ATCA 2017 Award Recipients

The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) announced its 2017 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 were honored at the 2017 Awards Luncheon during the ATCA Annual held on Tuesday, October 17, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

ATCA Annual Safety Award
Alvin Sipe, The Boeing Company

Andy Pitas Aircraft Safety Award
Eric Knight and Ross Leshinsky, FAA
Jeffrey Rawson, FAA
Ian Selin and Mark Smith, NAV CANADA

ATCA Annual Team Award for Outstanding Achievement Winner
The SoCal Metroplex Design and Implementation Team, FAA
3-58th Airfield Operations Battalion, US Army
ATCA Annual Industry Award

ATCA Annual Outstanding Achievement for Small & Disadvantaged Business

ATCA Annual Outstanding Achievement for Small Business
Infina, Ltd.

ATCA Outstanding ATC Manager of the Year Award
Harry Rivera, CI2 Aviation
CW2 Jason Christie, US Army

ATCA Military ATC Technician of the Year Award
Sgt Richard Robinson, US Marine Corps
ET1 Marcus Kruse, US Navy
SSG Joseph Bourassa, US Army

ATCA Military Air Traffic Controller of the Year Award
SrA Richard Smith, US Air Force
Sgt Andres Eras Zabala, US Marine Corps
AC1 Nikita Zellner, US Navy
SGT Robert Charity, US Army

ATCA Airway Transportation Systems Specialist of the Year Award


ATCA Annual Aviation Systems Specialist Safety Award

Nico Nguyen, FAA

ATCA Life Cycle Management Award
CHIP Infrastructure Team, NAV CANADA
David J. Hurley Memorial Award for Aviation Traffic Management
Greg Juro, FAA
The Chairman’s Citation of Merit Award
NASA Aeronautics Leadership Team, NASA
Dr. John Cavolowsky, NASA
Robert Graham, EUROCONTROL
Massimo Garbini, SESAR Deployment Manager

ATCA Ambassador Award
Tom Styc

The President’s Citation of Merit Award
Dr. Ned Reese, WCG
Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, NASA
Margaret Jenny, RTCA
Don Thoma, Aireon
Ben Marcus, AirMap
Jim Eck, FAA

The Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award
Richard Anderson, Delta Air Lines, Inc. / Northwest Airlines, Inc.*

*To be honored at the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Awards Banquet Oct. 17


  • 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
  • Giovanni Carnaroli
  • Rick Day, Board Liaison
  • Frank Frisbie, Double F Consulting
  • Dieter Guenter, Tetra Tech
  • Mitch Herrick, Russ Bassett
  • Lizabeth Mack, FAA
  • Lee Robinson, NAV CANADA
  • Marcus Stevens, Raytheon
  • Paul Planzer, 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.)

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