Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award

The Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award is dedicated to the memory of one of the recognized “Fathers of Air Traffic Control” and honors the lifelong achievements of an individual in the field of aviation. Glen Gilbert was a visionary who, along with Earl Ward, founded the U.S. air traffic system and dedicated his professional career to its improvement. The design of the trophy includes the Roman God Jupiter, deity of weather, sky, and light; and a depiction of the earth and its atmosphere.

The award trophy is inscribed with recipient names and was donated by ATCA Corporate Member, Raytheon Company. The Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award is on permanent display in the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. The trophy underwent a complete restoration in 2005 thanks to a generous donation by the Raytheon Company.

The Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award represents ATCA’s most prestigious honor. The Award is given during an Awards Banquet held during the ATCA Annual Conference and Exposition.

Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Recipients


2016 Paul Rinaldi, President, NATCA (Full Announcement
2015 Sid Koslow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NAV CANADA (Full Release)
2014 Monte Belger, Acting FAA Deputy Administrator; President, Metron Aviation (Full Release) (PDF)
2013 Patrick Ky, Executive Director, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (Press Release)
2012 Peter Challan, Vice President of Industry Relations, Harris Corporation (Press Release)
2011 Jane Garvey, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration; Chairman, Meridiam (Press Release) 
2010 Neil R. Planzer, Vice President, The Boeing Company (Press Release)
2009 Allan McArtor, Chairman, Airbus Americas, Inc.
2008 John Crichton, President, CEO, NAV CANADA
2007 Gerald L. Thompson, Chairman, Jerry Thompson and Associates
2006 Garland “Cas” Castleberry, FAA Associate Administrator, President of ATCA
2005 James L. Oberstar, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
2004 Wolfgang Philipp, Senior Director, EUROCONTROL
2003 Andy Pitas, Founder of ATCA, Professional Air Traffic Controller
2002 Frank Frisbie, Northrup Grumman, FAA Deputy Associate Administrator
2001 William Pollard, CEO, Air Services Australia, Professional Air Traffic Controller
2000 Gabriel A. Hartl, Colonel USAF Retired, President of ATCA
1999 Langhorne Bond, FAA Administrator
1998 Stanley Seltzer, V.P., American Airlines, Professional Air Traffic Controller
1997 Yves Lambert, Director General of EUROCONTROL
1996 Norman Mineta, Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Congressman
1995 Captain Elrey B. Jeppesen, Airline Captain, Founder, Jeppesen & Co.
1994 Tirey Vickers, Editor of ATCA Journal, Professional Air Traffic Controller
1993 Joseph Del Balzo, Deputy FAA Administrator, Electrical Engineer
1991 John Winant, President, National Business Aircraft Association
1990 A. Scott Crossfield, Aircraft Test Pilot
1989 J. Lynn Helms, FAA Administrator, President, Piper Aircraft Co.
1988 Najeeb Halaby, FAA Administrator, President, Pan Am Airways
 1986  David Thomas, Deputy FAA Administrator, Professional Air Traffic Controller 
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