ATCA Constitution and Bylaws

Constitution revised October 2019:
The Constitution & Bylaws have been revised to reflect the October 2019 ATCA Board of Directors meeting. Download the PDF.

Constitution & Bylaws 


ATCA Objectives


As an independent, non-profit organization, ATCA is dedicated to the following objectives:
  • Promoting, maintaining and enhancing the stature and well being of the Air Traffic Control profession and the aviation community.
  • Developing and disseminating knowledge of the control of air traffic in all its phases and applications.
    Encouraging intelligent and honorable cooperation between all persons, parties and agencies interested in and concerned with the promotion and advancement of aviation and, in particular, the field of air traffic control.

ATCA Goals

  • To serve as the forum for discussing issues and exchanging ideas on all matters pertaining to global airspace systems and flight safety.
  • To serve as a catalyst to bring together those who use, develop, operate, maintain, supervise and manage the airspace systems of the world.
  • To continue a public relations effort through participation in and with the media and aviation related associations telling the story of the evolution of air traffic control systems and ATC to the community, its classrooms, civic organizations, airports, etc.
  • To increase the level of operational and technical expertise within the Association through continued membership recruitment efforts.
  • To promote the development and world-wide deployment of modern air traffic control technology and services. To support R&D activities leading to continued progress in the safety, efficiency and capacity of the aviation environment.
  • To focus attention on the needs of users of air traffic control systems and to ensure these needs are fully understood, considered and accommodated in future air traffic control systems development.
  • To attract, encourage and help sponsor the development of young people to enter the air traffic control profession.
  • To respect the professional dignity of all persons and organizations interested in air traffic control, and to actively foster the involvement of women, minorities, the handicapped and disadvantaged in ATCA and aviation in general.
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  • 06 Jun 2018
    Hon. Linda Hall Daschle Named 2018 Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Winner

    The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) is pleased to announce that former FAA Acting Administrator Linda Hall Daschle has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, one of the most prominent awards in aviation and ATCA’s highest honor.

    A pioneer for women in air traffic management, Daschle was the first female to hold the post of Acting Administrator for the FAA. She began her aviation career in Kansas nearly 45 years ago as a licensed weather observer for the agency. In 1993, she was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the US Senate for the position of FAA Deputy Administrator. One of her first tasks involved an assessment of the agency’s key air traffic modernization program called the Advanced Automation System which was eventually overhauled, saving the agency an estimated $1.6 billion. She also oversaw the advancement of new regional airline safety regulations and conducted a review of the agency’s safety and surveillance program, which resulted in one of the single largest hires of new safety inspectors in FAA history. 

    Ms. Daschle has held numerous government and private-sector leadership positions, including with the American Association of Airport Executives, the Air Transport Association, the former Civil Aeronautics Board, and with the law firm of Baker Donelson. She is currently President of LHD & Associates, Inc, and serves on the board of Aireon, LLC.

    In accepting the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, Ms. Daschle joins aviation greats, including Delta’s Richard Anderson, NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, the Hon. Jane Garvey, Boeing’s Neil Planzer, former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, and pilot A. Scott Crossfield. (View press release HERE.)

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    Established in Washington, D.C., in 1956 by a group of air traffic controllers, the Air Traffic Control Association has been from the outset dedicated to progress in the science of air traffic control and the preservation of a safe flight environment.
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