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The Charles E. Varnell Memorial Award for Small Business

This is a Medallion Award presented to a small business concern for outstanding achievement or contribution, which has added to the quality, safety or efficiency of air traffic control.



Charles E. Varnell was born in Dallas, Texas on March 11, 1931 and served in the United States Air Force as a Radio/Radar Operator. After military service he worked for North American Aviation, the Whittaker Corporation and Litton Industries before opening his own consulting business in 1972. Mr. Varnell became a member of ATCA in 1969 and over the years was a diligent worker and supporter of ATCA and its objectives. His integrity, loyalty and professionalism were his hallmark and his many accomplishments in support of the National Airspace System are legendary. As a member Charlie was always active in ATCA sponsored symposia, meetings or convention activities and willingly supported personally and financially any activity which contributed to the benefit of ATCA and its members. His many contributions include the expansion of corporate member exhibits, creation of the ATCA Golf Outing and his personnel support of the ATCA scholarship program. The ATCA Small Business Award category was established based) on his recommendation. Charlie was awarded an ATCA Honorary Membership in 1999. He died on August 2, 2000. He was an inspiration to all who knew him and the Charles E. Varnell Memorial Award is named for him in recognition of his outstanding support of ATCA and the aviation industry.


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