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Upcoming NATCA Academy STT Courses

NATCA Academy’s Secretary Treasurer Training (STT) course improves the knowledge of NATCA, Department of Labor (DOL), and IRS rules. The one and a half day course provides an understanding about the importance of strict record-keeping, consistency, and written documentation for financial guidelines. It also prepares NATCA members to better facilitate local officer transitions, conduct local…

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NATCA Mourns Passing of Legendary Alaska Congressman Don Young

WASHINGTON – National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) President Rich Santa issued this statement following the passing of Alaska Congressman Don Young, the longest-serving Republican member in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives and a former chair of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee: “Congressman Young was as unique of a personality and as…

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NATCA Thanks Steve Dickson for Leadership, Collaboration During Challenging Period 

WASHINGTON – National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) President Rich Santa issued the following statement regarding the announcement that FAA Administrator Steve Dickson is resigning:  “On behalf of NATCA’s National Executive Board and the more than 19,000 dedicated aviation safety professionals we represent in 15 FAA bargaining units, I thank Administrator Dickson for his strong…

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“Eight Hotel Romeo is descending, I’ve lost my cabin pressure.” The pilot of a Socata TBM-850 single-turboprop aircraft was flying north toward Burlington, Vt. Boston Center (ZBW) controller Casey Allan was conducting on-the-job training. But what first seemed like a normal flight in their airspace soon turned serious with the onset of hypoxia signs. Allan took over the sector. “I believe he got up to 33,000 feet. He climbed pretty rapidly for an aircraft like the TBM, and it started a right-hand turn,” Allan said. “Once we saw the indication of a turn, my first thought was, ‘it’s going to go into a spin.’”
What happened next was expert handling of the flight to ensure its eventual safe landing at Stewart International Airport in New York. For his efforts, Allan has been named the winner of the 2021 New England Region Archie League Medal of Safety Award.

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NATCA in the Media

Bloomberg: Taxes, Trials and TSA Checkpoints Bog Down on Federal Sick Days

Across the country, the coronavirus surge that is claiming record numbers of victims is disrupting a federal civilian workforce of 2 million. That has delayed the processing of tax returns, drug approvals and even foreign travel by diplomats as workers call in sick, quarantine or stay home to care for ill family members. The Federal…

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Aviation Week: Head Of U.S. Air Traffic Control System To Retire

By Bill Carey Teri Bristol, the top federal executive responsible for running the U.S. air traffic control (ATC) system, will retire at the end of February, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson announced. Bristol since 2014 has served as chief operating officer of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO), which employs 30,000 people, including 14,200 air traffic controllers as well as air…

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