Affiliated Members - Moving Forward Together to Make Our Airspace the Safest Possible
As this page is currently under construction we invite you to please return here often. Soon, all of our affiliated members will be acknowledged and recognized for the valuable services they provide to our community.
ALPA - Air Line Pilots Association, International
ALPA represents and advocates for more than 61,000 pilots at 33 U.S. and Canadian airlines, making it the world’s largest airline pilot union. ALPA provides three critical services to its members: airline safety, security, and pilot assistance; representation; and advocacy. Through unbiased, fact-based evaluation of airline safety and security issues, ALPA works to ensure that the airline industry remains safe. ALPA represents pilots’ views to decision-makers, including Congress and federal agencies, and ALPA pilot groups have negotiated hundreds of contracts with airlines.
Advocacy: ALPA’s staff and pilot volunteers consistently represent pilots’ views to all airline industry decision-makers, including Congress, Parliament, the White House, and federal agencies. In Washington, D.C. and Ottawa, Ont., ALPA lobbyists successfully promote legislation that helps pilots and work to stop policies that harm pilot interests. National officers and pilot representatives are routinely called on to give their expert opinion before legislative committees and other influential governmental bodies. Learn more about ALPA via their website HERE
AOPA - Airplane Owners and Pilots Association
For AOPA, advocacy is more than just lobbying Congress or negotiating with the FAA. It’s about staying engaged with hundreds of state agencies and legislatures. It’s about maintaining a network of pilots to monitor thousands of airports. It’s about putting the combined weight of hundreds of thousands of pilots behind you.
Whether you are looking for a new place to fly to, information about aircraft, planning your next flight, or how that new medication might affect your certificate, all the resources that support your desire to fly are at AOPA! Visit their website HERE
CalPilots - California Pilots Association
Advocates for California's General Aviation Community and Airports. The California Pilots Association will assist and guide organizations in the resolution of, and suggest a strategy to address your airport’s issues. We cannot however, lead each fight. Locals are required to do the ongoing ground work to resolve their airport issues.
The following points are very effective:
It is important to educate and organize.
If you do not belong to a local airport/pilot organization, then join one. If none exists, then it is time to start one – we can help you
Determine who your airport decision makers are, county or city council. Then establish a working relationship; and don’t forget to include city/county planners and the airport manager
Become educated and involved in all airport matters
Attend council meetings with airport related business, especially new development proposals
Work together with your airport manager – Why? – because he/she can be a huge asset helping you deal with issues at hand
Get involved – each of us can do something to help, no matter how small
You can find out more about CalPilots by viewing their website HERE
Mission: Provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability
Vision: A performance-driven, transparent and accountable organization that values its people, resources and partners, and meets new challenges through leadership, innovation and teamwork.
Caltrans manages more than 50,000 miles of California's highway and freeway lanes, provides inter-city rail services, permits more than 400 public-use airports and special-use hospital heliports, and works with local agencies. Caltrans carries out its mission of providing a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability, with six primary programs: Aeronautics, Highway Transportation, Mass Transportation, Transportation Planning, Administration and the Equipment Service Center. You can discover more about Caltrans at their website HERE
FAA Western Service Center
SCAUWG greatly appreciates the long standing association with the FAA Western Service Center, which has proven over the many years to be a rewarding relationship that compliments each other's goals, and yields results that equate to the safest possible Southern California airspace environment.
The role of the Service Center is to provide shared services which promote standardization of processes, efficiency, and effectiveness which achieve results for the service units: Air Traffic Services, Technical Operations, and System Operations. The shared services model brings people together with similar expertise, allows sharing of ideas, collaboration to improve processes, and enhances communication and sharing of resources.
Each Service Center is comprised of five groups, Administrative Services, Business Services, Planning and Requirements, Operations Support, and Quality Control. The service centers provide the link between headquarters technical programs and their integration in the operations environment.
The work accomplished by the FAA's Western Service Center is invaluable, and currently via their personal one on one assistance, by forward thinking management, the SCAUWG message that details the very important goals for LA TAC Chart revision is being escalated.
NATCA - National Air Traffic Controllers Association
NATCA represents the U.S. FAA air traffic controller workforce of dedicated and well-trained men and women. Air traffic control specialists (ATCS) work in airport control towers, terminal radar approach control facilities, and in air route traffic control centers. These employees coordinate the safe, orderly, and expeditious movement of over 140 million operations and nearly one billion aviation passengers within the National Airspace System (NAS) each year. Airports Division (ARP)
Hosted annually by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), Communicating For Safety (CFS) is the aviation industry’s leading conference focusing on safety, technology and building relationships. This three-day conference is unique in that it's the only conference of its kind to focus specifically on the air traffic needs of all members of the aviation community who are affected by the National Airspace System (NAS).
CFS began in 1999 with just 40 attendees; it has now become an internationally attended conference, with over 1,500 aviation industry leaders and representatives coming together to discuss and improve safety.
NATCA President Paul Rinaldi: “Aviation safety is the cornerstone of our existence. Building a robust safety culture, we have done an outstanding job and we should be very proud of what we have accomplished.” But Rinaldi cautioned attendees that, “we cannot take it for granted. Everyone involved in the aviation industry must fight complacency, the enemy of progress, at all levels.” (Watch Rinaldi’s 2017 remarks here) CFS 2019 will be held Sept. 16-18, 2019 at Bally's Las Vegas.
NATCA has a very significant legislative agenda the argues in favor of those they represent. You can discover more about NATCA vis their website. HERE
NATA - National Air Transportation Association
Empowering our members to be safe and successful aviation businesses is NATA's mission.
