2015 Highlights

Gordon Graham - Risk Management Expert

NATCA is proud to host renowned risk management consultant Gordon Graham on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015.

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Reed Timmer - Extreme Storm Chaser

Reed Timmer is returning to CFS 2015, this time with the Dominator!

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Dr. James Fallon

Dr. James Fallon will address, "How does your personality determine your productivity", Monday, March 2nd.

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Michael Huerta - FAA Administrator

Michael Huerta was sworn-in to office on January 7, 2013 for a five year term.

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Christopher Hart - NTSB Chairman

Christopher Hart has served as Acting NTSB Chairman since April 26, 2014 and in July 2014 was nominated by the President to serve as Chairman of the NTSB.

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Tom Costello - NBC News Aviation Correspondent

Tom Costello, the NBC News aviation correspondent based in Washington, D.C., will speak about reporting on aviation on the morning of Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

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Who Should Attend



The Aviation Industry's Leading Conference

Focusing on Safety, Technology and

Building Relationships with

Other Aviation Professionals


2015 Sponsors


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2015 Archie 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.



And the winners are:



  • Parker Corts, Anchorage Center


  • Travis Arnold, Omaha Tracon


  • Joseph Rodewald, Potomac Consolidated TRACON


  • Justin Krenke, Adam Helm, and Mike Ostrander, Green Bay ATCT/TRACON


  • Kelly Eger and Sarah LaPorte Ostrander, Boston ATCT


  • Mark Haechler, Alan Passero, and Matt Dippe, Seattle Center


  • Sarina Gumbert, Orlando TRACON


  • Hugh McFarland, Houston TRACON


  • Jesse Anderson, Brackett Field ATCT




Keynote Speakers

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Gordon Graham - Risk Management Expert

Gordon Graham is a 33 year veteran of California Law Enforcement. His education as a Risk Manager and experience as a practicing...



  jp 1755Reed Timmer - Extreme Storm Chaser, Meteorologist

Having intercepted over 250 tornadoes and a dozen powerful hurricanes during the last decade, Reed Timmer is well-known as the...



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Patrick Peters - Deputy President, IFATCA





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nextgenPanel: NextGen Initiatives

 NATCA's NextGen rep, Mel Davis, will be leading the panel discussion. Joining Davis for the discussion will be Air Traffic Organization (ATO) Vice President of Program Management Chris Metts; Lockheed Martin Director of En Route, Terminal, and Oceanic Programs Fran Hill; Harris Corporation Senior Program Manager for Air Traffic Control Chris Sutherland; NATCA's National Time Based Flow Management (TBFM) Rep Eric Owens; NATCA's National RECAT Rep Scott Pressley; Jeff Tittsworth, ATO RECAT; NATCA's National DataComm Rep Chad Geyer; ATO DataComm Project Manager Jesse Wijntjes; and Northwest Mountain Regional Vice President Jim Ullmann. "It's important for us to continue to use the airspace and runways more effectively," said Davis. "All of these collaborative programs that are part of NextGen do just that. They help to eliminate situations that could have a negative effect on the NAS."



pilotcontrPanel: Pilot/Controller Communications

 This panel focused on collaboration between pilots and air traffic controllers. NATCA Reloaded Committee Chair Dawn Johnson and NSC Chair Steve Hansen moderated. Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) Air Traffic Services Group member John Drexler, Southwest Air Line Pilots Association Safety Committee Chair Alan Roy, NATCA National Safety Committee Rep. Andy Marosvari, Air Traffic Organization Air Traffic SUPCOM Bob Hildebidle, NATCA Alaskan Region Safety Rep. Jennie Sandland, NATCA National Training Rep. Tom Adcock, American Airlines pilot Lev Prichard, and ExpressJet pilot ALPA Rep Blake Koehn served as panelists. "All [of these] topics were derived from Confidential Information Sharing Program (CISP)," said Hansen. "These are actual issues that are ongoing everyday." A few of the topics included Optimum Profile Descent (OPD), Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), and Weather Rerouting. The general tone of the discussion was the responsibility of both pilots and air traffic controllers to continue collaborating and reporting issues. "When you see issues, use your ATSAP program," Roy advised the controllers in the audience. Equally as important, he stressed, was for pilots to utilize the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). The panelists all agreed that using aviation safety reporting programs was vital in communication between pilots and air traffic controllers.



