP system processes information consistent with system calculations or expectations (e.g. vertical movement) and provides alerts to controllers […]

SURVEILLANCE BROADCAST SERVICES (SBS) OFFICE

Dan Hamilton is the Article 114 Representative to the SBS Office.   Background:  The Surveillance and Broadcast Services (SBS) program was created to manage a program that will enable the air traffic control (ATC) system to migrate […]

Information Display System Replacement Program (IDSR)

Tiffany McBride is the Article 114 Representative   The IDS Replacement program was originally supposed to replace all of the Information Display Systems in the NAS with one product known as NIDS (NAS IDS). The program was later reduced […]

ENTERPRISE-INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM (E-IDS)

Amanda Richardson is the Article 114 Representative for Enterprise-Information Display System (E-IDS).  Background:  The Enterprise Information Display System (E-IDS) project aims to replace all existing IDSs in the NAS, providing the Agency with one enterprise solution across […]

National Requirements

Mark Ostronic is the National Requirements Representative   Background:  The National Requirements Representative works with the Mission Support Services Strategy & Planning (AJV-S) Director to provide a vision, a plan, and the requirements for airspace modernization programs. The NATCA Representative works with internal and external stakeholders to […]

Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) Criteria 

Bennie Hutto is the Article 114 National PBN Criteria Representative.   Background: PBN design criteria can have a significant impact to instrument flight procedures and routes as they interact with ATC operations. As a result, the Agency and NATCA […]

Commercial Space

Paul Behan is the Article 114 Rep for Commercial Space integration.   Background: Historically, space launch and reentry operations in the NAS occurred infrequently and were segregated from other operations by containing them within special activity airspace. These launch and […]

Airspace /Established on Required Navigation Performance (EoR) 

Josh Haviland is the Article 114 National Airspace Representative and Article 114 National EoR Representative.   Background: Required Navigation Performance (RNP) describes an aircraft’s capability to navigate using certain performance standards. When an aircraft is “RNP equipped”, it has the ability to monitor the aircraft’s flight track conformance and […]

COVID Relief Package Starts with “Vote-a-Rama”

Congress is working to advance President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief proposal, which Democrats want to move quickly, so that the legislation is enacted before unemployment benefits expire on Mar. 14. To fast-track the legislation, congressional […]

NATCA Strongly Supports the CONTRACT Act

The Continuity for Operators with Necessary Training Required for ATC Contract Towers (CONTRACT) Act of 2021 would provide an incentive for retired federal controllers to continue working as controllers at the 256 airports that participate in […]

117th Congressional Committee Rosters

The 117th Congress convened on Jan. 3 and the Biden administration took office on Jan. 20. Democrats now control the House, Senate, and White House. The balance of power in the Senate is 50-50, with Vice […]

Wake Turbulence

Gerald Quaye is the Article 114 representative for Wake Turbulence.  Background: Consolidated Wake Turbulence (CWT) will reduce and streamline the number of wake turbulence separation standards implemented in the national airspace (NAS). There are currently three (3) […]

Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS)

Ryan Jacobs is the NATCA TFMS Representative  Background:  TFMS is a data exchange system for supporting the management and monitoring of national air traffic flow. TFMS processes all available data sources such as flight plan messages, flight […]

Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM)

Matt Gammon is the Article 114 Rep for TBFM  Background:  Time Based Flow Management is a system of tools used to manage flows of traffic based on time in order to maximize efficiency.  There are several technologies within TBFM to include but […]

TERMINAL FLIGHT DATA MANAGER (TFDM)

Aaron Rose is the Article 114 Representative for TFDM.     Background:  TFDM will provide improvements to flight data coordination and management for ATCT users, as well as enhanced surface traffic flow management capabilities.  TFDM will replace ATCT […]

Terminal Automation Modernization and Replacement (TAMR)

Kyle Ness is the NATCA TAMR Article 114 Representative  Background:  The TAMR program deploys and sustains Terminal Automation for the Terminal Radar Approach Controls (TRACONs) and associated Air Traffic Control Towers in the National Airspace System (NAS). The automation […]

NAVAIDS Monitoring Equipment (NME)

Corrie Conrad is the Article 114 Representative for NME  Background: Two different consolidated control and monitoring systems are currently operating in the National Airspace System (NAS) – the Integrated Control and Monitoring System (ICMS) and the Universal […]

Weather

Eric Avila is the Article 114 Weather Representative.    Background:  The Aviation Weather Display (AWD) will consolidate the Weather and Radar Processor (WARP) and Corridor Integrated Weather System (CIWS).  In addition, the AWD will also incorporate new weather […]

Professional Standards

NATCA’s Professional Standards (PS) program has now processed over 3,500 cases since the program began. The program helps to maintain, promote, and inspire professionalism throughout the NAS. The purpose of the PS program is to provide an […]

