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Air Traffic Control Flight Assists

Coverage of NATCA’s 15th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards
Aviation News Talk Podcast, with Max Trescott (Sept. 24, 2019)

Air Traffic Controller Honored for Helping Prevent Crash
The Associated Press (Dec. 25, 2018)

Quick-thinking Tucson air traffic controller recognized for helping prevent runway crash
Arizona Daily Star (Dec. 24, 2018)

Two planes nearly collide; Tucson air traffic controller honored for quick reflexes
KOLD-TV Tucson (Dec. 20, 2018)

Tucson air traffic controller recognized as a hero
KVOA-TV Tucson (Dec. 20, 2018)

Tucson air traffic controller prevents aircraft collision
KGUN-TV Tucson (Dec. 20, 2018)

Former Krum school board member earns national air traffic control award
Denton Record-Chronicle (Texas) (Dec. 11, 2018)

Former Krum ISD School Board President Phil Enis presented with NATCA Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Award
Krum, Texas, Independent School District Press Release (Dec. 11, 2018)

Interview with Archie League Award Winner Phil Enis
Aviation Talk Podcast, with Max Trescott (Dec. 3, 2018)

Pilot and PWK Air Traffic Controller Embrace After Emergency Landing.
CBS 2 (WBBM-TV) Chicago (Dec. 6, 2018)

Think Quickly, Remain Calm: Controllers Honored by NATCA, AOPA
AOPA online (Nov. 1, 2018)

BJC Air Traffic Controllers Stop Drunk Pilot From Flying, Win Archie League Award from NATCA
Aviation News Talk Podcast (Nov. 1, 2018)

El Paso air traffic controller remembers miracle landing
KTSM-TV El Paso, Texas (June 12, 2018)

Air traffic controllers help student with oil-covered windshield safely land in Volusia County
WFTV-TV Orlando (May 24, 2018)

Embry-Riddle graduate recounts working air traffic control when Southwest plane engine explodedEmbry-Riddle graduate recounts working air traffic control when Southwest plane engine exploded
WFTV-TV Orlando (May 14, 2018)

Miracle landing: Flight controllers talk down ERAU student pilot after oil blocks windshield
Daytona Beach News-Journal (May 5, 2018)

In the Blind: The last transmission Dr. Peter Edenhoffer recalls hearing as he descended through clouds approaching his home airport in Paris, Texas, on Super Bowl Sunday in 2017 was a snippet of chatter about the game heading into overtime. Then the lights went out.
AOPA (April 5, 2018)

Super Bowl Sunday Stirs Memories for Texas Pilot and Center Controllers
Flying magazine (Feb. 6, 2018)

To the rescue: Montgomery air traffic controllers help stricken plane land safely in SelmaTo the rescue: Montgomery air traffic controllers help stricken plane land safely in Selma
Montgomery, Ala., Advertiser (Oct. 24, 2017)

Montgomery air traffic controller reacts to June 21 emergency landing
WSFA-TV Alabama (Oct. 24, 2017)

Unsung Heroes of the Skies: Montgomery Air Traffic Controllers Save Lives of Dozens of Passengers on PSA Flight
AlabamaNews.net (Oct. 24, 2017)

Air Traffic Controllers Help Troubled Jet Land in Selma
The Associated Press (Oct. 25, 2017)

Local air traffic controllers help guide troubled airliner to safety
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Oct. 27, 2017)

Local air traffic controllers guide flight to safety
WSB-TV Atlanta (Oct. 27, 2017)

Kansas City Center air traffic controllers who helped save pilot receive national award
Teaser for the story, which aired earlier in the broadcast
KSHB-TV Kansas City (May 12, 2017)

Phoenix air traffic controllers who helped save pilot, passenger receive national award
The Arizona Republic (May 3, 2017)

Sky Harbor air traffic controllers honored for life saving assist
ABC 15 Arizona (KXNV-TV) (May 2, 2017)

Air traffic controllers honored for their work in guiding a pilot to safe landing
KPHO-TV Phoenix (May 2, 2017)

Air traffic controllers honored: Guided pilot through tough conditions for safe landing
Fox 10 Phoenix (May 2, 2017)

Phoenix TRACON air traffic controllers honored
KTVK-TV Phoenix (May 2, 2017)

