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Who is PWC - Greg Bean

Meet Greg Bean, Operations Supervisor ZLC

Prior to joining the Professional Women Controllers, Inc. (PWC) and currently, I have been afforded the opportunity to work side by side with Aimee Shingleton, the Northwest Regional Director for PWC.  I was inspired by her dedication to the association.  PWC has broadened my knowledge of the air traffic profession, enhanced my networking, and has helped me introduce the aviation career field to my oldest daughter.  I have been a proud member of the PWC since 2014.

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Flight Program Operations

Hi everyone. In July, I discussed our plans to restructure and consolidate all of the agency’s flight programs. I’m proud to announce that our new ATO Flight Program Operations organization was officially stood up on October 2 – right on schedule. We achieved the Administrator’s goal to create a single organization responsible for all aspects of these operations.

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Year-End Reflections and a Fond Farewell

For many of us, September 30 is nothing more than the end of the month.  But this is a very busy time in the ATO.  I’d like to discuss some of the important budget work being done, discuss performance closeouts, and then end with a very special tribute.

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Drone Advisory Committee

The FAA’s new Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) held its first meeting here in Washington DC.  The DAC is a 35-member group representing interests such as industry, labor, and academia, and will help us prioritize and address the key issues affecting the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the NAS.  These issues include how the proliferation of UAS can affect existing airspace users and the general public, and about how to ensure safe UAS operation within the NAS.

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The STARS Align at Largest TRACONs

The Terminal Automation Modernization/Replacement (TAMR) program is our effort to implement or substantially upgrade the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) at all terminal facilities throughout the NAS.
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Protecting Our Freedom

Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11.  None of us will ever forget where we were or what we were doing on that fateful morning.  The events that unfolded struck at the heart of our airspace system and our nation.  The anniversary reminds us that we have to remain vigilant against new and emerging threats to the NAS.
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Labor Day

As you know, we celebrate Labor Day on Monday.  Let's take a moment to reflect on the people who have helped build America, and also on how the American Labor movement has led to many of the worker protections and benefits we have today, such as an eight-hour workday, overtime pay and employee-sponsored health insurance to name a few.  
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Small UAS Rules

small UAS rule (sUAS rule) goes into effect, allowing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or drones) weighing less than 55 pounds to fly up to 400 feet above ground level.  This rule marks the FAA’s first set of regulations on the routine use of commercial unmanned aircraft operations.  The ATO is working to follow up this rule with an operational framework that is compliant with Safety Management Systems and ensures the safety of the flying public.   

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People are at the heart of everything we do.  And I believe that when we take care of our people, they’ll care of the operation.  The things we say, and the things we do, have an impact on our co-workers, and ultimately affect our mission
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ATO Awards 2016

This week we held the ATO’s third annual NAS First, People Always awards ceremony.  We recognized employees, teams and facilities, nominated by their peers, for demonstrating the highest levels of professionalism, leadership, excellence and collaboration.  Here are a few examples of this year’s winners.
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Diversity Inclusion

This week, the FAA’s Hispanic Coalition held their annual training conference in Garden City, New York.  In early August, the FAA’s Black Coalition will be doing the same in New Orleans.  The FAA also has several other employee associations such as the Professional Women Controllers, National Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees with Disabilities, National Asian and Pacific American Association, Gay, Lesbian Or Bisexual Employees Organization, Native American/Alaskan Native, and the Technical Women’s Organization. 

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