The Journal of Air Traffic Control



The Journal of Air Traffic Control is ATCA’s flagship publication. The quarterly magazine is a critical resource to all professionals involved in air traffic management (ATM) and other aviation disciplines, such as ATC specialists, frontline managers, engineers, pilots, researchers, and members of the academic community. It’s devoted to developments in air traffic control and features articles ranging from:

  • Current issues involving ATC operations
  • Innovative concepts and applications of technology to ATM/ATC   
  • Public policy debates affecting aviation    
  • Commentary by noted aviation experts and policy makers     
  • ATC historical material
  •  Reviews of books and videos of interest to the aviation community  

The Journal of Air Traffic Control is an exclusive member benefit. Members receive it in the mail and have access to the password-protected online version.

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To order your subscription to the Journal, please print and complete the subscription rates and order form and send it to:

Subscription Manager, Journal of Air Traffic Control
Air Traffic Control Association
225 Reinekers Ln Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314, USA.

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The editor and publications committee of The Journal of Air Traffic Control welcome article inquiries and submissions for consideration. Please submit them to the Managing Editor Mat Garretson.

Article length is flexible, but should range from 2,000 – 5,500 words and address subjects of interest to the air traffic community. Letters to the editor, book reviews, and short commentaries will also be considered.

Please submit articles as Microsoft Word files as email attachments. Submissions should include separate files for artwork (photos, graphs, charts, etc.). All images should be a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and 1MB in file size.

The Journal of Air Traffic Control follows Chicago style. For complete references, please consult The Chicago Manual of Style. However, please embrace the oxford comma in your submission.

Articles will be considered for publication throughout the calendar year. If accepted, the managing editor will determine the Journal issue in which the article will appear and notify you as such. Every author will have one opportunity to proof their article.

Want to work behind the scenes? Join ATCA's Publications Committee!

The committee meets quarterly via Zoom to suggest articles, discuss industry topics, and potential authors. Contact Mat Garretson to get involved.

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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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    Established in Washington, D.C., in 1956 by a group of air traffic controllers, the Air Traffic Control Association has been from the outset dedicated to progress in the science of air traffic control and the preservation of a safe flight environment.
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