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Committee 

Karena Marinas (ZLA) is the Chairperson of NATCA’s OSHA Committee.      Background: The NATCA OSHA Committee endeavors to assist NATCA representatives and members to identify, understand, prevent, and seek remedy for occupational safety and health (OSH) issues. The […]

NextGen

Adam Rhodes is the National NextGen Representative for NATCA.      Background:  Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is the modernization of America’s air transportation system to make flying safer, more efficient, and more predictable.  NextGen is not one […]

Human Performance

Aaron Katz is the current National Human Performance Rep.   Background:  The Human Performance Representative is the NATCA liaison to AJI 155, the FAA Human Performance office. The office is comprised of a group manager (currently Jason Demagalski) and […]

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES & OCEANIC PROCEDURES (ATOP)

John T. Lenhart (ZOA) is the Article 114 Representative for Advanced Technologies & Oceanic Procedures (ATOP).    ATOP Program   Background:  The ATOP system processes information consistent with system calculations or expectations (e.g., vertical movement) and provides alerts to controllers when a […]

SURVEILLANCE BROADCAST SERVICES (SBS) OFFICE

Dan Hamilton is the Article 114 Representative to the SBS Office.   Background:  The Surveillance and Broadcast Services (SBS) program was created to manage a program that will enable the air traffic control (ATC) system to migrate […]

Operational Readiness/Contingency Operations

Kevin Wright is the Article 114 Representative to the Operational Readiness Group (AJR-X).  Background:  AJR-X is the directorate established to develop, maintain, and exercise contingency planning and readiness. The primary aim of AJR-X is to build contingency into the […]

Information Display System Replacement Program (IDSR)

Tiffany McBride is the Article 114 Representative   Background:  The IDS Replacement program was originally supposed to replace all of the Information Display Systems in the NAS with one product known as NIDS (NAS IDS). The program was later reduced […]

Procedures

John Murdock 1s the National Procedures representative  Background:  The NATCA Procedures Representative works collaboratively with the Mission Support Services Policy (AJV-P) developing, implementing, correcting and interpreting Air Traffic rules and regulations in FAA Orders 7110.65, 7210.3, Airman’s Information Manual […]

Navigation

Brent Luna is the NATCA National Article 114 Navigation Representative   Background:  The Navigation Representative works closely with Agency Program Managers for the Very High Frequency Omni-directional Range (VOR) Minimum Operational Network (MON) Implementation Program, Distance Measuring […]

Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Criteria 

Bennie Hutto is the Article 114 National PBN Criteria Representative.   Background: PBN design criteria can have a significant impact to instrument flight procedures and routes as they interact with ATC operations. As a result, the Agency and NATCA […]

Commercial Space

Paul Behan is the Article 114 Rep for Commercial Space integration.   Background: Historically, space launch and reentry operations in the NAS occurred infrequently and were segregated from other operations by containing them within special activity airspace. […]

Wake Turbulence

Gerald Quaye is the Article 114 representative for Wake Turbulence.  Background: Consolidated Wake Turbulence (CWT) will reduce and streamline the number of wake turbulence separation standards implemented in the national airspace (NAS). There are currently three (3) […]

Time Based Flow Management (TBFM)

Matt Gammon is the Article 114 Representative for Time Based Flow Management (TBFM)  Background:  Time Based Flow Management is a system of tools used to manage flows of traffic based on time in order to maximize efficiency.  There are a number of technologies within […]

TERMINAL FLIGHT DATA MANAGER (TFDM

Aaron Rose is the Article 114 Representative for TFDM.     Background:  TFDM will provide improvements to flight data coordination and management for ATCT users, as well as enhanced surface traffic flow management capabilities.  TFDM will replace ATCT paper […]

Terminal Automation Modernization and Replacement (TAMR)

Kyle Ness is the NATCA TAMR Article 114 Representative  Background:  The TAMR program deploys and sustains Terminal Automation for the Terminal Radar Approach Controls (TRACONs) and associated Air Traffic Control Towers in the National Airspace System (NAS). […]

Information Display System Replacement Program (IDSR)

Tiffany McBride is the Article 114 Representative   Background: The IDS Replacement program was originally supposed to replace all of the Information Display Systems in the NAS with one product known as NIDS (NAS IDS). The program was later reduced to 41terminal […]

Performance Based Navigation (PBN)

Bennie Hutto is the Article 114 National PBN Criteria Representative.   Background:  PBN design criteria can have a significant impact to instrument flight procedures and routes as they interact with ATC operations. As a result, the Agency and NATCA […]

National Airspace/Established on Required Navigation Performance (EoR) 

Josh Haviland is the Article 114 National Airspace Representative and Article 114 National EoR Representative.   Background:  Required Navigation Performance (RNP) describes an aircraft’s capability to navigate using certain performance standards. When an aircraft is “RNP equipped”, it has the ability to monitor […]

Aeronautical Information Services (AIS)

