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News Archive 2009

Holiday Travel Advice from Air Traffic Controllers
Tue, Dec 15, 2009

WASHINGTON – Who better to advise the flying public regarding holiday travel than the nation’s air traffic controllers?


High Traffic, Low Staffing and No Radar at Texas Airport
Wed, Dec 9, 2009

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – With only three controllers and one manager the air traffic control staff at New Braunfels Air Traffic Control Tower is stretched too thin.


Familiar FAA Modernization Failures Exposed In Thursday Travel Mess
Fri, Nov 20, 2009

WASHINGTON -- Just hours before the start of one of the busiest air travel weeks of the year, the Federal Aviation Administration's flawed patchwork network of outsourced and poorly backed-up communications systems of questionable reliability was exposed for the nation and Congress to see on Thursday.


Major ATC Computer Outage Resulting in Delayed Flights
Thu, Nov 19, 2009

WASHINGTON – There has been a major, nationwide air traffic control computer system outage this morning, and it is having a severe, negative impact on air travel across the country. Here is what we know thus far:


NATCA Praises Senators Who Are Pushing For Passage of FAA Funding Bill "Without Further Delay"
Thu, Nov 12, 2009

WASHINGTON – Led by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., a bipartisan group of 35 Senators have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., calling for passage of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (S. 1451) “without further delay” as an important step in advancing the goal of boosting job creation and economic recovery through infrastructure investment.


NATCA Tells House Panel: "FAA Should Learn From RTCA and Collaborate with NATCA on NEXTGEN"
Wed, Oct 28, 2009

WASHINGTON – Expressing NATCA’s strongest support to date for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Next Generation Air Transportation System, NATCA Director of Safety and Technology Dale Wright urged the FAA during Congressional testimony today to adopt the NextGen recommendations from the RTCA task force – an advisory group which NATCA pays to participate on – and also learn from RTCA’s collaborative approach to air traffic control modernization.


NATCA Salutes U.S. Controllers, IFATCA, on International Day of the Air Traffic Controller
Tue, Oct 20, 2009

WASHINGTON – Saluting the exceptional safety record, skill and dedication of the air traffic controllers it represents nationwide, NATCA today is joining with its colleagues around the world in recognizing “International Day of the Air Traffic Controller” which this year is commemorating the 48th anniversary of the founding of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA).


NATCA Endorses Rep. Capuano for Massachusetts U.S. Senate
Mon, Oct 19, 2009

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, which represents over 15,000 air traffic controllers nationwide along with several thousand other aviation safety professionals, proudly announced today that it is endorsing the candidacy of Rep. Mike Capuano, D-Mass., to be the next U.S. Senator from that state.


Rushed FAA Test of Nextgen Computer System Unsuccessful; NATCA Wants to Help Make it Work but Agency Continues to Shut Door
Wed, Oct 7, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY- The Federal Aviation Administration early last Saturday morning rushed another key test of a problem-plagues and oft-delayed new computer system for the nation's large, regional air traffic control facilities with the goal of keeping it on indefinitely at Salt Lake Center, but got a predictable and disappointing result: the system held its own during light traffic on the overnight shift and then failed when traffic volume picked up later in the morning. Only the controllers' hard work and resourcefulness averted bigger problems, but not before the FAA's lack of training.


NATCA Members Vote to Ratify New Collective Bargaining Agreement with FAA
Wed, Sep 23, 2009

WASHINGTON – A three-year-long effort to throw out Federal Aviation Administration-imposed work and pay rules and restore fairness and stability to the collective bargaining process and the air traffic controller workforce neared conclusion on Wednesday when controllers nationwide voted to ratify a new three-year contract.


Paul M. Rinaldi Elected NATCA President
Thu, Sep 17, 2009

Paul M. Rinaldi, an 18-year veteran air traffic controller from Washington-Dulles Tower, won a runoff election on Thursday with a record number of votes to become the new president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.


