The NATCA Podcast, Episode 4: Featuring an interview with St. Thomas (STT) U.S.V.I. NATCA Facility Representative Patrick Cieniewicz. On the job for only a year before two catastrophic hurricanes struck the island in September 2017, Patrick talks about working traffic from under a tent (pictured) and in a temporary tower in the days and weeks after the second storm hit, the process of recovery on the island, and the March 8 reopening of the permanent control tower.
The STT temporary mobile tower ceased operations on March 7. Services were transitioned back to the repaired permanent tower on March 8.
"It was an all hands on deck kind of thing," Cieniewicz said of the repair and reopening effort. "It's amazing when something like this happens, the amount of help that you get - and a lot of it is behind the scenes. Thank you to everyone who helped out. It's very much appreciated."
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Fox4 Kansas City, WDAF-TV
March 7, 2018
"Belle Bonn hasn't even finished her first year of high school yet, and she already can do something that most of us can't: fly an airplane. The Mill Valley High School freshman is not your typical 14-year-old. She plans to get her private pilot's license at the minimum age of 17 and dreams of joining the Air Force Academy to serve our nation as a military pilot.
"'I enjoy being able to see different things, having the freedom in the air,' Belle said. 'I feel free.'
"Belle's flight instructor, Sarah Owens (NATCA member who works as an air traffic controller at Kansas City Center), said her 14-year-old student is very ambitious, eager to learn and has a great attitude.
"'I think she strives to be excellent in everything that she does,' Owens said."
Following our 'Ask the Captain' and 'Ask a Flight Attendant' episodes, we wanted to pose your questions to an active air traffic controller. So in this episode, San Juan Tower controller Kyrandgel Rio...
A video produced by FAA Communications in collaboration with NATCA.
NATCA Great Lakes Archie League Medal of Safety Award. Aired on April 25, 2017.