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Born NYC,1930, interested in model building and aviation at age of nine, pilot's license 1950, employed with FAA in 1957 as Air Traffic Controller.

Background Information

Achieved Commercial Pilot's License, 1950, Spartan Schoolo of Aeronautics, obtained Ground & Flight Instructor ratings,US Army 1951-53, Obtained Single & Multi Engine Land & Sea ratings, Instrument rating,employed with FAA N.Y. Air Route Traffic Control Center 1957, at Idlewild Airport,(today, JFK Arpt)New York Center moved to present location MacArthur Airport, Islip, Long Island, NY. Retired 1980, recalled after Controllers Strike in 1981. Conducted two four night seminars, Operation: "Rain Check," for VFR/IFR pilots from 250-radius. Reviewed dangerous Wind Shear/Micro Bursts. ATC Procedures and Regulations,etc., Received Accomodation Plaque 1983.Rretired again, 1999 after 41-years of government service. Was Original Founder(1974)of Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. 2001-2006, Built many dioramas for American Airpower Museum, Republic Arpt, & Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City, NY.

Birth Place
New York, NY USA

FAA,Point with Pride Award 1970,identified on radar,vectored the Twin Commanche who just lost one engine and directed to Williamsport,PA. Arpt just as the other engine quit passing the runway threashold. FAA Quality Performances Cert. 1968,1971 and 1977-- FAA Special Achievement Award 1974-- Teacher's License University of the State of New York, 1980-- Adelphi University, BS degree, 1981--also obtained Aircraft Dispatchers' Certificate, 1981. Attending on-line AMU, American Military University, started Sept 2010 for Masters degree in World War II History, Start 5th course May 7,2012.Hopefully to graduate 2014. Plaque FAA NYARTCC Certificate of Appreciation Oct 22/23 1983-- Plaque FAA NYARTCC Conducting Air Show July 1974, Large Plaque, Certificate of Appreciation, FAA, NYARTCC, Outstanding Accomplishments in Radar Training, 1985--Helped many students succeed at the FAA Academy in Okla., City, OK.--Received Plaque,Cetificate of Appreciation,FAA Eastern Region, for Professionalism and Expertise Safety in the Skys, 1986. Original Founder of USS Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in NYC, which became a National Monument.

Additional Information

Recently Self-Published (7/2006) my book-- Intrepid's Odyssey: The True Story Behind the Creation of the Intrepid Museum... Written articles: When Enemy Subs Roamed off Long Island. Vanishing Airports on Long Island, published in FAA World. Story of USS Block Island CVE-21, and Almost Doomed, published in AOPA Pilot Magazine, May 1998.

Contact Information

p.o. box 137 
Jericho NY 11753   USA
Contact Author: Michael D. Piccola
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Intrepid's Odyssey:
Story how I conceptualized the idea of a museum on an US Navy WWII decommissioned Aircraft Carrier as an Aeronautical and Naval Memorial Museum

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