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NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert broke ground on June 2 for the new 370-foot-tall air traffic control tower and radar approach control at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). According to the FAA Press Release, “The new tower will enable air traffic controllers to continue to provide the safest, most efficient service to flights at the nation’s fifth busiest tower.”

“NATCA and its members at Charlotte are already an integral part of the decision-making process that will make this an even better airport for pilots, passengers and the community as a whole,” said Gilbert. “This new facility will provide controllers with updated equipment and technology, as well as an improved line of sight of all parts of the airport thanks to the tower height, seamless glass in the tower cab, and air traffic control equipment and monitors moved to a level which is easier for controllers to see. Controllers rely on radar and computers, but their eyes are important tools as well. The sweeping views of the airport, airfield, and surrounding skies provided by this new tower will be invaluable. The expanded line of sight is particularly important. This will enhance safety and provide for more efficient operations.”

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NATCA’s President Paul Rinaldi, Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert, and Western Pacific Regional Vice President Ham Ghaffari spoke at a solidarity meeting at Oakland Center on Tuesday, May 31. Rinaldi and Gilbert addressed member questions and discussed the issues that affect the Union.

“Paul, Trish, and Ham took time out of their busy schedules to attend a local membership meeting, and an offsite solidarity event following that meeting,” said FacRep Scott Conde. “They made themselves available to the membership and answered many questions about the tentative contract, the need for a stable funding stream in the National Airspace System, and a host of other member questions and concerns. It was a standing room only crowd that very much appreciated their time and commitment to our organization. Following the meetings, they met privately with representatives of our local to discuss issues directly affecting our facility.”

“I am pleased to announce that following their meeting, the Oakland Center NATCA Executive Board voted to unanimously support ratification of our new contract,” Conde continued. “We wish to express our gratitude to our Leadership and the sacrifices that they make in representing us and providing us with both information and guidance.”

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On June 3, Chicago Center (ZAU) FacRep Toby Hauck, along with fellow area controllers, met with Congressman Robert Dold (R-IL-10) in his district. They spoke about the urgency of hiring air traffic controllers and importance of HR 5292.

Pictured from left to right: Tomaso DiPaolo (Region X), Toby Hauck (ZAU), Congressman Dold (R-IL-10), Eric Toll (ORD), and John Riopel (C-90).

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