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News Archive 2011

NATCA Cites Good Weather as Reason for Good Travel Weekend
Thu, Dec 15, 2011

NATCA Spokesperson Sarah Dunn cites good weather as leading to a very efficient system last weekend, in this USA Today air travel blog post.

New TV ad: "NATCA: The Voice of Aviation Safety"
Fri, Dec 2, 2011

Check out our new TV ad here, which is now airing on the CNN Airport Network.

NATCA Radio Ad NATCA President Paul Rinaldi
Thu, Dec 1, 2011

We guide you home safely. Click HERE to listen.

NATCA Radio Ad NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert
Thu, Dec 1, 2011

We guide you home safely. Click HERE to listen.

Holiday Travel President Paul Rinaldi and NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert
Thu, Dec 1, 2011

This holiday season travel safe with NATCA air traffic controllers. Click HERE to listen.

NATCA Presents Top Five Reasons to Feel Better About Air Travel in 2011
Thu, Nov 17, 2011

In preparation for the upcoming holiday travel season, NATCA remains committed to ensuring traveler safety and presents five reasons to feel better about air travel.

NATCA Enthusiastically Endorses President Obama, VP Biden for Second Term
Tue, Nov 15, 2011

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association today proudly and enthusiastically announces its endorsement of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for re-election to a second term.

Great Save By Miami Air Traffic Controller
Sat, Nov 5, 2011

Calm and quick action by Miami air traffic controller Molly Welsh ensured safety for two aircraft on final approaches to parallel runways. Click here to see the story on CBS Miami.

"Progress made on air traffic system, controllers' morale"
Tue, Nov 1, 2011

PolitiFact.com article says President Obama has made "substantial progress" on both air traffic control modernization and improving controller morale. "The (2009) contract, which addressed employee concerns including working conditions, staffing and placement of new hires, served as a foundation for a collaborative relationship between the FAA and workers that continues today, (NATCA) said."

NATCA Applauds FAA Decision to Build New TRACON in Palm Beach
Thu, Oct 27, 2011

We applaud the FAA for making this decision. The airspace in and around Palm Beach will be safer as a result.

NATCA Responds to Travel + Leisure's "Dangerous" Airports Article
Mon, Oct 24, 2011

The magazine has done a terrible disservice to the hundreds of thousands of men and women safety professionals in our aviation system whose skill, hard work and dedication allows U.S. travelers to enjoy both the safest and the most efficient airports and airspace in the world.

NATCA Celebrates 50 Years of IFATCA During 'International Day of the Air Traffic Controller'
Thu, Oct 20, 2011

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association congratulates its worldwide partner, the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA), on its 50th anniversary of advocating on behalf of those who keep flights safe and operating smoothly across the globe.

NATCA Statement on NTSB Report
Tue, Oct 18, 2011

NATCA issued this statement in response to the release of an NTSB report detailing the events of March 23, 2011, at Washington National Airport Control Tower.

GAO Report Stresses Importance of Aviation Safety
Fri, Oct 14, 2011

The nation’s air traffic controllers on Friday welcomed a new Government Accountability Report on aviation safety as evidence that the U.S. aviation system is the safest in the world and getting safer all the time thanks to steps taken by the Federal Aviation Administration.

NATCA Statement: GAO Report on Aviation Safety
Thu, Oct 13, 2011

The air traffic controllers are exceptionally proud of our safety record and we are pleased that the GAO has validated the safety of our system.

NATCA Team and Three Members Win ATCA Awards; Will be Honored at Annual Ceremony Monday
Thu, Sep 29, 2011

A Denver Center air traffic controller, a Burlington, Vt., Tower air traffic controller and an Atlanta Center air traffic controller share an unusual experience: each saved a life while at work during the past year.

NATCA: We Need An FAA Reauthorization Bill, Not Privatization
Fri, Sep 23, 2011

Americans put their trust in our highly skilled, professional and experienced federal air traffic controllers to get them where they need to go, safely and soundly. And they should have confidence when they do: our nation’s air traffic controllers have a near-perfect safety record.

NATCA Statement on Senate Passage of FAA Funding Extension
Fri, Sep 16, 2011

NATCA applauds the Senate for voting overwhelmingly on Thursday night to temporarily fund the Federal Aviation Administration and keep more than 4,000 critical employees on the job.

NATCA Urges Senate to Pass FAA Extension Before Friday Deadline
Thu, Sep 15, 2011

The fate of 4,000 FAA employees – including 1,200 represented by NATCA – and thousands of other workers rests in the hands of the Senate today. There are only 36 hours remaining until these workers would all be sent home and not paid in an expiration of the FAA’s funding extension. Important projects affecting safety and aviation infrastructure modernization would, for the second time in eight weeks, be shut down.

NATCA Urges Congress to Pass the President's American Jobs Act
Tue, Sep 13, 2011

As controllers and safety-related professionals who oversee the safest but also most congested skies in the world, NATCA applauds President Obama for introducing the American Jobs Act.

NATCA Members Reflect On 9/11 and Working to Ensure That the Airspace System Was Shut Down Safely and Quickly
Fri, Sep 9, 2011

As NATCA joins the nation in marking the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, let us never forget how that day forever changed our nation. We remember with honor and reverence, the innocent lives that were lost.

NATCA Relieved Furloughs are Over for FAA Employees; "This Awful Episode Must Never Happen Again"
Fri, Aug 5, 2011

National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi issued the following statement following this morning’s Senate vote to extend FAA funding and bring to a close the two-week-long partial FAA shutdown that forced the furlough of 4,000 FAA employees, including 1,200 of NATCA’s bargaining unit members...

