Airservices celebrates air traffic control in October

21 Oct 2013

Airservices Australia has presented awards to four air traffic controllers to mark the International Day of the Air Traffic Controller on Sunday 20 October.

Nominated by their peers around the country, the four winning controllers will travel to visit air traffic control providers internationally to further their training in 2014.

The winners, Charlie Youssef at Sydney Tower, Tim McLean at Mackay Tower, James Chapman based in Melbourne and Donna Davis in Brisbane, were recognised for going ‘above and beyond’ in their duties as controllers.

Airservices Acting Executive General Manager Air Traffic Control, Greg Hood, said acknowledging the international day was a great chance to pay tribute to the commitment of controllers and operational staff to their safe and efficient delivery of air traffic management.

“We have controllers on duty every hour of every day, 365 days a year to provide a vital service in helping travellers reach their destination safely and efficiently,” Mr Hood said.

“The International Day of the Air Traffic Controller was a great chance not only for us to recognise the efforts of our staff, but for the travelling public to consider the critical role controllers play in keeping them safe in the skies.

“I would like to thank all of our controllers and the staff that support them for the job that they do in keeping our aviation system running smoothly and making air travel one of the safest modes of transport in the world.”

Airservices employs more than 1000 air traffic controllers working from two major centres (Melbourne and Brisbane), four terminal control areas, and 29 control towers at international and regional airports all over the country.

Airservices air traffic controllers safely manage over 11 per cent of the world’s airspace, which includes more than four million flights carrying over 80 million passengers per year.