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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 […]

SURVEYS: Oct. 1-16, 2020

NATCA recommends participation in the Change Management Practitioners Questionnaire.  Please see attached Word document. NATCA recommends participation in the FAA Academy Evaluation System Surveys.  Please see attached PDFs.  If you have any questions regarding these surveys, […]

BRIEFING REQUESTS: Oct. 1-5, 2020

On October 5, 2020, NATCA requested a briefing on FAA Order 7930.2, NOTAM Policy Order DCP Changes.  We are currently waiting for a response from the Agency to our request. POCs: Senior Labor Relations Representative Melinda […]

OCR #2020-0032 – AIR-600 REFINEMENT BRIEFING

On October 6, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding its plans to reorganize the Policy and Innovation Division (AIR-600) in order to complete the alignment of policy-related functions and resources into a single division.  This will […]

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 […]

SURVEYS: Sept. 21 – 30, 2020

NATCA recommends participation in the FAA Aviation English Language Proficiency (AELP)  Survey.    Please see attached PDF. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Kendal Manson, Senior Labor Relations Administrator, at kmanson@natcadc.org.

BRIEFING REQUESTS: Sept. 16 – 25, 2020

On September 25, 2020, NATCA requested a briefing on Changes to the Handling of Aeronautical Studies in Airports Division (ARP).  We are currently in the process of scheduling this briefing. POCs: Senior Labor Relations Representative Melinda […]

FAA ACADEMY RESTART

On July 14, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding reopening the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC) for mission-critical training.  The Agency explained the special procedures implemented to protect the health and safety of individuals working and […]

TECHNICAL OPERATIONS SERVICES DISTRICT OPTIMIZATION

On September 16, 2020, the Agency provided NATCA a follow-up briefing regarding its intent to align Technical Operations Services (AJW) with the airspace boundaries of the Air Route Traffic Control Centers through a process called District […]

UPDATED – AJT JATS AND COVER SHEETS

On September 15, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding updates to the Position Documents for 2152-series positions within Air Traffic Services (AJT).  The Position Documents are comprised of a Cover Sheet and a Job Analysis Tool […]

CHILD CARE SUBSIDY INCREASE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

On September 24, 2020, NATCA and the Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning the Agency’s Child Care Subsidy Program.  The MOU increases the total family income amounts under which the Agency will subsidize child […]

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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. […]

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Child Care Subsidy Increase MOU Signed

On Sept. 24, 2020, NATCA and the Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning the Agency’s Child Care Subsidy Program. The MOU increases the total family income amounts under which the Agency will subsidize child care […]

SURVEYS: Aug. 28 – Sept. 18, 2020

NATCA recommends participation in the 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Kendal Manson, Senior Labor Relations Administrator at kmanson@natcadc.org.  NATCA recommends participation in the Occupational Information Network (O*NET).  However, we recommend […]

PAYROLL TAX DEFERRAL BRIEFING

On September 9, 2020, the FAA briefed NATCA on the August 8, 2020 Presidential Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster.  The Memo directs the US Secretary of the Treasury to use his […]

ARP REALIGNMENT

On September 1, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding its intent to realign the organizational structure in its Airports Division (ARP).  The realignment consists of renaming/renumbering organizations to ensure consistency; establishing new organizations to reflect current […]

ORDER 8000.90C AOV CREDENTIALING AND CTO CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

On August 31, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding revisions in Order 8000.90C Air Traffic Safety Oversight Credentialing and Control Tower Operator Certification Programs.  Order 8000.90C specifies procedures for Control Tower Operator (CTO) certificates as well […]

NATCA News Alert: Paid Parental Leave

Dear Brothers and Sisters, On Sept. 3, 2020, NATCA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that implements Paid Parental Leave (PPL) for NATCA bargaining unit employees (BUEs). Some of the pertinent provisions […]

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 […]

BRIEFING REQUESTS: August 14-26, 2020

On August 26, 2020, NATCA requested a briefing on the AJT Pay Plan Cover Sheets and JATs Updated.  We are currently waiting for a response from the Agency to our request. POCs: Labor Relations Attorney Grant […]

SURVEYS: August 10 – 27, 2020

NATCA recommends participation in the Gallop Q12 Survey for the Region X ABP Bargaining Unit. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Kendal Manson, Senior Labor Relations Administrator, at kmanson@natcadc.org.

EMP-1.25 STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM

On August 18, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding revisions to EMP-1.25 Student Loan Repayment Program and the associated Reference Materials.  The Federal Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) allows agencies to repay federally insured student loans, […]

WLB-12.8 NURSING MOTHERS PROGRAM

On August 17, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding revisions to WLB-12.8 FAA Nursing Mothers Program.  Most importantly, the revision removes language suggesting that the duration of a lactation break should be limited to 15–30 minutes.  […]

REVISED GATING CRITERIA BRIEFING

On August 19, 2020, the FAA briefed NATCA regarding the Agency’s revision of its gating criteria, and the metrics it uses to analyze COVID-19 related information and to make determinations regarding the movement through the phases […]

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 […]

