The Student Air Traffic Controllers Association (SATCA) is a club for air traffic controllers and anyone with any aviation interest. They meet in the ATC simulator room in the SETA Annex and run simulations.
SATCA has existed since 2016 and has around 20 members. The club aims to introduce people to air traffic management and show that it is less intimidating than people think. Once people start messing around with the simulator, they commonly find it quite fun.
SATCA Secretary Colby Fox (’23) has witnessed the progress of the club over time.
“I’ve been on the E-Board for quite some time now and it’s been a blast,” said Fox. “I’ve got some good leadership skills from it and it has been a good way to stay connected to the aviation crew at SNHU.”
SATCA President Bobby Sedlatschek (’23) shared his experience with the logistical side of the club and what goes into running it.
“I’ve enjoyed the club very much,” said Sedlatschek. “It has been an excellent way to practice air traffic control scenarios in the simulator, as well as a way to make new friends. My fellow E-Board members and I have held movie nights, pizza parties, simulator sessions, giveaways, and much more over the course of the time I’ve been president of the club.”
Sedlatschek has been a part of SATCA for four years and is in his second year of being club president. He explains that there is a lot involved in air traffic control and the profession is always evolving.
“There is always something new to learn in the world of air traffic control, no matter how experienced you are,” said Sedlatschek.
SATCA meets biweekly on Tuesdays at 6:30pm in room 022 of the SETA Annex. For more information, email SATCA at email@example.com.