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News Archive 2001

FAA Staff Support Specialists Choose NATCA
Thu, Dec 20, 2001

Federal Aviation Administration staff support specialists chose the National Air Traffic Controllers Association as their bargaining unit representative, joining a proud list of 16 other groups of aviation safety-related professionals.


NATCA Hails O'Hare Expansion Agreement, Opening of New Runway in Detroit as Major Steps Toward Increasing System Capacity
Tue, Dec 11, 2001

Against the backdrop of traffic reports showing air travelers are slowly returning to the skies, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association is hailing last week’s announcement of a deal to expand Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and today’s opening ceremony for a new runway in Detroit as important steps toward improving the capacity – and safety – of the nation’s airport infrastructure.


NATCA Supports Congressional Passage of Bill to Put Airport Security in the Hands of the Federal Government
Fri, Nov 16, 2001

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is hailing the Congressional passage of a landmark aviation security bill as not only a major step toward improving the security of air travel in the United States but also as a bold statement that the safety of air travel is best left in the hands of federal employees.


Airport Ground Alert System Begins to Pay Safety Dividends
Mon, Oct 22, 2001

In a recent aviation safety success story, the Airport Movement Area Safety System (AMASS), a new technology at San Francisco International Airport, alerted air traffic controllers to a potentially hazardous situation on one of their runways.


Controllers Extremely Concerned about Security at FAA Air Traffic Control Facilities Nationwide
Tue, Oct 16, 2001

As the nation continues to hear the FBI’s calls for extra vigilance in security and a heightened state of alert, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association is extremely concerned the Federal Aviation Administration is not doing enough to protect air traffic control towers and radar facilities.


Statement from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Fri, Sep 14, 2001

On this national day of prayer and remembrance, air traffic controllers pause to join with the country in extending our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers to the thousands of families affected by this horrific tragedy.


Statement from NATCA
Wed, Sep 12, 2001

This nation’s air traffic controllers are deeply shocked and saddened by Tuesday’s unspeakable events.


NATCA Says FAA Plan for Achieving Traffic Efficiencies in Chicago Airspace "Won't Fly"
Wed, Sep 5, 2001

Chicago-area representatives from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association are reacting strongly to a report from the Federal Aviation Administration – released Tuesday to NATCA’s surprise – which controllers say is a completely unrealistic plan to improve traffic flows and decrease delays.


NATCA Salutes Tulsa Controllers for Safety Achievement
Thu, Aug 23, 2001

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association salutes its members at the Tulsa, Okla., Air Traffic Control Tower who are receiving honors for a remarkable safety achievement: Surpassing four million error-free air traffic services operations.


NATCA Says Tempe's Attempts to Address Safety Concerns about Site of New Stadium Are a Step in the Right Direction
Fri, Aug 3, 2001

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, which had safety concerns about the site of the new Arizona Cardinals football stadium, is pleased that the city of Tempe, Ariz., is taking responsible steps to address these concerns with its plan to move the stadium site off the center line of air traffic.


NATCA Marks 20th Anniversary of PATCO Strike
Thu, Aug 2, 2001

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is pausing this week to remember the 11,345 controllers who President Ronald Reagan fired, 48 hours after the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization went on strike on Aug. 3, 1981.


NATCA President John Carr Updates House Subcommittee
Thu, Aug 2, 2001

National Air Traffic Controllers Association President John Carr testified today before the House Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee on efforts to reduce aviation delays.


NATCA, ATA to Host Aviation Delays Summit on July 26
Mon, Jul 16, 2001

WASHINGTON - As the busy summer travel season approaches its midpoint, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and the Air Transport Association are working together to proactively address delays and the decreasing amount of capacity in the aviation system, which has become a growing national crisis.


Air Traffic Controller's Quick Action Leads to Ocean Rescue
Sat, Jul 7, 2001

The swift action of air traffic controller Chuck Jones of the Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center led to the rescue of two men Friday night after their Cessna Caravan crashed in the Atlantic Ocean.