Matt Trimble is the NATCA Article 114 Representative for AIS  Aeronautical Information Management Modernization (AIMM) E1  Background:  AIMM Enhancement 1 (E1) plans to address the agency’s strategic objectives of establishing authoritative airspace source, consolidation of legacy airspace design tools […]

Time Based Flow Management (TBFM)

Matt Gammon is the Article 114 Representative for Time Based Flow Management (TBFM)  Background:  Time Based Flow Management is a system of tools used to manage flows of traffic based on time to maximize efficiency.  There are several technologies within TBFM to include but […]

TERMINAL FLIGHT DATA MANAGER (TFDM)

Aaron Rose is the Article 114 Representative for TFDM.     Background:  TFDM will provide improvements to flight data coordination and management for ATCT users, as well as enhanced surface traffic flow management capabilities.  TFDM will replace ATCT paper flight […]

SURVEILLANCE BROADCAST SERVICES (SBS) OFFICE

Dan Hamilton (SFO) is the Article 114 Representative to the SBS Office.   Background:  The Surveillance and Broadcast Services (SBS) program was created to manage a program that will enable the air traffic control (ATC) system to […]

ENTERPRISE-INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM (E-IDS)

Amanda Richardson is the Article 114 Representative for Enterprise-Information Display System (E-IDS).  Background:  The Enterprise Information Display System (E-IDS) project aims to replace all existing IDSs in the NAS, providing the Agency with one enterprise solution across […]

Weather

Eric Avila is the Article 114 Weather Representative.    Background:  The Aviation Weather Display (AWD) will consolidate the Weather and Radar Processor (WARP) and Corridor Integrated Weather System (CIWS).  In addition, the AWD will also incorporate new weather products.  The AWD will […]

Human Performance

Aaron Katz is the National Human Performance Representative  Background:  The Human Performance Representative is the NATCA liaison to AJI 155, the FAA Human Performance office. The office is comprised of a group manager (currently Jason Demagalski) and 5 scientists (the office only […]

Terminal Automation Modernization and Replacement (TAMR)

Kyle Ness is the NATCA TAMR Article 114 Representative  Background:  The TAMR program deploys and sustains Terminal Automation for the Terminal Radar Approach Controls (TRACONs) and associated Air Traffic Control Towers in the National Airspace System (NAS). The automation […]

TERMINAL FLIGHT DATA MANAGER (TFDM)

Aaron Rose is the Article 114 Representative for TFDM.     Background:  TFDM will provide improvements to flight data coordination and management for ATCT users, as well as enhanced surface traffic flow management capabilities.  TFDM will replace ATCT […]

SURVEILLANCE BROADCAST SERVICES (SBS) OFFICE

Dan Hamilton (SFO) is the Article 114 Representative to the SBS Office.   Background:  The Surveillance and Broadcast Services (SBS) program was created to manage a program that will enable the air traffic control (ATC) system to […]

Operational Readiness/Contingency Operations

Kevin Wright (D01) is the Article 114 Representative to the Operational Readiness Group (AJR-X).  Background:  AJR-X is the directorate established to develop, maintain, and exercise contingency planning and readiness. The primary aim of AJR-X is to build […]

Advanced Technologies & OceaNIC PROCEDURES (ATOP)

John T. Lenhart (ZOA) is the Article 114 Representative for Advanced Technologies & Oceanic Procedures (ATOP).    ATOP Program   Background:  The ATOP system processes information consistent with system calculations or expectations (e.g. vertical movement) and provides alerts to controllers when a […]

Information Display System Replacement Program (IDSR)

Richie Smith (N90) is the current Article 114 Representative   Tiffany McBride (SCT) is the incoming Representative   The IDS Replacement program was originally supposed to replace all of the Information Display Systems in the NAS with one […]

ENTERPRISE-INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM (E-IDS)

Amanda Richardson is the Article 114 Representative for Enterprise-Information Display System (E-IDS).  Background:  The Enterprise Information Display System (E-IDS) project aims to replace all existing IDSs in the NAS, providing the Agency with one enterprise solution across facility […]

Procedures

John Murdock is the NATCA National Procedures Representative  Background:  The NATCA Procedures Representative works collaboratively with the Mission Support Services Policy (AJV-P) developing, implementing, correcting, and interpreting Air Traffic rules and regulations in FAA Orders 7110.65, 7210.3, Airman’s Information […]

Commercial Space

Paul Behan is the Article 114 Rep for Commercial Space integration.  Background: Historically, space launch and reentry operations in the NAS occurred infrequently and were segregated from other operations by containing them within special activity airspace. These launch and reentry operations […]

Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Criteria

Bennie Hutto is the Article 114 National PBN Criteria Representative.   Background: PBN design criteria can have a significant impact to instrument flight procedures and routes as they interact with ATC operations. As a result, the Agency and […]

National Airspace/Established on Required Navigation Performance (EoR)

