About the Author
Rose Marie Kern entered the Air Traffic Control Academy in 1983. Since that time she has worked in the ARTCC, Tower and Flight Service options. Rose began writing articles about all facets of Air Traffic Control in 2004.
A member of the EAA, AOPA, Women in Aviation International and the NM Pilot’s Association, Rose is a popular speaker for aviation events. She has received three national awards and several regional ones for her work with pilots, aviation industry engineers, and flight service quality assurance.
For the last eleven years Rose has written articles for pilots about Air Traffic Control, Aviation Weather, ATC History and other components of the National Airspace System. She currently writes monthly columns in 7 aviation publications and does occasional pieces for others listed on her Affiliates page. Her book, Air to Ground 2020, is an anthology of those articles and includes valuable information on the changes to ATC with primary surveillance changing from RADAR to satellite.
Her most current book, Stress is Relative, is a memoir about what it was like for a single mother to enter the world of ATC while it was in the process of rebuilding, after 15,000 controllers were fired in 1981. It is both a history of the FAA’s actions and a reflection of how the job and the role of women in Air Traffic changed over time.
Greetings from Rose Marie
Many of you know me from the articles I have written over the last 10 years for such magazines as Fly-Low, IFR Refresher, Plane and Pilot News, the Atlantic Flyer, the FAA Intercom and AOPA Pilot. The National Airspace System and particularly Air Traffic Control can sometimes be confusing. I am here to help you understand some of the things the FAA handbooks do not explain well.
On my site you see articles about aviation weather, TFR’s, NOTAMs and upcoming changes to FAA rules and equipment. If you have any questions on these topics please to contact me. Many pilots have done so and their questions have inspired me to write some great articles. Both pilots and magazine editors have suggested that the information I provide would be great if it was combined into book form for easy reference.
My book, Air to Ground 2020, is available online and in some bookstores. You will find the information timely and interesting for both experienced pilots and especially for students who have not yet learned how to read the “governmentese” seen in FAA publications.
—Rose Marie Kern