Founded in 1940, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) represents the interests of the general aviation business community before Congress and federal, state and local government agencies. NATA’s nearly 2,300 member companies provide a broad range of aeronautical services to the aviation community, including: aircraft sales and acquisitions, fuel, aircraft ground support, passenger and crew services, aircraft parking and storage, on-demand air charter, aircraft rental, flight training, aircraft maintenance and overhaul facilities, parts sales, and business aircraft and fractional ownership fleet management.
NATA members range in size from large companies with international presence to smaller, single-location operators that depend exclusively on general aviation for their livelihood. Smaller companies account for the majority of NATA’s membership and most NATA members have fewer than 40 employees and are designated as small businesses by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Discover more about NATA HERE
NBAA - National Business Aviation Association
Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 11,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world's largest civil aviation trade show. NBAA has also contributed recognized standards for airport Noise abatement standards Read More Here For much more information about all of what NBAA does click: Read More Here For a list of NBAA Calendared events Click HERE
The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA) was formed in the mid-1960’s and has a long history of volunteers who recognized the need for an organization that would help guarantee the strength of our industry for years to come.
The PHPA MISSION STATEMENT reads like this: Promote safety and understanding among helicopter pilots, Coordinate efforts towards improving communications, methods of operation within the airspace system, or any other area that will contribute to the safety and education of all pilots, Provide a forum for identifying and seeking resolution to local problems of interest to the membership, Promote community relations between the public and the helicopter industry.
Moreover the PHPA is concerned with the total helicopter aviation experience. They, as well as SCAUWG, focus upon acquiring the best charting resources for their aviation goals. The PHPA current list of suggested chart improvements are able to be accessed under AIRSPACE>Proposed Chart Changes>LA Helicopter Chart. A common thread between both SCAUWG and the PHPA might be the future publishing of a hybrid chart, that combines the best features of both the Helicopter Chart and the TAC.
Many airports today are facing noise issues ostensibly propelled by local citizen groups. Both SCAUWG and PHPA take these issues very seriously. PHPA has developed a series of in-flight helicopter "HOTSPOTS." The PHPA has created this HotSpot system that lets them work hand-in-hand with the community regarding concerns about helicopter related noise. You can access this list of HotSpots under IN FLIGHT HOT SPOTS on the SCAUWG menu bar.
You can find out more about the PHPA HERE.
RAA - Regional Airline Association
The Regional Airline Association (RAA) serves as a unified voice of advocacy and support for North American regional airlines aimed at promoting a safe, reliable, and healthy regional airline industry. The RAA serves as an important network connecting regional airlines, industry business partners, and policymakers in strengthening the industry as well as promoting regional airline interests in a changing business and policy environment. In the United States, RAA member airlines employ 59,000 individuals, operate 42 percent of the flights, and provide the only source of scheduled, passenger air service to two-thirds of the nation’s airports.
Implementing safety-first solutions to the growing pilot shortage is a top priority for regional airlines. Learn more about RAA HERE
As a result of the 1986 Cerritos DC9 mid-air disaster, local aviation community governments, airport operators, pilots and other airspace users organized as a group under the auspices of the Southern Association of Governments to work with the FAA on making the LA Basin airspace a viable resource to the community. That Group was SCAUWG, and SCAUWG has been operating under the auspices of SCAG ever since.
Founded in 1965, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is a Joint Powers Authority under California state law, established as an association of local governments and agencies that voluntarily convene as a forum to address regional issues. Under federal law, SCAG is designated as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and under state law as a Regional Transportation Planning Agency and a Council of Governments.
The SCAG region encompasses six counties (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura) and 191 cities in an area covering more than 38,000 square miles. The agency develops long-range regional transportation plans including sustainable communities strategy and growth forecast components, regional transportation improvement programs, regional housing needs allocations and a portion of the South Coast Air Quality management plans. In 1992, SCAG expanded its governing body, the Executive Committee, to a 70-member Regional Council to help accommodate new responsibilities mandated by the federal and state governments, as well as to provide more broad-based representation of Southern California’s cities and counties. With its expanded membership structure, SCAG created regional districts to provide for more diverse representation. The districts were formed with the intent to serve equal populations and communities of interest. Currently, the Regional Council consists of 86 members.
In addition to the six counties and 191 cities that make up SCAG’s region, there are six County Transportation Commissions that hold the primary responsibility for programming and implementing transportation projects, programs and services in their respective counties. Additionally, SCAG Bylaws provide for representation of Native American tribes and Air Districts in the region on the Regional Council and Policy Committees.
Currently, SCAG is reconvening its Aviation Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC). SCAUWG members are invited to participate and review shared interests. You can learn more about SCAG HERE.
SCT - SoCal TRACON
Southern California TRACON (SCT) serves most airports in Southern California and guides about 2.2 million planes over roughly 9,000 square miles in a year, making our facility one of the busiest in the world. SCT, or SoCal TRACON as it is nicknamed, provides radar air traffic approach control services to all arriving and departing aircraft for most airports in Southern California. SCT's airspace covers an area from 20 miles north of Burbank to the US/Mexican border and from San Bernardino to Santa Catalina Island. Airports receiving SCT services include Burbank Airport, John Wayne Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Long Beach Airport, March AFB, MCAS Miramar, NAS North Island, Ontario Airport, San Diego International Airport, Van Nuys Airport and many smaller airports that service general aviation.
At SCT, we handle hundreds of Special Activities each year in the course of providing Air Traffic Control (ATC) services on a 24/7 basis. Some activities are fairly simple, while others are very involved and require complex coordination. Our goal is to complete as much coordination as possible up front, rather than discussing fine details on a live ATC frequency. 9175 Kearny Villa Road, San Diego, CA 92126 (858) 537-5800