The Senate has passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016, which reauthorizes the FAA and related programs through fiscal year 2017. Among other things, the bill, known as S. 2658, advances drone technology. In particular, language in the measure “addresses safety and privacy issues, boosts enforcement, and clarifies federal and local roles regarding drones while creating new opportunities for testing and promoting innovative uses of this technology, subject to FAA approval.”
The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) supports the Senate’s efforts to enhance education and safety in the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), according to Executive Director Todd Schlekeway.
“NATE is extremely interested in the commercial application of Unmanned Aerial Systems technology,” Schlekeway said. “UAS can complement and enhance the safety and well-being of communication tower workers by minimizing the risks associated with climber fatigue, weather, and distractions, while reducing repetitive stress injuries. Moreover, they can cut costs and promote efficiency while assisting with tower inspections and surveys.”
U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, spoke in support of removing barriers to innovation in UAS, while addressing safety risks. Specifically, he noted an incident where a Lufthansa Airlines A380 jumbo jet experienced a near miss with a drone that flew just 200 feet over the airliner.
“To keep drones out of the paths of commercial airliners, the Senate bill would implement standards so that existing safety technologies can be built into unmanned aircraft,” Thune said. “This legislation also takes steps to require drone users to learn basic “rules of the sky” so they understand the limits of where and when unmanned aircraft may operate. This is critical as we move into an era where drones share airspace with commercial aircraft, emergency medical flights, low-altitude agricultural planes, and general aviation pilots.”
The legislation now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Video Release Part of #ClimberConnection Campaign Series
(Anaheim, California) – The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today released a Professionalism video as part of the Association’s Climber Connection campaign. NATE unveiled the video at the 2016 Wireless West Conference in Anaheim, California.
The video includes a testimonial from a tower climber discussing the characteristics that make up a professional elevated worker in the industry. The video highlights the important role that professionalism plays in establishing a culture of safety and quality within a tower crew, a contractor company and among a company’s client base. The Professionalism video also includes footage of a tower crew effectively communicating and establishing a respectful rapport with each other at the tower-site.
“I didn’t know what to expect when I took a job as a tower climber, but I learned from day one that it was more professional than I could have ever imagined,” said Justin Bronsert, a tower climber at B+T Group. “Right from the beginning starting with the training process, you learn that being a professional is a huge part of the job. It definitely makes you take more pride in your work,” added Bronsert.
“With the ever-evolving technology of today, tower climber requirements keep rising and so too should the professionalism to ensure job safety and efficiency,” stated Jeff Stach, B+T Group’s Director of Audits and Inspections.
Click HERE to watch the Professionalism safety video. NATE encourages tower climbers and all wireless industry stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the Professionalism video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConnection. NATE also encourages tower climbers to share their industry safety tips through social interaction on the Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
The Climber Connection campaign was developed by the NATE Member Services Committee in conjunction with the NATE Safety & Education Committee and is designed to provide specific resources and communicate the Association’s message directly to the industry’s elevated workforce. A central element of the campaign is the official release of twelve Climber Connection safety videos; each focused on a unique safety topic or issue involving working at heights.
Visit HERE to access the PPE Inspection, 100% Tie-Off and Capstan Hoist & Rigging Safety videos that have been previously released as part of the Climber Connection campaign. For more information on NATE, visit www.natehome.com today.
Executive Director Todd Schlekeway Takes NATE’s Message North of the Border
(Toronto, Ontario – Canada) – The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) played a significant role this week at the inaugural Structure, Tower and Antenna Council (STAC) 2016 Conference & Exhibition in Toronto, Ontario. The STAC event is being held April 11-12, 2016 at the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto.
STAC 2016 is the only national forum in Canada dedicated to discussing safety issues and best practices in the tower and antenna industry. The two-day STAC 2016 event brought together more than 200 industry participants, including wireless carriers, broadcasters, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, landowners, safety equipment suppliers and safety trainers.
During the STAC 2016 conference, NATE Executive Director Todd Schlekeway delivered an address at the Monday, April 11 Keynote Luncheon entitled: NATE – Transforming Global Wireless Through Safety, Standards and Education. Major topics that emerged from the keynote address included an overview of NATE’s 21-year history as an organization, a focus on the Association’s signature safety resources, highlighting NATE’s 2016 priority initiatives and updating attendees on the current wireless industry legislative and regulatory environment in the United States.
Schlekeway also devoted time during his remarks to discuss the prominent, global role that NATE and STAC members will play in deploying next generation technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G networks around the world.
“I would like to thank the STAC leadership for inviting NATE to participate in their inaugural conference,” said Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “I was honored to speak at STAC 2016 and came away thoroughly impressed at the commitment to industry safety and quality that existed among the event attendees. NATE looks forward to continue to collaborate closely with the STAC organization in order to ensure that the North American wireless infrastructure industry continues to be the global leader in safety, quality and innovation,” Schlekeway added.
