NBAA Air Traffic Services (ATS)

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NBAA Air Traffic Services (ATS)

Extending the Reach of Your Flight Department Team

Originally launched as the NBAA GA Desk in August 2001, NBAA Air Traffic Services (ATS) represents the interests of business aircraft operators from the floor of the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) to ensure equitable access to airports and airspace in the daily management of the National Airspace System (NAS).

NBAA currently is one of only three non-FAA organizations invited to staff positions inside the ATCSCC. The FAA invitation acknowledges that having business aviation representatives based inside the ATCSCC, in the form of NBAA Air Traffic Services, benefits both the FAA and the business aviation community.

NBAA ATS specialists engage in ongoing collaborative planning and information sharing with ATCSCC staff to help manage the flow of air traffic in the NAS. The participation of NBAA ATS specialists in the daily planning and execution of NAS strategy results in traffic management solutions that benefit the entire business aviation community – including companies like yours.

Customization for Your Flight Department

With a new name reflecting its dedication to service excellence, NBAA Air Traffic Services recognizes that no two subscribers’ flight operations are alike.

Most ATS subscribers are traditional NBAA Member flight departments that don’t have the resources to efficiently manage the many tools available to the ATS staff. For these subscribers, NBAA’s air traffic management specialists act as an extension of the flight department, aiding the busy scheduler or dispatcher with real-time NAS information and evaluation of the impact on the subscriber’s flights.

Larger flight departments can gain direct access to similar tools that are available to the ATS staff, so that they can efficiently manage their own fleets while utilizing the ATS specialists to handle their exceptions in real time.

Benefits for Your Company

With NBAA Air Traffic Services acting as a liaison to the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center on your behalf, your company will benefit by receiving:

  • Advance, accurate and detailed information for improved flight planning
  • Reduced ATC, weather and other delays throughout your flight operation
  • Resolution of crew, aircraft and passenger time-critical issues
  • More efficient operations and more satisfied passengers

As a subscriber, you will interact with NBAA ATS specialists regularly to work through issues together. Based on an understanding of your company’s mission, goals and specific needs, NBAA ATS will foster a collaborative relationship with your company that will allow it to anticipate and manage future issues on behalf of your company.

NBAA Air Traffic Services Gets Results

NBAA ATS has front-line access to real-time information at the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center regarding:

  • NOTAMs, TFRs, STMPs and security-related events affecting the NAS
  • Anticipated en route and terminal weather constraints
  • Reroute advisories and affected flights
  • Airway facility inspections, NAVAID outages and flight checks
  • Traffic management initiatives, and more

The ATS staff analyzes this information in order to provide real-time updates to NBAA ATS subscribers. In turn, subscriber-provided information is used by ATS specialists to determine NAS peak times and trends for the business aviation community to improve long-term NAS planning.

When the ATC System Command Center can accurately forecast NAS capacity to include business aviation customers, then it can react with the appropriate initiatives that are best for everyone’s operations – scheduled and unscheduled operators alike. This integration of scheduled and unscheduled demand results in a fair distribution of available resources, ensuring that the needs of ATS subscribers are met.

Subscribe Today – and Follow Us on Twitter!

For more information, view the NBAA Air Traffic Services brochure (PDF), or contact NBAA ATS for pricing and other details at (540) 422-4841 or

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NBAA Air Traffic Services News

Graphical TFRs Help Convey Airspace Restrictions
Dec. 19, 2016
This year, NBAA Air Traffic Services gained permission from the FAA to publicly distribute VIP TFR graphics that were previously only available internally to ATC facilities. These graphics help illustrate the impact each VIP TFR has, particularly showing which airports are affected and when. NBAA Air Traffic Services gives a helpful overview of this topic in the November/December 2016 issue of Business Aviation Insider.

NBAA Air Traffic Services: 15 Years of Service to Business Aviation
Aug. 17, 2016
It’s been 15 years since NBAA Air Traffic Services (ATS) became operational at the FAA ATC System Command Center (ATCSCC), representing business aviation’s interests in the National Airspace System. Members of NBAA’s ATS team at the command center engage in ongoing collaborative planning and information sharing with the ATCSCC staff. Learn more about NBAA ATS.

NBAA Highlights Election-Related TFR Information
Aug. 15, 2016
As the presidential race comes down to a November finish, NBAA has made it easier to find information members need on election-related temporary flight restrictions (TFRs). “The information we present comes directly from FAA security, and we think it gives our members a much clearer and concise picture of the situation,” said Dean Snell, NBAA manager of air traffic services. Read more about presidential TFRs.

NBAA ATS Now Publishing VIP TFR Graphics
May 24, 2016
NBAA Air Traffic Services (NBAA ATS) is now publishing graphics to accompany their presidential and vice-presidential temporary flight restriction (TFR) impact statements. Each time a VIP TFR is published by the FAA, NBAA ATS examines the NOTAM and generates a narrative explaining the impact the TFR will have on business aviation. Learn more and view the published impact statment graphics.

Enhanced Collaboration Leaders to Better Air Traffic Management
Feb. 29, 2016
Thanks to more planning and an increasingly collaborative approach to traffic management, operators can expect a more focused and strategic use of traffic management initiatives, including customized airspace flow programs, this summer, which may mean fewer delays. The enhanced collaboration between the industry and air traffic managers began a couple of years ago when the FAA created a working group called NAS Vision, which was tasked with finding better ways to move the maximum number of aircraft as safely as possible, while incurring the least amount of delay. Learn more about how NBAA Air Traffic Services supports NAS Vision and what it means for business aviation in the Business Aviation Insider.

