• Where Aviation Leaders Come Together
    Where Aviation Leaders Come Together

    The aviation industry’s leading conference focusing on safety, technology and building relationships.

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    Las Vegas

    Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for gambling, shopping, fine dining, and nightlife and is the leading financial and cultural center for Southern Nevada.


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    NATCA represents nearly 20,000 controllers, engineers, and other safety-related professionals, with membership from every state, territory, and possession of the United States. Certified in 1987, we are one of the strongest and most influential labor unions in the federal sector, and a direct affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

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  • Archie League Medal of Safety Awards
    Archie League Medal of Safety Awards

    Named after the first air traffic controller, the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards highlight a variety of “saves” from the past year – some which involve a team of controllers working together and others which are the result of one controller’s efforts.

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  • Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors and Exhibitors
    Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors and Exhibitors

    CFS offers a number of dynamic sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, providing valuable exposure and interaction with representatives from across the aviation industry.

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CFS 2017 Update

Gordon Graham is returning to CFS for the fourth straight year! He'll speak on Tuesday, March 21 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. PDT.

2017 Speakers


gordong2017Gordon Graham, Risk Management Expert

Tuesday, March 21; 3:30 p.m. PDT
NATCA CFS welcomes back the wildly entertaining and insightful Gordon Graham to the conference for a fourth straight year. Graham's presentation this year is, "Why Things Go Right And Why Things Go Wrong."

Graham is a 33-year veteran of California Law Enforcement. His education as a Risk Manager and experience as a practicing Attorney, coupled with his extensive background in law enforcement, have allowed him to rapidly become recognized as a leading professional speaker in both private and public sector organizations with multiple areas of expertise.

Mr. Graham is a product of “The Greatest Generation.” Raised in San Francisco in the 1950s, he not only learned that love of God, love of Country, and love of family was critical, but he was also taught the immense value of continuous learning, hard work and the importance of always doing the right thing. These beliefs and values have become a constant and a catalyst in his busy life. 

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JessicaCox2017Jessica Cox, Pilot and Motivational Speaker

Wednesday, March 22; noon PDT
Jessica Cox has famously eliminated the words “I can’t” from her vocabulary. Although born without arms as the result of a birth defect, she has never allowed that to be a limiting factor. While she suffered from self-esteem issues early on and physical challenges throughout her life, Jessica managed to overcome and achieve — earning a college degree and a Taekwondo black belt, learning to drive a car with her feet, type with her toes, and in 2008 fly an airplane. That feat landed her in the Guinness Book of World Records and led to an audience with the Pope, meetings with heads of state, and a great deal of media attention.

Recently married, Jessica continues her journey. In the present, she has turned the tables on her so-called “disability”, allowing it to enable her as a motivational speaker and advocate in the USA and beyond. In the future there is no telling where her feet will take her.

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DavidKerley2017David Kerley, ABC News Transportation Correspondent

Wednesday, March 22; 9 a.m. PDT
"How The Media Can Shape Aviation"

David Kerley is a correspondent for ABC News based in Washington, D.C. Kerley, who joined the network in 2004, contributes regularly to all ABC News broadcasts, including "World News Tonight," "Good Morning America" and "Nightline," and ABC News' digital properties, including ABC News Radio, ABC News NOW and ABCNews.com. He is currently covering transportation issues. Most recently Kerley has reported on the disappearance of MH370, breaking news worldwide that systems on the aircraft were intentionally shut off.

Kerley has traveled to every continent except Antarctica for ABC News, following Presidents, and has reported on the war in Iraq. He's covered two Presidential campaigns and several Washington-based political battles on Capitol Hill.

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ChrisHart2017Christopher Hart, Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board

Tuesday, March 21; 8:35 a.m. PDT

Christopher A. Hart was appointed Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board on March 17, 2015. He became a Member of the Board in August 2009, and was subsequently designated Vice Chairman by President Barack Obama. Hart was nominated for a second term as Board Member in August 2013, and his nomination for a third term as Vice Chairman was confirmed by the Senate in October 2013. He served as Acting Chairman from April 26, 2014, until he was appointed as Chairman.

