From the Tower

Who is NATCA?

Aviation safety is at the core of who we are and is what drives our members each and every day. Our organization believes in promoting and enhancing safety through education, communication and collaboration together with every sector of the aviation industry. By working together with great organizations such as EAA, we strive to keep our airspace system the safest and most efficient in the world. Whether you’re considering learning to fly, a student pilot or a certified pilot, we're here for you.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) is a labor union and aviation safety organization in the United States that represents nearly 20,000 highly skilled air traffic controllers, engineers, and other aviation safety-related professionals. NATCA is one of the strongest labor unions in the federal sector and represents a range of aviation safety professionals in 15 FAA bargaining units, five Department of Defense air traffic facilities, and 102 federal contract towers.

NATCA collaborates with Congress, the FAA, and other aviation stakeholders to modernize the aviation system to benefit all users. For example, NATCA members advocate for necessary funding legislation, work on initiatives including NOTAM reform, and are involved in technology and equipment upgrades and deployment. Through partnerships, like the one here with EAA, NATCA strives to bring useful and relevant content directly to the general aviation community.



Founded in 1987, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) represents more than 15,000 aviation safety professionals throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and other U.S. territories. All share a common goal: protecting the safety of the flying public. Visit the NATCA website.

Proud of Our Profession

We are fortunate to be part of a profession that allows us to directly contribute to the safety of flight, the efficiency of commerce, and the support of military operations. We take pride in the responsibility that has been entrusted to us. Learn more about why we love what we do. 

Pilot Outreach

Reaching out to the aviation community provides us all the opportunity to learn together. Have a question or maybe a request for materials or a facility visit? Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at

For Young Aviators

Is there a Young Aviator in your life interested in learning more about aviation? Download these fun activities.
Coloring Book
High School Activity Book 

Hiring Information

Interested in pursuing a career in Air Traffic Control? Learn how to become an air traffic controller, then find the latest air traffic controller job openings.

History of ATC

The first “Control Tower” was mobile. It was a chair, an umbrella for shade, lunch, water, a notepad and a pair of signal flags used to direct aircraft to “GO” or to “HOLD." Learn more about ATC history. 

Communicating for Safety

Hosted annually by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), Communicating For Safety (CFS) is the aviation industry’s leading conference focusing on safety, technology and building relationships.
Learn More About NATCA Events.
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