Association responds to congressman’s retirement

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) recently responded to Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) decision to not seek re-election in 2018.

Frank LoBiondo

LoBiondo has served 12 terms and is chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee.

“NATCA is grateful for Chairman LoBiondo’s support and strong leadership, and our long-standing partnership,” NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert said. “We look forward to working with him during the remainder of his term, as there are many important issues that we continue to face as an aviation community. We will miss him, we thank him for all of his work and service, and we wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.”

LoBiondo has been a champion for aviation safety professionals, NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said, by defending the NATCA from its opponents. The congressman fought on NATCA’s behalf with the Federal Aviation Administration for many issues, including solving a contract impasse in 2009,

LoBiondo previously served as House Republican Labor Caucus Chairman.

In 2008, NATCA awarded LoBiondo with the James L. Oberstar Sentinel of Safety Award. The award honors outstanding achievement in the advancement of aviation safety.

NATCA was founded in 1987 and has more than 20,000 members. LoBiondo was elected in 1994.