When a flight goes south (and I'm not talking directionally), a pilot's mind starts to race, stress levels increase, and decision making is impaired. This is why a simple malfunction often times turns into a major tragedy. Knowing your emergency procedures can improve the odds significantly. But knowing how to call for help can provide a pilot a clear thinking and competent resource.
That call for help needs to go no further than your Push To Talk button. ATC is well known for their "saves" and each year a subset of those saves is nominated for the Archie League Award. A small team reads and discusses every nomination and ends up awarding the controller(s) who provided what some would call "above and beyond" assistance to a pilot. Those controllers state they were merely doing their job. Tonight Marc takes a look (and listen) of some of the 2016 winners. The situations are different, but the controllers all share the same traits.
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