Who is NATCA?

There are ten regions under the jurisdiction of NATCA, nine of which correspond to the geographic boundaries set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and deal primarily with air traffic related personnel and associated issues. NATCA’s tenth region, Region X, is nationwide in scope and encompasses the Union’s other represented bargaining units including Engineers and Architects, and professionals of the Legal, Airports, Aircraft Certification, and Aerospace Medicine divisions of the FAA. Each of the ten NATCA regions is represented by a Regional Vice President (RVP) who, along with the president and executive vice president, constitutes the governing body of the Union, the National Executive Board. While responsibilities of the RVPs are common in all ten NATCA regions, it is evident through individual administrative, management, and communications styles, that diverse approaches are required to effectively deal with the broad range of concerns affecting membership across the nation. Regardless of geographical differences and a wide variety of issues, the one thing each region does consistently is to provide the best aviation safety service in the world.



Who We Represent:



Aircraft Certification Specialist (AIR)

NATCA represents over 500 employees in the Aircraft Certification Division, who have offices located in four directorates (which geographically cover every region) and Brussels. This group is comprised of aerospace engineers, senior engineers, program managers, flight test pilots, aircraft certification assistants and various administrative and technical support personnel. The Aircraft Certification Division approves the new designs and modifications of aircraft, engines, propellers, and related components and accessories.


Airports Division (ARP)

NATCA represents over 200 members of Airports Division in all regions, except the FAA's Eastern Region office. ARP includes all airports district offices nationwide. Employees are responsible for the distribution of all airport improvement funds, coordination of airport design, oversight of land purchases and annual safety inspections.


Air Traffic Controllers

The U.S. air traffic controller workforce consists of over 15,000 dedicated and well-trained men and women. Air Traffic Controllers work in airport control towers and many of these professionals work in en route control and terminal radar approach centers.


Automation Support Specialists (ATB 200 and AOS 300)

NATCA represents Automation Support Specialists in Enroute centers and field facilities nationwide. Computer specialists, computer scientists, electronic engineers and air traffic control specialists make up this group. Their primary function is to provide operational computer software support and maintenance for en route centers and terminal environments.


Budget & Financial Analysis

Employees are budget and policy analysts, financial management accountants and travel and payroll financial accountants overseeing all aspects of the FAA budget for all lines of business.


Department of Defense Controllers

NATCA represents air traffic control specialists employed by the Department of Defense (DoD). NATCA currently represents over 20 controllers in three DoD towers: Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point (NKT), Kalaeloa Tower (JRF) and Los Alamitos Army Airfield (SLI).


Drug Abatement Inspectors

Employees are responsible for ensuring the air carriers that operate in the U.S. are in compliance with the DOT’s Drug & Alcohol testing regulation and policy. They conduct random checks and audits on the carriers’ program as it relates to the federal regulations on the Drug & Alcohol Testing program.


Engineers & Architects

NATCA represents over 600 engineers and architects who design new facilities, construct or remodel ATC facilities and replace aging National Airways System (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, installation projects and much more.


Engineers of Operational Support & Aviation System Standards (AOS & AVN)

NATCA represents 300 engineers in Oklahoma City for AVN (Aviation System Standards ), AOS (Operational Support)-200, 510 and AFS (Flight Standards)-610; Atlantic City for AOS-260/270. This is the National Airways Systems Engineering Division, which provides field support, maintains the configuration management of systems and performs modifications of equipment.


Flight Service Specialist

NATCA represents nearly 100 flight service specialists in Alaska's three Automated Flight Service Station locations: Fairbanks, Juneau and Kenai. The specialists, unlike air traffic controllers, are not responsible for giving clearances or provide separation to pilots. Instead, the provide pre-flight briefings such as weather conditions, manage flight plans, offer traffic advisories, relay instructions from air traffic control, and provide emergency assistance.



Flight Procedures Team (FPT)

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.


Inspectors of the Compliance and Enforcement Branch of the Drug Abatement Division

NATCA represents nearly 50 inspectors in seven regional Federal Aviation Administration offices, Miami, the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, and in headquarters. The members in this bargaining unit report directly to the Office of Aerospace Medicine.


Legal Division (AGC)

Employees provide all legal services within the regional offices. These professionals have hands-on understanding of and experience with legal issues and their implications to both bargaining unit members and the agency. They provide valuable insight on FAA legal procedures and interpretations.



NATCA represents employees at the Federal Aviation Administration's David J. Hurley Air Traffic Control Systems Command Center in Herndon, Va., in the air traffic control specialists, U.S. Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) Office (USNOF) Unit. The members in this bargaining unit are responsible for operation compliance with polices, procedures and communicate this data to pilots on any issue that impacts safety of flight.


Privately Contracted Controllers

This group is comprised of ATC specialists who work for three private employers: Robinson-Van Vuren Associates (RVA), Inc., Midwest Air Traffic Control Services, and Serco Management Services, Inc. These contract towers tend to be smaller in size and operation, typically employing between five and 10 controllers, many of whom are retired FAA and military air traffic controllers. 


Regional Counsel's Office

NATCA represents approximately 30 employees in eight different regions in the FAA Legal Division. The members in this bargaining unit are attorneys, para-professionals and other administrative staff assigned to the Legal Division.


Regional Logistics, Finance, Accounting & Information Management Services Division

NATCA represents more than 300 employees in regional offices nationwide, except in the Eastern Region. These are regional real estate, acquisition, materiel/material, property, regional building services, accounting, payroll, finance, budget and computer specialists. They are involved in materiel/material purchasing and inventory control, asset management and accountability, land and associated fixtures purchasing, budget planning, payroll for all employees, accounts receivable and payable, programming and computer support.


Regional Office Staff Specialist & Field Specialist

Employees support the work and overall tasks of air traffic controllers, including quality assurance, training and personnel. Because many support staffers were former controllers, they have an intimate understanding of controller needs.


Staff Support Specialists

NATCA represents over 600 staff specialists who are air traffic controllers located in regional offices, Enroute traffic control centers, Terminal Radar Approach Controls, and airport traffic control towers. Staff specialists support the daily operation of the air traffic system through a variety of functions. One of their primary responsibilities is to initiate procedural and traffic management changes to enhance the air traffic controller's ability to move aircraft through the system.


Traffic Management Coordinators (TMCs)

NATCA represents over 500 employees in en route centers and terminals, including over 80 within ATCSCC in Herndon, Va. The members in this bargaining unit provide many different services that everyone in the FAA needs at one time or another.