This Week's Notebook: Andy Marosvari speaks at Storm Week Webinar
Friday, June 21, 2013

On Thursday, June 13, NATCA National Safety Committee member Andy Marosvari (Boise), participated in a webinar sponsored by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's (AOPA) Air Safety Institute.  The webinar was part of a week-long Storm Week 2013 campaign.

Over 900 people joined the webinar to hear Marosvari, AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg and Dr. David Strahle, NEXRAD/Datalink Expert speak about storm avoidance, ATC radar limitations and Datalink as it pertained to general aviation.

Marosvari spoke about both his experience as an air traffic controller and as a general aviation pilot of a Piper Arrow in order to educate the audience on how air traffic controllers are able to help pilots during a storm and some hazardous pilot practices during periods of convective weather.

To hear a recording of the broadcast, please click HERE.

NATCA Continues to Assist Tornado Relief Efforts in Oklahoma

This week, the FAA -- with assistance from NATCA -- was preparing to ship as many as 100 boxes of supplies from its Washington, D.C. headquarters to the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City to assist the victims of the recent tornadoes.

In addition, Fort Worth Center member Nick Daniels provided this update to the membership on the relief efforts that ZFW is leading:

"I am extremely proud to let you know that YOUR donations have already helped purchase JoAnna Hoopes (who lost her home and car in the May 20 tornado) a new car! I wish I could put in words what it was like to be there when Kim of Kim's Place OKC and I surprised JoAnna with her 2003 Ford Focus that we purchased for her with the donations that you provided. JoAnna sat in the car and became very emotional. She wanted to personally thank each and every person that has donated to our cause of helping many of the victims of tornadoes in Oklahoma.  

"OUR NEXT GOAL ... Jeremy Roan and his two children are the next family that I vowed we would help as well. We are only about $1,000 away from being able to purchase them a car.  Jeremy and his children retold me the story of living through that day and I wish I could convey in an email the emotion that I felt as I listened to every word, looked at the scars on Jeremy's arms from the windows exploding in his car as he had his daughter wrapped up to protect her as the tornado was overhead. To hear Jeremy's daughter talk about shoes and sheet metal still randomly falling out of the sky after the tornado had already passed, walking block after block of not knowing where they were because nothing was recognizable, the pain, the loss, and yet the thankfulness to be sparred and be alive ... these are things that I will never forget.  

"There are so many others that need to be helped as well, and after we buy Jeremy and his kids a car, we can't wait to start buying gift cards for things families need. PLEASE DONATE any way you can."

You can donate through PayPal - Please click here: NATCA helps MOORE

Or if you go directly to the PayPal website use this information: NATCAHELPSMOORE@GMAIL.COM. Check the box, “I'm sending money to family or friends.” No fees will be applied as long as your PayPal is linked to a bank account (debit/credit cards will be assessed a 2.9% transaction fee).
If assistance is needed on the setup of a PayPal account, if you would rather make a cash donation or if you have any questions, please contact Nick Daniels at or call/text at 817-320-5080.
 (Donations are not tax-deductible.)
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Fourth Annual NATCA Dolphin Fishing Tournament June 28

There is still time to enter the fourth annual NATCA Dolphin Fishing Tournament, to be held on June 28. Weigh-in will be at Smugglers Cove Restaurant and Marina (there are rooms available; mention the tournament and get 10 percent off room rates) in Islamorada, Fla. (mile marker 85 in the Florida Keys).

Prizes will be given for the heaviest fish; Dolphin and Wahoo are the only eligible species. Lines in at 7 a.m., weigh-in at 4 p.m. Must be at the dock prior to the weigh-in. Official results will be broadcast live on 103.1 FM. Don’t fish? Come by during the weigh-in for the awards and party, event organizers say. Cost is $200 per boat.

There is a mandatory captains meeting at Smugglers Cove on June 27 at 7 p.m. For official rules and any other information, contact Scott Pearson (305-509-1510).

Dallas/Fort Worth Hosting ATC Softball Tournament Sept. 28-29

The ATC Softball Tournament is coming back to the Dallas-Fort Worth area Sept. 28-29 and registration is now open.

Event organizers are asking facilities to confirm by August 1 if they will field a team. The entry fee of $500 per team is due Sept. 1. The first 16 teams to respond, confirm and pay will have a guaranteed spot in the tournament. Other teams to respond after that will be put on a waiting list should one of the 16 withdraw.

Please email Jeremy Hughes at to confirm or ask questions.

World Controllers' Cup Soccer Tournament in Puerto Rico this November

The World Controllers' Cup will be held in Puerto Rico this year; Nov. 11-17. Last year, several NATCA members participated in the tournament in Brazil. For more information, please go to:

PCT Hosts Two Groups of European Controllers

NATCA members at Potomac TRACON (PCT) last week hosted two groups of visitors; one group of controllers from NATS-United Kingdom and a second from the Netherlands. They plugged in and watched the operation, said PCT Facility Representative Matt Sullivan.

"I enjoyed sharing Potomac TRACON with them and our policies and procedures," he said.

Sullivan said the Dutch controllers mentioned that they only have one facility in their country (not including towers) and it's a combined center and TRACON. He added that they were all impressed by the weather technology and enjoyed watching that. "They were here the day all of the storms were coming through," Sullivan said.

Former NATCA President Steve Bell, now with Boeing, accompanied the group.


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June 22 - San Antonio
June 28 - Hamilton, N.J.
July 19 – Salt Lake City
September 23 - Charlotte
September 27 - Fairbanks, Alaska
October 1 - Grand Rapids, Mich.
October 3 – St. Charles, Mo.
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December 5 – Providence, R.I.

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