NATCA Honors Sacrifice of PATCO Controllers on 30th Anniversary of 1981 Strike
Wed, Aug 3, 2011

Thirty years ago today, on Aug. 3, 1981, the men and women of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO), in their fight for a safer work environment, reliable equipment, adequate staffing levels and fair work and pay rules, took a courageous stand and began a strike in fierce support of these goals and for the profession they so dearly loved.

NATCA Calls on Congress to Resolve FAA Stalemate before Leaving Town
Thu, Jul 28, 2011

Below is a statement from National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi, who urged lawmakers today to immediately pass an FAA extension. Rinaldi cautioned Congress not to leave for its upcoming August recess before passing an extension to restore the jobs of 4,000 laid-off FAA employees.

FAA Employees Urge Immediate Action on FAA Furloughs
Mon, Jul 25, 2011

Today, approximately 4,000 employees at the FAA represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) and Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) were prevented from reporting to work and are now faced with an indefinite furlough and the uncertainties that come with sudden job loss.

NATCA Urges Passage of FAA Funding Extension to Avoid Furlough of Safety Professionals
Thu, Jul 21, 2011

Statement from NATCA President Paul Rinaldi on the Urgent Situation regarding FAA Reauthorization

NATCA Calls for Implementation of Joint NATCA-FAA Fatigue Recommendations
Fri, Apr 22, 2011

“Last week we began an open and honest dialogue with our members about recent incidents and the reminder to always uphold the high standard of professionalism and commitment to safety the public expects. Our members take seriously the personal responsibility each of them has to act appropriately and keep the flying public safe.  I know we will win back the trust and confidence of the flying public.

Statement from NATCA President Paul Rinaldi on FAA latest steps to address fatigue
Sat, Apr 16, 2011

NATCA stands in full support of the FAA’s immediate steps both today and last week to address the recent incidents, including last night’s episode at Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center.

Statement by NATCA President Paul Rinaldi
Thu, Apr 14, 2011

“Safety is our number one priority. We are fully committed to providing the safest and most professional services possible."

NATCA's Archie League Presidential Winner Featured on WSB-TV
Mon, Apr 11, 2011

Atlanta Center's Derek Bittman Shares His Story. Click here to read.

NATCA Statement on Safe Staffing for Air Traffic Control Shifts
Thu, Mar 24, 2011

WASHINGTON – National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi issued the following statement stressing the need for safe staffing of front-line, fully certified air traffic controllers on all shifts, particularly the midnight (overnight) shifts, in the wake of Wednesday morning’s incident at DCA Tower (Washington National Airport).

NATCA Honors Its Seventh Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Award Winners
Wed, Mar 23, 2011

LAS VEGAS – An Atlanta Center air traffic controller who saved the life of a pilot by providing a path to the runway in Rome, Ga., despite low ceilings and fog, low fuel and two missed approaches; a controller in Burlington, Vt., who had to apply older procedures he had not practiced in years to help a distressed and disoriented pilot who was unable to make the approach; and a team of two Houston Center controllers who worked to locate a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico and send help that rescued four passengers.

MEDIA ADVISORY: NATCA’s Annual Safety Conference Begins Monday; Live Webcast
Fri, Mar 18, 2011

“Communicating for Safety,” the National Air Traffic Controllers Association’s annual safety conference, bringing together air traffic controllers, pilots, FAA officials, industry and other members of the aviation community to discuss an array of topics and share information and expertise about improving aviation safety.

NATCA Honors Its Members during National Engineers Week
Thu, Feb 24, 2011

WASHINGTON – They are responsible for the design, construction and remodeling of air traffic control facilities and equipment. They handle the integration of new systems into the operational National Airspace System (NAS). And they can even rise to the occasion in an urgent situation; such as 10 years ago next week when they helped restore services to Sea-Tac International Airport’s air traffic control facilities after a powerful earthquake severely damaged the tower.

NATCA Applauds Passage of Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill
Fri, Feb 18, 2011

WASHINGTON – National Air Traffic Controllers Association Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert issued the following statement following Thursday evening’s Senate passage of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill:

NATCA Supports House FAA Bill That Would Help Ensure Air Safety
Wed, Feb 9, 2011

WASHINGTON – Representing a highly motivated and dedicated workforce of safety professionals, National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Paul Rinaldi told the House Aviation Subcommittee, in his prepared testimony submitted before today's hearing, that NATCA is working more effectively with the Federal Aviation Administration in an improving relationship built on collaboration. Thus, NATCA supports the swift passage of a comprehensive FAA reauthorization bill that will help its frontline workforce make the world’s safest skies even safer.

Controllers at Memphis Tower and Radar Approach Control Facilities Win FAA Award
Wed, Jan 26, 2011

WASHINGTON - Air traffic controllers at both the Memphis Tower and Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities joined with local Federal Aviation Administration management today in accepting the agency’s “Dorothy Tharnish Customer Service Award” from Administrator Randy Babbitt, capping a year of successful collaborative efforts between NATCA, FAA and other key stakeholders.

NATCA President Paul Rinaldi Named FAA Management Advisory Council Member
Mon, Jan 3, 2011

WASHINGTON – Along with aviation leaders representing industry, education, government and labor, NATCA President Paul Rinaldi has been named a member of the FAA’s Management Advisory Council – a group designed to advise Administrator Randy Babbitt on a wide array of aviation issues. NATCA has never had representation on the council before.