From 1973 until 1990, Chairman Hart held a series of legal positions, mostly in the private sector. He joined the Board for the first time in 1990 and served until 1993. From 1993 until 1995, he was Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, then went on to serve as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Assistant Administrator for System Safety and FAA Deputy Director for Air Traffic Safety Oversight before returning to the Board in 2009. 

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PaulRinaldi2017Paul Rinaldi, NATCA President

Monday, March 20; 12:15 p.m. PDT

Paul Rinaldi became the sixth president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association when he began his first term in October 2009. In March 2012, Rinaldi was re-elected by acclamation. In March 2015, Rinaldi was re-elected, again by acclamation, to serve a third, three-year term. Rinaldi is the first in NATCA's history to serve three terms as president.

Since taking office in 2009, Rinaldi and Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert, who have run as a team since 2009, have worked with the NATCA National Executive Board to elevate NATCA to new levels of success. NATCA’s team is committed and focused on improving the working relationship between the Union, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation. Efforts like the Air Traffic Safety Action Program (ATSAP), fatigue mitigation, Professional Standards, and Partnership For Safety are a result of the team’s focus on collaboration, progress, and safety. These processes have led to collaborative decisions on important issues involving airspace, procedures, technology, staffing and training while cementing NATCA’s leadership role and voice in the aviation industry.

Prior to being elected NATCA President, Rinaldi served three years as NATCA’s Executive Vice President, after 16 years as an air traffic controller at Washington-Dulles Tower (IAD). Rinaldi currently holds positions on the NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC), the FAA Management Advisory Council (MAC) and the AFL-CIO Executive Council. Rinaldi also serves on the RTCA Policy Board and as a union representative on the FAA National Labor-Management Forum, a group whose formation was mandated by a presidential executive order to improve labor relations within the federal government.

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TeriBristol2017Teri Bristol, FAA Air Traffic Organization Chief Operating Officer

Monday, March 20; 12:45 p.m. PDT

Teri L. Bristol was named Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Aviation Administration's Air Traffic Organization in March 2014.

As Chief Operating Officer, Bristol is responsible for ensuring the safety, efficiency and security of air traffic operations across the entire National Airspace System. The scope of her responsibilities includes strategic leadership and direction of all service units within the Air Traffic Organization.

In her 20-year career she has had extensive experience in leading, directing and managing Air Traffic and Technical Operations. Most recently, Bristol served as the Vice President of Technical Operations from 2009 to 2012. In this role, she was responsible for the delivery of maintenance, monitoring and engineering services in the NAS. She was also in charge of providing Spectrum and Telecommunication services to support the ATO's service units, as well as providing worldwide flight inspection services for the NAS and Department of Defense, including combat/contingency support. She led a workforce of over 10,000 employees who ensure that more than 65,000 pieces of equipment and systems operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at more than 6,000 facilities.

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2017 Sponsors


Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government, and cybersecurity solutions. Founded in 1922, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, capabilities in C5I (command, control, communications, computing, cyber, and intelligence), sensing, effects, and mission support services. Read More...


Diamond Sponsor



Leidos - We turn challenges into opportunities. We bring a mix of innovative technology and sector expertise to customers in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. We look for solutions that not only transform businesses, but change the world.



Platinum Sponsor


NAVCANatm: Guiding the world’s aircraft in Canadian airspace. NAVCANADA is the company that owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation service (ANS). We manage 18 million square kilometres of Canadian and oceanic airspace. With 40,000 customers and 12 million aircraft movements a year, we are the world’s second-largest air navigation service by traffic volume. Read More...