BRIEFING REQUESTS: Aug. 5 – 12, 2020

On August 12, 2020, NATCA requested a briefing on the Decommissioning of O365 Skype for Business and Deployment of Teams.  We are currently waiting for a response from the Agency to our request. POCs: Labor Relations […]

BRIEFING REQUESTS: July 15 – Aug. 4, 2020

On August 4, 2020, NATCA requested a briefing on Change 1 and Change 2 to FAA Order JO 7110.65Y – Air Traffic Control.  We are currently waiting for a response from the Agency to our request. […]

SURVEYS: June 29 – Aug. 7, 2020

NATCA recommends participation in the DOT Mission Critical Occupations (MCOs) Assessment Project for the Region X Bargaining Unit NATCA recommends participation in the Human Resource Case Management (HRCM) Survey. Please be aware that this survey is […]

EMP-1.37 AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SPECIALIST HIRING

On July 28, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding revisions to EMP-1.37 Air Traffic Control Specialist Hiring.  EMP-1.37 outlines the Agency’s policies for recruiting, assessing, and selecting candidates for ATCS positions.  The latest version specifies that […]

NATCA NEGOTIATES INTERIM AGREEMENT AT AEX

NATCA has finalized an interim collective bargaining agreement with the Department of Defense, Alexandria Air Traffic Control Tower (AEX), Louisiana Air National Guard, Department of the Air Force, Air National Guard Unit 259th ATCS, Alexandria, LA.  The Interim Agreement […]

HRPM LWS-8.20 PAID PARENTAL LEAVE LANGUAGE BRIEFING

On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA on its plans to implement HRPM 8.20, which contains language and provisions intended to administer the new paid leave category for Paid Parental Leave (PPL).  For instance, […]

DOMESTIC TRAVEL POLICY

On July 16, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding requirements for domestic travel during the phased return to the workplace due to COVID-19.  Under the phased return to the workplace, the Agency will approve overnight domestic […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

BRIEFING REQUESTS: June 29 – July 14, 2020

On July 8, 2020, NATCA requested a briefing on Zoom Video Conferencing – Recording Option Activation.  We are currently waiting for a response from the Agency to our request. POCs: Labor Relations Attorney Suzanne DeFelice, Senior […]

UPGRADE FROM NOP TO NOP 2.0

On June 16, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding intended upgrades to the National Offload Program (NOP).  The NOP system maintains data used by numerous applications in support of the National Airspace System (NAS).  The NOP […]

RETURN TO WORKPLACE TOOLKIT BRIEFING

On July 1, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA on its plans to implement a Return to Workplace Toolkit, which serves to outline high-level activities that should be taken to prepare the facility and workforce to return […]

RETURN TO WORK BRIEFING: GATING CRITERIA

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding the gating criteria and the data that the Agency uses to analyze COVID-19 related information, and to strategically decide when the next return to work phase […]

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 […]

AIR-700 REFINEMENT PHASE 1A MOU

On June 17, 2020, NATCA and the Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning the Aircraft Certification (AIR) Compliance and Airworthiness Division (AIR-700) Refinement Plans for AIR-732 and AIR-734 (AIR-700 Refinement Phase 1A).  Bargaining Unit […]

SURVEYS: June 15 – 24, 2020

NATCA recommends participation in the International Engagement Awareness Survey for the bargaining unit employees in the Region X AVS bargaining unit. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Senior Labor Relations Administrator Kendal […]

BRIEFING REQUESTS: June 15 – 24, 2020

On June 24, 2020, NATCA requested a briefing on the FAA’s Plan to Promulgate Guidance on Annual Leave and Other Paid Time Off.  We are currently waiting for a response from the Agency to our request. […]

SURVEYS: June 1 – 11, 2020

NATCA recommends participation in the AJW COVID-19 Employee Survey. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Senior Labor Relations Administrator Kendal Manson at kmanson@natcadc.org.

BRIEFING REQUESTS: June 3 – 11, 2020

On June 11, 2020, NATCA requested a briefing on the Planning and Requirements Group Structural Realignment.  We are currently waiting for a response from the Agency to our request. POCs: Senior Labor Relations Administrator Kendal Manson, […]

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 […]

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 […]

BRIEFING REQUESTS: May 22 – June 2, 2020

On June 2, 2020, NATCA requested a briefing on FAA order 6750.34E Change 3, Instrument Landing System and Ancillary Electronic Component Configuration and Performance Requirements.  We are currently waiting for a response from the Agency to […]

PM-9.2 RECOGNIZING EMPLOYEES MOU

On June 1, 2020, NATCA and the Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning HRPM PM-9.2 Recognizing Employees.  The MOU provides that bargaining unit employees (BUEs) who choose to recognize their peers will have access […]

SURVEYS: MAY 4 – 29, 2020

NATCA recommends participation in the Automated Inventory Tracking System (AITS) Survey for the Region X ACQ bargaining unit. NATCA recommends participation in the Real Estate Management System (REMs) Survey for the Region X ACQ bargaining unit. […]

BRIEFING REQUESTS: MAY 4 – 18, 2020

On May 18, 2020, NATCA requested a briefing on FAA Order 8260.26.G, Establishing Submission Cutoff Dates for Civil Instrument Flight Procedures.  We are currently in the process of scheduling this briefing. POCs: Labor Relations Staff Representative […]

