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National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)

For Immediate Release

Jan. 21, 2017

Contact: Doug Church, 301-346-8245

NATCA Statement on the Inauguration of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence

WASHINGTON – NATCA President Paul Rinaldi and Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert issued the following joint statement on Friday’s presidential inauguration:

“We congratulate President Donald Trump on his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, and we congratulate Mike Pence on taking office as the nation’s 48th Vice President.

“Our National Airspace System (NAS) is the world’s safest and most efficient. It provides 11.8 million jobs and creates $1.5 trillion in total economic activity, contributing over five percent to the United States Gross Domestic Product. We look forward to working with the Trump Administration to secure a stable, predictable funding stream for the NAS. This will be essential to protecting the system and the workforce that safeguards it, while also implementing modernization efforts and providing air travelers the safety and professionalism they deserve.

“President Trump has stated that it is a priority to invest in our nation’s infrastructure. In order to maintain the United States’ position as the world’s leader in aviation, we must replace our aging air traffic control facilities and continue to develop and deploy NextGen air transportation system procedures and technologies.

“We also look forward to working with the Trump Administration to further advance the tremendously successful collaborative relationship we’ve built with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation over the last eight years, which has yielded positive results for the American people.”

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