In addition to the NATE keynote address, the STAC 2016 Conference & Exhibition included informative sessions on topics such as Canadian fall protection standards, climbing in hostile environments, drones on the job, nationwide best practices, engineering tower and rooftop mounts and contractor pre-qualifications.
(Watertown, SD) – The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced today that they will be hosting a South Regional Meeting on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at the Texas Star Golf Course Conference Center in Euless, Texas. The South Regional Meeting will be the second regional event hosted by the Association over the course of the last nine months and will offer tremendous networking and professional development opportunities for meeting attendees.
The agenda for the NATE South Regional Meeting will feature a National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) presentation by Phil Larsen (HAZON Solutions LLC); a Future of Mobility session by William Moten (TESSCO Technologies); a Tower Modifications and Inspections panel presented by Don Doty (FDH-Velocitel, Inc.), Gregg Fehrmann (American Tower Corporation), Gordon Lyman (eSystem Training Solutions), Pat Moore (FDH-Velocitel, Inc.) and James Ruedlinger (Crown Castle); and a keynote address entitled Protecting the Safety and Health of Communication Tower Workers by Stephen Boyd (Dallas Area Director, OSHA). Additionally, NATE will host a reception at the conclusion of the event to maximize networking opportunities for meeting attendees. The complete NATE South Regional Meeting event brochure is available for viewing on the Association’s website.
“Through the offering of our NATE Regional Meetings series, we are continuing our goal to support and build upon NATE within all the geographic regions in order to retain and recruit members,” stated Member Services Committee member Tommy Lewis from Hayden Tower Service, Inc. in Topeka, Kansas. “With the variety of hot-button topics to be presented by these industry professionals, I guarantee value for anyone who attends the NATE South Regional Meeting,” Lewis added.
As part of the announcement, NATE also unveiled premier sponsorship packages that are available for companies interested in sponsoring the NATE South Regional Meeting. Sponsorship packages ranging from $250 to $2,000 are available for companies interested in expanding their brand recognition and exposure. The sponsorship packages are expected to be in high demand and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities are encouraged to view the Regional Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities form.
The cost to attend the NATE South Regional Meeting is $50 per attendee. Interested attendees are encouraged to register for the NATE South Regional Meeting today by completing the registration form available on the Association’s website. All completed registration forms and payment should be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to the NATE office (8 Second Street SE; Watertown, SD 57201) by the registration deadline of Friday, May 27, 2016.
For more information on NATE and the South Regional Meeting, visit www.natehome.com.
(New Orleans, LA) – The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) honored Kevin Hayden, President of Hayden Tower Service, Inc. in Topeka, Kansas and Diane Mueller, Sales Representative for Primus Electronics in Shorewood, Illinois, during the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, February 23 at NATE UNITE 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Kevin Hayden was honored as the recipient of the Bill Carlson Lifetime Service Award. This prestigious award recognizes an individual who has made a significant and long-term contribution to the success of the NATE mission and has served the Association continually for a minimum of 15 years.
As President of Hayden Tower Service, Inc., Kevin has spent over 36 years in the tower industry. Mr. Hayden has been an integral part of NATE from the inception. As a Founding Member of NATE, he has served the Association’s membership in many capacities, including the Founding Chairman of the Board of Directors, a Director on the Board of Directors, and many committee leadership roles, including the Industry Relations Committee, Financial Investment Committee, Legislative & Regulatory Committee, and Insurance Committee.
“Kevin has served NATE members with complete integrity,” stated NATE Founding Father Bill Carlson of Tower Systems, Inc. “Mr. Hayden’s unparalleled leadership has helped mold NATE into the outstanding organization it is today, and his influence has left a lasting legacy on NATE since the day the Association was founded in 1995,” added Carlson.
Diane Mueller was honored as the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award recognizes a past or present standing committee member who has demonstrated direct and individual contributions to the mission of NATE and whose performance has proven so exceptional that it profoundly affects the success of the Association.
As Sales Representative for Primus Electronics, Diane has spent 18 years volunteering on the NATE Member Services Committee. Ms. Mueller has served NATE’s membership in various other capacities, including playing an integral role in the formation of the first NATE Regional Meeting held in September 2015, as well as assisting the NATE Administrative Staff in coordinating and setting up the annual NATE UNITE Conference and Exposition.
“NATE has benefited immensely due to Diane’s enthusiastic ideas and tireless contributions,” stated NATE Member Services Committee Chairwoman Pat Miller. “Diane is a worthy recipient of the Distinguished Service Award and we are excited to be able to celebrate this honor with her,” added Miller.
The Bill Carlson Lifetime Service and Distinguished Service awards were made possible due to the contributions made by the NATE Member Services Committee and the awards are an annual fixture at the NATE UNITE event. For additional information on NATE, please visit www.natehome.com.