More times than we care to admit, air traffic controllers help bail pilots out of difficult situations. Sometimes it’s because of pilot error; sometimes it’s an aircraft failure. But in any case, when a pilot asks for help, it’s there.
Previously AOPA shared with you the audio of ATC saves that were recognized with Archie League awards. AOPA Air Safety Foundation President Bruce Landsberg helped judged those awards. There were so many outstanding examples of controller assistance that the Air Safety Foundation felt recognition was warranted for six outstanding controllers beyond the Archie League awards.
AOPA now has the audio files of those ATC saves.
Note: These are unedited recordings.