This Week's Notebook: CLT Member in Need of Leave Donations
Friday, July 26, 2013

Longtime Charlotte (CLT) NATCAvist and former facility vice president Greg Jones continues his long recovery from a terrible auto accident last January and is in need of assistance from his NATCA family for leave donations.

The accident nearly cost Jones his life. It took the vision in his right eye and left him struggling with head injuries. He was hospitalized for three months and now is recovering at home. He is scheduled to have his final surgery next month. After that, he will try to gain a waiver to return to CLT as a controller or look for a job as a staff specialist. Until then, says CLT Facility Representative Ben Murray, Jones needs the help of his NATCA brothers and sisters.

“Unfortunately the person responsible for the accident had the absolute minimum insurance, so most of the bills have become a burden on the Jones family,” Murray said. “Greg will finally exhaust all available leave on August 10. Though Greg is eligible to retire, the costs of his medical bills really don’t make retirement a plausible option.”

To make a leave donation, please follow the link below to find the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program process. Greg's full name is Michael Greg Jones. 

https://employees.faa.gov/employee_services/benefits/

“I know that there are many, many requests for leave donations, but I am asking that if you can help Greg and his family in any way, please do so,” Murray said. “Greg is one of the strongest advocates for our membership that I know of. He served seven years as the Charlotte VP and was the Charlotte OAPM (Optimization of Airspace & Procedures in the Metroplex) lead at the time of the accident. His spirit and dedication to our members epitomize what NATCA stands for. Please dig deep and help our brother.”

Second Quarter AMAS Aeromedical Newsletter Now Available

The new issue of the quarterly newsletter from the Aviation Medicine Advisory Service (AMAS) is now available on the natcamembers.org website. It features FAA aeromedical policy updates, medication updates, FAA rulemaking news and more. You can view it HERE.

Visit us on-line at www.AviationMedicine.com.

Summer Issue of Air Traffic Controller On Its Way

Last week, we finished editing the summer issue of NATCA’s quarterly publication, the Air Traffic Controller, and sent it off to the printer. It’s now being mailed to all members (unless you opted out of receiving the print edition, which you can do via the NATCA Portal HERE).

An electronic edition of the issue, perfect for viewing on your mobile device or tablet, will be available next week, and we’ll provide a link in the Aug. 2 issue of the NATCA Insider.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The 10th Archie League Medal of Safety Awards

We’ve heard from many members around the country thus far in calendar year 2013 who have identified great flight assists at their facilities that are being nominated for the 10th annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards program. Do you know of a flight assist at your facility that should be considered for a nomination? Communications Specialist Amy Treutel is the coordinator of the awards program and would love to hear from you and work with you on putting together a nomination that we will present to the selection panel in January. The awards will be presented next March at Communicating for Safety in Las Vegas.

For more information on the program including an application, please click here.

For all questions, please contact Treutel at atreutel@natcadc.org.

Show Us Your NATCAtude!?

Our new photo feature, spotlighting our members and their love of NATCA, is a big hit and we’d love to get your participation! We’re asking you to “Show Us Your NATCAtude” by sending us photos of how you rock the NATCA logo around the country and the world! Send photos of yourself displaying any sort of NATCA apparel or gear to sdunn@natcadc.org. We’ll pick the best to share with the NATCA family via the NATCA Facebook page and here in the NATCA Insider. ?In the email, please include your name, facility, location in the picture and one word to describe what NATCA means to you.?

As we reported last week, the latest winning photo is from PCT Member Cat Rumberger. You can view it HERE.

New NATCA Print Advertisement: AOPA Pilot Magazine

With an eye on our members’ work in next week’s Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture Oshkosh event and a message of ensuring safety at the event and year-round, NATCA placed an ad in the August issue of AOPA Pilot magazine. The issue will be available and widely seen at the AirVenture event. You can view the ad HERE.

NATCA STORE ITEM OF THE WEEK: Cooler Bag

12"W x 11"H x 6"D 12-pack cooler available in black or navy color. Constructed of extra heavyweight nylon with reinforced polypropylene handle. Features three-sided polyester zipper top opening using insulated foam and a vinyl fabric for easy wiping and cleaning. Priced at just $12.00!  Made in USA.
 
Click here to see the item and order it on the NATCA Store website. 
 
To view our other products log on to natcastore.com.  For assistance call 800.266.0895 or email natcastore@natcadc.org.

BENEFIT SPOTLIGHT: Get Your Union Discount on Car and Truck Rentals Today

Union members deserve more ways to save. Union Plus is making that happen by expanding your options for saving on car rentals.

Because you are a union member, you are eligible for a Union Plus discount of up to 25 percent on your next rental. 

To take advantage of the best rates under this program, reserve online by visiting UnionPlus.org/CarRentals or call:

- Alamo Car Rental at 1-800-462-5266. Mention ID# 7015700.
- Avis Car Rental at 1-800-698-5685. Mention AWD# B723700.
- Budget Car Rental at 1-800-455-2848. Mention BCD# V816100.
- Enterprise Car Rental at 1-877-222-9711. Dedicated toll-free number. No code needed.
- Hertz Car Rental at 1-800-654-2200. Mention CDP# 205666

Upcoming Retirement Seminars

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: http://portal.natca.org.

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: http://natca.sharmansite.com/. 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 ssullivan@natcadc.org or calling 202-220-9803.