Raytheon announced on Wednesday that the company has chosen Jim Ullmann, director of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association's Director of Safety and Technology, as the 2019 Air Traffic Controller of the Year.
Established by Raytheon, the award honors controllers for outstanding efforts to improve air traffic control quality, safety or efficiency. The announcement was made during the annual NATCA Communicating for Safety conference, which took place Sept. 16-18.
"For more than two decades, Jim has worked tirelessly to improve our nation's air traffic system," said Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services and 2019 Wash100 Award winner. "Our skies are safer today because of his efforts across the community."
Ullman spent 26 years as an air traffic controller with the Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center. He is recognized for his contributions to the quality and efficiency of America's air traffic system, as well as his leadership in representing the technology and safety interests of over 20,000 controllers nationwide.
Ullman was instrumental in planning and conducting NATCA's outreach to general aviation pilots at Oshkosh AirVenture, and his efforts have helped educate the general aviation community on critical safety issues.
Raytheon Company, with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 97 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I products and services, sensing, effects and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries.