Safety and Technology Department – Terminal Staff
Thursday, January 10, 2013
By Dale Wright, Director of Safety and Technology
NATCA’s continued collaboration with the FAA has resulted in more technology-related meetings and discussions with our technical representatives. As this workload increased it became obvious it was greater than one person could possibly control. Chris Stephenson (Washington National – DCA, retired) has done an outstanding job handling this ever-growing problem, and it was time to provide some assistance to him.
The Safety and Tech Department made a request to the NATCA Leadership to expand the department’s terminal staff and the National Executive Board (NEB) approved the request. Meanwhile, internal department discussions led to the decision to split the terminal responsibilities. Mr. Stephenson was given a choice to work either Terminal Operations or Terminal Technology. His decision was to take the operational side of things and, with his experience including positions with the Navy, Department of Defense and FAA, he is uniquely qualified for this position. The department then set out to hire someone to fill the technology side of terminal.
The interest in the Washington, D.C.-based Terminal Technology Coordinator position was higher than anticipated. Departmental interviews were held with three of the applicants, followed by interviews with NATCA’s elected leaders. Once the interview process was completed, Bill Geoghagan (Savannah – SAV, retired) was offered the position and he accepted.
Mr. Geoghagan retired on August 31, 2012. His experience as an air traffic controller includes Meridian (NMM), Nashville (BNA), Gulfport (GPT) and SAV. He served the union in several positions during his career including tenures as facility representative and safety representative. He also has a background in legislative work. His knowledge of the technical aspect of air traffic control will be a great benefit to the membership.
Mr. Geoghagan will work with the NATCA technical representatives by supporting their efforts through research, discussions on issues and attending meetings in the Washington, D.C., area. He has already stepped up and assisted several NATCA locals with equipment issues and will be working very closely with the Requirements Office at ATO-Terminal.
With the additional staff now in place in the Safety and Technology Department, the membership will receive benefits that should result in quicker turnaround of operational and technology issues. It is also a goal of the department to have staff available to visit more facilities this year, if requested, to address issues affecting the membership. Mr. Stephenson’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and Mr. Geoghagan’s is email@example.com.