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Communicating for Safety

Hosted annually by NATCA, Communicating For Safety (CFS) is the aviation industry’s leading conference focusing on safety, technology, and building relationships with other aviation professionals. This three-day conference, which was held March 21-23 at Bally’s in Las Vegas, is unique in that it's the only conference of its kind to focus specifically on the air traffic needs of all members of the aviation community who are affected by the National Airspace System (NAS).

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Controller Staffing Down 10 Percent, Hiring Lags

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Air traffic controller staffing has been a concern for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association for many years, but it has now reached a crisis level. We’ve said it repeatedly over the past few years: the status quo is unacceptable.

Controller staffing has fallen nearly 10 percent since 2011, and the FAA has missed its hiring goals in each of the last five years. With one third of our workforce eligible to retire, the FAA’s bureaucratic structure is failing. In fiscal year 2015, the FAA fell 24 percent below its staffing goals. If this situation continues unaddressed, we will be hard-pressed to maintain current capacity, let alone expand and modernize the system.

NATCA Supports Air Traffic Control Reform

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NATCA supports air traffic control reform and believes we must have stable, predictable funding for the National Airspace System (NAS). The FAA Reauthorization bill contains necessary reforms that we believe will help us maintain the safest, most efficient airspace in the world while we move forward with innovative modernization projects, while protecting the workforce.

The current aviation system has served us well until recent years. Unfortunately, we no longer have a stable or predictable funding stream and this uncertainty has caused many serious problems for the system. Without change, we face continued funding uncertainty.

"All stakeholders in the NAS must work together to ensure that the United States remains the world leader in aviation," said NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, pictured above.

Please click here to read NATCA's Feb. 10, 2016 testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee about H.R. 4441, the FAA Reauthorization bill.

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Matt Lauer Worked In An Air Traffic Control Tower – And No One Got Hurt! | TODAY
Matt Lauer Worked In An Air Traffic Control Tower – And No One Got Hurt! | TODAY

On TODAY’s series Up for the Job TODAY, all of our TODAY anchors are interning at different jobs. Matt Lauer can keep a cool head under pressure, so he wanted to see if he could pull off interning a...

CBS Columbus Story About 2016 NATCA Archie League Award Winner
CBS Columbus Story About 2016 NATCA Archie League Award Winner

Watch this news story about the work of Dave Kilgus, NATCA member and air traffic controller at Columbus ATCT, who helped a pilot in distress in March 2015. Kilgus received the 2016 Great Lakes Region...

Communicating for Safety

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What started as an event with just 40 attendees in 1999 has now become the aviation industry’s leading safety conference, with over 1,000 attendees.

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