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News Archive 1997

NATCA Correction to Tyler Pounds Field News Release
Fri, Nov 7, 1997

WASHINGTON - A National Air Traffic Controllers Association news release dated Oct. 20 titled, "Mid Air Collision At Contracted Out Tower," contained erroneous statements about the skill and experience level of the manager on duty at the time of the mid air collision.

NATCA Tells Congress STARS is Just Part of Larger Problem in FAA -- Agency Must Include Users in New Project Development
Thu, Oct 30, 1997

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The organization representing the nation’s air traffic controllers told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee today, the Federal Aviation Administration could eliminate controller objections to the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System - and other projects - if it made more of an effort to work with controllers in all phases of project development, rather than ignore human factors issues.

Mid Air Collision at Contracted Out Tower
Mon, Oct 20, 1997

LONGVIEW, Tex. - Two small planes collided in mid air Oct. 19 at Tyler Pounds Field, causing emergency landings of both, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. A manager employed by RVA, Inc. - a private contractor - with only a few weeks' basic training and no air traffic controller experience was directing air traffic at the time. As manager, he also declined drug testing after the incident, deeming it unnecessary.

NATCA Elects New Leadership to Take Union into 21st Century
Wed, Sep 17, 1997

Washington, D.C. - The wait is finally over. After an additional month of balloting for runoff elections, members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association now know who will represent them in the union's top two posts. NATCA President-Elect Mike McNally just completed a three-year term as the union's executive vice president and replacing him in that position is Randy Schwitz, formerly the Southern Region vice president.

NATCA's National Executive Board Passed the Following Resolution:
Wed, Aug 13, 1997

"Whereas, the elected officials and membership of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association are acutely aware of the hardships being endured by our brothers and sisters employed by the United Parcel Service; and "Whereas, the AFL-CIO has committed its resources in support of those workers during this time of great need; and "Whereas, NATCA wholeheartedly supports this commitment:

Boston Center Controllers' Lives Endangered By FAA Arrogance, Mismanagement, Coverup
Thu, Aug 7, 1997

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Boston Center should have been evacuated July 29 because of dangerous asbestos levels six times above the national standard, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Its executive vice president said, "FAA is bordering on criminal fraud at both Boston and Indianapolis air traffic control centers where asbestos leaks last week were ignored and then covered up - all to the detriment of controllers."

NATCA Elects New Leadership --- Top Posts End in Runoffs
Fri, Aug 1, 1997

Washington, D.C. - It's still a mystery as to who will take the two top spots in the union representing the nation's air traffic controllers. Yesterday's ballot count in the National Air Traffic Controllers Association elections culminated in runoff races for the positions of president and executive vice president.

Despite Traffic Blitzes At Oshkosh And Appleton Airports, Air Traffic Control Towers Remain Short Staffed
Wed, Jul 30, 1997

OSHKOSH, WIS. - Almost one million people attending the Oshkosh Air Show this week are flying into two airports within a 15-mile radius of one another. An insufficient number of air traffic controllers are staffing these facilities, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association said today.

National Aviation Research Institute Receives More Than $1 Million in Grants
Thu, Jul 24, 1997

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Aviation Research Institute will team up with government, academia and industry to ensure the human element is portrayed in all aspects of air traffic control research and development projects - thanks to five organizations that committed over $1 million in grant money.

Contracting out of Air Traffic Controllers Deadly Mistake -- NATCA Urges Congress to Review Contracting Out
Mon, Jul 21, 1997

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The mid air collision at Meigs Field causes the nation's leading advocate for air traffic controllers to recommend the U.S. Congress immediately halt the contracting out of so-called low level air traffic control facilities.

Strong Arm Tactics By Midwest Services Provoke Controllers To Picket
Thu, Jun 26, 1997

SUN VALLEY, Idaho - Urinating in the lavatory, forfeiting vacations, throwing up in trash cans because no one can take sick leave - all are "business as usual" at Midwest Services at Hailey, Idaho, one of several air traffic control towers contracted by the company nationwide. These and the unreasonable termination of an exemplary employee caused the nation's largest air traffic control organization to picket the contractor.

FAA Employees Sick And Tired - Literally - Because Of Dangerous Air Quality
Thu, Jun 19, 1997

BOSTON, Mass. - Pointing an accusatory finger toward the Federal Aviation Administration, a spokesperson for the controllers' union said it is not too strong a statement to say employees are dropping like flies at a major air traffic control facility near Boston.

More Controllers, Better Training, Adequate Funding Are Musts!
Thu, Jun 12, 1997

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The leading advocate for air traffic controllers today offered solutions to a 3,000 controller shortage nationwide, inadequate training of new hires and lack of funding before a U.S. Senate subcommittee.

NATCA Southern California Tracon Local President Condemns Critical Staffing Shortages And
Mon, Apr 14, 1997

"We Believe FAA Now Realizes Operational Errors Create A Record Of Its Inability To Make The System Safe."

Air Traffic Controllers Punished As F.A.A. Whistleblowers
Thu, Apr 10, 1997

WASHINGTON, D.C. Complaining to the Federal Aviation Administration about safety of the flying public and personal abuse in the workplace, as well as fraud and falsification of government documents, resulted in involuntary reassignment to other air traffic control facilities.

Air Traffic Controllers Oppose Renaming National Airport to "Ronald Reagan-Anything!"
Tue, Jan 28, 1997

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Air traffic controllers adamantly oppose renaming Washington, D.C.'s, National Airport to "anything having to do with Ronald Reagan," according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.