This Week’s News and Notes: New ATSAP Briefing Sheet: Unstable Approaches
Thursday, January 24, 2013

What factors can contribute to unstable approaches? And what can controllers do to be most helpful?

A new Air Traffic Safety Action Program (ATSAP) briefing sheet explores this topic and addresses these questions. Click HERE to read the briefing sheet.

Rinaldi and Gilbert Receive Special Gift from DCA

This framed photo of Washington National Tower (DCA) was presented to President Paul Rinaldi, Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert, Eastern Regional Vice President (RVP) Phil Barbarello and Alternate Regional Vice President (ARVP) Dean Iacopelli on Jan. 18 to honor the National Office. Rinaldi and Gilbert joined DCA members for lunch, tours and great conversation during a facility visit. The framed photo is now proudly displayed on the fifth floor of the National Office.

Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP)

There are many members on the VLTP 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. In addition, Dave Klinger, ARC rep in EWP, is also now on the list. Dave recently had to have major surgery, and is recovering for at least a few months.

If you know of a member that 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 February 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.