Who we are:

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) is the exclusive representative of nearly 20,000 aviation safety professionals, including more than 14,000 air traffic controllers serving the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the private sector. In addition, NATCA represents traffic management coordinators, FAA engineers and architects, FAA operational support staff specialists, aircraft certification professionals, FAA airports division, regional counsels, and personnel from FAA’s regions and center operations, financial management, acquisitions, and information technology divisions, FAA’s Alaska flight service station air traffic control specialists, FAA aviation technical systems specialists, flight procedures specialists, automation specialists, FAA drug abatement professionals, and employees of the U.S. NOTAM service.

Air traffic controllers and aviation specialists are dedicated to ensuring that our National Airspace System (NAS) is the safest and most efficient in the world. Controller skills are put to work every day as they handle an impressive volume of traffic—they separate more than 70,000 flights each day, safely moving nearly two million passengers through our skies daily. Air traffic controllers handle these flights in the busiest and most complex airspace in the world with roughly 5,000 planes in the sky at any given moment.

How we use Status of Women in the States:

NATCA will use the Status of Women in the States as a tool to help promote women in aviation safety, a traditionally male-dominated field. As our airspace becomes more diverse, so too should our workforce. Within the Union, we strive to create a balance where all voices are heard and all expertise is encouraged and respected. From our national executive board to our standing committees to leadership within our facilities, women play a vital role in the health of our Union and the future of the National Airspace System.