For the first time, a representative from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) has been named to the FAA’s Management Advisory Council. NATCA President Paul Rinaldi joins other aviation leaders representing industry, education, government and labor on the council – a group designed to advise FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt on a wide array of aviation issues.
Rinaldi joins 12 other members in evaluating National Airspace System issues, such as the FAA’s financial management structure, cost-efficiency improvements and labor management issues. The council also includes members from the Department of Defense and Department of Transportation.
Its existence mandated by Congress as part of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 1996, the council meets four times a year. Its primary purpose is to protect the safety of the system and ensure fiscal responsiblity to protect public interest and maintain the FAA’s status as the world leader in aviation – as well as providing insight on any other topics the administrator selects.