PASS/FAIL MID-CYCLE REVIEW DUE DATE EXTENSION

On May 15, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding its extension of the pass/fail mid-cycle review due date from April 30 to May 31, 2020.  The extension is due to issues that have arisen as a […]

PASS/FAIL MID-CYCLE REVIEW DUE DATE EXTENSION

On May 15, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding its extension of the pass/fail mid-cycle review due date from April 30 to May 31, 2020.  The extension is due to issues that have arisen as a […]

EMP-1.27 FURLOUGH MOU

On May 15, 2020, NATCA and the Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning HRPM EMP-1.27 Furlough, EMP-1.27a Shutdown Furlough, EMP-1.27b Discretionary Furlough, EMP-1.27c Weather (Emergency) Furlough, and related HRPM Reference Materials.  The MOU supplements […]

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

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. […]

PRE-3.11 NIGHT DIFFERENTIAL

On April 30, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding the establishment of PRE-3.11 Night Differential.  PRE-3.11 replaces and cancels portions of: (1) FAA Order 3550.10 Pay Administration Chapter 2: Premium Pay; and (2) Personnel Reform Implementation […]

AIR-700 REFINEMENT PLANS FOR AIR-720 AND AIR-730

On January 29, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding its intent to partially refine the Aircraft Certification (AIR) Compliance and Airworthiness Division (AIR-700) by renaming two branches, establishing sections and units within those branches, and staffing […]

AIR-700 REFINEMENT PLANS FOR AIR-720 AND AIR-730 MOU

On March 13, 2020, NATCA and the Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning the Aircraft Certification (AIR) Compliance and Airworthiness Division (AIR-700) Refinement Plans for AIR-720 and AIR-730 (AIR-700 Refinement).  Bargaining Unit Status (BUS) […]

TECHNICAL OPERATIONS SERVICES DISTRICT OPTIMIZATION

On February 12, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA regarding its intent to align Technical Operations Services (AJW) with the airspace boundaries of the Air Route Traffic Control Centers through a process called District Optimization.  This realignment […]

ADMS BRIEFING

On Friday, March 3, 2020, NATCA was informed by the Agency of its plans to make changes to the Airport Document Management System (ADMS), which was formerly named the ARP Electronic Document Management System (ARP eDMS). […]

FAA ORDER 3750.7B BRIEFING

On March 4, 2020, the Agency provided NATCA with a briefing about FAA Order 3750.7B – Ethical Conduct and Financial Disclosure, which made minor revisions to FAA Order 3750.7A.  The new order sets forth the procedures and […]

AFM-300 BRIEFING

On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, NATCA was informed by the Agency of its plans to initiate organizational changes within the Property Accounting and Reporting Division (AFM-300).  The changes are to the Agency’s internal organizational structure, and […]

TFMS DSP ENHANCEMENTS

On April 20, 2020, the FAA briefed NATCA on additional enhancements to the Departure Spacing Program (DSP), which is currently deployed to manage departure fix constraints at the New York area Airport Traffic Control Towers (ATCTs), […]

FAA BRIEFING ON FAVES ZOOM FOR GOVERNMENT

On March 19, 2020, the Agency provided notice about the upcoming release of FAVES Zoom for Government, a video conferencing option in FAVES.  NATCA requested a briefing, which was held on March 26, 2020.  At the briefing, […]

AFM-3 BRIEFING

On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, NATCA was informed by the Agency of its plans to initiate organizational changes within the Property Accounting and Reporting Division (AFM-300).  The changes are to the Agency’s internal organizational structure and […]

NATCA PREVAILS IN DISCIPLINARY GRIEVANCE ARBITRATION CASE FROM NWM

NATCA recently prevailed in an arbitration case disputing a five-day suspension arising out of NATCA’s Northwest Mountain Region.  The arbitration involved argument surrounding Articles 19 and 29 of the CBA, regarding Hazardous Weather and Excused Absences.  Arbitrator Timothy […]

FAA BRIEFING ON JO 7200.25, JATOC

On March 9, 2020, the Agency provided notice of its intent to implement JO 7200.25, Joint Air Traffic Operations Command (JATOC).  The Agency wrote that JATOC was established by the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) to integrate […]

FAA BRIEFING ON JO 1900.47F

During the briefing regarding FAA Order 7200.25, Joint Air Traffic Operations Command (JATOC) on March 30, 2020, NATCA became aware of changes that the Agency intends to make to Air Traffic Control Operational Contingency Plans (JO 1900.47F).  NATCA […]

BRIEFING REQUESTS: April 1-15, 2020

On April 15, 2020, NATCA requested a briefing on the Human Resource Policy Manual (HRPM) PRE-3.11 – Night Differential.  We are currently waiting for a response from the Agency to our request. POCs: Chief of Staff […]

SURVEYS: Feb. 10 – May 1, 2020

NATCA recommends participation in the ACQ 2020 Customer Survey (AAP-700) for Region X. NATCA recommends participation in the ANG Safety Office Survey for the Region X BUEs working at the William J Hughes Technical Center in […]

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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