Hollis controller to be honored

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – A Hollis air traffic controller is being honored for guiding a pilot to safety.

Steve Schmalz, who works at the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center in Nashua, was the steady voice that helped an inexperienced pilot land in cloudy weather in December 2005. The young pilot had vertigo and wasn’t trained to fly using only his instruments.

Luckily, the pilot had the presence of mind to radio for help on Schmalz’s frequency, and the air traffic controller talked him through to a safe landing.

Schmalz and his family were in Washington on Monday for an award ceremony organized by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.



Information from: New Hampshire Union Leader, http://www.unionleader.com

AP-ES-01-29-07 0709EST

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