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Pilot Meets Controller Who Assisted Him

Shad Curtis nd his passenger Howard

Pictured above, from left to right: Pilot Vartan Seferian, his passenger Howard Norber, and controller Shad Curtis.


There was a heartwarming moment at the ATC tower at Chicago Executive Airport (PWK) on Dec. 7: A thankful pilot, Vartan Seferian, met the air traffic controller - NATCA PWK member Shad Curtis - who assisted him during an emergency the previous day.

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Disaster Relief: Alaska Earthquake Update

Earthquakes Help Graphic       A significant amount of damage has been confirmed in the Eagle River community, as suspected in the NATCA Disaster Response Committee’s (DRC) initial assessment. To date, the DRC has been in contact with five members who reported damage to their house, four of which live in Eagle River.

Two of these five were initially without power and water, which was restored over the weekend.

The DRC has purchased and committed resources to three of the five members we have been in contact with since the incident began Nov. 30. The DRC will continue to monitor and follow-up with NATCA facility contacts until we are satisfied that all members’ needs have been accounted for following this disaster.

These members have widespread water damage, caused by bursting pipes which subsequently flooded basements and lower levels of their house. All members in this area have damage to their glass fixtures in their house, such as windows, mirrors, and glass doors. Due to the near constant aftershocks and initial 7.0 earthquake, there is extensive drywall damage and structural damage throughout the region.



GoFundMe: Please click here.

PayPal: Please Click here or use natcarelief@natcadc.org

Checks: Payable to “DRF” or “Disaster Relief Fund.” Mail to:

Attn.: Accounting Department
1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, D.C., 20005

Automatic Payroll Deduction: NATCA members can also donate to the disaster relief fund through payroll deduction, using this form. 

NATCA YouTube Channel

Podcast 48 - Ask an Air Traffic Controller
Podcast 48 - Ask an Air Traffic Controller

Following our 'Ask the Captain' and 'Ask a Flight Attendant' episodes, we wanted to pose your questions to an active air traffic controller. So in this episode, San Juan Tower controller Kyrandgel Rio...

Air Traffic Control Career:
Air Traffic Control Career: "I Love My Job"

A video produced by FAA Communications in collaboration with NATCA.

Fort Wayne's NBC: Salute to Fort Wayne Air Traffic Controller Eric Vanstrom
Fort Wayne's NBC: Salute to Fort Wayne Air Traffic Controller Eric Vanstrom

NATCA Great Lakes Archie League Medal of Safety Award. Aired on April 25, 2017.

CNN HLN Atlanta TRACON Archie League Awards
CNN HLN Atlanta TRACON Archie League Awards

Archie League Award-winning save story and interview, with A80 NATCA member Mason Braddock and pilot Cathy Lewan (3/24/17).

Communicating for Safety

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Communicating For Safety: Oct. 22-24, 2018;
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Biennial Convention


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The 17th Biennial Convention was held in Philadelphia, April 17-20, 2018. More Information. The 18th Biennial Convention will be held in Houston, May 27-29, 2020.

NATCA in Washington

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  NATCA's premier legislative event.
May 20-22, 2019. More information.