PAPA sponsors member exhibits in FAA offices around the country. The exhibits are intended to make air traffic controllers more aware of aerial photographers and their flight patterns. Better communication will help both photographers and controllers understand what is needed for a successful photo-shoot without compromising safety.
The exhibits were organized with the help of local PAPA members and FAA representatives.
Washington: Susan Hedenberg (PAPA + FAA Potomac TRACON)
Nashville: Paul Cardel + Sherry D. Jensen (Nashville ATM BNA ATCT)
Miami: Bob Pierce + Jon J. Ross (Miami Navcom SSC)
Montreal: Yves Tremblay
The prints on show are donated by individual PAPA members, and we have growing library of images available. Please visit our image gallery and contact Herb Lingl for assistance in setting up an exhibit.
Barns in heavy snow, Las Vegas through a curved lens and the graceful flight of two biplanes under the moon can all be seen at Miami Tower in an aerial photography exhibit provided by the Professional Aerial Photographer's Association. The year-long exhibit showcases 16 images from various aerial photographers and is intended to promote communication and understanding between controllers and pilot photographers.
This article about the Miami exhibit appeared on the FAA Staff website.
To shoot the ideal image, aerial photographers often request to go places in the sky that air traffic controllers can hardly believe. Communication and understanding between controllers and pilot photographers is vital to getting the job done safely and effectively.
This article about the exhibit appeared on the Focus FAA Staff website.
By Susan Hedenberg, Front Line Manager, Potomac TRACON, and Eastern Regional Director, Professional Aerial Photographers Association International (PAPA). Article for FAA Managers Association, March/April 2009.