10th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards

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 2014 Honorees

(These NATCA members were honored during the 10th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards banquet at Communicating for Safety in Las Vegas on March 26.)

Please click on the region names below for the stories, audio and video of these flight assists.

Alaskan Region
Todda Yonge and Mark Lacy, Anchorage Center

Central Region
Andrew Smith and Joe Moylan, Kansas City Center

Eastern Region
Robert Ezzard, New York Center

Great Lakes Region
Jack Deutscher, Madison Tower and TRACON

New England Region
Nunzio DiMillo, Boston Tower
(Note: DiMillo also won the President's Award, presented annually to the top flight assist from the year's group of regional winners.)

Northwest Mountain Region
Jared Mike, Seattle TRACON
Southern Region
Ed Holden and Ramiro Martinez, Miami Tower and TRACON

Southwest Region
Stewart Pearcy, Houston TRACON

Western Pacific Region
David Caldwell, Dan Ferlito, Nicole Findlay, Russell Kipker, Dawn McMullin, Fred Naujoks, Joseph Okuda, Peter Sachs, and Alexis Shirkey, San Francisco Tower

Media Coverage

Alaska Dispatch
Aviation International News
KPRC-TV Houston
Portland (Maine) Press Herald
U.S. Air Force News
WMTV-TV (NBC 15) Madison, Wisc.

The 10th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards Banquet

March 26, 2014
Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

Special 28-page book about the honorees and their stories - Please click HERE.

Video of the entire awards banquet - Please click HERE.

Photos from the banquet - Please click HERE.

Video: The highlights from each of our award-winning events - Please click HERE.

Video: The winners of the President's Award; honoring the very best life-saving flight assists since 2005 - Please click HERE.

Keynote remarks, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta - Please click HERE.

Administrator Huerta's DOT FastLane blog about the awards - Please click HERE.

AOPA Air Safety Institute's Flight Assist Commendation Awards

Presented by AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg at the March 26 Archie League Medal of Safety Awards banquet.

Video of the awards presentation - Please click HERE.

AOPA.org story: "Controllers assisted in weather, engine-outs, more" - Please click HERE.


To view past winners of the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards, click on the year: 
2013 •  2012 •  2011 • 2010 • 2009 • 2008 • 2007 • 20062005

For more information please contact Doug Church at dchurch@natcadc.org.

For NATCA members: To nominate a fellow member for the 2015 awards, click here.