Bio: Patrick McCormick
Pat McCormick began his passion for aviation as a high school
student working at the local airport for flying lessons. In
1974 Pat joined the Air Force and became an Air Traffic Control Specialist.
In 1982 Pat received an honorable discharge from the Air Force.
Within a couple of days Pat continued his aviation career with the FAA
which continued through to November of 2007.
Pat began his varied aviation experience with the FAA in Flight Service
earning his certification in weather and pilot briefings.
Loving his experience as an air traffic controller in the Air Force
he decided to move forward and was quickly promoted to positions
within the FAA.
Pat was accepted as an air traffic controller in Cincinnati, Ohio at Lunken Control Tower which was followed by
Toledo Tower where he earned his radar certification. By 1988 Pat was working
at one of the busiest airports in the states, Miami
International, certified in both the tower and TRACON.
Pat's drive for excellence quickly produced an ATC training
manual which prepared him for a step toward administration as a
supervisor from 1990-1991.
In 1991 Pat left Miami and was promoted to Air Traffic Manager of Albert Whitted
Control Tower located in St.
Petersburg, FL. As manager he learned various
responsibilities and duties of managers within the FAA.
Returning to his passion as an air traffic controller Pat transferred to Tampa International
Airport in 1992 where he quickly certified in the tower and TRACON
in minimum time.
During his time as an air traffic controller in Tampa he was
elected as vice-president and president of NATCA at Tampa Tower.
Pat had earned the trust and respect of his fellow controllers to
lead them and represent them. Pat's dedication usually spilled
into his own time. This example of selflessness was reflected in
fellow controllers in working together in a team
spirit of cooperation that had pulled together many different
personalities of the controllers.
Descriptions of Pat would include: Strong leader, proactive
self-starter with track record of initiative, personal
responsibility, ownership of work and reputation for removing
obstacles and making things happen; dependable, enthusiastic,
energetic, team-focused and knowledgeable.
Pat's leadership role and work in Tampa NATCA also developed and
perfected the ability to do research, present case studies in work
ethics. Pat's dedication to
aviation has earned him the respect of his co-workers and others
that have had the opportunity to work with him.
While working at Tampa, Pat always rose to the challenges of
doing more for the flying public in various roles; one being a NATCA
representative working with the NTSB for several years. Working as a team with other representatives of the
aviation industry at accidents has broadened his knowledge of
problems within aviation. His perspective of various
components of an accident as an air traffic controller has helped
address problems of aviation.
Learning various aspects of aviation from aircraft accident
flight service specialist, ATC specialist, a supervisor and
manager's viewpoint gives Pat the perspective and knowledge of the different
responsibilities and requirements of these aviation fields.
Pat's dedication and reputation will always be an asset to his
employers - both now and in the future.
Over the past several years, Pat has continued his passion for
aviation with teaching Safety Management Systems, Air Traffic
Control Consultant work, and providing ATC staffing.
References available upon request.