Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan Claire. This is day one hundred and sixty-two of that project.

This quilt block shows a dark blue airplane flying over a yellow building with gray windows next to a tall tower topped with an orange windowed capsule and antenna: the air traffic control tower. There is white stitching around the dark blue airplane. The control looks like a Jetson's version of the Seattle Space Needle. This is all against a light blue salmon-patterned background.

Air traffic controllers who maintain air flow in the air and on the ground are key to aviation safety.

Theirs is a high stress job requiring complete concentration. To become a controller you must apply for training before your 31st birthday. Mandatory retirement is 56 years of age.

There are only 2-5 months of training at the FAA academy, followed by 2-4 years of experience.

33% of all controllers are women. Air traffic controllers make between $53,000 and $180,000 a year depending on experience.

I don’t know about you but I really want those men and women to be paying attention up there.