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ATCA Statement on ATC Reform

06 Jun 2017
ATCA Statement on ATC Reform

 
 

The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) and its domestic and international members support a safe, efficient air traffic management system. There are challenges facing the modernization and funding of the US National Airspace System, and the status quo is no longer acceptable. Several of our international air navigation service provider (ANSP) members have previously transitioned from government-run air traffic organizations to not-for-profit entities. Pairing other ANSPs’ best practices with insight from domestic industry and governmental groups will improve US air traffic management. With the right proposal, air traffic control reform would be a viable option, so long as any changes do not disrupt safety or service and current stakeholders are kept involved. ATCA looks forward to working with the administration and other industry and governmental partners to ensure that any proposed reform meets the highest level of safety and efficiency that the flying public expects and deserves.

 
 
 
 

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  • 06 Jun 2018
    Hon. Linda Hall Daschle Named 2018 Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Winner


    The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) is pleased to announce that former FAA Acting Administrator Linda Hall Daschle has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, one of the most prominent awards in aviation and ATCA’s highest honor.

    A pioneer for women in air traffic management, Daschle was the first female to hold the post of Acting Administrator for the FAA. She began her aviation career in Kansas nearly 45 years ago as a licensed weather observer for the agency. In 1993, she was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the US Senate for the position of FAA Deputy Administrator. One of her first tasks involved an assessment of the agency’s key air traffic modernization program called the Advanced Automation System which was eventually overhauled, saving the agency an estimated $1.6 billion. She also oversaw the advancement of new regional airline safety regulations and conducted a review of the agency’s safety and surveillance program, which resulted in one of the single largest hires of new safety inspectors in FAA history. 

    Ms. Daschle has held numerous government and private-sector leadership positions, including with the American Association of Airport Executives, the Air Transport Association, the former Civil Aeronautics Board, and with the law firm of Baker Donelson. She is currently President of LHD & Associates, Inc, and serves on the board of Aireon, LLC.

    In accepting the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, Ms. Daschle joins aviation greats, including Delta’s Richard Anderson, NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, the Hon. Jane Garvey, Boeing’s Neil Planzer, former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, and pilot A. Scott Crossfield. (View press release HERE.)

    Tickets will be available this month. For more information, visit https://www.atca.org/glengilbert
     
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