Communicating for Safety

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What started as an event with just 40 attendees in 1999 has now become the aviation industry’s leading conference, with over 1,000 attendees.

Annually hosted by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), Communicating for Safety (CFS) is the organization’s premier safety conference focusing on safety, technology and building relationships with other aviation professionals. This three-day conference is unique in that it's the only conference of its kind to focus specifically on the air traffic needs of all members of the aviation community who are affected by the National Airspace System (NAS): from general aviation students to pilots at major air carriers, from flight attendants and dispatchers to engineers, industry and airline executives, both military and civilian.

Included throughout the conference are presentations and forums given by top aviation professionals that concentrate on how to further improve communication and relationships among pilots, controllers and other professionals with a vested interest in aviation safety. Attendees learn about various topics, which include the effects weather and other environmental factors have on aviation safety, new technology and programs, professional standards, information sharing and safety reporting systems, pilot/controller communications, human factors and modernization efforts. Moderated panels with aviation stakeholders provide opportunities for CFS attendees to openly ask questions and discuss concerns with the panelists.

Numerous aviation leaders and stakeholders have attended CFS since it began. CFS 2012 in Atlanta marked the first appearances by both FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, who both spoke about the future of the National Airspace System, their profound appreciation for air traffic controllers and for NATCA always being on the forefront of aviation safety. CFS 2013 boasted keynote speaker National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman, who praised NATCA’s members for their dedication to excellence.

Each year, CFS concludes on a high note, with the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards. The only award of its kind, the Archie League Medal of Safety Award recognizes air traffic controllers who have handled significant and often dangerous air traffic situations with cool, calm professionalism. Though if you were to ask the award winners about it, most would simply say they “were just doing their job.”

CFS is brings together a wide array of aviation professionals, to discuss what's working, what's not and what can be further improved. Those who should attend this conference include air traffic controllers, general aviation and commercial pilots, airport executives, government leaders and aviation industry leaders.

To view archived information from past CFS events, click on the year.

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