Miami, Florida,
17:57 PM

Happy International Air Traffic Controller Day!

In celebration of International Air Traffic Controller Day, which marks the anniversary of the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) being founded on October 20, 1961, we are recognizing Freddie Green, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Manager for the Miami District.

1.How long have you been at MIA?

I started at MIA in 2006 as an Air Traffic Controller (ATC). As I continued to move up the ladder in my career, I was first promoted to District Manager and then recently I was appointed as the Acting FAA Air Traffic Manager for this region.

2. What do you like most about your job?

What I most enjoy is to watch the take-off and landing of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds whenever I get a chance.

3. What are some of your biggest accomplishments at MIA?

We are responsible for maintaining the flow of aircraft into and out of the airport, and the safety of the aircraft in general and all its passengers. That’s the impact we have that I’m highly proud of and one that we, as FAA officials, promise to continue delivering.

4. What is your favorite memory from working at MIA?

Miami is one of the largest and most complex facilities in the entire country, which is why it is my greatest reward to witness every time one of our trainees can obtain their certification to perform as an ATC.

5. Do you enjoy any fun activities outside of work?

I love photography and to travel with my family.

6. Any advice for someone looking to join your field?

My advice to the newcomers is to train and study hard, to know the airport layout, and to be as attentive to every single detail as possible. It may seem overwhelming and daunting, but they should know that we have a great team of air traffic controllers who support and help each other to become the best we can be.