WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) has awarded former FAA Administrator Jane Garvey with its Sentinel of Safety Award, its highest honor for those outside of the organization who have displayed outstanding achievements in the advancement of aviation safety.
Dedicated to building a collaborative partnership with NATCA, Garvey, who served as the 14th FAA administrator (1997-2002), was first female administrator and the first to serve a five-year term. The Sentinel of Safety award puts a special emphasis on those who have gone above and beyond to preserve and improve the National Airspace System. Said NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, “I can think of no better way to describe the leadership of Jane Garvey, one of NATCA’s strongest allies, than extraordinary, aggressive and courageous.”
Rinaldi notes that more modernization efforts took place in her tenure than in the previous 20 years. During her term, Garvey unveiled the FAA’s Operational Evolution Plan – designed to serve as the backbone for large-scale modernization in the system. She even oversaw the Y2K transition, calming public fears by taking a flight on New Year’s Eve, he said.
Prior to her time at the FAA, Garvey served as the director at Boston’s Logan Airport, followed by tenures as acting administrator and deputy administrator for the Federal Highway Administration.
NATCA has worked with Garvey in recent years when she served as a judge for the first two years of the Archie League Medal of Safety awards, and through her service last year on the three-person mediation and arbitration panel overseeing the negotiations on NATCA’s new bargaining agreement with the FAA.
“Jane Garvey was one of the finest FAA Aadministrators and public servants this country has ever seen. I’m proud to call her one of NATCA’s most steadfast supporters and a friend,” said Rinaldi.