“Delta 992, Jacksonville Center, radar contact, cleared direct Craig, Craig Transition, Sinca Six Arrival, Atlanta, maintain FL350, contact Atlanta Approach Control on 127.9.” Oh my goodness, what should I do now? In 1992, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Organization of Black Airline Pilots (precursor to the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals) joined forces to create the FAA/OBAP Summer ACE Camps. However, following the FAA’s 1994 budget cuts and separation, beginning in 1999, the members of OBAP’s Southeast Region began a partnership with Delta Air Lines to create the best summer aviation programs in the United States. Better known as the OBAP ACE Camp, OBAP Flight Line and the Delta Dream Flight, all sponsored and funded by Delta, this partnership has continued through 9/11, an airline merger and an economic downturn. So, after eighteen years and hundreds of students, one of the first, and most likely the most impressive student to complete the programs is the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center Aviation Speaker Series’ Keynote Speaker for the month of August; Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center’s Manager and Supervisor of Airspace and Procedures for the North Operational Area—- Mr. Shane Anthony Harvey. Ironically, Shane’s call-sign, as class leader, while attending the OBAP Flight Line, was, “Mr. Speaker.” Following high school Shane attended Embry Riddle University where he became an Air Traffic Controller rather than an airline pilot. More importantly, what impressed me most about this young man is, not his skills as a pilot nor controller, but his love and dedication to being a husband and father to his three amazing youngsters and future pilots. Yes, nothing makes me happier and prouder than to welcome August’s Keynote Speaker —- beginning at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 19, Mr. Shane Anthony Harvey.
For an explanation of the ATC clearance for Delta Flight 992, and to develop an understanding of the requirements to become an Air Traffic Controller, mark your calendars now for what will be an outstanding presentation. Read Shane Harvey’s bio.
No Guest Speaker scheduled during the month of June. We will return on August 17th at 11am.
No Guest Speaker scheduled during the month of July. We will return on August 17th at 11am.