THIS WEEK’S NOTEBOOK: NATCA Booth Popular at AAAE Conference
Friday, June 07, 2013

The NATCA Exhibit Booth at the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Annual Conference & Exposition was consistently busy throughout the event, held May 19-21 in Reno, Nev. Kelvin Hale (Region X ARVP) along with Jordan Thielker and Jacqui Smith from the National Office Outreach & Special Events Department staffed the booth.

Each day, many AAAE members and executives stopped by the booth, profusely thanking NATCA for their continued and vocal support during sequestration, and especially with the prospective contract tower closures.

In addition to the outpouring of gratitude that was expressed, many major and regional airport directors stopped by the booth to discuss impending issues with sequestration. Plans for outreach and grassroots efforts at the airports in the new fiscal year were discussed, and all were very receptive to working with NATCA on this should these issues arise.  

Overall, Smith said, it was a great experience and opportunity for NATCA to connect with AAAE members, executives, and staff and to strengthen ties and relationships with a key group of aviation stakeholders in this country.

Collective Bargaining Agreements Resource Guides Now Available

Newly added on this week are resource guides for four of NATCA’s collective bargaining agreements (CBAs), covering the ATC, Flight Service Station, Multi-unit and RVA bargaining units.

 The guides are designed to provide background information, explanation, and pertinent resource material for interpretation and administration of the respective CBAs.

Please click HERE to access the guides.

Fourth Annual NATCA Dolphin Fishing Tournament June 28

The fourth annual NATCA Dolphin Fishing Tournament is June 28. Weigh-in will be at Smugglers Cove Restaurant and Marina (there are rooms available; mention the tournament and get 10 percent off room rates) in Islamorada, Fla. (mile marker 85 in the Florida Keys).
Prizes will be given for the heaviest fish; Dolphin and Wahoo are the only eligible species. Lines in at 7 a.m., weigh-in at 4 p.m. Must be at the dock prior to the weigh-in. Official results will be broadcast live on 103.1 FM. Don’t fish? Come by during the weigh-in for the awards and party, event organizers say. Cost is $200 per boat.
Entries must be paid by June 22. There is a mandatory captains meeting at Smugglers Cove on June 27 at 7 p.m. For official rules and any other information, contact Scott Pearson (305-509-1510).

Facebook page, click HERE.

NATCA Store Item of the Week:  Lunch Box

9 ½ x 4” x 7 3/4 hard-sided plastic lunch boxes with snap lock closure. Perfect use for your children or the young at heart. Durable, easy care plastic. Five-year limited warranty. Available in three colors: black, blue or red. On clearance at just $2.50 each! Made in the USA.

Please click HERE to see the item on the NATCA Store website.

Upcoming Retirement Seminars

June 22 - San Antonio
June 28 - Hamilton, N.J.
July 19 – Salt Lake City
September 23 - Charlotte
September 27 - Fairbanks, Alaska
October 1 - Grand Rapids, Mich.
October 3 – St. Charles, Mo.
October 7 - Phoenix
December 3 – Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
December 5 – Providence, R.I.

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 "2013 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 website: 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.