NATCA honours controllers at the 9th Archie League Medal of Safety Awards

- Washington, USA

The ability to think quickly and remain calm under pressure while maintaining a situational awareness are all unique qualities that air traffic controllers possess. Without their willingness to jump right in to resolve complex situations, offer a reassuring voice to those on the frequency and coordinate their efforts with other controllers, this group of dedicated professionals wouldn’t be as successful as they are today at maintaining the safety of the National Airspace System.

While many controllers often feel that they are “just doing their job,” their hard work is often viewed by others as remarkable and extraordinary. Named after the first air traffic controller, the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards program highlights a variety of “saves” – some which involve a team of controllers working together and others which are the result of one controller’s efforts.

Air traffic controllers juggle a variety of variables and complex scenarios. Their ability to adapt to ever-changing situations while keeping their composure is a skill they have mastered. As a result of their commitment to perfection, our system is the safest in the world.

The 2013 Honorees

(Please click on the name of each region for full information about each winner, including audio clips and transcripts of the award-winning flight assist.)

Alaskan Region

Ryan Williams, Anchorage Center

Central Region

Kevin Cook and Steve Clark, St. Louis TRACON

Eastern Region

Dave Giberson and Corey Grafe, Philadelphia Tower

Great Lakes Region

Jeff Richards, Chicago Center

New England Region

Erik Anderson, Boston Tower

Northwest Mountain Region

Donovan Carson, Portland TRACON

Southern Region

Bill Sullivan, Tampa Tower and TRACON

Southwest Region

LouElla Hollingsworth, Fort Worth Center

Western Pacific Region

Emily Birkland and Roy Teshima, Oakland Center


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