intllaborPanel: International Labor/Management Leadership

Panelists include Paul Winstanley, Chair, ATCOs' Branch, UK; Dr. David Harrison, Safety Director, National Air Traffic Services (NATS), UK; John Crichton, President & CEO, NAV CANADA; Greg Myles, President, Canadian Air Traffic Control Association (CATCA); Daryl Hickey, President, Civil Air, Australia; and Greg Hood, Executive General Manager, Air Traffic Control, Airservices Australia




genaviationPanel: General Aviation and Weather

 Dale Wright, NATCA Director of Safety and Technology, will moderate this discussion on the most common challenge for general aviation pilots: weather. The panel will also discuss air traffic controllers' responsibilities and also what pilots should expect from controllers during weather situations. Bruce Landsberg , Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Institute (ASI) President, will present the pilot's view of the issue while NATCA National Weather Representative Matt Tucker will provide the controller's view. Paul Suffern, National Transportaion Safety Board (NTSB) Meteorologist, Todd Lericos, National Weather Service Meteorologist-In-Charge, and Matt Cabak, SUPCOM Safety, FAA, will also provide input on this very high profile issue.



grennerskiesPanel: Greener Skies Implementation/Expansion

 This panel discussed, from a high-level research and management perspective, the Required Navigation Performance (RNP) implementation and expansion projects that have been in development for several years, as well as an operational level usage perspective. NATCA NextGen Rep Mel Davis moderated this panel and speakers included Tetra Tech Sr. Vice President Jeff Williams; President of RTCA, Inc., Margaret Jenny; Alaska Airlines Vice President of Flight Operations Gary Beck; ALPA Air Traffic Services Group Chair Marc Henegar; Seattle TRACON (S46) President Phil Hargarten; and NATCA National Airspace Rep Jeff Woods. Jenny emphasized the importance of collaboration throughout the process, as well as testing all stages before implementation. "it just doesn't work if it doesn't work for you. We need you involved all the way through." Henegar spoke about some of the complexities surrounding the implementation of new systems and how they will fit in with the current system. "The perfect world with common equipage doesn't exist, and it makes it harder for us... You have to find the right balance of systems that works for the flight deck and works for the controller.




unmannedaerialPanel: Unmmanned Aerial System Operations in the NAS

 NATCA Terminal operations Coordinator Chris Stephenson will moderate a discussion about the integration and operations of UAS into the NAS. Scott Beale, a NATCA controller at Los Angeles Center (ZLA), and Jorge Rivera, a NATCA controller at Miami Center (ZMA), will discuss what it is like to work UAS and plan UAS missions from an air traffic management view. Michael Toscano, President & CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Int'l, will provide a perspective from UAS advocates, including the need to continue to move forward and achieve integration. Doug Davis, Northrop Grumman Director of Airworthiness, will talk about the six test sites and many research projects that are underway regarding UAS, Randy Willis, Manager, Air Traffic Strategic Operations, UAS Integration Office, will provide insight on the roadmap of UAS and how the FAA plans to move forward towards integration.



