Air Traffic Controllers
Air traffic controllers ensure the safety of every flight throughout the United States. They work in three different types of specialized facilities: Enroute, terminal and tower. These employees safeguard nearly one billion aviation passengers within the NAS each year.
Engineers & Architects of Airway Facilities and NAS Implementation
NATCA engineers and architects design new facilities, construct or remodel ATC facilities and replace aging NAS equipment. They evaluate systems and provide technical support to fix problems with NAS equipment. In addition, they analyze radar and communications coverage, correct deficiencies in existing systems, propose changes and upgrades and present those changes to the agency to secure funding and support. Engineers determine whether facilities will be replaced or upgraded, develop plans for improvements and implement upgrades and construction or installation projects. We understand aviation technology. We are constantly devising and introducing newer technologies that improve standards as they maintain and operate older ones on which the FAA depends. The Engineer's problem-solving approach grows in importance as the FAA technological advances become more high-tech. We are committed to improving communication with our NATCA brothers and sisters in Air Traffic; and all the other new bargaining units within NATCA. Engineers and architects are committed to ensuring the high performance operation of the vast network of sophisticated air traffic control, navigation, surveillance, communication and automation equipment which makes up the national airspace system. The national airspace system is the busiest and most complex aviation system in the world.
LOCATION: All nine FAA regional offices.
Traffic Management Coordinators and Traffic Management Specialist
These employees maximize the NAS by coordinating the flow of aircraft on a national scale. They are continuously aware of the traffic flow, status of navaids, weather conditions and traffic forecasts to preclude situations that may cause sector saturation, excessive Enroute and terminal delays and flights with undesirable atmospheric conditions.
Terminal and Enroute Automators
The primary function of these computer specialists, computer scientists, electronic engineers and former air traffic controllers is to provide operational computer software support and maintenance for Enroute centers and terminal environments. These employees work in nine different regions and manage and troubleshoot the NAS computer software, directly impacting software upgrades.
Notice To Airmen (NOTAM)
The employees in this division, located at the FAA’s Air Traffic Control Systems Command Center, are responsible for providing aeronautical information essential to safety, regularity and efficiency of air navigation. They ensure the information is available to flight operations personnel and flight crews.
Privately Contracted Controllers
NATCA represents over a quarter of all towers in the Federal Contract Tower program, operated by RVA, Inc., Midwest Air Traffic Control Services and Serco Management Services, Inc. Air traffic controllers in the private sector, like their federal counterparts, provide essential safety services and guidance to the NAS. Towers typically operate at lower-traffic airports and staff 4-10 controllers per tower.
Flight Procedures Team
This team of employees manages and facilitates the FAA’s Instrument Flight Procedures Program in accordance with National Policy directives. A primary function of the FPT is to design, coordinate and integrate instrument flight procedures into the NAS. FPT specialists must have a working knowledge of the responsibilities of national/regional organizations (i.e. WAAS, NextGen, PBN Offices, etc.) and other FAA lines of business involved in the coordination of Instrument Flight Procedures.
AIR-110 plans and performs the development and coordination of new and revised regulatory standards, advisory documents, and national policy and procedures under the authority of Aircraft Certification Service (AIR). AIR-110 is responsible for developing, coordinating and assessing national policy and procedures related to certification, certification delegation and continued airworthiness matters common to all aircraft directorates and to AIR as they relate to aircraft design, manufacture, modification, and maintenance.
Aviation Technical Systems Specialists
Aviation Technical Systems Specialists support the daily operation of the air traffic system through planning, program implementation, quality control, and operations support. They work with airport sponsors, airport district office planners, and air traffic control personnel as well as engineers/technical operations personnel to provide the technical knowledge and requirements needed to ensure that equipment and systems function within the National Airspace System (NAS). Aviation Technical Systems Specialists handle a range of issues from funding, schedules, and training to implementation and transition.
Department of Defense Controllers
These air traffic control specialists are employed by the Department of Defense and work together with other federal controllers to provide the safe, orderly and expeditious flow of air traffic.
Airports Division Employees
The Airports Organization (ARP) provides leadership for the planning and development of our country’s safe and efficient National Airport System.
ARP has responsibility for all programs related to airport safety. Its activities include the inspection and certification of air carrier airports, and the developing of standards for airport design, construction and operation, and support of the international harmonization of airport standards.
Every 2 years, Airports develops the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) for the US Congress. Each year, the office awards approximately $3.5 billion in airport grants and approves passenger facility charge collections totaling more than $2 billion.
The Airports Organization reviews airport master plans, approves Airport Layout Plans, and approves airport Noise Exposures Maps and Airport Noise Compatibility Plans. Further, it monitors and conducts environmental analyses and reviews, to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations. It establishes policies related to airport rates and charges, and airport privatization. Finally, it monitors compliance with grant assurances.
Office of Chief Counsel Employees
Employees who are part of this division provide legal services within the FAA regional offices. They have hands-on understanding and experience of legal issues and their implications to both bargaining unit members and the FAA. These employees provide valuable insights on the FAA legal procedures and interpretations.
Staff Support Specialists
Employees are typically former controllers and work in regional offices, Air Route Traffic Control Centers, Terminal Radar Approach Controls and airport traffic control towers. They support controllers and the daily operations of the air traffic system by initiating procedural and traffic management changes as well as introducing new technology to the facility.
