WASHINGTON – National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) President Paul Rinaldi today congratulated Steve Dickson, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 18th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Rinaldi issued this statement:
“NATCA congratulates Administrator Dickson on his confirmation. We look forward to continuing our great working relationship with him. For nearly a decade, I have had the pleasure of working with Administrator Dickson, as we have served as members on the FAA’s Management Advisory Committee. I have personally experienced his leadership in the aviation safety community.
“NATCA shares with Administrator Dickson a strong commitment to the safety of our National Airspace System. Throughout the last decade, NATCA and the FAA have enjoyed a successful working relationship that has enabled notable progress modernizing the National Airspace System and strengthening the workforce. We look forward to furthering these efforts with the new Administrator.”
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The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) is a labor union and aviation safety organization in the United States that represents nearly 20,000 highly skilled air traffic controllers, engineers, and other aviation safety-related professionals. NATCA was certified in 1987 by the Federal Labor Relations Authority to be the exclusive bargaining representative for air traffic controllers employed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Today, NATCA is one of the strongest labor unions in the federal sector and represents a range of aviation safety professionals in 15 FAA bargaining units, five Department of Defense air traffic facilities, and 102 federal contract towers. These air traffic controllers and other aviation safety professionals make vital contributions to the U.S. economy and make modern life possible by coordinating the safe, orderly, and expeditious movement of nearly one billion aviation passengers and millions of tons of freight within the National Airspace System each year. NATCA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.