expandingPanel: Expanding the Use of Safety Data

 The focus of this panel will be about how reporting programs, like ATSAP, feed into and provide support for changes in the NAS to imrpove safety. Panelists will provide specific examples of reporting accomplishments, and the data has been used to make and implement successful changes. Panelists include NATCA National Safety Committee Chair Steve Hansen; Terry Biggio, Vice President of Air Traffic Services, FAA Air Traffic Organization (ATO); Dr. Hassan Shahidi, MITRE Corporation Director for System Operations, Safety and Performance; Joseph Teixeira, Vice President of Safety & Technical Training, FAA ATO; and Lynn Ray, Vice President of Mission Support, FAA ATO




avindusPanel: Aviation Industry Leadership

 Panelists include NATCA President Paul Rinaldi; Capt. Sean Cassidy, First Vice President, Air Line PPilots Association Intl. (ALPA); Roger Cohen, President, Regional Airline Association (RAA); Teri Bristol, COO, FAA ATO; Ed Bolen, President and CEO, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA); and Mark Baker, President and CEO, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Sequestration and the government shutdown of 2013 - as well as the constant budgetary uncertainty that is sure to continue - have provoked many conversations regarding the future of our National Airspace System (NAS). The aviation community has established broad agreement over the past several months that positive and thoughtful dialogue needs to occur in order to determine not only the problems and challenges, but also the successes and benefits of the world's largest, most complex and diverse aerospace system. Panelists will survey what vital services, funding and governance issues ought to be focused upon as government, labor and industry look at possible reforms to the U.S. air traffic control system.







Archie League Medal of Safety Winners

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Alaskan Region
Todda Yonge and Mark Lacy, Anchorage Center





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Central Region
Andrew Smith and Joe Moylan, Kansas City Center




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Eastern Region
Robert Ezzard, New York Center




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Great Lakes Region
Jack Deutscher, Madison Tower and TRACON




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New England Region
Nunzio DiMillo, Boston Tower




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Northwest Mountain Region
Jared Mike, Seattle TRACON




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Southern Region
Ed Holden and Ramiro Martinez, Miami Tower and TRACON




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Southwest Region
Stewart Pearcy, Houston TRACON




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Western Pacific Region
David Caldwell, Dan Ferlito, Nicole Findlay, Russell Kipker, Dawn McMullin, Fred Naujoks, Joseph Okuda, Peter Sachs, and Alexis Shirkey, San Francisco Tower



Daily Dispatch/Agenda

Day 1 issue – March 24. Please click HERE

Day 2 issue – March 25. Please click HERE

Day 3 issue – March 26. Please click HERE

Keynote Speakers


2013 Communicating for Safety

Communicating for Safety 2013, which was held March 4 -  6, at the Rio in Las Vegas, Nevada will be remembered for many highlights, perhaps most notably the record attendance of more than 1050 controllers, pilots, and other aviation industry participants.


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FAA Administrator Michael Huerta

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta spoke to CFS attendees via videotaped message on March 6th.



NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman

“Your goal is dedication to excellence, safe operations, saving lives and guiding people home. It doesn’t get any better than that.”



Dr. Tony Kern

Dr. Kern is one of the world’s leading authorities on human performance in time-constrained, error intolerant environments.


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Dr. Earl Weener

Since retiring from Boeing, Dr. Weener has worked with the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) to develop and lead two international programs focused on enhancing ground and runway safety.



NATCA Safety Awards

NATCA presents its highest honor for an individual outside the Union – the Sentinel of Safety Award – to Randy Babbitt, a true champion of aviation safety for more than four decades.


Archie League Medal of Safety Winners


Alaskan Region

Ryan Williams, Anchorage Center



Central Region

Kevin Cook and Steve Clark, St. Louis TRACON



Eastern Region

Dave Giberson and Corey Grafe, Philadelphia Tower



Great Lakes Region

Jeff Richards, Chicago Center



New England Region

Erik Anderson, Boston Tower



Northwest Mountain Region

Donovan Carson, Portland TRACON



Southern Region

Bill Sullivan, Tampa Tower and Tracon



Southwest Region

LouElla Hollingsworth, Fort Worth Center



Western Pacific Region

Emily Birkland and Roy Teshima, Oakland Center



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