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.
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.
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.
CFS offers a number of dynamic sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, providing valuable exposure and interaction with representatives from across the aviation industry.
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.
Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions throughout the world. With over 60 years of experience in developing, deploying, and supporting air traffic management solutions for global, civil, and military agencies, Raytheon is leading the way to intelligent transportation. With over 63,000 employees worldwide, Raytheon is creating trusted, innovative solutions to make the world a safer place.
Leidos is a global technology leader within the airport and ATM sectors. Our operational platforms are trusted by over 100 airports globally to help handle the 1.3 billion passengers and three million flight movements annually. In the U.S. and around the world, we develop en route, terminal, and surface ATC systems that control more than 60 percent of the world’s air traffic, as well as decision support tools, precision air navigation, and general aviation solutions. We also develop the US oceanic ATC system that manages 80 percent of the world’s oceanic traffic.
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
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.
Aireon is deploying a space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft throughout the entire globe. Aireon will harness next-generation aviation surveillance technologies that are currently ground-based and, for the first time ever, extend their reach globally to significantly improve efficiency, enhance safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings benefits to all stakeholders. Real-time ADS-B surveillance will cover oceanic, polar and remote regions, as well as augment existing ground-based systems that are limited to terrestrial airspace. Aireon will have an operational, global, space-based air traffic surveillance system in 2018.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, March 22; 8:40 a.m. PDT
Margaret Jenny is the President of RTCA, Inc., a private, not-for profit corporation dedicated to the development of consensus-based recommendations regarding aviation issues. From 2001-2008, Ms. Jenny served as Chief Executive Officer of MJF Strategies, LLC, an aviation consulting firm. Prior to forming MJF Strategies in 2001, Ms. Jenny was Vice President of Corporate Business Development at ARINC. Ms. Jenny’s previous positions include Director of Airline Business and Operations Analysis for US Airways (1996-1998) and Technical Director at the MITRE Corporation (1983-1996).
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, followed presidents, and has reported on the war in Iraq. He's covered two presidential campaigns and several Washington-based political battles on Capitol Hill.
Tuesday, March 21; 8:35 a.m. PDT
Christopher A. Hart became a Member of the National Transportation Safety 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 on March 17, 2015. He was appointed Chairman of the NTSB on March 17, 2015. His term expired on March 16, 2017.
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.
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.
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.
Jessica Earp, Anchorage Center
Jeffrey R. Volski, Kansas City Center
Andrew Cullen, Kansas City Center
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
Mason Braddock, Atlanta TRACON
Nichole Surunis, Atlanta TRACON
Patrick Burrows, Atlanta TRACON
Keith Tyus, Atlanta TRACON
Clay Sutton, Atlanta TRACON
Patrick Armstrong, Dallas/Fort Worth TRACON
Western Pacific Region
Brian Bond, Phoenix TRACON
Aaron Fones, Phoenix TRACON
Carlton Wickstrom, Phoenix TRACON
NATCA CFS was proud to have Gordon Graham speak for the third consecutive year. Read more about his presentation, "Five Concurrent Themes For Success."
Dr. Jerry Cockrell spoke on his three keys to success: how to overcome mediocrity, human nature, and fear of failure.
Capt. Al Haynes shared his harrowing tale of piloting Flight 232, including his thoughts on how so many passengers survived the crash.