NATCA to Senate Subcommittee: FAA New York Task Force Recommendations Would Make Busy Airspace Safer
Tue, Sep 15, 2009

WASHINGTON – Newark air traffic controller Edward Kragh, NATCA’s representative to the Federal Aviation Administration’s New York Visual Flight Rules Airspace Task Force which examined the airspace above the Hudson River after the Aug. 8 mid-air collision, told the Senate Aviation Subcommittee today that NATCA supports the task force’s recommendations of changes to training, procedures and airspace structure because they would make this busy corridor safer.


With FAA Communications System Shut Down, Oakland Center Controllers Scrambled to Keep Planes Safe
Fri, Aug 28, 2009

FREMONT, Calif. – A subcontractor’s mistake caused the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) system to shut down Wednesday morning for 20 harrowing minutes at one of the country’s largest regional air traffic control centers, leaving more than half the controllers on duty without the ability to communicate with airborne aircraft or use landline telephones to communicate with other air traffic control facilities.


NATCA Reaction to NTSB Recommendations on Hudson River Exclusion Zone
Thu, Aug 27, 2009

WASHINGTON – NATCA President Patrick Forrey today had the following reaction to the NTSB’s recommendations on the Hudson River exclusion zone airspace, the location of the Aug. 8 mid-air collision involving a small plane and a helicopter near Hoboken, N.J.:


Controller Averts Disaster, Saves Lives
Thu, Aug 20, 2009

ADDISON, Texas – Going above and beyond to save a pilot’s life, on Aug. 12 Larry Gardner (an Addison Airport controller) observed an aircraft target operating under VFR (Visual Flight Rules, which require no direction from controllers) north of Addison Airport and moving east. During that time another aircraft was flying on routine traffic patrol, flying south along Highway 75.


FAA and NATCA Reach Landmark Labor Agreement
Thu, Aug 13, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its largest union, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), have concluded a challenging mediation process that has produced a landmark labor agreement.


NATCA Statement on FAA Announcement
Thu, Aug 13, 2009

WASHINGTON – NATCA released the following statement in response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement regarding investigations into the Aug. 8 Hudson River mid-air collision.


Controller Plays Crucial Role in Saving Infant's Life
Wed, Aug 5, 2009

MIAMI – At 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning the pilot of a Lifeguard flight from St. Thomas bound for Miami radioed controllers at Miami Center for help because an infant on board fell into critical condition.


Runoff Election Declared in Race for NATCA President
Fri, Jul 31, 2009

WASHINGTON – A runoff election was declared between NATCA Presidential candidates Ruth Marlin and Paul Rinaldi. Running for the office were current NATCA President Patrick Forrey, former Executive Vice President Ruth Marlin and current Executive Vice President Paul Rinaldi.


NATCA Welcomes New Tower to Union
Thu, Jul 30, 2009

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. – Controllers at Los Alamitos Army Airfield voted unanimously in an election yesterday for NATCA representation, under the supervision of the Federal Labor Relations Authority.  NATCA welcomes its first Department of Defense acquirement in ten years, joining Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina and John Rogers Field in Kalaeoa, Hawaii.


NATCA Endorses Richard L. Trumka for AFL-CIO President
Wed, Jul 29, 2009

WASHINGTON – NATCA lends its enthusiastic support for AFL-CIO President to Richard L. Trumka, a loyal activist for working men and women everywhere.  Currently serving his fourth term as Secretary-Treasurer with the AFL-CIO, Trumka served for three terms as the President of the United Mine Workers of America before being elected to his current position in 1995.


NATCA Urges Swift Passage of Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill
Wed, Jul 22, 2009

WASHINGTON – National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Patrick Forrey released the following statement after the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved a two-year FAA reauthorization bill on Tuesday.