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SAIC is a $4.3 billion premier technology integrator providing life cycle services and solutions in technical, engineering, intelligence, and enterprise IT markets. As the FAA’s trusted partner for more than 30 years, we are helping the FAA safely transform the NAS with next-generation technologies, including critical communication, navigation, and surveillance systems. As a full-scale training services provider, we are instructing the nation’s future and current air traffic controllers at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, and 190+ facilities nationwide. Our instructional design teams are collaborating with the FAA to develop, maintain, and enhance curriculum to help keep pace with hiring trends over the next several years. SAIC is helping the FAA achieve its mission to keep our skies safe. For more information, visit www.saic.com.


Gold SponsorHarris

Harris provides advanced technology-based solutions that solve government and commercial clients' mission critical challenges. The company has approximately $8 billion in annual revenue and 23,000 employees – including 9,000 engineers and scientists – supporting clients in more than 125 countries. Read More...


Bronze Sponsor



Since 1966, NBP has established an undisputed reputation for innovation, quality, performance and integrity in the engineering, design and manufacturing of Landing Visual Aids including Approach Lighting Systems and Monitoring and Control Systems for the aviation, utility and defense industries. NBP also offers training and field support services. NBP’s business philosophy, conceived and built upon a continuing dedication to integrity, quality and performance, has been, and remains, the catalyst around which the company has been able to achieve its goals. 



Bronze Sponsor

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Systems Atlanta, Inc. (SAI) is a small business located in Kennesaw, Ga., a suburb of the Atlanta metropolitan area. In the Air Traffic Control industry, SAI is a well-known and respected designer and developer of the Integrated Information Display & Dissemination System (IDS) product line. SAI's software products are flexible and meet the information needs of air traffic controllers and other aviation users in a variety of operational settings. Our IDS systems serve personnel in Air Traffic Control Towers (ATCTs), Terminal Radar Approach Controls (TRACONs), Automated Flight Service Stations (AFSSs), Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCCs), weather stations, maintenance facilities, training facilities, airline/airport operations centers, and military ATC facilities.



Bronze Sponsor


UFA is the world’s premier developer of Air Traffic Control simulations systems, providing versatile controller training to leading air navigation service providers, military organizations, and universities.



2017 Archie League Award Winners



The Honorees

Named after the first air traffic controller, the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards program highlights a variety of “saves” – some which involve a team of controllers working together and others which are the result of one controller’s efforts.

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Alaskan Region
Jessica Earp, Anchorage Center


Central Region
Jeffrey R. Volski, Kansas City Center
Andrew Cullen, Kansas City Center


Eastern Region
Richard Wallace, Washington Center
Jaymi Steinberg, Washington Center


Great Lakes Region
Eric Vanstrom, Fort Wayne ATCT
David Stempien, Cleveland Center


New England Region
Ross Leshinsky, Boston ATCT
Eric J. Knight, Boston ATCT


Northwest Mountain Region
Aaron Grijalva, Denver TRACON


Southern Region
Mason Braddock, Atlanta TRACON
Nichole Surunis, Atlanta TRACON
Patrick Burrows, Atlanta TRACON
Keith Tyus, Atlanta TRACON
Clay Sutton, Atlanta TRACON


Southwest Region
Patrick Armstrong, Dallas/Fort Worth TRACON


Western Pacific Region
Brian Bond, Phoenix TRACON
Carlton Wickstrom, Phoenix TRACON
Aaron Fones, Phoenix TRACON


Learn more about the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards, Now In Its 13th Year!




2016 Highlights




Gordon Graham, Risk Management Expert


NATCA CFS was proud to have Gordon Graham speak for the third consecutive year. Read more about his presentation, "Five Concurrent Themes For Success."


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Dr. Jerry Cockrell


Dr. Jerry Cockrell spoke on his three keys to success: how to overcome mediocrity, human nature, and fear of failure.


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Captain Al Haynes


Capt. Al Haynes shared his harrowing tale of piloting Flight 232, including his thoughts on how so many passengers survived the crash.


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Who Should Attend

Communicating For Safety

is the aviation industry's leading conference focusing on safety, technology, and building relationships. We encourage anyone who is interested in air traffic control and aviation safety to attend this internationally-renowned conference.