Amy Treutel Joins National Office Staff as Communications Specialist
Friday, June 07, 2013

Amy Treutel has always had aviation in her blood.

Treutel, the daughter of a pilot who currently flies for AirTran, joined the NATCA National Office staff this week as a Communications Specialist. She is very excited to be working so close to the profession of air traffic control that she has studied and followed since the seventh grade. It was then, in a careers class that she first learned about the job of a controller.

A few years later, Treutel enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach, Fla., with an eye on becoming a controller herself. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Air Traffic Management.

But along the way, she discovered a passion for communications and writing through the experience of working for ERAU’s campus newspaper, The Avion. Treutel started as a staff writer in 2007 and added responsibilities such as copyediting, Opinions Editor and even Business Manager. Then, in 2009, she was named Editor-in-Chief, a role that she says “honed my writing skills” as well as enabled her to interact with a large number of diverse constituencies around campus.

A new career path was then forged, merging Treutel’s love of aviation, air traffic control and communications.

“The complexity of air traffic control and the continual efforts to develop and support it is a subject I take great interest in and thoroughly enjoy being a part of,” she says.

She worked to earn a Master of Science in Aeronautics degree from ERAU, with a specialization in Aviation Safety Management Systems, and graduated in December 2012. While pursuing that degree, she continued working for ERAU’s Career Services Office, where she had begun as a student assistant in 2007. She moved up to a full-time position as Interim Program Manager in January of this year and was responsible for the coordination and management of the Industry/Career Expo, an event that draws over 90 employers and 2,000 students and alumni to campus annually.

As a member of NATCA’s Communications Department, Treutel is assuming many different responsibilities. In addition to writing and editing for NATCA’s publications, she will be the managing editor of the NATCA Insider. She will also be the coordinator for the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards, from handling all flight assist nominations to helping plan and host the annual awards banquet at Communicating for Safety.

Treutel is a native of Slinger, Wisc., located between Milwaukee and Oshkosh.

She can be reached by phone at 202-266-9844 and by email at atreutel@natcadc.org.