Shoestring Staffing at Major Washington Regional Radar Facility Forces Closure of Busy Airspace; Raleigh Traffic Most Affected
Sat, Jun 20, 2009

LEESBURG, Va. – The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday evening was forced to close several air corridors above eastern North Carolina for 30 minutes as a desperation move to avoid a serious safety risk when its poor management and woeful staffing reached this breaking point at Washington Center: One controller, forced to do the job of two for four hours alone with nobody to relieve him, working two sectors of airspace at the end of a long shift that included forced overtime.


FAA Creates an Instant Staffing Problem with Unwise Split of Memphis Tower/Radar Facility
Fri, Jun 19, 2009

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Federal Aviation Administration’s highly controversial rush to split the tower and radar control functions at Memphis International Airport last week has created an immediate staffing shortage. The FAA is now seeking to fill six new controller positions at the Memphis TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control). The agency’s official vacancy announcement – which was posted three days after the split – can be found here:


Utah Congressional Delegation Asks FAA to Delay Implementation of Eram, Citing Safety Concerns
Fri, Jun 12, 2009

WASHINGTON – Republican Senators Orrin Hatch and Robert Bennett of Utah, along with two of that state’s Congressmen, Rep. Jim Matheson (D) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R), have written to ask FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt to delay next week’s scheduled implementation at Salt Lake Center of the agency’s major new computer system for the nation’s large regional en route facilities, citing safety concerns.


FAA Rejects Concerns from Congress, NATCA; Splits Memphis Air Traffic Facility
Wed, Jun 10, 2009

WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration last Sunday moved forward with a rushed plan to split the tower and radar control functions at Memphis International Airport, advancing a controversial management agenda and rejecting a torrent of concern from Congress and air traffic controllers who continue to urge the agency to delay this and future facility realignments until a process is put in place that is fact-based, transparent and includes all stakeholders.


NATCA Endorses Neil Abercrombie for Governor of Hawaii
Wed, Jun 10, 2009

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, which represents the nation’s air traffic controllers and aviation safety professionals who serve the Hawaiian airspace, proudly announced today that it is endorsing Congressman Neil Abercrombie for governor of the great state of Hawaii in 2010


NATCA Denounces Commerce Secy. Decision to Advance Plan to Close Weather Service Units at Regional FAA Centers
Thu, Jun 4, 2009

The nation’s air traffic controllers today are strongly denouncing Commerce Secretary Gary Locke’s decision to move forward with a controversial plan to close the National Weather Service Center Weather Service Units (CWSUs) located at each of the 21 FAA regional en route centers and consolidate the service into two facilities, in Maryland and Kansas City.


NATCA Praises Chairman Oberstar, Costello, for Passage of Crucial House FAA Reauthorization Bill
Thu, May 21, 2009

Reprising its bold 2007 effort to provide for a safer, modernized air traffic control system, the U.S. House of Representatives today, by a 277-136 vote, passed a crucial FAA Reauthorization bill (H.R. 915) that not only paves the way for the safe implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) but also addresses key issues regarding the stability of the air traffic controller workforce, the inclusion of controllers as key stakeholders in the system, the realignment of FAA facilities and controller staffing levels.


NATCA Congratulates Randy Babbitt on His Senate Confirmation
Thu, May 21, 2009

WASHINGTON – National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Patrick Forrey made the following statement on this evening’s Senate confirmation of Randy Babbitt, who now begins his five-year term as the new administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration:    


Mediation of FAA-NATCA Contract Dispute Begins
Tue, May 19, 2009

Mediation aimed at ending an ongoing contract dispute between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) began yesterday.


NATCA Says Thank You to Congressman Hastings with Its "Sentinel of Safety" Award
Mon, May 18, 2009

WASHINGTON – Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., whose impassioned dedication to aviation safety has been highlighted by his efforts to demand accountability and a thorough examination of flawed and secretive Federal Aviation Administration efforts to realign air traffic control facilities and services in Florida and across the country, was presented with NATCA’s "Sentinel of Safety" award on Monday during his appearance before the organization’s annual legislative conference.


