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NATCA Honors Top Controller Flight Assists at Eighth Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards - (2/1/2012)

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NATCA Honors Top Controller Flight Assists at Eighth Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards

ATLANTA – Two Chicago Center controllers guided the pilot of a plane with icing conditions, a lost localizer and low fuel to a safe landing. A team of three Seattle Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) controllers directed the pilot of a plane that had run out of fuel at 3,200 feet to the nearest airport. A Denver Center controller saved the life of a pilot and his wife by instructing the pilot’s wife to an emergency landing route after the pilot became incapacitated from lack of oxygen during the plane’s ascent.

These three remarkable flights assists, and seven others from around the country will be honored tonight at the National Air Traffic Controllers Association’s (NATCA) eighth annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards banquet (watch live starting at 8 p.m. EDT at natca.org), part of NATCA’s annual safety conference.

Named for the first air traffic controller, the NATCA Archie League Medal of Safety Awards honor the top skill, dedication and professionalism that NATCA members exemplified in 2011 in the pursuit to save lives in emergency situations.

“I congratulate each of the winners for their incredible performance during these unpredictable situations to make sure they ended safely,” said NATCA President Paul Rinaldi. “They each displayed the professionalism, composure and quick-thinking that defines our profession, and I am so proud they are a part of the NATCA family.”

Tonight’s honorees are:

ALASKAN REGION: Kristina Kurtz, Anchorage TRACON

CENTRAL REGION: Todd Mariani, Kansas City Center


GREAT LAKES REGION: Guy Lieser, Steve McGreevy, Chicago Center

NEW ENGLAND REGION: Chris Henchey, Ryan Workman, Boston Center

NORTHWEST MOUNTAIN REGION: Charlie Rohrer, Denver Center; Ken Greenwood, Josh Haviland, Ryan Herrick, Seattle TRACON

SOUTHERN REGION: Alvin Kent, Atlanta Center

SOUTHWEST REGION: Frank Fisher, Greg Fleetwood, Corpus Christi Tower/TRACON

WESTERN PACIFIC REGION: Kevin McLaughlin, Southern California TRACON

Click this link to read about the winners, their flight assists, and to listen to audio recordings from each of the 10 flight assists:



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