NATCA Honors its 7th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Award Winners
An Atlanta Center air traffic controller who saved the life of a pilot by providing a path to the runway in Rome, Ga., despite low ceilings and fog, low fuel and two missed approaches; a controller in Burlington, Vt., who had to apply older procedures he had not practiced in years to help a distressed and disoriented pilot who was unable to make the approach; and a team of two Houston Center controllers who worked to locate a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico and send help that rescued four passengers.
"These are extraordinary safety professionals who took complete control of very difficult situations and ensured safety through skill, determination and versatility, NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said. This is the professionalism that defines NATCA and the safety critical jobs our members perform every day. We are so proud of the men and women being honored and the entire workforce salutes them.
The award winners were chosen by a panel comprised of Bruce Landsberg, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Institute, Capt. Jeff Skiles, vice president of the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations and the first officer of US Airways Flight 1549, the "Miracle on the Hudson," and Dale Wright, NATCA's Director of Safety and Technology.
Tonights honorees are:
David Whisnant, Anchorage TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control)
David Cornell, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Mike Chambers, Clint Clifton, Huntington, W.Va.
GREAT LAKES REGION:
Gregory Dukeman, Cleveland Center
NEW ENGLAND REGION:
Chuck LaBombard, Burlington, Vt.
NORTHWEST MOUNTAIN REGION:
Dean Miller, Denver Center
Derek Bittman, Atlanta Center
Sagar Patel, Robert Nelson, Houston Center
WESTERN PACIFIC REGION:
Quentin Baca, Southern California TRACON
REGION X (Non-controller bargaining units):
Mark Anderson, Chicago Aircraft Certification Office
FULL STORIES OF THE WINNERS AND THEIR EVENTS
EDITED AUDIO RECORDINGS AND TRANSCRIPTS OF THE EVENTS
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:00 AM