As Memphis Controllers Protest FAA Split Facility Plan, NATCA Fights for Safety on Capital Hill, Urging Passage of FAA Bill
Wed, May 13, 2009

WASHINGTON – At the same time as air traffic controllers picketed Wednesday afternoon outside the terminal at Memphis International Airport to protest the FAA’s rushed and flawed decision to split radar operations from the tower next month, NATCA President Patrick Forrey told the Senate Aviation Subcommittee that an FAA Reauthorization bill is urgently needed to establish a process for reviewing such realignments of FAA facilities and create a collaborative relationship between the FAA and NATCA to work on these types of important safety issues.


NATCA President Patrick Forrey Statement on Obama Administration Announcement
Thu, Apr 30, 2009

WASHINGTON – National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Patrick Forrey released this statement following the announcement today by the Obama Administration that it will appoint a team of mediators to immediately address the contract dispute between the Federal Aviation Administration and NATCA.


Inspector General Staffing Report Validates NATCA's Concerns
Mon, Apr 27, 2009

A report released today by the Department of Transportation Inspector General on the critical air traffic controller staffing issues at three major California FAA facilities vindicates what the National Air Traffic Controllers Association has long said about the safety concerns that come from a loss of experienced controllers and the vast amount of work now needed by the FAA to dig out from the deep hole caused by FAA labor, staffing and “run it like a business” failures during the Bush Administration.


Controllers Work Through Lightning Strike to Aid Flying Public
Fri, Apr 24, 2009

ATLANTA – When major thunderstorms, complete with microbursts, wind shear and hail hit the Atlanta area Thursday night the air traffic control tower at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was struck, knocking out all primary and backup radar feeds.


Heroic Controllers Coach Passenger to Safe Landing After Pilot's Mid-Air Death
Mon, Apr 13, 2009

MIAMI/FORT MYERS, Fla. – In what can only be called an Easter miracle several air traffic controllers in Southern Florida were able to guide a plane to a successful landing after its pilot fell unconscious and a passenger had to fly the aircraft – all during a heavy traffic push due to the holiday and good weather.


Antiquated Savannah Radar Still In Use, Radar Outage Results
Tue, Apr 7, 2009

SAVANNAH, Ga. – From 6:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning the air traffic control facility at Savannah airport lost its radar -- due to a burnt-out circuit board, a possible result of data overload.  The controllers at Savannah have requested for many years that the FAA install new radar, the current system dating back to the 1960s – their requests have fallen upon deaf ears.


NATCA Congratulates Randy Babbitt on FAA Administration Nomination
Fri, Mar 27, 2009

NATCA President Patrick Forrey released the following statement today following President Obama's announcement of Randy Babbitt as his FAA administrator designee:


NATCA Supports Nextgen, Says Union "Must Be An Active Participant"
Wed, Mar 25, 2009

WASHINGTON – NATCA’s top safety and technology expert, former Atlanta and Charlotte air traffic controller Dale Wright, reaffirmed for the Senate Aviation Subcommittee today the union’s full support of the NextGen air traffic control system and said, "we believe that NATCA must be an active participant." He outlined specifically why that is critically important to NextGen’s success.  


Forrey, Nextgen Can Only Succeed if FAA Collaborates with NATCA
Wed, Mar 18, 2009

WASHINGTON – NATCA President Patrick Forrey today told the House Aviation Subcommittee that the union remains completely committed to the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System (NAS). Thus, NATCA supports NextGen and believes it has a chance to succeed, but only if the Federal Aviation Administration collaborates meaningfully with NATCA and all aviation stakeholders.


Latest FAA Technical Glitch Shows Folly of Agency Refusing Collaboration with Controllers
Tue, Mar 10, 2009

FREMONT, Calif. – The latest in a long line of technical glitches on one of the cornerstones of the Federal Aviation Administration’s “NextGen” project – the modernization of air traffic control procedures for aircraft flying over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans – recently put flight plans for two aircraft in conflict with one another. The episode highlighted again the reckless mistake of the agency moving forward on modernization without collaborating with the air traffic controllers actually using the new equipment and procedures.


