ATCA Announces the 2008 Glen Gilbert Memorial Award Winner

    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Air Traffic Control
Association (ATCA) is pleased to announce the 2008 winner of the Glen A.
Gilbert Memorial Award. John Crichton is currently the President and Chief
Executive Officer of NAV CANADA, the country's civil air navigation services

    This pioneer in commercial aviation has an extremely diverse background.
For many years he served as the Executive Vice President of First Air, after
becoming a commercial pilot in 1969. He also served as Chairman of the Board
of NAV CANADA from August 1995 to October 1997, and was instrumental in
bringing about the unique consensus among customers, unions and the federal
government that created the world's first privatized air navigation service
(ANS). Under John's leadership, The International Air Transport Association
(IATA) has given NAV CANADA its highest award for ATC.

    In addition to his role as Chair of NAV CANADA, he also served as
President and CEO of the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) from April
1994 until November 1997.  ATAC is the national trade association representing
Canadian commercial aviation interests; its members account for 95 per cent of
the commercial aviation revenue generated in Canada.

    In 2006, Mr. Crichton was selected as the Transportation Person of the
Year for his "remarkable contributions to the air transportation industry over
a long and successful career."  Presented by the Transportation Association of
Canada, the award recognizes an industry leader who has contributed to the
improvement or advancement of the transportation industry.

    It has been the consistent dedication to the advancement of the industry
that has earned John Crichton the prestigious Glen A. Gilbert Award which
honors the lifelong achievements of an individual in the field of aviation. 
John and NAV CANADA have set a standard of low cost and high technology which
are the mark of an efficient ATC system.

    Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) has been the premier global
organization dedicated to the advancement of the science and profession of air
traffic control for over fifty years. Members are drawn to ATCA because it is
a professional organization with national and global influence, furthers the
progress in ATC, ATM, aviation and aeronautical sciences, and policy
developments. All aspects of the aviation business are affected by air traffic
control and are found within the membership of ATCA.


For further information:

For further information: Michele Townes, Director, Communications of Air
Traffic Control Association, +1-703-299-2430 ext. 308 Web Site:

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