Josh Haviland is the Article 114 National Airspace Representative and Article 114 National EoR Representative.   Background: Required Navigation Performance (RNP) describes an aircraft’s capability to navigate using certain performance standards. When an aircraft is “RNP equipped”, it has the ability […]

WEATHER

Weather  Eric Avila  is the Article 114 Weather Representative.    Background:  The Aviation Weather Display (AWD) will consolidate the Weather and Radar Processor (WARP) and Corridor Integrated Weather System (CIWS).  In addition, the AWD will also incorporate new weather products.  The […]

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Committee  

Karena Marinas (ZLA) is the Chairperson of NATCA’s OSHA Committee.      Background: The NATCA OSHA Committee endeavors to assist NATCA representatives and members to identify, understand, prevent, and seek remedy for occupational safety and health (OSH) issues. The committee […]

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Government Affairs: 117th Congress Convenes

The 117th Congress convened on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. The House elected Representative Nancy Pelosi for what many believe will be her fourth and final term as Speaker of the House. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., will […]

ITF Releases Position Paper on Remote Tower Operations

NATCA is a proud member of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), which fights passionately to improve working lives, connecting nearly 700 affiliated trade unions from 150 countries. ITF, headquartered in London, helps their members to […]

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES & OCEANIC PROCEDURES (ATOP) 

John T. Lenhart (ZOA) is the Article 114 Representative for Advanced Technologies & Oceanic Procedures (ATOP).    ATOP Program   Background:  The ATOP system processes information consistent with system calculations or expectations (e.g. vertical movement) and provides alerts to controllers […]

SURVEILLANCE BROADCAST SERVICES (SBS) OFFICE

Dan Hamilton is the Article 114 Representative to the SBS Office. Background: The Surveillance and Broadcast Services (SBS) program was created to manage a program that will enable the air traffic control (ATC) system to migrate […]

Information Display System Replacement Program (IDSR)

Richie Smith (N90) is the Article 114 Representative Background: The IDS Replacement program was originally supposed to replace all of the Information Display Systems in the NAS with one product known as NIDS (NAS IDS). The […]

ENTERPRISE-INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM (E-IDS)

Amanda Richardson is the Article 114 Representative for Enterprise-Information Display System (E-IDS). Background: The Enterprise Information Display System (E-IDS) project aims to replace all existing IDSs in the NAS, providing the Agency with one enterprise solution […]

Commercial Space

Paul Behan is the Article 114 Rep for Commercial Space integration. Background: Historically, space launch and reentry operations in the NAS occurred infrequently and were segregated from other operations by containing them within Special Activity Airspace […]

Update on Paid Parental Leave for FAA Employees

NATCA’s Government Affairs staff continues to work to ensure that 12 weeks of paid parental leave for FAA employees is codified in law for both current and future FAA workforces. Specifically, NATCA is seeking a technical […]

COVID and Airline Worker Relief Remain Elusive

Despite lack of progress, both chambers of Congress and the White House continue to negotiate on a COVID relief package. Without a consensus on a broader package, several partisan, slimmed-down versions of aid packages have advanced […]

New Government Funding Deadline: Dec. 11, 2020

A short-term continuing resolution (CR) was enacted at the end of September to avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1. The CR funds the government through Dec. 11, at which point another government funding bill will […]

Congressional Schedule

The House and Senate are now in recess until after the elections. The Senate remained in session longer than anticipated to advance the U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. In the unlikely event that a vote […]

NATCA Celebrates National Techies Day

It recently was National Techies Day. NATCA members operating the National Airspace System (NAS) are enabled and supported by the efforts of quite a few people who get REALLY excited about technology. We depend on techies and […]

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Richardson, Hansen Represent NATCA at ATCA Tech Symposium

Laying the Groundwork to Enable Future Technology Oakland Center (ZOA) member Amanda Richardson represented NATCA on the Sept. 14 Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Tech Symposium panel entitled, “Laying the Groundwork to Enable Future Technology.” Richardson and […]

Request for Volunteers: E-IDS SMEs

NATCA is requesting four volunteers to serve as E-IDS SMEs. The Enterprise Information Display System (E-IDS) project aims to replace all existing IDSs in the NAS, providing the Agency with one enterprise solution across facility types. […]

Request for volunteers: NATCA Disaster Response Committee

NATCA is soliciting volunteers to serve on the NATCA Disaster Response Committee (DRC). DRC members coordinate preparation and response of the assets and volunteers in an emergency, natural or man-made. Each committee member will have responsibilities including […]

Paid Parental Leave for FAA Employees Advances

NATCA continues to aggressively seek a technical correction to fix the loophole that inadvertently excluded FAA employees and five other federal employee workforces from the 12-week paid parental leave proposal enacted last December as part of […]

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NATCA Disaster Response Committee (DRC)

NATCA is soliciting for one RNAV volunteer to serve on the NATCA Disaster Response Committee (DRC).   NATCA Disaster Response Committee members coordinate preparation and response of the assets and volunteers in an emergency, natural or […]

