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.)
Ryan Williams, Anchorage Center
Kevin Cook and Steve Clark, St. Louis TRACON
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
Bill Sullivan, Tampa Tower and TRACON
LouElla Hollingsworth, Fort Worth Center
Western Pacific Region
Emily Birkland and Roy Teshima, Oakland Center