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Paul Rinaldi

National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)

Paul Rinaldi became NATCA’s sixth president in October 2009. He was re-elected by acclamation in March 2012 and again in April 2015 for an unprecedented third term as NATCA president.

Rinaldi has dedicated his presidency to building a collaborative relationship between the Union, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the entire aviation industry. 

Prior to being elected NATCA President, Rinaldi served three years as NATCA’s Executive Vice President, after 16 years as an air traffic controller at Washington-Dulles Tower (IAD). Rinaldi currently holds positions on the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC), the FAA Management Advisory Council (MAC), the AFL-CIO’s Executive Council, and RTCA Policy Board. 

In May 2016, Rinaldi received the prestigious Humanitarian Award form the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) at its National Education & Leadership Gala in Washington, D.C. In October of the same year he was honored with the Air Traffic Control Association’s Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award.

Rinaldi is a native of Island Park, N.Y.  He resides in Manassas, Va., with his wife, Debra. He has two sons, Anthony and Nicholas, and a daughter, Olivia.