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NATCA Member Meets with U.S. Reps. Greg Stanton, Pete Aguilar, and Greg Meeks

NATCA member Matt Schorman (Phoenix TRACON, P50) recently had the opportunity to spend time with U.S. Representatives Greg Stanton (Ariz.-4), Pete Aguilar (Calif.-33), and Gregory Meeks (N.Y.-5). During their time together, Schorman discussed many things with the congressmen, from FAA Reauthorization, the CRWG numbers, the stigmatization of mental health issues in aviation, and more.

Schorman and other local leaders, including members of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA), took a hike up Piestewa Peak with the congressmen. During the hike, the group discussed medical concerns that affect those in the aviation industry. Having representatives from an airline pilots’ union in attendance to reinforce how many in aviation keep medical concerns a secret out of fear of losing their medical clearance. Schorman talked about how health issues often go untreated and emphasized that a new approach is necessary.

After the hike, we attended a spring training baseball game. Schorman brought his son, Isaac, to the game which opened a conversation about the stress of supporting a family during government shutdowns. Schorman explained that he was the sole earner for his family and how the 35-day shutdown affected them personally.

About the events, Schorman said, “It was a great experience and I believe I brought some valuable insight into the world of air traffic control.”

Pictured, left to right: Congressman Greg Stanton and Matt Schorman

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