The ATCA Awards Program
Recognizing Greatness in Aviation.

The goal of ATCA's awards program is to give special recognition to those persons and/or organizations engaged in the development, operation, or maintenance of the worldwide air traffic control system for outstanding achievement. From heroic air traffic control saves to industry and small business contributions, military recognition to NAS safety, there's an ATCA award for anybody dedicated to the advancement of air traffic control and a safe flying environment.

Learn more about our awards and submit a nomination today!

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ATCA 2019 Award Recipients

ATCA is pleased to announce its 2019 award winners:

The goal of ATCA's awards program is to give special recognition to those persons and/or organizations engaged in the development, operation, or maintenance of the worldwide air traffic control system for outstanding achievement.

The following recipients will be honored at the 2018 Awards Luncheon during ATCA Annual on Tues., October 2, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. 

 

ATCA Annual Safety Award
Nick Paraskevopoulos, NAV CANADA

Andy Pitas Aircraft Save Award
Michael Tamez, NATCA
Ryan Schile and Andrew Rice, NATCA
Mary Wertel, Midwest ATC Services, Inc.
Kenneth Stanley, Robinson Aviation (RVA), Inc.

ATCA Annual Team Award for Outstanding Achievement
Civilian Award: GBDAA SkyVision Team
Military Award: Foxtrot Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, US Army

ATCA Annual Industry Award
Aireon, NATS, and NAV CANADA

ATCA Annual Outstanding Achievement for Small & Disadvantaged Business
Changeis, Inc.

ATCA Annual Outstanding Achievement for Small Business
DIGITALiBiz

ATCA Outstanding Civilian ATC Manager of the Year Award
Cedric McQueen, Robinson Aviation (RVA), Inc.

ATCA Military ATC Technician of the Year Award
MSgt John Dean, US Air Force
SSG Carlo G. Chirinospacussich, US Army
ET1 Joshua Coatney, US Navy
SSgt Randal D. Rakestraw, US Marine Corps


ATCA Outstanding Military ATC Manager of the Year Award
Brian Mixon, US Army

ATCA Military Air Traffic Controller of the Year Award
PO Jonathan Epperson, US Navy
SGT Samantha Purdom, US Army
SrA Bradley L. O’Grady, US Air Force
SSgt Bret C. Piburn, US Marine Corps

ATCA Annual Aviation Systems Specialist Safety Award
Shelley Bailey, NAV CANADA

ATCA Life Cycle Management Award
Changeis, Inc.

David J. Hurley Memorial Award for Aviation Traffic Management
Joseph Sultana, EUROCONTROL

ATCA Award for Exceptional Service
CI² Aviation, Inc.
Isla Grande Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Rafael Hernandez Airport in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

ATCA Ambassador Award
Gene Hayman, CACI

The Chairman’s Citation of Merit Award
Midori Tanino, ATO International, FAA

The President’s Citation of Merit Award
Philip Braswell, Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic
Midwest ATC, Team Bagram

ATCA Lifetime Achievement Award
Roger Stern, Leidos

The Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award
Deputy Administrator Daniel K. Elwell, FAA*

*To be honored at the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Banquet Oct. 22.

 

Here are the 2019 Journal Award winners:

First Place:
“Addressing Near-Term Challenges of UAS Integration”
(Winter 2018)
Frank Matus and Brenden Hedblom, Thales

Second Place:
“Artificial Intelligence in ATM”
(Summer 2019)
Marco Rueckert, Searidge Technologies

Third Place:
“ADS-B and Mode S Security Challenges in Continually Changing Environments”
(Spring 2019)
Allan Storm, Objective Area Solutions, LLC

Archives

  • Download the full list of 2019 ATCA Award Winners: click here
  • Download the full list of 2018 ATCA Award Winners: click here for PDF format.
  • Download the full list of 2017 ATCA Award Winners: click here for PDF format.
  • Download the full list of 2016 ATCA Award Winners: click here for PDF format.
  • Download the full list of 2015 ATCA Award Winners: click here for PDF format. 
  • Download the full list of 2014 ATCA Award Winners: click here for PDF format.
  • Download the full list of 2013 ATCA Award Winners: click here for HTML format.
  • For the list of ATCA Journal of Air Traffic Control Winners for 2013: click here.
  • Download the full list of 2012 ATCA Award Winners: Word Document and PDF Format, for HTML format: click here.
  • Download Spreadsheet list of ATCA Award Winners from 1984 through 2015: click here.

 


Awards Committee

  • Tom Styc, Committee Chairman
  • Giacomo Biscotti, ATCSI
  • Giovanni Carnaroli, Deloitte
  • Rick Day, Board Liaison
  • Mike Feeley, Robinson Aviation (RVA), Inc.
  • Frank Frisbie, Double F Consulting
  • Dieter Guenter, Tetra Tech
  • Lee Robinson, NAV CANADA
  • Marcus Stevens, Raytheon
  • Mindy Soranno, Staff Liaison, ATCA

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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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