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Ever have questions about what paperwork you needed to file, what articles help give you guidance or just how to go about planning your Maternity Leave.

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As part of the National Employee Forum, PWC leadership meets on a quarterly basis with FAA Headquarters executives, including at times the FAA Administrator, to discuss policies and issues impacting FAA employees. This avenue keeps PWC at the forefront of change and provides an opportunity to dialogue on areas that can impact the interests of PWC membership.
Women who made History

Women who made History

Join us during Women's History Month as we celebrate the women who flew faster, higher & farther to break gender barriers in aviation.

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Anchorage Aviation Day

October 13

PWC & Girls In Aviation join together for the 2nd annual Anchorage Aviation Day October 13, 2018.  Registration is now open.  

Federal Academic Alliance

August 15

Now is the time to prepare for the next step in your career.  Join 1 of 2 webinars hosted by Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Wednesday August 15th & Thursday August 16th.  

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Founder Interviews

Click on each of the founders picture above to enjoy a one on one conversation with these extraordinary women!

Who is PWC -Katrina Smith

Meet PWC Member Katrina Smith

Hello my name is Katrina Smith. I started my ATC career in 2002 at Fort Wainwright ATCT, Alaska in the US Army on active duty.  I was subsequently stationed at Fort Hood ATCT, Texas and Al-Taji ATCT, Iraq.  In 2010, I joined the FAA at Hilo ATCT, Hawaii.  Following that, I became a Front Line Manager at Aurora ATCT, Illinois and am currently an Operations Supervisor at Chicago Center. I am a Warrant Officer Air Traffic Controller in the Pennsylvania National Guard and I have been a PWC member since 2014. 

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Taking a Cue from Oprah and Spielberg with an Internship to Kick Off a Career

Many of the nation’s leaders began as interns in their chosen field. Mary Barra was a student intern at an automotive factory and 30 years later became CEO of General Motors. Oprah Winfrey interned at a local television station and now is a media mogul and television star. Steven Spielberg got invited to do a little work at Universal Studios as a teen-ager and became an Oscar-winning filmmaker.

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ATSAP - A Decade Later

Ten years ago, on July 19, 2008, the ATO received a report describing how an aircraft deviated off course and over its altitude restriction after departure from Chicago Midway. What was remarkable about this detailed explanation from an air traffic controller was that it was our very first ATSAP report!

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Diamond Anniversary for Our Aviation Jewel in New Jersey

I spent some time working at the William J. Hughes Technical Center earlier in my career when I was fielding and managing terminal automation systems and later while I was on a detail managing en route automation second level engineering.  I like the balance our Tech Center colleagues manage to strike between executing world-class aviation work with the utmost professionalism and passion while making everyone feel comfortable in a casual, family-like atmosphere.

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Game-Changing ATO Training

The tools we use to help us learn have come such a long way since the days when overhead projectors, photocopiers and handheld calculators seemed like high technology. Now, many kids have a tablet and a smartphone to help them with school work from a very young age.

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A Great Place to Get Your Next Headset – The ATO

We usually think of ourselves as a service provider with many internal and external customers. But we also are a customer ourselves when it comes to some services and supplies.

The ATO spends more than $148 million a year on a range of parts and services from the FAA Logistics Center (AML) at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, where we get everything from headsets and radios used by air traffic controllers to the radar system components that Technical Operations installs and maintains in the field. We have been AML’s largest customer for its $230 million a year business.

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Recognize Marvelous Work and Fantastic Colleagues

As I visit facilities across the NAS to meet with many of you, I’m always so impressed with the breadth and quality of our people and our work. Everywhere I go, it’s easy to spot people who are leaders, going above and beyond their daily work to solve problems and make the ATO a better place to work.

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The Northeast Corridor – Start Spreading the News

On some weekends, it’s easy for me to feel productive by mowing the lawn, weeding the flower beds and washing the deck. But I know I have to also make time to tackle difficult projects that could potentially give my home more value and efficiency in the long run, like determining whether I should get solar panels or replacement windows to save energy, or install new gutters or plumbing to avoid water damage.

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Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

I read this story awhile back that talked about how Google asks its employees to provide feedback about their managers on a semi-annual basis. The questions the technology company poses include whether supervisors communicate clear goals, share relevant information and value employee perspectives. Sounds familiar! The questions are very similar to some of those we ask in the FedView survey that gauges federal employee satisfaction and engagement.

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Ask the GM - There's no crying in baseball

I grew up with four brothers, and we all watched and played baseball in the summer. Over time, we realized that the game was much more than whether a batter could hit or a fielder could catch. The game had layers of strategy built in and even people who didn’t take the field were instrumental in a team’s fate. The team’s manager chooses the batting order of the players, selects a pitcher and decides when to bring in a reliever. He can focus on tackling the challenges of the daily operation while the team’s general manager focuses on broader strategies that impact the future like trading players and negotiating contracts.

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A key reason we value our jobs so much is we have such an important mission of ensuring that air travelers move safely and efficiently through our national airspace.  When we also feel appreciated, trusted and respected among our co-workers, we look forward to coming to work every day.

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