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NATCA-Sponsored Smithsonian STEM Video on ATC Nominated for Emmy Award

The NATCA-sponsored STEM in 30 video series episode, “Top of the Tower: How Air Traffic Control Keeps the Skies Safe” has been nominated for a Capital Emmy award by the National Capital Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the education/schools category. 
Three NATCA members were included in the 30-minute video, produced by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Arielle Clark (Manassas ATCT, HEF), Michelle Salcedo (Peachtree/DeKalb ATCT, PDK; formerly at HEF at time of the video last year), and Jamaal Teel Washington Dulles ATCT (IAD).

NATCA and the National Air & Space Museum are working together to update the museum’s air traffic control (ATC) display. The video is part of this collaboration. Clark, Salcedo, and Teel had the opportunity to talk about their roles as air traffic controllers, the types of information they relay to pilots, and how weather plays a part in their day-to-day responsibilities. 

Since first broadcasting in 2014, the STEM in 30 program has covered dozens of topics including the NASA’s Apollo program, Tuskegee Airmen, astronaut training, the Wright brothers, and the Orion program. The award winners will be announced on Aug. 8, 2020 during the 62nd annual Emmy Awards Gala (if permitted because of the COVID-19 global health crisis). Watch video

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