The ability to think quickly and remain calm under pressure while maintaining a situational awareness are all unique qualities that air traffic controllers possess. Without their willingness to jump right in to resolve complex situations, offer a reassuring voice to those on the frequency and coordinate their efforts with other controllers, this group of dedicated professionals wouldn’t be as successful as they are today at maintaining the safety of the National Airspace System.
While many controllers often feel that they are “just doing their job,” their hard work is often viewed by others as remarkable and extraordinary. Named after the first air traffic controller, the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards program highlights a variety of “saves” – some which involve a team of controllers working together and others which are the result of one controller’s efforts.
Air traffic controllers juggle a variety of variables and complex scenarios. Their ability to adapt to ever-changing situations while keeping their composure is a skill they have mastered. As a result of their commitment to perfection, our system is the safest in the world.
The 13th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards
The 2017 winners were honored on March 22, 2017, during our annual awards banquet at the 2017 NATCA Communicating For Safety (CFS) conference at Bally's Las Vegas. View our awards book.
The 14th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards
Nominations are now being accepted! Deadline: April 30, 2018. Any member can nominate another member. All events since Jan. 1, 2017, are eligible for nomination. All winners will be honored during Communicating For Safety (CFS) 2018 (CFS is Oct. 22-24, 2018 at Bally's Las Vegas; Archie League Medal of Safety Awards Banquet is Oct. 24, 2018).
Our 2017 Archie League Medal of Safety Awards selection panel, from left to right: Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board Capt. Jack Pelton, NATCA Director of Safety and Technology Jim Ullmann, and Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA) Aviation Safety Chairman Capt. Steve Jangelis.