This Week’s News and Notes: NATCA to Use New Simulator at Events, for Education
Friday, October 05, 2012

 NATCA to Use New Simulator at Events, for Education

NATCA President Paul Rinaldi (above and below) tries out the new mobile tower site simulator.

NATCA on Wednesday was excited to receive a new mobile tower site simulator on loan from Adacel Systems, Inc. The simulator, on display at this week’s 57th Annual Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Conference and Exhibition at National Harbor, Md., gives NATCA a great new way to demonstrate for pilots, the rest of the aviation community and the public how controllers do their jobs.

“For somebody like a pilot at Oshkosh (annual Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture fly-in) or at the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) Aviation Summit, we can really show them what it’s like for us,” Safety Committee Chairman Steve Hansen said. “It’s pretty cool.”

The simulator is portable enough to ship anywhere easily. Hansen said it will be on display at Communicating for Safety, March 4-6, 2013 in Las Vegas. It provides not only tower simulation but TRACON and en route as well.

“It’s all about teaching people what we do and giving them a better understanding,” Hansen said.

Jeff Tyrcha, Adacel Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, said the simulator was developed in under a year. It uses existing technology in place with FAA simulators currently used for training in many facilities.

“A lot of times, the jobs of air traffic controllers are mostly unseen by the public and what they do is not well understood,” Tyrcha said. “By bringing this out to the public, it will enhance their knowledge of how difficult air traffic control is.”


Our NATCA Facebook Page is Growing!

With more than 5,400 likes as of this writing, our NATCA Facebook page ( continues to grow and thrive. This is one of the best places to go to get quick bites of news, information, photos and other material, especially between weekly issues of The NATCA Insider.

We want to hear from you about your photos, events, outings and news. Either post to the NATCA wall or send ideas for Facebook page postings to either Doug Church ( or Sarah Dunn (

NATCA Merchandise Item of the Week: Mouse Pad

Enhance the movements of your computer mouse while beautifully displaying the NATCA logo. This Mouse Pad is made with antimicrobial fabric surface and measures 7.5" x 8.5"x 1/4".

Made in the USA and selling for just $4.95 each! This item is in stock and ready for immediate shipment. Order online at (located in "Gift Ideas" on the navigiation menu)

Benefit Spotlight: Goodyear Tire Discount

Save 10 percent off all Goodyear tires and five percent off all sales tires at company-owed Goodyear, Just Tires or Allied Tires & Service Stores. Save up to 10 percent off all car service.

Visit or for more information on this benefit and the other benefits that are offered to you as a member of NATCA.

Upcoming Retirement Seminars

November 7 - Detroit/Romulus, Mich.
November 16 - Cleveland
November 30 - Indianapolis
December 7 - Atlanta/Peachtree City, Ga.
December 11 - Hauppauge/Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
If you wish to register for one of the above referenced seminars, please do so by signing on to the NATCA Portal:

Please verify the personal information listed for you including email and cell phone number. If any information is incorrect or missing, please correct or add it under the "My Profile" tab.

To register for a seminar, click the "Events" tab. Then click "2012 Retirement Seminars-Membership Registration." Complete the requested information and hit "next." When you come to the screen listing the seminars, click on the box next to the one you wish to attend, hit "next," verify your requested seminar information and then click on the "done" key.  You will receive a confirmation email that your registration was complete.

Spouses and significant others are also invited to attend. Please ensure that you add them to the registration when asked if you will be bringing a guest.

For your guide to “Understanding your NATCA Federal Benefits Package,” please visit this Web site: If you attempt to register for a seminar on this site, it will automatically lead you to the NATCA Portal.

If you have any questions regarding these events, registration process – or would like to have a retirement seminar take place in your area - please contact Sallie Sullivan at NATCA’s National Office by either emailing her at or calling 202-220-9803.

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Visit Under the "My Profile" tab, please verify and update your address, email and cell phone number. If you have never used your NATCA Portal, there are step-by-step instructions to register on the opening page.

Congratulations Christine Andrae!

Southwest Region Administrative Assistant Christine Andrae celebrated her 20th anniversary with NATCA on September 28th. Christine has been with NATCA through five regional vice presidents and has been a resource for members in her region. Thanks, Christine, and congratulations!

Still Time to Get Involved in SkiFest

The annual International Air Traffic Controllers SkiFest is scheduled for Jan. 19-26, 2013, at Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada.
Skifest packages start at $1,095 (based on quad occupancy in standard hotel room). Hotel reservations and all payments are due by Oct. 15, 2012. After that, prices are not guaranteed and is space available only.

For more information, please go to:

In addition, the Golden Flight Level international ski event will be in Finland this coming winter. For more information, please go to: