Member Stories

ATCA Members - we want to hear from you! Tell us how you are adapting to life and business during the pandemic and any work you are doing to support the aviation community. Fill out the brief member spotlight form to be featured! Questions? Contact


Mitch Herrick
Director ATC Consoles, Russ Bassett Corporation

"Installations in an air traffic control facility are subject to schedules, timelines, and milestones like any project. Manufacturing, shipping, and installation dates are all part of the process and all are nebulous right now.

We have daily on-line meetings with our design, manufacture, and installation teams and we’re making sure we are 100% ready when things are turned back on. We can’t physically install equipment and we cannot ship products, but we can ensure quality and accuracy of everything. We have created an array of likely scenarios to ensure we are ready no matter what the challenge is. Customer satisfaction and product quality are our driving principles."
- Mitch Herrick


Patrick Delaney
Airways Transportation System Specialist: Radar/Automation Coordinator, FAA

"My aviation career spans over 30 years where I am dedicated to safety in our skies. My career started at United Airlines as a licensed Aircraft Technician /Avionics Lead. The past 13 years I have been with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an Airways Transportation System Specialist (ATSS) supporting air traffic controllers. The intensive efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 continue to affect our airlines, which have experienced an unprecedented drop in passenger volume and the number of airplanes in the skies. The ATSS technicians in the US and around the world are essential workers, ensuring the nation’s airways systems operate as safely and smoothly as possible. The airways systems are always critical, and never more so than in a crisis."
- Patrick Delaney


Aliona Groh
Director, Marketing and Communications, Adacel

"Over eight years ago I started working in aviation. But I really did not fall in love with the industry until my experience at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh a few years later. Seeing the pure passion, enthusiasm, and genuine celebration of all things aviation really opened my eyes - and heart - to the magic of aviation. Now, I can't imagine any other industry to be part of. 

At Adacel, we build systems for air traffic controllers, from training and simulation (MaxSim), to air traffic management systems (Aurora): observing the incredible details, thought, and efforts put into developing these very complex systems, make me even more appreciate the exact science and creativity that have to come together for the aviation systems to perform so beautifully: from the air traffic controllers in the control tower, to the pilots taking off and landing these humongous and incredibly advanced machines called airplanes. "
- Aliona Groh

Olivier Jeannot
President,Tetra Tech Federal Information
Technology Business Unit

"Tetra Tech is giving back to the community, and especially the small business community, due to COVID-19. As we all adjust due to the coronavirus, we are working to make sure we can ease the process of sorting through relief options for small businesses. With extremely high call volumes right now for the Small Business Administration (SBA), small business customers are on hold much longer than they anticipate.

Our AI-powered chatbot, Auxilium, developed and trained by Tetra Tech, will intuitively answer questions about loans and debt relief available to small businesses through the SBA, including: Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Express Bridge Loans, and SBA Debt Relief. Our chatbot will help small businesses navigate through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act."

Dawn Amore
President, Volanno

"During this unprecedented time, we remain laser-focused on the continuity of Volanno's services to our customer of 17 years: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Organization (ATO).

The work of the air traffic control community is more important than ever. Volanno's dedicated team is keeping our performance analysis and metrics systems running 7 days a week, so that the FAA can provide airspace system statistics to executive leadership, the Department of Transportation, and the media. Volanno made system enhancements to the FAA's contingency planning software tool so that officials can more easily share contingency information within the agency. Contingency plans are in place to ensure the continuity of operations at air traffic control facilities across the nation.

Nothing makes us prouder than to see how we are providing tools and information that help the US National Airspace System continue to be the safest in the world right now—when transportation of potentially life-saving medical personnel and supplies is needed more than ever."
- Dawn Amore

Anne Kathrine Jensen
CEO, Entry Point North

"To respond to the spread of COVID-19 virus and make sure our staff and students are safe, at Entry Point North Group we firstly paused activities in China, followed by Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland, and Hungary. Team spirit is what we are proud of these days. With joint efforts from staff working from home, we have quickly switched online for many theoretical classes. We continue keeping in close contact with our customers and look for individual solutions that fit them best. This exceptional situation will bring new learnings and make us even stronger as a team." - Anne Kathrine Jensen


Darrin Luedke
COO, Systems Atlanta, Inc

"Working with my 17-year old son from home, we are 3D printing face shields, face masks, and surgical mask 'ear savers' that are then distributed around the USA free of charge to essential workers. When the shortage of PPE was publicized, we locally sourced materials (straps and clear plastic) and used those items with our 3D-printed products. The 3D printed PPE alternatives are being sent to healthcare and emergency personnel anywhere there is a need."
- Darrin Luedke

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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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