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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



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


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