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News Archive 2010

NATCA Introduces Newly-Designed Web Site at Natca.org
Tue, Nov 9, 2010

WASHINGTON – As everyone heads into the busy holiday travel season, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association has launched its newly-designed Web site – at natca.org – created to educate, as well as entertain, the traveling public about how the air traffic control system works and introduce them to the NATCA-represented safety professionals who help make the National Airspace System the safest in the world.


NATCA President Rinaldi to ATCA Conference: NATCA-FAA Collaboration Equals Better Solutions
Tue, Oct 26, 2010

WASHINGTON – NATCA President Paul Rinaldi today, during a detailed update on the status of NATCA-FAA collaborative efforts as part of an Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Conference panel discussion on workforce issues related to the NextGen air traffic control system, said collaboration equals better solutions “because it utilizes the expertise of the entire workforce.” 


NATCA’s Steve Hansen Wins ATCA "Air Traffic Control Specialist of the Year Award"
Mon, Oct 25, 2010

WASHINGTON – NATCA today proudly congratulates its Safety Committee Chairman, veteran Albuquerque Center air traffic controller Steve Hansen, on winning the Air Traffic Control Association’s (ATCA) Air Traffic Control Specialist Of The Year award.


NATCA Wins Right to Represent FAA Employees at Service Centers
Fri, Oct 22, 2010

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, in a Federal Labor Relations Authority ballot count yesterday, won the right to represent the 2186 Series Aviation Technical Systems Specialists employed at the Federal Aviation Administration’s three largest regional offices.


PRESS ADVISORY: NATCA at Annual ATCA Conference Next Week
Fri, Oct 22, 2010

WASHINGTON – Several top officials from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association will be participating on panels about aviation safety and the future of the air traffic control system next week at the Air Traffic Control Association’s (ATCA) 55th annual conference and exposition at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington, D.C.


NATCA Celebrates International Day of the Air Traffic Controller
Wed, Oct 20, 2010

WASHINGTON – Members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association today are joining their colleagues from around the world in proudly celebrating the “International Day of the Air Traffic Controller,” in addition to marking the start of the 50th anniversary of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Associations (IFATCA).


NATCA- FAA Collaboration Results in Positive Changes to National Airspace System
Thu, Oct 14, 2010

Oakland, Calif. –  In another example of using its contract as a guide to improving safety through collaboration, NATCA and the Federal Aviation Administration have resolved an important safety issue at the Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZOA) – the facility responsible for airspace in all of Northern California, northwestern Nevada and southern Oregon, along with 18 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean.


Capt. Jeff Skiles Joins Selection Panel for Controller Awards Program
Wed, Sep 29, 2010

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association announced today that Capt. Jeff Skiles has joined the selection committee of its Archie League Medal of Safety Awards program. Named for the first air traffic controller, the program honors the nation’s best examples of air traffic control skill and professionalism to ensure safe outcomes to challenging flight situations.


Indianapolis Holds Labor Day Celebration
Thu, Sep 9, 2010

ZID's Annual Holiday Parade Sees Another Year of Success


FLRA Grants Union Election for FAA Employees at Service Centers
Tue, Sep 7, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) has determined that an election will be held to determine whether the 2186 Series, Aviation Technical Systems Specialists employed at the Federal Aviation Administration’s three largest regional offices will be represented by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.


NATCA Remembers PATCO Strike of August 3, 1981; Urges Passage of FAA Bill to Ensure Future Safety, Stability of the System
Tue, Aug 3, 2010

WASHINGTON – The National Air Traffic Controllers Association today is pausing to remember Aug. 3, 1981. Twenty-nine years ago, the men and women of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, in their fight for a safer work environment, reliable equipment, adequate staffing levels and fair work and pay rules, took a stand and began a strike in fierce support of these goals and for the profession they loved.


NATCA Mourns Tragic Loss of Mark Haskell; Portland, Maine, Veteran Controller was Husband, Father, Pilot
Sun, Jul 18, 2010

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association today is mourning the death of Portland, Maine, veteran air traffic controller and experienced pilot Mark Haskell, a NATCA member since 1991, who was killed on Saturday along with one other man, reported as Thomas Casagrande, when Mark’s single-engine, two-seat plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Portland International Jetport. Mark was 42.


