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

At CFS 2018, Aireon's Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering, Vincent Capezzuto, announced that Aireon is honoring NATCA by naming a satellite after our Union.

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Aireon is deploying a global space-based system capable of monitoring and tracking aircraft around the globe in real-time. Aireon’s system will extend ADS-B coverage over oceans, mountains, remote areas and polar regions to provide real-time visibility of ADS-B equipped aircraft anywhere in the world. Space-based ADS-B surveillance will enable the optimization of flight paths and altitudes, increasing operational and fuel efficiency for airlines, while significantly reducing infrastructure costs for the world’s ANSPs.

To build this system, Aireon leveraged the Iridium NEXT constellation. Iridium NEXT will host Aireon ADS-B payloads on 66 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, relaying signals from ADS-B equipped commercial aircraft to aviation stakeholders worldwide.

In his presentation at CFS, Capezzuto showed a global map of the satellites and showed the NATCA satellite in its orbit over Iceland.

AIREON satellite2 Vincent Capezzuto presents NATCA President Paul Rinaldi and NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert with a copy of the plaque that is on the NATCA satellite.

36984625383 481f51e6c2 k 2Iridium NEXT Launch 3, the actual rocket carrying the Aireon payload named to honor NATCA.

Communicating for Safety

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Communicating For Safety: Sept. 16-18, 2019;
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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.
May 20-22, 2019. More information.