Unsafe Situation in Bahamas Affecting U.S. Traffic
Fri, Jun 29, 2001

WASHINGTON - A labor situation in the Bahamas which led to the replacement of air traffic controllers with unqualified personnel has not only jeopardized air safety there but is creating problems for U.S. controllers at the Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center.


Controllers to Update House Aviation Subcommittee on Their Efforts to Prevent Runway Collisions
Tue, Jun 26, 2001

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, which continues to devote much of its attention and resources to the critically important issue of runway safety, is testifying today before the House Aviation Subcommittee on the issue of preventing runway incursions. A runway incursion is any occurrence on a runway involving an aircraft, vehicle, person or object on the ground that creates a collision hazard or results in a loss of required separation with an aircraft taking off, intending to take off, landing or intending to land.


Bahamian Government Jeopardizes Air Safety
Thu, Jun 21, 2001

U.S. air traffic controllers are expressing grave concern for travelers flying into the Bahamas because of a serious staffing situation which has resulted in unqualified replacement air traffic controllers on the job there.


Air Traffic Controllers Endorse Lockheed Martin Oceanic System
Thu, Jun 21, 2001

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association resoundingly endorses the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to award the contract for the Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures (ATOP) program to Lockheed Martin Air Traffic Management.


Controllers Support Additional Runways at O'Hare, Commend Senate Committee for Its Proactive Role in Capacity Issue
Fri, Jun 15, 2001

Encouraged by a mounting sense of urgency to solve Chicago’s air traffic congestion problems, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association supports the Senate Commerce Committee’s call for immediate steps to increasing capacity.


NATCA Applauds House Subcommittee's Support for an Analysis of Separation Standards between Aircraft
Wed, Jun 13, 2001

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, which has repeatedly called for a careful examination of separation standards between aircraft, received a major boost from the House Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee on Tuesday in its transportation spending bill.


NATCA Relays Concerns About Contracting Process to Commercial Activities Panel
Mon, Jun 11, 2001

National Air Traffic Controllers Association President John Carr expressed to the Commercial Activities Panel today the union’s opposition to the contracting of air traffic control operations. He relayed NATCA’s first hand experience to illustrate how agencies can easily skirt the Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76.


Mineta Recognizes NATCA Members for Their Significant Earthquake Recovery Efforts
Mon, Jun 11, 2001

By working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Seattle Earthquake response team rebuilt Seattle Tower in just 90 days. Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta honored 25 individuals today, including six National Air Traffic Controllers Association engineers and one NATCA Logistics Division member at the John C. Whitehead Forum for their significant contributions during the recovery effort.


Three Tampa Controllers Receive Outstanding Flight Assist Awards from Garvey
Tue, Jun 5, 2001

Tampa Controllers James Phillips, Ronald Romuno and Mark Scott all received Outstanding Flight Assist Awards from Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Jane Garvey at a ceremony on June 5 at agency headquarters for their heroic decisions and actions that helped save six people’s lives last summer.


NATCA Quick To Embrace Modernization Plan
Mon, Jun 4, 2001

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association announced today it fully supports the Federal Aviation Administration's Operational Evolution Plan for the National Airspace System. The proposal, which calls for near, mid and long term enhancements to the nation's air traffic control infrastructure, seeks to increase capacity, reduce delays and enhance the safety of the flying public.


NATCA Updates Senate Committee on Work It's Doing With FAA to Modernize the Air Traffic Control System
Thu, May 10, 2001

National Air Traffic Controllers Association President John Carr delivered a simple message to today’s Senate Aviation Subcommittee hearing on aviation delays: We are working harder than ever to be part of the solution.


Mineta, Garvey Highlight List of Speakers as NATCA Hosts Annual Legislative Conference
Tue, May 8, 2001

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association will host its annual legislative conference next week with a dual focus - emphasizing the role it wants to play in shaping the future of air traffic control and informing lawmakers of the numerous ways NATCA is working to help improve and modernize the system.


Controllers to House Subcommittee: We're Committed to Being Part of the Solution to Improving Air Travel System
Thu, May 3, 2001

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is committed to helping address the challenges facing the country’s air travel system and today is pleased to report significant progress on its key issues before the House Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee.