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ATC SME Control Tower Radar Display

NATCA is requesting two volunteers  to serve as ATCS subject matter experts In January of 2013, a collaborative workgroup consisting of members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), Air Traffic Services (AJT) Services and […]

Runway Safety/ Runway Status Lights

Bridget Singratanakul is the Article 114 Rep for Runway Safety/Runway Status Lights.  Background: The Runway Safety group aims to embody a safe flight — both at its start and at its conclusion. It continues to be one of the FAA’s […]

Professional Standards

Professional Standards

Lydia Baune (GEG) and Chris Keyes (ZDC) are the national Professional Standard Representatives.  Background:  NATCA’s Professional Standards (PS) program has now processed over 3,350 cases since the program began in 2010. The program helps to maintain, promote, and inspire […]

NextGen

Adam Rhodes (I90) is the National NextGen Representative for NATCA.      Background:   Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is the modernization of America’s air transportation system to make flying safer, more efficient, and more predictable.  NextGen is […]

SURVEILLANCE BROADCAST SERVICES (SBS) OFFICE

Dan Hamilton is the Article 114 Representative to the SBS Office.  Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)  Background:  The Surveillance and Broadcast Services (SBS) program was created to manage  a program that will enable the air traffic control (ATC) system to […]

Human Performance

Aaron Katz is the National Human Performance Rep.   Background: The Human Performance Representative is the NATCA liaison to AJI 155, the FAA Human Performance office. The office is comprised of a group manager (currently Jason Demagalski) and 5 scientists (the […]

Information Display System Replacement Program (IDSR)

Richie Smith  is the Article 114 Representative   The IDS Replacement program was originally supposed to replace all of the Information Display Systems in the NAS with one product known as NIDS (NAS IDS). The program was later […]

ENTERPRISE-INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM (E-IDS)

Amanda Richardson is the Article 114 Representative for Enterprise-Information Display System (E-IDS).  Background:  The Enterprise Information Display System (E-IDS) project aims to replace all existing IDSs in the NAS, providing the Agency with one enterprise solution across […]

National Airspace Initiatives

Established on Required Navigation Performance (EoR)  Performance-Based Navigation (PBN)  Josh Haviland is the Article 114 National Airspace Rep, Article 114 National EoR Rep, and Article 114 PBN Co-Lead for the Western Service Area Operations Support Group.  EoR Background: Required Navigation […]

NAVAIDS Monitoring Equipment (NME)

Corrie Conrad is the Article 114 Representative for NME  Background: Two different consolidated control and monitoring systems are currently operating in the National Airspace System (NAS) – the Integrated Control and Monitoring System (ICMS) and the Universal […]

Weather

Eric Avila is the Article 114 Weather Representative.    Background:   The Aviation Weather Display (AWD) will consolidate the Weather and Radar Processor (WARP), Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS), and Corridor Integrated Weather System (CIWS).  In addition, the […]

Professional Standards

Background:   NATCA’s Professional Standards (PS) program has now processed over 3,350 cases since the program began in 2010. The program helps to maintain, promote, and inspire professionalism throughout the NAS. The purpose of the PS program is […]

NextGen

Adam Rhodes (I90) is the National NextGen Representative for NATCA.       Background:  Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is the modernization of America’s air transportation system to make flying safer, more efficient, and more predictable.  NextGen is not […]

Human Performance

Aaron Katz (P50) is the current National Human Performance Rep.    Background:  The Human Performance Representative is the NATCA liaison to AJI-155, the FAA Human Performance office.   The office is comprised of a group manager (currently Jason Demagalski) and […]

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES & OCEANIC PROCEDURES (ATOP)  

John Lenhart (ZOA) is the Article 114 Representative for Advanced Technologies & Oceanic Procedures (ATOP).     ATOP Program    Background:   The ATOP system processes information consistent with system calculations or expectations (e.g. vertical movement) and provides alerts to controllers […]

SURVEILLANCE BROADCAST SERVICES (SBS) OFFICE

Dan Hamilton is the Article 114 Representative to the SBS Office  Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)  Background: The Surveillance and Broadcast Services (SBS) program was created to manage a program that will enable the air traffic control (ATC) system […]

Information Display System Replacement Program (IDSR)

Richie Smith (N90) is the Article 114 IDS-R Representative   Background: The IDS Replacement program was originally supposed to replace all of the Information Display Systems in the NAS with one product known as NIDS (NAS IDS). The program was later reduced to 41 […]

Enterprise Information Display System (E-IDS)

Amanda Richardson is the Article 114 Representative for Enterprise-Information Display System (E-IDS).  Background:  The Enterprise Information Display System (E-IDS) project aims to replace all existing IDSs in the NAS, providing the Agency with one enterprise solution across […]

Commercial Space

Paul Behan is the Article 114 Rep for Commercial Space integration.   Background:  Historically, space launch and reentry operations in the NAS occurred infrequently and were segregated from other operations by containing them within special activity airspace […]