Lake Charles Controller Wins NATCA President's Award for Best Flight Assist in Archie League Medal of Safety Awards
Wed, Mar 4, 2009

LAS VEGAS – Air traffic controller John Charlton of Lake Charles, La. Tower was presented with the NATCA President’s Award last night at the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards banquet for his dedication to his profession and his commitment to preserving the safety of the flying public.


NATCA Honors Controllers with Archie League Medal of Safety Awards for Heroic Flight Assists
Tue, Mar 3, 2009

LAS VEGAS – NATCA is honoring some of its finest heroes today for their outstanding contributions to preserving the safety of the flying public – demonstrating extraordinary capability in critical flight assists in 2008.


NATCA Safety Conference and Archie League Medal of Safety Awards Webcast Live This Week
Mon, Mar 2, 2009

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association this week is holding its annual Communicating for Safety conference and Archie League Medal of Safety awards at the Rio in Las Vegas. The conference begins later today with selected events and then continues on Tuesday and Wednesday. NATCA President Patrick Forrey will open Tuesday's schedule with a keynote address at 8:15 a.m. PST.


Controller Patrick Harten, In First Public Comments, Tells Story of Working US Airways Flight 1549
Tue, Feb 24, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New York TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control) air traffic controller Patrick Harten testified before the House Aviation Subcommittee today that when he heard US Airways Flight 1549 Captain Chesley Sullenberger tell him on the radio frequency, “We’re gonna be in the Hudson,” he feared this was the plane’s “death sentence.”


Media Advisory
Mon, Feb 23, 2009

WHAT: New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) Air Traffic Controller Patrick Harten testifying at the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's Aviation Subcommittee hearing on US Airways Flight 1549, which landed on New York's Hudson River on Jan. 15. This will be the first public appearance for Harten, a 10-year veteran controller. He will join the crew of Flight 1549 on the first panel of witnesses.


Fort Worth Center Controllers Fighting to Keep Safe System for Predicting Hazardous Weather
Mon, Feb 23, 2009

DALLAS-FORT WORTH – Valuing cost above safety, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is going to remove on-site meteorologists from Fort Worth Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) and consolidate weather forecasters from each of the FAA’s 21 ARTCCs across the country into two facilities in Kansas City and College Park, Md. 


NATCA Observes Engineers Week
Fri, Feb 20, 2009

WASHINGTON – In observing National Engineers Week (February 15-21), NATCA would like to recognize the 1,800 engineers in its bargaining units for not only their professional dedication and contributions but for their committed relationship with NATCA.


Cleveland Center Controllers Fighting to Keep Safe System for Predicting Hazardous Weather
Fri, Feb 20, 2009

CLEVELAND – To save money the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to remove on-site weather forecasters from the Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) and the other 20 centers across the country.  The controllers currently share a face-to-face interaction with the meteorologists that have local knowledge of the weather and can provide insight as to how that weather will affect flight operations.  If the FAA’s plan is to go into effect this will be lost when the meteorologists are consolidated into two facilities in Kansas City and Maryland.


Chicago Center Controllers Fightting to Keep Safe System for Predicting Hazardous Weather
Thu, Feb 19, 2009

CHICAGO – Air traffic controllers at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC), along with their on-site meteorologists, are asking the FAA to cancel its plan to remove weather forecasters in order to cut costs – relocating all on-site forecasters to two facilities in Kansas City and College Park, Md.


Oakland Center Controllers Fighting to Keep Safe System for Predicting Hazardous Weather
Thu, Feb 19, 2009

OAKLAND – In a cost-cutting move the FAA will remove all on-site weather forecasters from Oakland Center and every air route traffic control center (ARTCC) across the country.  Both NATCA and the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO) oppose this plan because of the potentially dangerous effect it could have on the safety of the flying public – by hindering a controllers’ ability to quickly send hazardous weather information to flight crews.