NBAA Air Traffic Services Debuts Online Traffic Management Glossary
June 24, 2014
NBAA Air Traffic Services (ATS) has developed a new online glossary of traffic flow management terms. Whenever possible, ATS notices that convey real-time information on the National Airspace System use fully spelled-out words and aviation terms, explained ATS Project Manager Jim McClay. "But in many cases that isn't possible because the resulting email would be pages longer." The new, online glossary efficiently translates and explains the abbreviations and acronyms common to the dialect of traffic flow management. Read more about ATS' new online traffic management glossary.

New Web Application Enhances NBAA Air Traffic Services Process
Feb. 24, 2014
A new web-based application developed by NBAA has proven to be a tremendous boon in the effort to streamline the process of exchanging information between NBAA Air Traffic Services (ATS) and its subscribers. ATS monitors both the airspace and the flights submitted by subscribers, and then helps operators avoid problems and delays with routing and timing suggestions. With the advent of a new web-based application, those services are easier to use than ever before, according to NBAA Air Traffic Management Specialist Jim McClay. Listen to this week’s NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more on the new ATS application.

As Hurricane Season Returns, NBAA ATS Will Provide Information to Inform Your Flight Decisions
August 26, 2013
As residents of the Northeast continue picking up the pieces after last year's 'Superstorm' Sandy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center earlier this month reiterated its forecast of a 70-percent chance that this season, which runs from June 1 until Nov. 30, will see an above-average number of named storms. As was the case when Sandy made landfall, NBAA Air Traffic Services employees are again working closely with the FAA to make sure Members have the most up-to-date information possible on tropical storms and their effects. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more about NBAA's ATS.

FileSmart Urges Pilots to File Early, Accurately
July 8, 2013
As basic flight students, most pilots learned how to file and close a flight plan, but in an era of increased air traffic density and enhanced communication, NBAA Air Traffic Services Specialist Jim McClay argues that may not be enough. McClay is one of the principle forces behind a new initiative called FileSmart, which encourages operators to file early, file accurately and take in the current status of the National Airspace System before filing. FileSmart was unveiled on June 6 at NBAA's White Plains Business Aviation Regional Forum. Listen to this week's NBAA Flight Plan podcast for more about FileSmart.

New NBAA 'FileSmart' Initiative Coming Soon
January 11, 2013
NBAA Air Traffic Services will soon unveil a new web-based educational initiative designed to improve the timeliness and accuracy of flight plans filed by aircraft operators. Expected to go live early this year, NBAA's new "FileSmart" campaign will highlight for operators the ways they can reduce the impact of air traffic delays to their operations by modifying their flight planning processes, while providing air traffic controllers with more timely and accurate flight plan "intent" information. Read more about FileSmart.

NBAA's ATS Has Tips to Help Operators Minimize Holiday Flight Delays
November 21, 2012
Although general aviation isn't a cause for aviation system congestion, inclement weather and other factors can make the holiday season one of the busiest times of the year for air travel, often prompting various air traffic control initiatives to help manage constraints and reduce delays. NBAA's Air Traffic Services (ATS) has guidance to help pilots and operators anticipate and avoid some of the common delays that can occur at this time of year. Read tips for smooth holiday travel.

NBAA Air Traffic Services Handles Remarkable Number of VIP TFRs
November 9, 2012
Since May 1, NBAA Air Traffic Services (ATS) has processed 410 VIP TFRs. Of those, 209 were presidential, requiring ATS to develop statements delineating the impact those restrictions had on nearby airports and airspace. Through Election Day on Nov. 6, there were 190 days when presidential movement required more than one TFR in a single day. If it all sounds extraordinary, it is in fact decidedly routine, according to NBAA's ATS Manager Ernie Stellings. Read more about VIP TFRs during the presidential campaign.

NBAA ATS Provides Members with a Wealth of Information
August 23, 2012
NBAA's Air Traffic Services (ATS) works with FAA air traffic managers to advocate for equitable, real-time Member access to airports and airspace. ATS offers members access to FAA tools that provide information on Traffic Flow Management and also offers an Airspace Alerts subscription service. ATS also maintains a higher tier, paid subscription service for individual flight monitoring, ATC alerts, and status alerts on the National Airspace System and real-time help for business operators to minimize delays. A free ATS service distributes near-real-time airspace alerts, news and links to NBAA Members via Twitter. Read more about the services offered by ATS.

NBAA Uses Twitter to Alert Pilots to New TFRs
July 17, 2012
VIP temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) are popping up with increasing frequency as the political campaigns heat up in advance of Election Day. To help all aviators keep track of these restrictions, NBAA has created a dedicated Air Traffic Services (ATS) Twitter account, @NBAA_ATS, to provide updates as needed, said John Kosak, an NBAA air traffic management specialist. ATS can tweet the creation of a new TFR in 10 to 20 minutes, Kosak said. The Twitter page is dedicated to TFR announcements and also the landfall of hurricanes, giving followers clutter-free notices of these hazards on their phones and computers. Read more about this Twitter service from NBAA Air Traffic Services.