UPDATE: H.R. 1108, the Aviation Funding Stability Act

NATCA’s Government Affairs staff is working with House leadership and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee staff to ensure the Aviation Funding Stability Act (H.R. 1108) comes to the House floor for a vote. NATCA’s field […]

Congress Debates Air Travel in the COVID-19 Era

As air travel ramps up to meet a modest yet increased demand during the pandemic, Congress has been debating health and safety policies for the aviation industry. NATCA’s Government Affairs staff members have been tuning in […]

Congress Adapts to its New ‘Normal’

The uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has required Congress to develop new and innovative ways of conducting business. The House has adopted rules that allow virtual committee work, including hearings and markups, as well […]

NATCA Members Involved in SpaceX Launch

Those of you who were with us at Communicating For Safety the past couple of years heard from officials at SpaceX. They and others from NATCA, the FAA, and local organizations, who work collaboratively on space […]

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Request for Volunteer: Tower Mobile Training App

NATCA is soliciting for one volunteer to act as a subject matter expert (SME) for the Tower Mobile Training App. The Tower Mobile Training SME will work with Agency counterparts to obtain validation of ATC requirements […]

Advocating for Paid Parental Leave for FAA Employees

On May 13, NATCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave for qualifying events occurring on or after Oct. 1, 2020. This benefit covers all members […]

SURVEILLANCE BROADCAST SERVICES (SBS) OFFICE

Dan Hamilton (SFO) is the Article 114 Representative to the SBS Office. Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Background:  The Surveillance and Broadcast Services (SBS) program was created to manage a program that will enable the air […]

NAS Voice over IP Communication Enterprise (VoICE)

Jon Shedden represents the NATCA membership as the Article 114 Representative to the VoICE project.    Background:  The National Airspace System (NAS) VoICE program will encompass what was the NVS program. This will include acquisitions to replace our aging voice switches, as […]

IDSR- Information Display System Replacement Program

Richie Smith (N90) is the Article 114 IDSR Representative  Background:  The IDS Replacement program was originally supposed to replace all of the Information Display Systems in the NAS with one product known as NIDS (NAS IDS). The […]

Commercial Space

COMMERCIAL SPACE    Paul Behan is the Article 114 Commercial Space Representative.    Background: Historically, space launch and reentry operations in the NAS occurred infrequently and were segregated from other operations by containing them within special activity airspace (SAA). […]

ENTERPRISE-INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM (E-IDS)

Amanda Richardson is the Article 114 Representative for Enterprise-Information Display System (E-IDS) work.  The Enterprise Information Display System (E-IDS) project aims to replace all existing IDSs in the National Airspace System (NAS), providing the Agency with one enterprise […]

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS):

Tony Walsh (ZMP) is the NATCA Article 114 Representative for UAS.   Background: The safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the NAS is an on-going process that continually evolves with rapidly changing technological advancements.  UAS integration will require […]

ENTERPRISE-INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM (E-IDS)

Amanda Richardson is the Article 114 Representative for Enterprise-Information Display System (E-IDS) work. Background:  The Enterprise Information Display System (E-IDS) project aims to replace all existing IDSs in the National Airspace System (NAS), providing the Agency with […]

INTEGRATED DISPLAY SYSTEM REPLACEMENT (IDS-R)

Richie Smith is NATCA’s Article 114 Representative for IDS-R.   Background:  The IDS-R/NAS Information Display System (NIDS) program was originally baselined to replace all terminal IDS systems but was cut down to 41 networks over the course of […]

NAS Voice over IP Communication Enterprise (VoICE)

Jon Shedden represents the NATCA membership as the Article 114 Representative to the VoICE project.   Background:  The National Airspace System (NAS) VoICE program will encompass what was the NVS program. This will include acquisitions to replace our […]

NEXTGEN

Adam Rhodes (I90) is the National NextGen Representative for NATCA.  Background:  Next Generation Air Transportation System (NEXGEN) is the modernization of America’s air transportation system to make flying safer, more efficient, and more predictable.  NEXGEN is not one […]

SURVEILLANCE BROADCAST SERVICES (SBS) OFFICE

Dan Hamilton is the Article 114 Representative to the SBS Office. Background:  The Surveillance and Broadcast Services (SBS) program was created to manage a program that will enable the air traffic control (ATC) system to migrate from […]

Commercial Space

Paul Behan is the Article 114 Commercial Space Representative.   Background: Historically, space launch and reentry operations in the NAS occurred infrequently and were segregated from other operations by containing them within special activity airspace (SAA). These launch […]

INTEGRATED DISPLAY SYSTEM REPLACEMENT (IDS-R) 

Richie Smith is NATCA’s Article 114 Representative for IDS-R.    The IDSR/NAS Information Display System (NIDS) program was originally baselined to replace all terminal IDS systems but was cut down to 41 networks over the course of time for financial reasons. […]