NATCA Celebrates Important Milestone
Wed, Jul 14, 2010

Ten years ago NATCA expanded its membership, including a variety of employees from multiple FAA organizations, welcoming them into the NATCA family.


Air Traffic Controllers Provide Relief from Summer Travel Drama
Fri, Jun 4, 2010

Trying to avoid the drama that seems almost inevitable when it comes to flying during the summer? Does it seem like everyone you know has had the same issues with airports and delays? Well, it is time there was an easy way to address those problems when it's time to plan your next trip and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) is here to help.


NATCA Honors Former FAA Administrator Jane Garvey
Mon, May 24, 2010

In honor of her dedication to aviation, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) has awarded former Federal Aviation Administrator Jane Garvey with its Sentinel of Safety Award, its highest honor for those outside of the organization who have displayed outstanding achievements in the advancement of aviation safety.


NATCA, FAA Reach Tentative Agreement for Staff Specialists
Thu, Apr 8, 2010

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association and the Federal Aviation Administration have tentatively agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement that covers FAA employees who work as Staff Support Specialists.


NATCA Applauds Senate Passage of FAA Reauthorization Bill
Mon, Mar 22, 2010

National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi released the following statement after the Senate voted 93-0 Monday to pass the FAA reauthorization bill.


NATCA Honors Top Controller Flight Assists with Archie League Medal of Saftey Awards
Mon, Mar 22, 2010

A team of South Florida air traffic controllers helps a man land a private plane with his family onboard after the pilot suffers a heart attack and dies shortly after takeoff.


NATCA Testifies; Supports Modernization and Cautions Against Staffing Reductions
Thu, Mar 18, 2010

NATCA Executive Vice President Patricia Gilbert reaffirmed the organization’s support for the modernization of the National Airspace System during testimony before the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee Thursday.


NATCA Applauds President's Call to Upgrade the ATC System
Fri, Feb 19, 2010

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is applauding President Obama’s call today to upgrade our air traffic control system and use the best technologies to increase its efficiency.


NATCA Celebrates Engineers Week
Wed, Feb 17, 2010

Washington – In honor of its aviation engineers and safety professionals, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association is celebrating Engineers Week.


Pilots and Aviation Stakeholders have Sent Over 550 Letters to Congress to Ask for Inclusive FAA Facility Realignment Process
Tue, Feb 16, 2010

Using the website, www.localairportsmatter.com, pilots and aviation stakeholders from Ohio and other locations around the country affected by the possibility of losing local air traffic control radar services have sent over 550 letters to their members of Congress. In keeping momentum going for this issue, they are asking the Federal Aviation Administration to be compelled to adopt a transparent, inclusive process before the agency makes any further moves toward changing its facilities.


Staffing at Busy New York Radar Facility Dips to Post-1981 Low; NY Congressional Delegation Expresses Deep Concern
Tue, Feb 2, 2010

Westbury, N.Y. – Staffing of fully trained and certified air traffic controllers at the FAA radar facility that handles the climb and approach phases of flight in the busy New York airspace, including all flights into and out of Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports, has reached a critically low level after dropping 25 percent in the last six years.


Controller Staffing Plummets at Busy California FAA Facility; Safety Now an Issue as Errors on the Rise
Fri, Jan 29, 2010

San Diego, C.A. – The number of fully trained and certified air traffic controllers at Southern California Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON), the nation’s busiest Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control facility that handles the climb and approach phases of flight, has plummeted 26 percent in the last six years, according to new staffing information released today by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. 


NATCA Asks FAA: "What's Your Plan for Realigning Air Traffic Control Facilities?"
Tue, Jan 26, 2010

Washington – A special committee of National Air Traffic Controllers Association representatives met last week in an attempt to dissect and review the Federal Aviation Administration’s active, but as yet undisclosed, plan to split and/or close Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities from their accompanying airport control towers in many locations around the country and move those critical aviation safety services into different facilities.