This Week's Notebook: Countdown Begins in Houston for Big Vectors for Hope Fly-in
Friday, August 02, 2013

Since February, members from Houston TRACON (I90) have been working very hard to put together one of the biggest fly-in events that Houston has ever seen. The first annual Vectors for Hope Fly-In will be held at David Wayne Hooks Airport (DWH) on Sept. 28. 

“The goal of the fly-in is to educate the public about the wonderful field of aviation and raise money for the NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF),” said I90 member Adam Rhodes.

NCF has pledged to give the proceeds raised for and during this event to three charities: Angel Flight South Central, Around the World for Life, and Houston Ground Angels. All of the charities provide transportation for people with life-threatening illnesses.

“If you are in the Houston area on September 28th, this will be the place to be,” Rhodes said. “If you have a plane and are within an hour or two flight time, be sure to drop in and say hello!”

The event will feature vintage warbirds such as: A26, B17, B-25, C60, P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair and much more. Aircraft sales static displays will be showcased from major aircraft manufacturers. There will be helicopter, seaplane and warbird rides during and after the event. Aircraft simulator rides and a large kids activity area with a carnival will be set up as well. Food will be provided by local vendors.

“We will be giving presentations from local controllers, AOPA members and others to the pilots in attendance,” Rhodes said. 

For more information, please click HERE.

You can "like" the event’s Facebook page HERE.

If you would like to volunteer you can sign up HERE.

If you can't be there, please consider donating an item to the silent auction. All proceeds go to benefit NCF. If you or your facility would like to help by donating items, please email

Second Quarter AMAS Aeromedical Newsletter Now Available

The new issue of the quarterly newsletter from the Aviation Medicine Advisory Service (AMAS) is now available on the website. It features FAA aeromedical policy updates, medication updates, FAA rulemaking news and more. You can view it HERE.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The 10th Archie League Medal of Safety Awards

We’ve heard from many members around the country thus far in calendar year 2013 who have identified great flight assists at their facilities that are being nominated for the 10th annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards program. Do you know of a flight assist at your facility that should be considered for a nomination? Communications Specialist Amy Treutel is the coordinator of the awards program and would love to hear from you and work with you on putting together a nomination that we will present to the selection panel in January. The awards will be presented next March at Communicating for Safety in Las Vegas.

For more information on the program including an application, please click here.

For all questions, please contact Treutel at

Show Us Your NATCAtude!

Our new photo feature, spotlighting our members and their love of NATCA, is a big hit and we’d love to get your participation! We’re asking you to “Show Us Your NATCAtude” by sending us photos of how you rock the NATCA logo around the country and the world! Send photos of yourself displaying any sort of NATCA apparel or gear to We’ll pick the best to share with the NATCA family via the NATCA Facebook page and here in the NATCA Insider. ?In the email, please include your name, facility, location in the picture and one word to describe what NATCA means to you.

The latest winning photo is from PCT Member Cat Rumberger. You can view it HERE.