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  • Every Day is a Training Day: "It's in Your Hands" - In the third installment of his video series on training, 2018 NATCA James Oberstar Sentinel of Safety Award winner Gordon Graham says it's in your hands to make every day a training day. "Remember: Absent experience, all you’ve got to rely on is training," he says. "If you’re training was one time, any time, some time ago, that’s a problem lying in wait. And it could lead to a tragedy." Watch video

  • NATCA-FAA Collaboration Leads to New Miami Childcare Center Success: On a hot Miami day made cooler by snow cones and water table activities, Miami Tailwinds Child Development Center (CDC) celebrated its new vendor, KIDazzle, with an Open House on July 27, 2019. The event was a huge success and an excellent example of NATCA-FAA collaboration.  
    “This is the first ever open house at one of our FAA child care centers,” said FAA/NATCA Article 114 Child Care Rep Jennifer Malloy, who led coordination of the event. “Our controllers and their families love the convenience of having their children so close, and we are thrilled to be making the care received by our smallest members of our Air Traffic Control family even better.” 
    NATCA and the FAA Office of Human Resource Management worked together with the Tailwinds Board of Directors, FAA Technical Operations, the Department of Transportation, and KIDazzle Child Care to form a collaborative team. The group transformed an ordinary child care facility into an aesthetically pleasing CDC where federal and community families could experience a nurturing and stimulating environment for their children while they are at work.
  • Rinaldi Talks Modernization, Strengthening Aviation Workforce for the Future at Airports Conference: NATCA President Paul Rinaldi joined airport and aviation leaders from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States at the annual Airports Conference of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia this week to discuss important topics affecting international aviation in these regions.

    Rinaldi was a panelist on the Aviation Executive Forum, moderated by Houston Airport System Director of Aviation Mario Diaz. Other panelists included CEO of Quiport Andrew O’Brian, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regional Director for Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security in the Americas Filipe Reis (pictured at left), and Airlines for America Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Senior Vice President Sharon Pinkerton (pictured on Rinaldi's left).
    About the panel, Rinaldi said the following, “I spoke about the impact of new entrants – UAVs and commercial space – and how technology is evolving more quickly than we can implement it. I stressed how the technology companies don’t generally understand the limitations for us adding new technologies to a safety critical system like the National Airspace System. So the aviation community can better address these issues, it is vital that the leaders who attended this event understand these challenges related to aviation growth and modernization.”
    During the panel, Rinaldi also addressed the pressing need for stable funding for the U.S. National Airspace System, modernizing aviation infrastructure globally to include new technology like remote towers, and developing a strong aviation workforce for the future. 
    Presented by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), the South Central Chapter of AAAE, and the International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE), the conference serves to initiate greater collaboration in safety between all stakeholders going forward, including dozens of countries from around the world. 

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