Logistic and Financial Service Employees
Employees are comprised of budget and program/management analysts, accountants, travel and accounting technicians and computer specialists who oversee all aspects of the FAA's budget, finances, travel policies and performance management. They work to develop standards, systems and procedures to maintain the budget for all lines of business. ABA leads the agency's efforts to plan programs for budget and performance management, financial management.
Flight Service Specialists
Represented by NATCA, Alaska’s Flight Service Specialists provide a wide range of services to pilots, particularly the general aviation community. These services include NOTAMS, weather forecasting, flight plan management, traffic advisories, clearances and instructions from centers or approach control and emergency assistance.
Aerospace engineers, senior engineers, flight test pilots, administrative officers, aircraft certification assistants, information technology (IT) specialists and technical support personnel make up this division, with locations in the United States. They are responsible for providing important safety oversight into the design, production and airworthiness certification approvals of civil aircraft performance.
Drug Abatement Inspectors
This group is responsible for ensuring the air carriers operating in the United States are in compliance with the FAA's and Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing regulations and policy. These employees travel throughout the nation inspecting air carriers' drug and alcohol testing programs. They also investigate incidents where airmen refuse to submit to a drug and alcohol test or where Part 67 medical certificate holders fail a test. They are knowledgeable in all areas of the aviation industry's drug and alcohol testing programs.
Regional Logistics, Finance & Information Management Services Division
NATCA represents 281 employees in eight different regions in the FAA Regional Logistics, Finance and Information Services Divisions. The members in this bargaining unit provide many different services that everyone in the agency needs at one time or another.
NATCA won the election with 78 percent of the vote, and the Federal Labor Relations Authority issued certification on April 26, 2000.
Carmela Newberry serves as the group's national representative. Within NATCA, this division is further combined with the engineers and architects and create essentially one "region" of about 2,508 total bargaining unit members represented by Engineers and Architects Vice President Mike MacDonald on the National Executive Board.
What Do These Members Do?
Logistics Division is a support division reporting directly to the regional administrator. The responsibilities of the division are a myriad, varied, and are comprised of the following:
Acquisition Management Acquisition is responsible for assisting other divisions in complete acquisition services, from small purchases, supplies and service to major contracting of equipment, services and construction. Under the Acquisition Management System (AMS) the contracting officer is to obtain high quality products, services and construction in a timely, cost-effective manner, at prices that are fair and reasonable.
The contracting officer works primarily, but not exclusively with ATO offices in planning and preparing small or major projects, competing and finally awarding to a contractor. Acquisition Management initiates and develops acquisition training programs and materials for the regional and field offices.
Programs residing in Acquisition include: TSSC Work Orders, Reimbursable Agreements, Procurement Request Information System (PRISM), Major Procurement Program Goals Report (MPPGR), Small Business Program, etc.
Those in the Real Estate Division are responsible for acquiring, managing and disposing of land and space for FAA facilities and organizations. Employees research cost effective options and evaluate whether to acquire by lease, purchase or condemnation from private or public sources.
The real estate contracting officers obtain current data by market survey or appraisal, conduct negotiations and finalize terms and conditions. They administer and enforce lease contracts, space management including layout design and alterations, and contracting with utility suppliers for services required. Excess real property is processed by termination of lease contract, cancellation of utility contract or disposal of government owned land.
The Real Estate Division personnel are also responsible for appraisals, building management, rent free space on airports, real property reporting and space management and utility contracts.
Materiel Management Materiel Management employees work with FAA employees to ensure the property they are using is properly identified, recorded and accounted for in AITS. They conduct inventories, write up Report of Surveys and responses for the Survey Board, balance monthly, quarterly and annually all agency amounts in regards to the “books”, provide training for all agency management/personnel for property accountability/disposal/etc.
Specialists track the entire life cycle of the FAA's personal property and assets, consisting of administrative claim items for the National Airspace System equipment and systems and process purchased assets in Mass Additions. They capitalize real property assets involved in accounting and are responsible for all date input, maintaining automated database programs and arranging physical inventories to validate assets.
Other services include:
Administrative Services Administrative Services or Building Services Branches perform the following functions: building access cards, space and office reconfiguration, regional motor vehicle management, parking decals, liaison with the owners of the building for property maintenance and management of the Regional Office, warehouse operations, emergency evacuation plans, mal service, distribution of forms and orders/regulations, print shop, supply room, all division purchases, CCTV’s signage for the building, internal key control and badges, employee and tort claims, security control point, copier maintenance for the division, personal property inventory for the division, and pick and sale of excess property.
Building Services is responsible for: maintenance of the regional office buildings, copy centers that produce large volumes of copies that need binding, supply rooms that handle the distribution of supplies for employees in regional offices, space planning and furniture relocations, distribution of forms and orders/regulations, mail services that include incoming and outgoing mail.
NATCA serves as the exclusive bargaining representative for FAA air traffic controllers, engineers, architects, staff specialists and many other aviation safety professionals and some DOD and private contracted air traffic controllers – representing the concerns of all in the field, not just their members.
NATCA’s mission is to preserve, promote and improve the safety of air travel within the United States, and to serve as an advocate for air traffic controllers and other aviation safety professionals.
NATCA is 15,000 members strong. That’s 15,000 people sharing the same message and working toward the same goal as you. At NATCA, your voice is heard, your ideas make a difference and you are important.
NATCA has displayed unprecedented levels of collaboration and cooperation, earning the praises of aviation and safety industry leaders, political and legislative groups and aviation organizations. NATCA is a respected leader in the aviation safety industry, remaining committed to promoting air traffic modernization and safety.