NAS Voice over IP Communication Enterprise (VoICE) 

Jon Shedden represents the NATCA membership as the Article 114 Representative to the VoICE project.    Background:  The National Airspace System (NAS) VoICE program will encompass what was the NVS program. This will include acquisitions to replace our aging voice switches, as […]

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES & OCEANIC PROCEDURES (ATOP)

John Lenhart (ZOA) is the Article 114 Representative for Advanced Technologies & Oceanic Procedures (ATOP).  ATOP Program Background:  The ATOP program consists of an ATOP Program Manager, NATCA National Lead, NATCA Site Leads, and operational area Subject […]

Human Performance

Aaron Katz is the Article 114 National Human Performance Representative.  Background:  The Human Performance Representative is the NATCA liaison to AJI-155, the FAA Human Performance office. The office is comprised of a group manager (currently Jason Demagalski) […]

RUNWAY SAFETY

Bridget Singratanakul (Gee) (DFW) is NATCA’s Runway Safety Action Team (RSAT) Representative.  She also serves as the Article 114 Representative to the Runway Status Lights (RWSL) Program.   Background:  The Runway Safety group aims to embody a safe flight […]

WEATHER

Eric Avila (ZHU) is NATCA’s Article 114 Representative for Weather.   Background:  The Aviation Weather Display (AWD) will consolidate the Weather and Radar Processor (WARP), Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS), and Corridor Integrated Weather System (CIWS).  In addition, the […]

TERMINAL FLIGHT DATA MANAGER (TFDM):

 Aaron Rose is the Article 114 Representative for TFDM.   Background:  TFDM will provide improvements to flight data coordination and management for ATCT users, as well as enhanced surface traffic flow management capabilities.  TFDM will replace ATCT paper flight […]

Congressional Schedule

Due to the COVID-19 national emergency, Congress has been out of session with the exception of “pro forma” sessions and emergency sessions to vote on stimulus packages relating to the pandemic. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that the […]

Advocating for Paid Parental Leave for FAA Employees

NATCA continues to aggressively advocate for a technical correction to fix the loophole that inadvertently excluded FAA employees and five other federal employee workforces in the paid parental leave proposal enacted in December as part of […]

H.R. 1108/S. 762 Aviation Funding Stability Act

The Aviation Funding Stability Act (H.R. 1108/S. 762) was introduced following the 35-day government shutdown that wreaked havoc on the National Airspace System (NAS) and our workforce. If enacted, this legislation would ensure that the aviation system […]

NATCA in Washington 2020

Due to the COVID-19 national emergency, NATCA in Washington has been rescheduled for Dec. 9-11, 2020. The location remains at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. We are preparing for another successful event where our top-notch activists […]

NATCA IN WASHINGTON (NiW) 2020

NATCA in Washington will take place March 23-25, and NATCA National Office staff is busy at work preparing for another successful event where our top-notch activists will spend time on Capitol Hill, advocating on behalf of […]

LEGISLATIVE WATCHLIST

NATCA GA staff continues to closely monitor any anti-federal employee legislation and all other actions that could impact the NATCA membership, including those that would attack federal employee pay and benefits. From the White House, President […]

H.R. 1108/S. 762 CONTINUE TO GAIN SUPPORT

H.R. 1108 has continued to gain support from both Democrats and Republicans and now has 277 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors can continue to be added to H.R. 1108 until the T&I Committee files an official “Committee Report,” which […]

SUPPORTING PAID PARENTAL LEAVE

NATCA has been working on a technical correction to fix the loophole that inadvertently excluded FAA employees and five other federal employee workforces in the paid parental leave proposal enacted in December. We’ve been working with […]

INFRASTRUCTURE LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

On Jan. 29, House Democrats introduced a $760 billion, five-year infrastructure package, which outlines major investments in highways, rail, transit, airports, wastewater, water infrastructure, ports, and harbors. The Democratic package also includes an aggressive plan to […]

SURVEYS: Dec 30 – Feb 3, 2020

NATCA recommends participation in the Converging Runway Operations (CRO) Pre- Site Review. NATCA also recommends participation in the En Route Automation Modernization System Data Communications Human Factors Risk Survey (ERAM CPDLC). NATCA recommends participation in the […]

Briefing Requests: Dec. 30-Feb 3, 2020

On Jan. 15, NATCA requested a briefing on the AIR-700 Refinement Plans for AIR-720 and AIR-730. This briefing occurred Jan. 29. POCs: Labor Relations Attorney Grant Mulkey, Labor Relations Attorney May Silverstein, Labor Relations Coordinator Kendal […]

VOLUNTARY LEAVE BANK (VLB) AND CASTLE BRIEFING

On Jan. 21, the Agency provided NATCA with a briefing and a demonstration of the CASTLE program, which the Agency has proposed to use to manage applications to the Voluntary Leave Bank (VLB). The objective of […]

