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NATCA Celebrates International Day of the Air Traffic Controller - (10/20/2012)

CONTACT: Sarah Dunn, 315-796-1560; sdunn@natcadc.org

WASHINGTON – Today the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) celebrates the International Day of the Air Traffic Controller and pays tribute to the work done by air traffic controllers throughout the international aviation community and in the United States.
The air traffic control profession is one that requires highly specialized knowledge, skills and abilities. Air traffic controllers must work rapidly and efficiently to coordinate the succinct movement of air traffic while ensuring its safe separation and maintaining total concentration. They must understand complex situations and make quick decisions while managing multiple flights at a time.

Air traffic controllers have an incredible amount of responsibility and the profession is subject to some of the strictest physical and mental medical requirements, making it one that is consistently regarded around the world as one of the most challenging.

Air traffic controllers in the U.S. operate the world’s largest airspace system to near perfection every day. Just over 15,000 men and women safely guide 5,900 flights per hour or, 98 flights per minute. They also ensure the safe departure and arrival of over 700 million passengers per year, the equivalent of more than twice the population of the U.S.

“Today we celebrate our profession with air traffic controllers around the world,” said NATCA President Paul Rinaldi. “These men and women do not expect to be thanked for their work, but today we do just that while also recognizing their dedication to the profession and their outstanding performances on a daily basis.”

“NATCA is very proud to be a part of the international community of air traffic controllers,” said NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert. “We are honored to share this day with controllers throughout the world, who work tirelessly day-in and day-out to ensure safety of the global airspace and of the international flying public.”

Click here to view a special flyer to commemmorate the day, from the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations (IFATCA).


The National Air Traffic Controllers Association represents over 20,000 highly skilled controllers, engineers and other safety professionals.

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