Atlanta Center Controllers Fighting to Keep Safe System for Predicting Hazardous Weather
Thu, Feb 19, 2009

ATLANTA – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to remove all on-site meteorologists from the 21 air route traffic control centers (ARTCCs) across the country, including Atlanta Center.


Albuquerque Center Controllers to FAA: Keep Meteorologists Here
Tue, Feb 17, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to remove all on-site weather forecasters from Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in order to save money.  Both NATCA and the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO) oppose this plan, for it will remove the face-to-face interaction that controllers share with the meteorologists, removing a vital safety net.


Minneapolis Center Controllers Fightting to Keep Safe System for Predicting Hazardous Weather
Tue, Feb 17, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS – In order to save money the FAA plans to remove on-site weather forecasters from the Minneapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center, where controllers are responsible for air traffic in all or part of nine states including weather situations:  North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin and Michigan.  All meteorologists will be consolidated into one of two facilities in Kansas City and Maryland – removing the face-to-face interaction controllers currently share with them. 


FAA Trying to Eliminate Proven, Safe System for Weather Forecasting
Thu, Feb 12, 2009

WASHINGTON – Air traffic controllers at Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) and their on-site meteorologists oppose an FAA plan that will remove the weather forecasters to save money, relocating them to two facilities in Kansas City and College Park, Md.


Jacksonville Center Controllers to FAA: Keep Meteorologists Here
Thu, Feb 12, 2009

JACKSONVILLE – To cut costs the Federal Aviation Administration plans to remove on-site weather forecasters from Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) and the other 20 centers across the country. The face-to-face interaction that controllers currently share with meteorologists, who have local knowledge of the weather and can provide insight as to how weather will affect flight operations, will be lost when they are consolidated into two facilities in Kansas City and Maryland.


Salt Lake City Center Controllers to FAA: Keep Meteorologists Here
Thu, Feb 12, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY – In a cost-cutting move the FAA will remove all on-site weather forecasters from Salt Lake Center and every air route traffic control center (ARTCC) around the country.  Both NATCA and the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO) oppose this plan for the potentially dangerous effect it could have on the flying public by hindering a controllers’ ability to quickly send hazardous weather information to flight crews.


Kansas City Center Controllers to FAA: Keep Meteorologists Here
Wed, Feb 11, 2009

KANSAS CITY – The FAA has decided to remove weather forecasters from Kansas City Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in order to save money – removing yet another vital tool that controllers use to protect aircraft and the flying public from hazardous weather.


Seattle Center Controllers to FAA: Keep Meteorologists Here
Wed, Feb 11, 2009

SEATTLE – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to remove all on-site weather forecasters from Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC), in addition to removing them from every one of the FAA’s 21 ARTCCs around the country, in order to save money. 


NATCA President Testifies on FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009
Wed, Feb 11, 2009

WASHINGTON – NATCA President Patrick Forrey testified today in front of the House’s Aviation Subcommittee on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009, H.R. 915.


Houston Center Controllers to FAA: Keep Meteorologists Here
Tue, Feb 10, 2009

HOUSTON – In order to cut costs the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to remove all on-site weather forecasters from Houston Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in addition to all of the FAA’s 21 air route traffic control centers across the country – putting the flying public at risk with this potentially dangerous move that will hinder controllers’ ability to quickly send hazardous weather info to flight crews.


Denver Center Controllers to FAA: Keep Meteorologists Here
Tue, Feb 10, 2009

DENVER – Putting cost above safety, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to remove on-site weather forecasters from Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) and consolidate weather forecasters from each of the FAA’s 21 ARTCCs across the country into two facilities in Kansas City and College Park, Md. 