Controllers Encouraged by Proactive Steps Taken by Congressional Committee to Address Delays, Airport Congestion
Thu, Apr 26, 2001

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association commends a House Aviation Subcommittee hearing today on proposed legislation allowing air carriers to discuss their schedules as one of many current proactive steps being taken to address the systemic problems plaguing air travel.


Capacity Report Spotlights Urgent Need for More Runways; Controllers Say They're Working with FAA to Improve System
Wed, Apr 25, 2001

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association considers the Federal Aviation Administration’s report on capacity at the 31 busiest U.S. airports as further proof that the core problem of too many planes and too little concrete deserves the highest priority from government and the aviation community.


Controllers Claim Managers' Congressional Testimony Blatantly Mischaracterizes FAA's Successful Safety Initiatives
Wed, Mar 28, 2001

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is harshly criticizing testimony given today by the Federal Aviation Administration Conference of the Federal Managers Association to the House Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee as both incorrect and misleading.


Controllers to Tell House Subcommittee: Let's Keep the Focus on Increasing Capacity in Debate on How to Solve Delay Problem
Thu, Mar 15, 2001

National Air Traffic Controllers Association President John Carr appreciatively finds himself in a familiar setting today to talk about a familiar subject. But while reminding members of the House Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee that aviation delays are a multi-faceted problem, Carr wants to inform them that it’s airport and runway construction which hasn’t kept pace with demand for air travel – not the increasingly modernized air traffic control system.


Controller to Testify Today on Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System before House Subcommittee
Wed, Mar 14, 2001

One of the important components of the Federal Aviation Administration’s efforts to modernize the air traffic control system – the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) – will be discussed today at a hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation.


Controllers Take to the Airways to Talk About Capacity Issues, Criticize Privatization Ideas
Tue, Mar 13, 2001

WASHINGTON – On the heels of its very successful advertising campaign to raise awareness about the highly-skilled profession of air traffic control, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association is now addressing the need for concrete solutions to the problem of congestion and delays in a pair of television advertisements now airing on the CNN Airport Network.


Controllers Say Privatizing Air Traffic Control Would Jeopardize Safety, Fail to Address Real Problem of Airport Capacity
Thu, Feb 22, 2001

WASHINGTON – While increasingly vehement in opposing the idea of privatizing the U.S. air traffic control system, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association again is urging a closer look at the real problem affecting air travel: Traffic growth is overwhelming space limitations at the nation’s major airports.


Controllers Applaud Administration Decision to Rescind Proposed FAA Budget Cuts
Tue, Feb 13, 2001

WASHINGTON - Federal budget officials have decided to rescind proposed deep cuts in the Federal Aviation Administration budget, ensuring that the landmark AIR-21 legislation of a year ago, which increases funding for airport improvements and air traffic control modernization, will proceed. The decision, confirmed by NATCA sources, was met with enthusiasm from NATCA President John S. Carr.


Controllers Assail Administration Decision to Cut Funds from AIR-21 Budget
Tue, Feb 6, 2001

WASHINGTON - The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is joining with both the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Air Transport Association in criticizing federal budget-cutting plans which, according to AOPA, have serious and far-reaching implications for Federal Aviation Administration funding.


NATCA-Represented Engineers & Architects, Traffic Management Coordinators, Sign Contracts
Tue, Jan 30, 2001

WASHINGTON - Federal Aviation Administration engineers and architects, which are represented by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, signed a historic, five-year contract today with the FAA during ceremonies at agency headquarters.


NATCA Congratulates Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta
Wed, Jan 24, 2001

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association extends its congratulations to Norman Mineta on his Senate confirmation today as Secretary of Transportation.


NATCA Tells Aviation Summit the Flight Delay Problem Will Only Truly be Solved by Building New Runways
Tue, Jan 2, 2001

WASHINGTON - The U.S. air traffic control system has been under the microscope this week, drawing critiques from those who want to speed up billions of dollars in improvements, those who want to privatize the system and even those who want to build a new system altogether.