Air controllers honored for cool handling of engine failure before Va. crash landing
WTOP Radio, Washington, D.C. (April 26, 2017)

Audio: Washington Center controllers honored for flight assist
WTOP Radio, Washington, D.C. (April 26, 2017)

'Mayday!' Virginia Air Traffic Controllers Tell How They Saved Pilot
WRC-TV Washington (April 26, 2017)

Fort Wayne air traffic controller gets national award
The Journal-Gazette, Fort Wayne, Ind. (April 26, 2017)

Fort Wayne air traffic controller receives national award
WOWO Radio, Fort Wayne, Ind. (April 25, 2017)

FW air traffic controller honored with top award for helping pilot make safe landing
WANE-TV Fort Wayne, Ind. (April 25, 2017)

Salute to Service Spotlight - Fort Wayne Air traffic Controller Eric Vanstrom
Fort Wayne's NBC (April 25, 2017) 

A life-saving air traffic controller is honored: Cheer of the Day (editorial)
Cleveland Plain Dealer (April 18, 2017) 

Avon air traffic controller lauded for saving two lives
Cleveland Plain Dealer (April 16, 2017)

Area air traffic controller wins national award for saving pilot in distress
Cleveland 19 CBS (April 14, 2017) 

A fighter jet lost an engine over the Bering Sea. A voice from afar guided the pilot to safety
Alaska Dispatch News (April 14, 2017)

Anchorage air traffic controller awarded for helping save fighter jet pilot
KTVA-TV ALASKA (April 13, 2017)

Anchorage air traffic controller helps guide F-18 to safety
KTUU-TV Anchorage (April 13, 2017)

Anchorage Flight Traffic Controller receives award after guiding F-18 to safety
KTBY-TV, ABC Alaska (April 13, 2017)

Anchorage air traffic controller wins award for Bering Sea save
Alaska Public Media (April 13 2017)

Local Air Traffic Controller Saves Pilot in Distress
FOX 8 Cleveland (April 11, 2017)

Interview With Atlanta TRACON Member and Archie League Medal of Safety Award Winner Mason Braddock, and Georgia Pilot Cathy Lewan
CNN HLN (March 24, 2017)

Pilot Saved by Atlanta TRACON Controllers After Her Throttle Stuck Over Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport
ABC World News Tonight (March 15, 2017)

Pilot reunites with air controllers who guided her in crisis 
The Washington Post, via the Associated Press (March 15, 2017)

Pilot aided by Atlanta controllers: ‘God gave me that … runway’
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (March 15, 2017)

Pilot makes dramatic landing with help of air traffic controller
WGCL-TV Atlanta (March 14, 2017)

Pilot in distress: My 'SWAT team' of calm air controllers steered safe landing
11 Alive Atlanta NBC (March 14, 2017)

Air traffic controllers honored for helping pilot make emergency landing
WSB TV Atlanta (March 14, 2017)

Air traffic controller guides pilot through dangerous landing
NBC News National (March 14, 2017)  

"His Small Plane Spewing Smoke Over Addison, a Young Pilot Has Only a Moment to Act"
Dallas Morning News (Feb. 2017)

Dallas Love Field Controllers Honored at the 2016 Archie League Medal of Safety Awards Banquet
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth (3/24/16)

Providence Controller Helps Panicked Pilot Whose Aircraft Suffered Gear Malfunction
WPRI-TV Ch. 12 Providence (3/16/16)

Columbus Air Traffic Controller Earns Archie League Award By Assisting Pilot
CBS Columbus (3/15/16)

Dallas Love Field Controllers Guide Desperate Pilot to Safety 
NBC DFW (11/5/15)

Voice of Rescue: An Air Traffic Controller Saves a Pilot's Life 
Flying Magazine (April 2015)

Pushing Boston Tin: The Story of a Great Flight Assist by BOS Controller Nunzio DiMillo
DigBoston.com (January 2015)


The Job of An Air Traffic Controller / A Day in the Life

Air traffic controller training makes emergencies seem ordinary
Popular Science (Aug. 14, 2018)

Inside Look at Sky Harbor Airport's Air Traffic Control Tower
ABC Phoenix (Feb. 15, 2018)

