NTSB Chairman Hersman To Speak at CFS
Thursday, January 10, 2013

The National Safety Committee has announced that National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman has accepted NATCA’s invitation to speak at Communicating for Safety (CFS) in Las Vegas (March 4-6).

Hersman, who spoke at CFS in 2010 in Orlando, is scheduled to deliver the luncheon keynote remarks on March 5.

For all information about CFS, including registration, please click HERE.

Chairman Hersman is recognized as one of the nation’s most visionary and passionate safety leaders who advocates for safety across all modes of transportation. Among her many initiatives, Chairman Hersman has focused attention and actions on distracted driving and helping accident victims and their families. She emphasizes the NTSB’s role as “the conscience and the compass of the transportation industry.”

Last November, NATCA was pleased when Chairman Hersman announced that the NTSB had decided to drop fatigue and pilot-and-air-traffic-controller professionalism from its “Most Wanted” list of transportation safety issues for the next year. NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said the NTSB’s decision validates the progress that NATCA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are making on both issues.

The Safety Committee also proudly announced the addition of two other keynote speakers to the expanding and exciting CFS agenda:

Dr. Tony Kern is scheduled to deliver the morning keynote address on March 5. Kern is the CEO of Convergent Performance, LLC.

Dr. Kern is one of the world’s leading authorities on human performance in time-constrained, error-intolerant environments, and has written and lectured on the subject for nearly two decades. He has authored seven books on human performance, and is a featured columnist and contributing editor for Canadian Skies, Vertical, and Vertical 911 magazines.

Over the past decade, Dr. Kern has broadened his expertise beyond aviation. In his latest book, “Going Pro: The Deliberate Practice of Professionalism” (Pygmy Books 2011), he creates a 21st century guide to extreme professionalism for individuals and organizations.

Dr. Kern served in the U.S. Air Force as a command pilot and flight examiner in the B-1B bomber, in diverse senior staff and leadership roles, and as chairman of the U.S. Air Force Human Factors Steering Group. He is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute and the U.S. Federal Government Senior Executive Service Development Program. Dr. Kern has received multiple awards for his research, program management, speaking, writing and leadership.

Erik Eliel is scheduled to follow Chairman Hersman on March 5 with his presentation entitled, “Weather Radar: Expectations and Limitations.” Eliel is the founder and president of Radar Training International and has been an active, certified pilot for more than three decades. His earliest years as a professional pilot were in the Air Force flying the T-38, the C-141 and the U-2. His interest with radar and convective weather began in 1991 while flying airlift and transport missions to Europe, Africa, South America and the Middle East.

Currently, Eliel flies the Boeing 737 and has logged over 12,000 total flying hours. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating as well as a single-engine, multi-engine and instrument instructor certificates. His presentation will provide practical knowledge for controllers that will explain some of the key capabilities and limitations of aircraft weather radar as well as the Next-Generation Radar (NEXRAD) system information used by pilots.

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