Natca Honors Controllers Who Assisted in Emergencies

 - March 31, 2014, 1:07 PM
Natca’s Archie League Medal of Safety honors controllers who have assisted pilots in emergencies. (Photo: Natca)

Twenty air traffic controllers, all members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca), were honored for their skill, dedication and professionalism at the association’s March 26 Archie League Medal of Safety awards ceremony. The annual event spotlights controllers who saved at least one life during an emergency.

This year’s honorees include a Boston tower air traffic controller who diverted a confused pilot from a head-on collision landing on a taxiway last September, two Anchorage Center controllers who resourcefully enlisted the help of the crew aboard two Air Force B-52s to find a pilot lost in bad weather and a terminal radar approach (Tracon) controller from Madison, Wis., who assisted a disoriented pilot with an iced windshield and minimal control of his airplane.

This year’s winners included six en route center and 14 terminal controllers.