October 24, 2014


Nine years ago, I was in Oklahoma City studying maps.  I hoped that by Christmas Eve I would be driving to NH to start a new life.  My ATC dreams came true, and I continued my life long obsession with aviation.  As I evolved over the years, I am no longer the blogger I was in 2005.  But as someone who is still wakes up mostly excited to be a part of the high altitude spot welding prevention program (the FAA), I feel like I must still have something to contribute here, even if it's not the same blog you've all be kindly following for all these years.

It's been a year since I've posted.  I've received a few "where did you go? we miss you!" emails during this time, and I appreciate it.  I've been busy.  I got engaged and married this year - to a girl that is so amazing I couldn't have dreamed her up before I met her.  This summer was really busy at ZBW, for me at least.  I worked a lot of evening shifts, and it felt like a constant request for deviations.  Thankfully, my wife has a calming effect on me that is invaluable.  But I don't have the energy anymore to write about that stuff specifically as it happens like I once did.

So, what to do.  I clearly have an active audience here, and we all share the common theme in the world of aviation to continue learning and discussion and dreaming.  One of the most inspiring and important and relevant things in my career over the last few years has been the Flight Deck Training program.  As many of you already know, this is the program where controllers can fly in the jumpseat of certain airlines.  I won't go into too much detail about it, but it is essentially 8 hours of world-view shattering perspective.  Without a doubt, the things I've observed and conversed with pilots have improved my work as a controller.   So, I realized that that is what this blog needs to become.  More of a conversation.

My idea is to re-brand the blog a little bit.  It'll still be called NAS CONFUSION.  But I need inspiration and a topic.  So email me or comment about things you wish you could sit down and talk to a controller about.  If it's Boston Center related, great, lets "talk".  If its more of a general topic, then I'll take some time and talk to my friends in the ATC world about it and attempt to answer it, for you and everyone, as a post, the best I can.   You can even frame your question is the form of a gripe and I won't take it too personal.  So, let's go!

Contact me by emailing me at dmatc1@gmail.com or deltamike172@hotmail.com
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I look forward to hearing from you!