NATCA Honors Top Controller Flight Assists at Eighth Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards

Two Chicago Center controllers guided the pilot of a plane with icing conditions, a lost localizer and low fuel to a safe landing. A team of three Seattle Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) controllers directed the pilot of a plane that had run out of fuel at 3,200 feet to the nearest airport. A Denver Center controller saved the life of a pilot and his wife by instructing the pilots wife to an emergency landing route after the pilot became incapacitated from lack of oxygen during the planes ascent.
These three remarkable flights assists, and seven others from around the country will be honored tonight at the National Air Traffic Controllers Associations (NATCA) eighth annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards banquet (watch live starting at 8 p.m. EDT at (, part of NATCAs annual safety conference.

Named for the first air traffic controller, the NATCA Archie League Medal of Safety Awards honor the top skill, dedication and professionalism that NATCA members exemplified in 2011 in the pursuit to save lives in emergency situations.

I congratulate each of the winners for their incredible performance during these unpredictable situations to make sure they ended safely, said NATCA President Paul Rinaldi. They each displayed the professionalism, composure and quick-thinking that defines our profession, and I am so proud they are a part of the NATCA family.

Tonights honorees are:
(Click on each region for full details and to listen to audio recordings.)

Alaskan Region

Kristina Kurtz, Anchorage TRACON

Central Region

Todd Mariani, Kansas City Center

Eastern Region

Matt Reed, Potomac TRACON

Great Lakes Region

Guy Lieser and Steve McGreevy, Chicago Center

New England Region

Chris Henchey and Ryan Workman, Boston Center

Northwest Mountain Region

Charlie Rohrer, Denver Center

Northwest Mountain Region

Ken Greenwood, Josh Haviland and Ryan Herrick, Seattle TRACON

Southern Region

Alvin Kent, Atlanta Center

Southwest Region

Frank Fisher and Greg Fleetwood, Corpus Christi Tower / TRACON

Western Pacific Region

Kevin McLaughlin, Southern California TRACON



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