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NATCA Grateful To President Biden For Revoking Former President’s Anti-Worker, Anti-Union Executive Orders

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association today expressed its relief and also its gratitude to President Joe Biden for restoring many critical federal employee protections and union rights in the federal government by revoking three 2018 executive orders (EOs) issued by former President Donald Trump. Those EOs significantly threatened NATCA members’ rights as…

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NATCA Academy 2021 In-Person Course Schedule Announced

The 2021 NATCA Academy In-Person Course Schedule has been announced. If you are interested in attending any NATCA Academy courses, please visit the NATCA Membership Portal to sign up. Once you have logged in, select “List of Events” from the Events menu tab. Then, select “NATCA Academy.” Registrants will be notified approximately 35 days from the course start…

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NATCA Grateful To President Biden For Revoking Former President’s Anti-Worker, Anti-Union Executive Orders

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association today expressed its relief and also its gratitude to President Joe Biden for restoring many critical federal employee protections and union rights in the federal government by revoking three 2018 executive orders (EOs) issued by former President Donald Trump. Those EOs significantly threatened NATCA members’ rights as…

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NATCA Supports Nomination Of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh For Secretary Of Labor

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) today issued this statement from NATCA President Paul Rinaldi in support of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as President-Elect Joe Biden’s selection to lead the U.S. Department of Labor. Rinaldi stated:“NATCA and our 20,000 represented aviation safety professionals today join our brothers and sisters in the House…

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NATCA PRESIDENT THANKS DOT SECRETARY ELAINE CHAO FOR COLLABORATIVE WORK IN LEADING THE U.S. AVIATION SYSTEM

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) today issued this statement from NATCA President Paul Rinaldi thanking Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao after her resignation was announced. Rinaldi stated:“On behalf of the 20,000 dedicated aviation safety professionals represented by NATCA, I thank Secretary Chao for her strong leadership of the Department of Transportation…

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Halfway into a nearly 75-minute flight last spring to Graham Municipal Airport (RPH), 80 miles northwest of Fort Worth, Texas, pilot and flight instructor Anise Shapiro, in a Piper PA-46 Malibu, lost the engine for the first time in her 23 years of flying. At 14,500 feet and needing quick options, she declared an emergency to Fort Worth Center (ZFW) NATCA member Brian Cox.
Onboard with Shapiro were her student pilot, Jouni Uusitalo, and six dogs they were transporting. With the vast West Texas terrain beneath her and losing altitude steadily in a strong headwind, Cox and fellow ZFW members Larry Bell and Colin McKinnon worked quickly as a team to assist her. Unable to make either Plan B, Harrison Field of Knox City Airport (F75), or Plan C, Texas State Highway 114, Shapiro and Uusitalo spotted a final option: An open wheat field with no trees or cattle.
For their efforts, Cox, Bell, and McKinnon have been named the recipients of the NATCA Southwest Region Archie League Medal of Safety Award.

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Air traffic controller at Kirtland AFB credited with saving CV-22 crew, aircraft

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — An air traffic controller working in the tower at Kirtland Air Force Base/Albuquerque International Sunport is credited with saving the lives of six U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey aircrew members assigned here and a $90 million aircraft. Wendy Smith, a NATCA member from Albuquerque ATCT (ABQ), received a coin…

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