NATCA President Paul Rinaldi and Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert released the following statement praising the work of RTCA President Margaret Jenny during the past 10 years. Jenny announced that she will retire from RTCA in August.
“Margaret is a great leader and visionary who has been at the forefront of the collaborative effort to modernize the National Airspace System (NAS). She shares NATCA’s passion for making the world’s safest system even safer. Her commitment to aviation safety was evident during the successful RTCA Global Aviation Symposium this week. Margaret made RTCA the place to gather and discuss issues of critical importance to the NAS, work together to address challenges and find solutions, and create opportunities to build relationships throughout the aviation industry.
“Margaret has always been a great friend to NATCA and the aviation safety professionals we represent. She has worked to foster a healthy and robust collaborative environment. That is why NATCA presented her with the James L. Oberstar Sentinel of Safety Award on Nov. 13, 2017, honoring her outstanding achievements in the advancement of aviation safety. This is the highest honor given by NATCA to a member of the aviation community. We thank Margaret for her accomplishments, her leadership, and her friendship and we wish her well as she closes this amazing chapter in her career.”
KTSM-TV EL PASO: “One week after an American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in El Paso, an air traffic control specialist responsible for helping land the plane, talked with KTSM about the hectic experience.
“Crystal Lingle told KTSM, ‘I could not have fathomed the damage on that aircraft. All I saw was the pictures the media had and that just blew my mind that they landed that airplane. The nosecone was basically gone.’
“As KTSM previously reported, flight 1897 was on its way to Phoenix from San Antonio when it suffered hail damage and had to make an emergency landing in El Paso.
“When asked how she feels knowing she helped save the 135 people on board, Lingle said, ‘I don't see it like that and I've been called a hero over the last week and a half and it blows my mind because honestly, I was just doing my job. I think the real heroes in this situation are the two pilots flying that airplane because it's a miracle that they put that plane on the pavement and 135 people walked away that day.’
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...
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NATCA Great Lakes Archie League Medal of Safety Award. Aired on April 25, 2017.