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NATCA Safety and Technology

NATCA members embrace new technology and are eager to use the most efficient and modern procedures available. First and foremost, NATCA’s top priority is safety. Therefore, the Union remains in constant communication with our members as to the functionality and reliability of the air traffic control equipment and procedures being implemented and utilized nationwide.

In order to maintain the safest aviation system in the world, NATCA’s Safety and Technology Department plays a large role in this abundance of important issues that we find facing the aviation industry today. Our involvement includes the following reports and updates:


Remote Tower Services

Over the past several years, the conversation on remote towers has been making its way across the Atlantic Ocean to the U.S. Several European countries have been testing this technology for years. NATCA is currently participating as a collaborative partner in the testing and development process for Remote Tower Services system technology at Leesburg Executive Airport in Northern Virginia.

Read Remote Tower Systems - A Domestic and International Conversation by NATCA Safety and Technology Director Dale Wright, in ATCA's Summer 2015 quarterly magazine.

Additional details on Remote Tower Services.


Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

NATCA has seen a dramatic increase in UAS activity in the past few years. With the UAS or drones becoming almost a given for any aviation enthusiast, the lack of a defined process for operators of sport vehicles is leading to a safety concern.

UAS Update

Know Before You Fly Campaign
NATCA is committed to actively and consciously supporting the mission of this campaign to provide consumers and prospective business operators of unmanned aircraft systems the tools to know how to fly safely and responsibly before taking to the skies. Read our letter of commitment.