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Aviation Safety Professionals: Unforeseen circumstances put these professionals to the test.

Introduction by: Teri Bristol, COO, ATO

Moderator: Trish Gilbert, Executive VP, NATCA

  • ALPA Aviation Safety Chairman Steve Jangelis
  • NATCA Las Vegas ATCT FacRep Jamaal Haltom
  • NATCA Las Vegas TRACON FacRep Tony Borgert
  • NATCA Seattle TRACON FacRep Jared Mike
  • NATCA Seattle TRACON controller Kimberly Brooks
  • SWAPA President Jon Weaks
  • The Union of Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants TWU Local 556 President Lyn Montgomery

Christina Stewart had only two things on her mind as rapid-fire bullets rained down on the Route 91 Harvest Festival. First, get out alive. Second, warn her fellow air traffic controllers to halt helicopters and jetliners from landing at nearby McCarran International Airport. https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-las-vegas/air-traffic-controller-at-concert-warned-airport-during-las-vegas-shooting/

NATCA member and New York Center (ZNY) controller Cory Davids was the first controller to talk with Southwest Airlines Capt. Tammie Jo Shults after the plane she was piloting experienced a catastrophic engine failure after departing from New York LaGuardia Airport on April 17. https://www.wftv.com/news/local/embry-riddle-graduate-recounts-working-air-traffic-control-when-southwest-plane-engine-exploded/749460944

On the evening of Aug. 10, the world heard — in real time — proof that air traffic controllers are professionally unruffled, as an air traffic controller near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport attempted to guide ground service agent Richard Russell after he stole a Bombadier Dash 8-Q400 belonging to Horizon Air. https://www.popsci.com/air-traffic-control-training-emergencies