Anchorage Center Controllers to FAA: Keep Meteorologists Here
Tue, Feb 10, 2009

ANCHORAGE – In order to save money the Federal Aviation Administration has decided to remove all on-site weather forecasters in 21 air route traffic control centers across the country – choosing instead to consolidate them into two locations in Kansas City and College Park, Md., removing any access the controllers used to have to meteorologists with local knowledge of hazardous weather in their airspace.


NATCA President Forrey: FAA Security Breach Inexcusable, Preventable
Tue, Feb 10, 2009

WASHINGTON – NATCA President Patrick Forrey issued the following statement today in response to the news Monday that hackers got into the Federal Aviation Administration’s server last week and accessed personal data from 45,000 FAA employees, including names and Social Security numbers.


Without Safe Staffing in Fairbanks, FAA Needlessly Threatens Lives of Pilots, Passengers
Mon, Feb 9, 2009

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – After years of progress and modernization designed to prevent aircraft from crashing into mountainous terrain, the Federal Aviation Administration has taken a big step backward in Fairbanks, giving in to staffing shortages created by its own imposed work rules and B-scale pay rules and removing the critical safety service given by controllers to pilots navigating the challenging surrounding terrain.


Los Angeles Center Controllers to FAA: Keep Meteorologists Here
Mon, Feb 9, 2009

LOS ANGELES – Air traffic controllers at Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) and their on-site meteorologists are asking the FAA to cancel its plan to remove the weather forecasters in order to cut costs.


Miami Center Controllers To FAA: Keep Meteorologists Here
Thu, Feb 5, 2009

MIAMI – In a potentially dangerous move the Federal Aviation Administration plans to remove on-site weather forecasters from Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in order to cut costs.  The Miami Center air traffic controllers, responsible for over 400,000 miles of airspace and much of the air traffic going to and from the United States, the Bahamas, Caribbean and Central and South America, are asking the FAA to cancel its plan – concerned that the flying public will be at risk if controllers are suddenly unable to quickly send hazardous weather info to flight crews.


Indianapolis Center Air Traffic Controllers Ask FAA: Please Keep Meteorologists Here
Tue, Jan 27, 2009

Air traffic controllers at the Indianapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center today are joining with their on-site weather forecasting colleagues in asking the Federal Aviation Administration to shelve plans to pull the meteorologists out of the facility and consolidate this critical nationwide weather service in a cost-cutting move that would threaten the safety of air travel in the busy skies above the Midwest.


Why the FAA's Orlando Plan is Unsafe, Controllers, Pilots Stage Protest
Mon, Jan 26, 2009

Orlando – Starting today at Orlando International Airport air traffic controllers are protesting against an ill-advised FAA plan that separated the tower and radar approach control jobs for Orlando air traffic controllers – a move made in the eleventh hour, only two days before the 111th Congress was sworn in.  The demonstration will end on Friday, January 30. 


Statement by NATCA President Patrick Forrey about Thursday's "Miracle on the Hudson"
Sat, Jan 17, 2009

The following is a statement by National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Patrick Forrey, reflecting on Thursday’s amazing chapter in America’s proud aviation history, the safe water landing and evacuation of US Airways Flight 1549.


Boston Center Controllers to FAA: Keep Metrorologists Here
Wed, Jan 14, 2009

Boston – Air traffic controllers at Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC), along with their on-site weather forecasters, are asking the FAA to cancel its plan to remove meteorologists from the facility in order to cut costs.  Responsible for the airspace spanning over Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and part of New York, these air traffic controllers are concerned that the flying public traveling to, from and through this airspace will be at risk due to the FAA’s desire to cut costs.


Memphis Center Controllers to FAA: Keep Meteorologists Here
Mon, Jan 12, 2009

Air traffic controllers at the Memphis Air Route Traffic Control Center today are joining with their on-site weather forecasting colleagues in calling for an end to plans by the Federal Aviation Administration to pull the meteorologists out of the facility and consolidate this critical nationwide weather service in a cost-cutting move that would threaten the safety of air travel in the skies above the Mid-South.