National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)
For Immediate Release
Jan. 31, 2017
Contact: Doug Church, 301-346-8245

NATCA Congratulates Elaine Chao on Confirmation as Transportation Secretary

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association today issued the following statement on the United States Senate confirmation of Elaine Chao to be Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation:

“We congratulate Secretary Chao on her confirmation.

“Our National Airspace System (NAS) is the world’s safest and most efficient. It is an economic driver, creating nearly 12 million jobs and contributing $1.5 trillion to the United States Gross Domestic Product. The controllers and aviation safety professionals represented by NATCA play a significant role in keeping it moving.

“We look forward to working with Secretary Chao to continue the tremendously successful collaborative relationship we’ve built with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation over the last eight years. That collaboration has yielded progress in modernizing the system and positive results for the American people. Nevertheless, the NAS no longer has a stable, predictable funding stream and this uncertainty has caused many serious problems for the system. NATCA is prepared to collaborate with Secretary Chao and all aviation stakeholders to achieve the stable, predictable funding stream necessary to ensure that the United States remains the world leader in aviation.”


Certified in 1987, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association represents nearly 20,000 highly skilled air traffic controllers, engineers and other aviation safety-related professionals.

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