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Recent Press Releases and Announcements

ATCA Supports Full Funding of Contract Tower Program

March 21, 2017
- Earlier this month, the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) joined industry groups in urging Congress to fully fund the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Contract Tower Program as part of its FY 2018 appropriations bill.

ATCA's President and CEO Peter F. Dumont, along with the heads of the US Contract Tower Association, the Regional Airline Association (RAA), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), Air Council International – NA (ACI-NA), the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), and the Cargo Airline Association (CAA), sent a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11-NJ) requesting no less than $159,000,000 to maintain operations for the program, which has provided essential air traffic safety services for over three decades.

"Contract towers are critical to the health of the National Airspace System (NAS)," Dumont said. "Disruptions to or cuts in service, no matter how small, can negatively affect the entire NAS and the US economy as a whole. Moreover, rural and urban communities alike benefit greatly from these facilities, as does general aviation. We urge Congress to preserve these necessary facilities and the invaluable services they provide our communities."

The Contract Tower Program is made up of 253 towers in 46 states that handle approximately 28 percent of all air traffic control tower (ATCT) aircraft operations in the US. The program's current funding levels only account for about 14 percent of FAA's overall budget allotted to ATCT tower operations.

The letter was also sent to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Ranking Member Rep. Nita Lowey (D-17-NY), as well as to the committee's Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-25-FL) and Ranking Member Rep. David Price (D-4-NC).

Read full press release HERE.

ATCA welcomes Elaine Chao as our new Secretary of Transportation


January 31, 2017 - ATCA, a member of the transportation industry since 1956, would like to welcome Elaine Chao as our new Secretary of Transportation. Chao, a former assistant secretary of transportation and labor secretary, won overwhelming approval in today’s Senate confirmation hearing – and we can see why. Ms. Chao brings a great depth of experience to the role. In the midst of so much change (both politically and technologically), the right leader is crucial to bring the transportation industry into the next era. We look forward to working with the new Secretary and the administration as we advance the science and technology of air traffic control, air traffic management, and new entrants into the airspace. Congratulations, Secretary Chao.

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