Technical Operations systems specialists are critical to the safe operation and efficient functioning of aviation communications, computer, navigation and power systems critical to safe air travel.
Aviation Safety employees, including aviation safety inspectors, oversee every aspect of the aviation industry to ensure the safety and efficiency of your flight.
Mission Support and Flight Inspection employees, such as mission specialists and procedures development specialists, provide services essential to ground- and space-based navigation systems.
Last month, a debilitating computer virus affected more than 4,800 FAA employees’ laptops across the nation that are directly used to diagnose and repair National Airspace System (NAS) equipment. Due to the severity of the virus, the computers were taken completely offline, disabling employees from being able to access their emails and data off of the network. With no quick-fix solution in sight, all of the computers had to be removed for service and replaced completely.
Martha Burgoon Parish, an airspace system inspection pilot (ASIP) and the PASS Flight Inspection Services national representative, has always been very passionate about what she does and the career path she chose. As a lover of all things aviation related, she very much enjoys the opportunity to share her personal knowledge and experiences with others. For that reason, she regularly volunteers at career fairs and other community events to provide insight to young children and adults about the world of aviation.
Last week, Region I Assistant and International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronic Associations (IFATSEA) Director of the Americas Carlos Aguirre attended the ATM World Congress in Madrid, Spain. This gathering of leaders from the air traffic management, or ATM, industry is an important event organized by the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) and the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA). Through an alliance with IFATSEA, PASS is allowed access to the international aviation community and the opportunity to provide important input.
By Richard Riggs, PASS National T-SAP Representative
As many PASS members know, the FAA and PASS have agreed to implement the Technical Operations Safety Action Program (T-SAP) nationally. What many may not know is that everyone considered to be a “T-SAP eligible submitter” can now enter a T-SAP report, even if that individual has not received the mandatory training. T-SAP eligible employees are Air Traffic Organization (ATO) employees assigned to Technical Operations (AJW) that are either PASS bargaining unit employees, non-management or management employees.
Colin Taylor, a new PASS Chapter WA3 member of just four months, provides administrative support for the FAA Northwest Mountain region and recently became the contract representative for terminal engineering in the Western Service area. Soon after becoming a contract representative Engineering Services (ES), Taylor was designated to represent most of the ES workcenters in Renton. Taylor became an early chapter activist on the PASS WA3 Organizing Committee and has helped coordinate and conduct PASS orientations and worksite meetings, served for the first time at the annual Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show, and rallied PASS bargaining unit employees around new women’s clothing designs for the chapter. He has also supported PASS Region III in negotiations by helping bargaining unit employees who are being forced out of their workspace.
Membership in PASS is about more than joining a union—it is about having a voice, gaining a system of support and solidarity, and making an important investment in your future.