Certified in 1987, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) represents nearly 20,000 professionals, including nearly 14,000 air traffic controllers employed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the private sector in FAA’s Federal Contract Tower Program. Additionally, NATCA represents engineers, architects, traffic management coordinators, and other aviation safety-related professionals.

Highly skilled, dedicated, professional and fully committed to ensuring the safety of every flight, U.S. air traffic controllers safely guide 70,000 aircraft each day and over 895 million passengers per year through the United States National Airspace System.
In total, aviation contributes $1.5 trillion to the nation’s gross domestic product and provides over 12 million American jobs. One of the strongest and most influential labor unions in the U.S. federal sector, and an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), NATCA’s membership is almost entirely comprised of federal employees, who can be found in every state and territory of the United States.

NATCA is very proud to represent not only the interests of its membership, but also the safety interests of the flying public. The union’s motto, Safety Above All, is the litmus test against which all of its decisions are based. NATCA continually strives to improve and enhance aviation safety, while providing the safest, most efficient air traffic control system in the world.