Request for Volunteers: TFDM Subject Matter Experts

NATCA is requesting 10 volunteers to serve as subject matter experts (SME) to function as Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) air traffic training/test experts. TFDM will provide improvements to flight data coordination and management for ATCT […]

Request for Volunteer: Navigational National Representative

NATCA is requesting one volunteer to serve as the Navigational National Representative. This is a full-time position. DUTIES: In accordance with Article 114 of the 2016 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the parties have collaboratively identified that […]

NATCA’s Safety and Technology Leadership Council

The NATCA Safety and Technology Leadership Council (NSTLC), established in June 2016, serves as the Union’s focal point for all safety issues, procedural changes, technology development and implementation, airspace modernization, and all associated training needs. The […]

ZID is Recognized for CPDLC Contributions

Members at Indianapolis Center (ZID) were recognized for their contributions to the National Airspace System (NAS) as a keysite for Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC). CPDLC is a two-way data-link system by which controllers can […]

NATCA Government Affairs Department Update

Paid Parental Leave Last year, there was a loophole within the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act that was signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Specifically, the leave provisions, which were […]

Wake Turbulence: Dec. 2-8, 2019

John Murdock (PHL) is the Article 114 Rep to the Wake Turbulence Office. His report is below: On Dec. 17, 2019, Philadelphia ATCT, Atlantic City ATCT, McGuire AFB, and Dover AFB all implemented CWT. Atlantic City […]

SBS: Dec. 2-8, 2019

Dan Hamilton (SFO) is the Article 114 Rep to the SBS Office. His report is below: The NATCA Surveillance and Broadcast Services (SBS) team includes National SBS Article 114 Rep Dan Hamilton (SFO), Surface surveillance Article […]

NVS: Dec. 2-8, 2019

Jon Shedden (ZFW) is the NATCA Article 114 Rep to the NVS project. His report is below: The National Airspace System (NAS) Voice over IP Communication Enterprise (VoICE) program will encompass what was the NVS program. […]

IDS-R: Dec. 2-8, 2019

Richie Smith (N90) leads NATCA’s efforts on the IDS-R project as the Article 114 Rep. His report is below: Software compilation and preliminary testing continues for the late spring 2020 release of the next NIDS build […]

DATACOMM: Dec. 2-8, 2019

Ray Berndt (ZJX) is the Article 114 Rep for DataComm. His report is below: On Nov. 15, the DataComm program reached a significant milestone when Kansas City Center (ZKC) became the first domestic En route facility […]

Commercial Space: Dec. 2-8, 2019

Paul Behan is the Article 114 Commercial Space Rep. His report is below: Joint Space Operations Group (JSpOG) – The JSPoG met at the Command Center on Nov. 8 and 20. It was decided that no […]

Wake Turbulence: Nov. 18-24, 2019

John Murdock (PHL) is the Article 114 Rep to the Wake Turbulence Office for NATCA. His report is below: During the month of November, CWT training was completed in the Southern California region. IOC was completed […]

TFDM: Nov. 18-24, 2019

Aaron Rose (NCT) is the Article 114 Rep for TFDM. His report is below: A major step was completed at the first facility scheduled to receive TFDM. PHX Site Acceptance Testing (SAT) concluded on Oct. 31. […]

TAMR: Nov. 18-24, 2019

Kyle Ness (M98) is the TAMR Article 114 Rep for NATCA. His report is below: Kyle Ness, NATCA TAMR Article 114 Rep: It’s been a busy month for deployment activity. Grand Forks ATCT (GFK) achieved IOC […]

PAID PARENTAL LEAVE

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA) contains a new title called the “Federal Employee Paid Leave Act.” This Act provides 12 weeks of paid parental leave to parents of children born or […]

FEDERAL EMPLOYEE PAY RAISE

Congress has passed and the President has signed a pay raise for federal employees to be implemented in 2020. For FY 2020, the House proposed and passed a Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) appropriations bill […]

NATCA URGING CO-SPONSORS ON H.R. 1108/S.762

NATCA continues to advocate and encourage co-sponsorship of H.R. 1108 and S. 762, the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019. As a reminder, both pieces of legislation are identical and would authorize the FAA to draw […]

SURVEY: AVS Safety Culture Survey

NATCA recommends participation in the AVS Safety Culture Survey for those in the AVS bargaining unit. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please email Labor Relations Coordinator Kendal Manson at kmanson@natcadc.org.

Briefing Requests: Nov. 18 – Dec. 22, 2019

On Dec. 12, NATCA requested a briefing on the Emergency Autoland (EAL) Initial Turns Procedure. We are currently waiting for a response from the Agency to our request. POCs: Labor Relations Staff Representative Melinda Kim, Labor […]

COMMERCIAL SPACE

Paul Behan is the Article 114 Commercial Space Rep. His report is below: Acceptable Level of Risk (ALR) – The ALR implementation team now meets once per month. The ALR eLMS course went out on Oct. […]

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