Alaskan Region Members Receive Administrator's Award
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Two Alaskan Region NATCA members, Anchorage Terminal Staff Support Specialist Dave Chilson and Anchorage TRACON controller Tony Reando, recently received the FAA Administrator's Outstanding FAA Environmental Achievement Award for their work related to developing Optimized Profile Descents (OPDs) in Anchorage, Alaska.

An OPD is a charted procedure where the pilot cuts the power to the engines 100 miles out and glides to the runway on minimum power, with no interference from ATC unless required. The net effect, due to this minimized use of power, results in less fuel being burned and reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. 

The OPD team members developed two descent procedures; one arriving from the east and one arriving from the west. As noted in the FAA newsletter, these two test procedures resulted in substantial fuel savings for the air carriers and less CO2 released in to the atmosphere. Estimated fuel savings from the OPD’s were calculated to be 1,062,645 gallons (8,819,950 pounds) and eliminated anestimated 167,579,050 pounds of CO2 in fiscal year 2010. Since these procedures went into effect, they have been modified and enhanced to meet the needs of the air carriers and air traffic controllers.


Above, left to right: Robert Lewis, Alaskan Regional Administrator/presenter;
award winner Dave Chilson (SSS, A11) ; the secretary holding the M&M bowl award;
award winner Tony Reando (ATC, A11).