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NATCA Leadership in the News

Gov't Shutdown Means Hiring & Training Delays, Worsening Air Traffic Controller Staffing Crisis

NATCA President at House Aviation Subcommittee Hearing

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National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) President Paul Rinaldi​ on February 13, 2019 testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I), Subcommittee on Aviation, that the recent 35-day government shutdown was terribly harmful because it eroded the layers of critical elements necessary to support and maintain the safety of the National Airspace System (NAS).


Watch the full hearing here.

Read written testimony here.

Read the full press release here.

NATCA President Paul Rinaldi Testifies in Subcommittee Hearing

The NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation with a mission to assist charitable, educational, scientific, and other activities that benefit the common welfare. NCF is a 100 percent volunteer organization, and the official charity of NATCA. The charity’s philanthropic efforts and programs stretch across the country with a volunteer network dedicated to making a difference in as many lives as possible.

A hallmark of NCF is its low operating expense, largely due to its volunteers of all ages and professions. NCF’s operating expense ratio has remained below five percent since 1998. From 2011 to 2015, NCF has more than doubled the amount of money allocated to those in need from $91,000 to $200,000. In 2016 and 2017, NCF also allocated $200,000. For 2018, NCF has allocated $250,000 to be donated.


NATCA President Paul Rinaldi issued a tremendous challenge at NATCA’s Biennial Convention last April in Philadelphia: Make NCF a million-dollar charity! At our booth, you can complete an 1187 payroll deduction form to establish an automatic donation to NCF each pay period. If you complete an 1187 form to establish a $10 or greater donation per pay period, OR if you increase your existing automatic deduction donation by at least $5 per pay period, you’ll receive two things: First, you’ll be given a Fast Pass that will give you exclusive first access into the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards banquet on Wednesday night. Second, you’ll receive a scratch-off card that gives you the opportunity to win a new Ford vehicle.

Silent Auction

NCF is again hosting a silent auction this week in the exhibition hall that includes a tremendous array of mostly donated items, including food and wine, crafts, sports memorabilia, travel, NATCA-related items, and much more. The silent auction opens at 1 p.m. on Sunday and runs through Wednesday morning. Your bid number can be found on your CFS badge. Use that to bid on any item.

A few of the Silent Auction Items that will be available:

(4) Archie League tables (10 seats each)

Komperdell Expedition 30 Snowshoes - Blue one size

Quadrone-X HD

Helicopter Las Vegas Strip Tour for 2

(2) Tickets to Absinthe at Caesars Palace

(2) Two night stays at Caesars Palace

(2) Two night stays at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe

2 Night Stay Houston Marriott Marquis Houston TX

Kamikoto Knife Set

Nitro 8 Hoverboard

Alps Mountaineering Dash 0 Sleeping Bag

Black Diamond Mercury 55 Backpack Coal Large

Boston Center Letterman Jacket

BioLite CampStove 2 Wood Burning and USB Charging Bundle

Two Black Diamond Double Packable Down Throw with Stuff Sack 60x70"

Metal LED NATCA Sign

FireTV Cube Hands Free w/Alexa and 4K Streaming

PXC 550 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Michael Kors Rhea Medium Slim Backpack Grey/Silver

Michael Kors Jessa Convertible Backpack Black/Gold

Skyway Coupeville 20" Travel Backpack Midnight Blue

Skyway Coupeville 20" Carry-On Spinner Suitcase

Michael Kors Raven Large Tote Butternut/Gold

Michael Kors Signature Large Griffin Hobo Admiiral/Pale Blue

The Beatles US Album Discography Collage

Landon Collins Signed New York Giants Interception 8x10 Photo

Rules of Golf 'Green 8x10 Image' in 14x17 Antique Black Frame

Odell Beckham Jr's Signed One-Handed Touchdown Catch 16x20 Framed Photo

Wooden NATCA Oregon Tree Round Carving

Live Auction

We are excited to host our first live auction at CFS. It will be held on Monday from 6:15-7 p.m. in the exhibition hall across from the UAS center. The auction will be emceed by Kelly Richardson, NATCA’s Manager of Outreach and National Events.

A few of the Live Auction items that will be available:

Mike Tyson Signed Red Everlast Boxing Glove

Mark Messier Rangers Autograph Puck

Shaquille O'Neal Signed Reebok Blue/White Size 22 Sneaker Inscribed "HOF 16"

Daisy Ridley Signed "Battle on Starkiller Base" 3 Photo Collage with Nameplate (14x29)

Mike Smith Signed 2018 Belmont Stakes Triple Crown 16x20 Photo w/ "2018 Triple Crown"

Victor Espinoza Signed American Pharoah Final Stretch Close Up 2015 Belmont Stakes 16x20

Stephen Curry Signed 'Scream' 16x20 Photo

Ralph Macchio/Billy Zabka Dual Signed The Karate Kid- Crane Kick 11x14 Photo w/ "No Mercy" Inscription by Zabka

The Beatles US Album Discography Collage

Poker Tournament

NCF is again hosting its wildly popular poker tournament here at CFS. It starts at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evening. There is a $100 buy-in. Prizes will be awarded to the top five places.

Mystery Wine Pull

For $40 per pull, you will get a bottle of wine valued between $30 and $140. Stop by our NCF booth in the exhibit hall to make your selection!

NCF Coffee Mug

Don’t head to Starbucks here at Bally’s in the Grand Bazaar Shops in front of the hotel unless you first have your NCF special edition coffee mug. Using this mug and taking it into Starbucks for a fill-up gets you 35 percent off your entire order.

NCF Officers

Corrie Conrad, President


Robin Hill, Vice President


Annie Olson, Treasurer


Dawn Taylor, Secretary


2018-2020 Board Of Directors

Jason Boyde

Carrie Connor

Patricia Gilbert

Robert Hill

Elisa Muise

For more information on NCF and how to get involved, contact:



Communicating for Safety

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Communicating For Safety: Sept. 16-18, 2019;
More information.


Biennial Convention

Houston 2020 logos The 18th Biennial Convention will be held in Houston, May 27-29, 2020.

NATCA in Washington

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  NATCA's premier legislative event.
March 23-25, 2020. More information.