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National Office Week in Review: Dec. 9, 2015

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COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT NATCA DETAILS STAFFING CRISIS, OUTLINES RECOMMENDATIONS TO FIX IT, BEFORE HOUSE AVIATION SUBCOMMITTEE; GOOD PRESS COVERAGE NATCA President Paul Rinaldi and Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert on Dec. 8 discussed issues su rrounding the nation's air traffic controller staffing shortage at a roundtable policy discussion on the FAA's air traffic controller hiring, staffing and training plans, held by the House Transportation & Infrastruc ture Subcommittee on Aviation. Official FAA data shows the agency missed its air traffic controller hiring goal for the fifth consecutive fiscal year in 2015 . Air traffic controller staffing has been a concern for many years, but it has now reached a crisis level. As NATCA has said repeatedly ov er the past few years: the status quo is unacceptable. While there are some encouraging signs, NATCA's concern is that hiring numbers are not keeping up with attrition. That problem could get worse before it gets better; Of the 10,833 certified controllers , 31 percent are eligible to retire at any time. We issued a press release that contained the full opening remarks from Paul. You can read that here. FACT SHEET: Updated national controller staffing, 2011 - 2015 PRESS CLIPPINGS FROM THE ROUNDTABLE: ASSOCIATED PRESS Busy Air Traffic Control Facilities Lack Enough Controllers THE HILL Union presses lawmakers to fix air traffic controller shortfall THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR What can be don e to alleviate shortage of air traffic controllers? The labor union representing American air traffic controllers warns air traffic control facilities are understaffed, but they say there's a solution. More TV/Radio coverage of the staffing shortage an d Tuesday's roundtable discussion on Capitol Hill with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee: WBBM - radio Chicago WFLD - TV Chicago KUSA - TV Denver KXAS - TV Dallas ABC News WHSV - TV (Fox local affiliate) NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON : We are preparing to launch our redesign ed, improved, and streamline d web site, which will include a new section for members. We've got a few matters left to wrap up but expect to roll it out next week. Look for our "grand opening" announcement in the Dec. 18 issue of the NATCA Insider. The new site will be much more mobile - devi ce friendly than the current site and we're anxious to have you try it out on your smartphones and/or tablets. To access the members only portion, you will need the username and password that you currently use to access the NATCA Portal. If you don't know or remember those credentials, you can get those now by visiting this page here .

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