Winners of 2011 ATCA Awards Announced
Thursday, August 18, 2011

This week, NATCA received news that several members have been named the 2011 recipients of various ATCA Medallion Awards. The ATCA Awards Program gives special recognition to people or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the development, operation or maintenance of the worldwide air traffic control system.

We are very proud to announce these individual winners as Derek Bittman (ZTL), Chuck LaBombard (BTV) and Charlie Rohrer (ZDV), as well as our association as a whole in recognition of our role in the collaboration efforts of the PHX OPD Project.

Named as ATCA Air Traffic Control Specialist of the Year – Enroute, Atlanta Center’s Bittman has been awarded for his previous year’s exemplary performance in support of ATC. As you may recall, Bittman took home NATCA’s President’s Award at this year’s Archie League Medal of Safety Awards, in addition to earning the Southern Region title, as a result of his actions on Jan. 16, 2010 when he brought an aircraft suffering low ceilings, little fuel, and malfunctioning equipment to the ground safely using past knowledge of precision vectors.

LaBombard and Rohrer have been named as recipients of the Andy Pitas Memorial Award, which honors individuals who provided flight assistance that resulted in the safe recovery of an emergency aircraft through the application of exceptional air traffic service. Last year, LaBombard had demonstrated outstanding service and professionalism when he saved a panicked, low-on-fuel pilot from disaster by performing an ASR approach from memory. And, Denver Center’s Rohrer was directly responsible for the safety of two passengers on May 17, 2011 when he assisted a small aircraft whose pilot became incapacitated from lack of oxygen.  

In addition to these individual efforts, NATCA is honored to have been named a recipient of the David J. Hurley Memorial Award as part of the PHX OPD Design and Implementation Team. The team demonstrated outstanding performance in this monumental task as they proved a prime example of contributors to the added quality, efficiency and safety of the global airspace system.

The winners of the 2011 ATCA Awards will be honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Oct. 3 as part of the 56th ATCA Annual Conference and Exposition in the Washington, D.C. area. Congratulations to all of our winners!