This Week’s News and Notes: D.C. OAPM Team To Be Honored For Its Success
Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Washington, D.C., Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (OAPM) team will receive some high-profile recognition on Feb. 1 when Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood accepts the Williams Trophy from the Washington Airports Task Force (WATF). The WATF is honoring the DOT’s “gains to the national capital region's air services made under [LaHood’s] leadership to implement the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) ‘NextGen Now’ Metroplex program, and the extension of Washington's Metrorail system to Washington Dulles International Airport.”

The WATF invited the DC OAPM team as their guests to this event to thank the FAA and the joint controller/pilot team through this award to the Secretary.

The Williams Trophy was established in 1996 by the WATF Board of Directors. Carrington Williams, for whom the trophy is named, was the founding chairman of WATF from 1982 to 1996 and the first to receive the trophy on June 10, 1996. The Trophy is awarded to recognize those whose "leadership, vision and dedication in the application of aviation or space enriched the quality of life on Earth", and is presented by the Chairman. The chairman of the WATF annually appoints the Williams Trophy Selection Committee.

LaHood's nomination noted that:

"To implement the Metroplex program, which expedites arrivals and reduces fuel burn and noise, the FAA departed from past procedures for the development of new arrival and departure routings.  They built a team of experienced pilots and air traffic controllers familiar with the airspace above each Metroplex, beginning with the Washington-Baltimore and Houston areas. These teams applied their practical knowledge to generate optimized arrival and departure procedures which could be used by appropriately equipped aircraft. This new approach cut the time for development from four to two years.  The first three new routes for Dulles and National went into operation on August 6th (2012), and by the end of 2013, such optimized routes should be available for all three of the region's airports."

WATF is a non-partisan non-profit, 501(c)(3) Virginia Corporation dedicated to promoting the expansion and enhancement of aviation services for Virginia and the National Capital region.

Loss of a Member from Seattle Aircraft Certification Office

NATCA member Howard Hall passed away on Jan. 13 after a several month struggle with esophageal cancer. Mr. Hall worked in the Structures branch, ANM-120S, in the Seattle Aircraft Certification Office. He had been an FAA employee since August 2002. Before that he worked for the Boeing Company.  

NATCA wishes to thank all members who donated leave to Mr. Hall, who was on the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP). There are many members on the list that need your help (click here to see the full list), including New York Center (ZNY) member Pete McCabe, who suffered a stroke six months ago and is starting to go into leave-without-pay status. A ZNY controller for 24 years, McCabe is about 10 months shy of retirement eligibility.

If you know of a member who needs to be added or removed from the list, please contact Doug Church at

NATCA Scholarship Program

The NATCA Scholarship Program is currently accepting applications for the 2013-2014 academic year. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1.


- Spouses, children, stepchildren and legally adopted children of active, retired, or deceased NATCA members.

- Two years continuous good standing active union membership prior to submission of application.

- Enrollment into an accredited college or university.


- For an application, please click here.

- Applicants wishing to receive confirmation of receipt of their applications should send a self-addressed stamped postcard along with the application.

- Applications must be sent to NATCA, 1325 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005, Attn: Scholarship Fund.

- A notification letter will be sent to all applicants announcing their approval or denial of scholarship funds by April 30.


- Awards will be based on a lottery system.

- Applicants must qualify for the lottery by submitting an application as well as an essay. The essay must follow the outlined question and contain no more than 500 words.

- The National President and Executive Vice President will judge qualifications for the lottery.


- Please submit an essay of no more than 500 words.

- Please ensure that you send your essay with the completed application; essays sent separately will not be considered.

- In your essay, please describe your career goals and aspirations, and highlight the importance of the union and the labor movement to your family and/or yourself and why you are deserving of a union scholarship.

- Essays must be applicants’ own work.

AFL-CIO Union Plus Scholarship
The Union Plus scholarship deadline is January 31.
For the past 20 years, Union Plus has awarded union members and their children over $3.4 million to help make college affordable. These are scholarships of $500 to $4,000 that do not require repayment. To apply or for more details, please click HERE.

Legislative T-Shirt Design Contest    

The National Legislative Committee announces the first "NATCA Legislative Activist T-Shirt Design Contest!”  

“We've had so much interest in our current light blue 'Legislative Activist' T-shirt that the NLC has decided to turn the next design over to the membership,” said NLC Chairman Steve Weidner.
The rules are simple:

- Entry period runs through Feb. 4th.

- NATCA logo and/or the NATCA legislative logo must be incorporated into the design.
T-shirt must be legislatively themed.

- No advocating for or against a political party, candidate for partisan political office or partisan political group.

- Must be appropriate for workplace wear (no profanity, no Hatch Act violations).

- Design cannot be so intricate that details are difficult to see.

- The National Legislative Committee will vote on the winning design by February 8th.

- Winner will receive a $100 gift certificate. Second place will receive a $25 gift certificate.

More details here in this flyer.

Merchandise Item of the Week – Notepad Folder

Letter folder with leather-like vinyl border. Edge 600D cover; foam padded covers; Complementary matching moire vinyl lining; Vinyl pocket and trim; Ruled paper pad and pen loop. Price: $14.95 - $20.95. Available in junior or letter size. Made in USA.

Click here to see the item and order it on the NATCA Store website.

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NATCA Benefit of the Week - Union Plus Flower Service

NATCA Members: You could win free flowers every month for a year! Buy a bouquet using your 25 percent Union Plus Flower Service Discount at and be automatically entered to win.

You can also enter to win by signing up to receive Union Plus emails and text alerts at