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The 14th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards

Archie2The Archie League Medal of Safety Awards selection panel, including NATCA Director of Safety and Technology Jim Ullmann; Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Jack Pelton; and Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA) Aviation Safety Chairman Capt. Steve Jangelis, met at the NATCA National Office on June 4. They discussed all nominations for flight assist events that took place from Jan. 1, 2017, through April 30, 2018, and made their selections for each of the nine regions. And the winners are:
Alaskan Region
Scott T. Eastepp (Anchorage Center, ZAN)
Central Region
Josh Giles (Kansas City Center, ZKC)
Eastern Region
Jeffrey Haberland and Tim Krainak (Clarksburg ATCT, CKB)
Great Lakes Region
Daniel Rak (Indianapolis Center, ZID)
New England Region
Jesse Belleau and Joshua Laplante (Boston TRACON, A90)
Northwest Mountain Region
Christopher Bancroft and Jacques Mailloux (Broomfield Jefferson County ATCT, BJC)
Jeffrey Rawson (Salt Lake City ATCT, SLC)
Southern Region
Joshua Hall, Patrick Allen Johnson, Jeremiah Lee, Darren P. Tumelson, William T. Vaughn III, and Andrew John White (Memphis Center, ZME) 
Southwest Region
Phil Enis, Thomas Herd, and Hugh Hunton (Fort Worth Center, ZFW)
Western Pacific Region
Benjamin Kingston (San Francisco ATCT, SFO)
Scott Allen (Tucson ATCT, TUS)

The winners will be honored at the annual awards banquet on Oct. 24 at Communicating For Safety (CFS) at Bally's Las Vegas. 


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Hosted annually by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), Communicating For Safety (CFS) is the aviation industry’s leading conference focusing on safety, technology and building relationships. This three-day conference is unique in that it's the only conference of its kind to focus specifically on the air traffic needs of all members of the aviation community who are affected by the National Airspace System (NAS).

CFS began in 1999 with just 40 attendees; it has now become an internationally attended conference, with over 1,500 aviation industry leaders and representatives coming together to discuss and improve safety.

NATCA President Paul Rinaldi kicked off CFS 2017 by welcoming attendees from all over the world — as far as New Zealand — and from many diverse air traffic groups in the United States. That makes this a truly global aviation conference. Rinaldi stressed the United States’ exceptional safety record in commercial aviation.

“Aviation safety is the cornerstone of our existence,” he said. “Building a robust safety culture, we have done an outstanding job and we should be very proud of what we have accomplished.” But Rinaldi cautioned attendees that, “we cannot take it for granted. Everyone involved in the aviation industry must fight complacency, the enemy of progress, at all levels.” He said complacency is dangerous and is unacceptable in the face of growing capacity and demand. (Watch Rinaldi’s remarks here)

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