Ask an Air Traffic Controller - With NATCA Member and San Juan FacRep Kyrandgel Rios
The Voyage Report (Jan. 16, 2018)

A day in the life of Orlando International Airport, including a look at Orlando air traffic control
WFTV-TV Orlando (Oct. 18, 2017)

Over Colorado: Feature on how Denver Tower air traffic controllers keep flyers safe
9 News Colorado (May 25, 2017)

Directing the Sky: A behind-the-scenes look at the jobs of air traffic controllers at Las Vegas Tower and Las Vegas TRACON
KSNV-TV Las Vegas (May 18, 2017)

Behind the scenes at Orlando International Airport control tower and TRACON
WFTV-TV Orlando (May 4, 2017)

The Controller - Feature Story About the Work of Controllers, Featuring Steve Abraham at New York-JFK Tower
Popular Mechanics (Fall 2016)

Miami (MIA) celebrates 75th anniversary of air traffic control at the airport: A look at the work of controllers at MIA
News 10 Miami (5/20/16)

A Day in the Life of an Air Traffic Controller: Taylor Williams (Fargo, N.D., Tower/TRACON)
The Good Life Magazine (5/20/16) Article starts on page 6.

Become an Air Traffic Controller; Learn About ATC's Challenging and Rewarding Work
Flying Magazine (12/18/15)


Special Recognition for Extraordinary Air Traffic Control Work


Air traffic controller praised for efforts to help Seattle plane thief
(KING-TV Seattle (Aug. 13, 2018)

Air traffic controller praised for staying calm during man's rogue Horizon Air flight
KOMO-TV Seattle (Aug. 13, 2018)

The other 'nerves of steel' in an aviation emergency: air traffic controllers
The Dallas Morning News (April 20, 2018)

Air traffic controller at concert warned airport during Las Vegas shooting
Las Vegas Review-Journal (Oct. 12, 2017)

The view from an airport: Making sure our massacre didn't get worse
3 News NBC Las Vegas (Oct. 12, 2017)

Air-traffic controller’s quick thinking kept thousands out of harm’s way from 1 October
Fox 5 KVUU-TV Las Vegas (Oct. 12, 2017)

Air traffic controller attending Route 91 takes action to ground flights during shooting
8 News Las Vegas CBS (Oct. 12, 2017)

How Air Traffic Controllers Rebounded After 2014 Aurora Sabotage
Daily Herald (Chicago, 11/30/15)

Controlled Chaos Heard During Aurora FAA Facility Fire in 2014
WLS-TV Chicago (9/27/15)

Oshkosh Air Festival's Pink-Shirted Wizards of Spatial Relations 
CNN (7/29/15)

Donuts for Fisk: FAA's Finest Calm Under Pressure as Emergency Develops at #OSH15 
Airplanista Blog, By Dan Pimentel (7/22/15)

Radio Silence: The Chicago Air Traffic Control Fire (of Sept. 26, 2014) 
Flying Magazine (7/13/15)

Good Stories About the Work of Controllers

My Job: Air Traffic Controller (Honolulu NATCA member Alika Parish)
Hawaii Business Magazine (December 2017)

On The Job: Christina Munro Gets You To Your Destination Safely
San Diego Magazine (November 2017)

"This is our Super Bowl and we're definitely going to win this thing;" How Houston Controllers Prepared for Super Bowl LI
KPRC-TV Houston (Feb. 3, 2017)

Houston Air Traffic Control Handling 1,600 Extra Aircraft for Super Bowl LI
KTRK-TV Houston (Feb. 3, 2017)


FAA Command Center Works to Handle Big Thanksgiving Holiday Rush
How the FAA Transportation Officials Prepared for Thanksgiving
NBC Today Show (Nov. 21, 2018)

Pilot-Controller Communications:
Exposing Aviation Safety - With Chicago TRACON NATCA Member Eddie Trujillo
SimpleFlight Radio Podcast (February 2018)

Air Traffic Control Enters the 21st Century
Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine (February 2018)

USA Today

USA Today's Ask Air Traffic Control series, featuring NATCA's Safety and Technology Department answering questions from USA Today readers:

Video Clips - Sequestration Budget Cuts and Effect on ATC (2012-2013)