NATCA Celebrates International Air Traffic Controllers Day
Friday, October 19, 2012

On Saturday, Oct. 20, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) will celebrate the International Day of the Air Traffic Controller, paying tribute to the work done by air traffic controllers throughout the international aviation community and in the United States.

The air traffic control profession is one that requires highly specialized knowledge, skills and abilities. Air traffic controllers must work rapidly and efficiently to coordinate the succinct movement of air traffic while ensuring its safe separation and maintaining total concentration. They must understand complex situations and make quick decisions while managing multiple flights at a time.

Air traffic controllers have an incredible amount of responsibility and the profession is subject to some of the strictest physical and mental medical requirements, making it one that is consistently regarded around the world as one of the most challenging.

Air traffic controllers in the U.S. operate the world’s largest airspace system to near perfection every day. Just over 15,000 men and women safely guide 5,900 flights per hour or, 98 flights per minute. They also ensure the safe departure and arrival of over 700 million passengers per year, the equivalent of more than twice the population of the U.S.

“We celebrate our profession with air traffic controllers around the world,” said NATCA President Paul Rinaldi. “These men and women do not expect to be thanked for their work, but today we do just that while also recognizing their dedication to the profession and their outstanding performances on a daily basis.”

“NATCA is very proud to be a part of the international community of air traffic controllers,” said NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert. “We are honored to share this day with controllers throughout the world, who work tirelessly day-in and day-out to ensure safety of the global airspace and of the international flying public.”

Click here to view IFATCA’s special flyer.