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MEDIA ADVISORY: NATCA’s Annual Safety Conference Begins Monday; Live Webcast - (1/27/2012)

CONTACT: Sarah Dunn, 315-796-1560

WHAT: “Communicating for Safety,” the National Air Traffic Controllers Association’s premier annual safety conference, bringing together air traffic controllers, pilots, FAA officials, industry and other members of the aviation community to discuss an array of topics and share information and expertise about improving aviation safety.

 WHEN/WHERE: Monday, Jan. 30 through Wednesday, Feb. 1; Atlanta. Panel discussions and speakers start Monday, Jan. 30 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

 LIVE WEBCAST: Available at natca.org. Video archive of the conference will also be available.

 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Alaska Bush Pilots John Ponts & Luke Hickerson, 1:15 p.m., EDT Jan. 31; Air Line Pilots Association President Captain Lee Moak, 8:30 a.m. EDT, Feb. 1; U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood 10:00 a.m. EDT, (time subject to change) Feb. 1; University of Southern California Research Assistant Professor Dr. Greg Placenia, 1:00 p.m. EDT, Feb. 1; NATCA President Paul Rinaldi and NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert, 1:45 p.m. EDT, Feb. 1; Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator Michael Huerta, 8:00 p.m. EDT, Feb. 1.

 PANEL DISCUSSION TOPICS INCLUDE: ATC information sharing, Air Traffic Safety Action Program (ATSAP), professional standards, pilot/controller communications, FAA/NATCA leadership panel, NEXRAD Radar, Aircraft Automation, NORAD, accident investigations, Domestic Events Network, Metroplex, Safety Orders/MOUs Overview, runway safety.

FULL SCHEDULE (subject to change): http://www.natca.org/ULWSiteResources/natcaweb/Resources/file/Conferences/CFS2012/CFSAgendaJan27.pdf

ARCHIE LEAGUE MEDAL OF SAFETY AWARDS: 8 p.m. EDT, Feb. 1. NATCA’s eighth annual celebration of the previous year’s best examples of its members’ extraordinary work in ensuring safety during a flight assist or emergency situation. Named for the first air traffic controller.

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