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CFS 2018: Agenda

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Bally’s Las Vegas
Oct. 22-24, 2018


(All times PDT and subject to change)

    Sunday, October 21

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Registration Open

    Monday, October 22

8:30 am to 5:30 pm


10:00 am

Exhibit Hall Open

12:00 pm

Welcome: Steve Hansen, National Safety Committee Chair, NATCA

12:05 pm to 12:15 pm

Presenting the Colors: Nellis Air Force Base Honor Guard

National Anthem: Tyler Hansen

12:15 pm to 12:45 pm

Keynote Address: Paul Rinaldi, President, NATCA

12:45 pm to 1:45 pm

The Benefits of Collaborative Safety Programs

Moderators: Steve Hansen, Chairman, National Safety Committee, NATCA & Jeffrey Vincent, VP, Safety & Technical Training, ATO

  • Mike Blake, National Voluntary Safety Reporting Programs Representative, NATCA
  • Ernesto Lasen, General Manager Safety Programs, ATO
  • Chrissy Padgett, National Partnership for Safety Representative, NATCA
  • Jon Kunowski, Chicago Center Local Safety Council Lead, NATCA
  • Mike Schilz, Safety Information Analysis Programs, ALPA

1:45 pm to 2:05 pm

Surface Safety

  • Bridget Singratanakul, National Runway Safety Representative, NATCA
  • Emily Banuelos, Runway Safety Team Manager, Western Service Area, ATO
  • Dan Hamilton, Surface Surveillance Representative, NATCA

2:05 pm to 2:30 pm

Contingency Operations in the NAS

  • Jason Grider, Contingency Operations Representative, NATCA
  • Philip Madrid, Contingency Operations Staff Specialist

2:30 pm to 3:15 pm


3:15 pm to 4:00 pm

The Importance of Including Human Factors in Training

Introduced by Tom Adcock, National Training Representative, NATCA

  • Richard Kennington, Recurrent Training, NATCA

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Moving the NAS Towards a Trajectory Based System

Moderators: Kris Burnham, VP, Program Management Office, ATO & Jim Ullmann, Director, Safety & Technology, NATCA

  • Jeff Woods, National PMO Representative, NATCA
  • Phil Hargarten, Northeast Corridor WG Co-Lead, NATCA
  • Mark McKelligan, Director, Safety & Technology, NATCA
  • Michele Merkle, Director of Operational Integration, Air Traffic Services, FAA
  • Rob Hunt, Senior Technical Advisor to the VP of the PMO, FAA
  • Rob Goldman, Sr. Manager, Air Traffic Management, Delta Airlines
  • Marc Henegar, Air Traffic Services Group Chair, ALPA

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

CFS 2018 Meet your Sponsors and Exhibitors

5:45pm – 6:15 pm

Partnership for Safety Demonstration

5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Delta Airlines Dispatch Presentation

NATCA Charitable Foundation Events

  • 6:15 pm – 7:00 pm Live Auction
  • 7:30 pm Poker Tournament

Tuesday, October 23

7:30 am to 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

7:30 am to 3:00 pm


8:30 am to 8:35 am


8:35 am to 9:00 am

Keynote Speaker: Dan Elwell, Acting Administrator, FAA

9:00 am to 10:20 am

Challenges to Operating the NAS: Implementing Emerging Technologies

Moderators: Steve Hansen, Chairman, National Safety Committee, NATCA & Hassan Shahidi, Director of Safety and New Entrants Integration, MITRE

  • Trish Gilbert, Executive Vice President, NATCA
  • Paul McDuffee, Business Development Executive, Boeing Horizon X
  • Vincent Capezzuto, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Engineering, Aireon
  • Kelvin Coleman, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, FAA
  • Eric Stallmer, President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
  • Lori Garver, General Manager, ALPA

10:20 am to 11:00 am


11:00 am to 12:15pm

Integrating Remotely Piloted Aircraft into the NAS

Moderators: Steve Weidner & Jeff Richards, National UAS Representatives, NATCA

  • Sandy Gregoire, Syracuse Tower/TRACON, NATCA
  • Lt. Col. Aaron “Copper” Brown, 108 ATKS Director of Operations, Syracuse Air National Guard
  • Sean Cassidy, Amazon Prime Air
  • Parimal Kopardekar, NASA
  • Randy Willis, UAS Integration Manager, ATO
  • Dallas Brooks, Director, Raspet Flight Research Laboratory & Associate Director, ASSURE FAA UAS Center of Excellence

12:15 pm to 1:30 pm

Awards Luncheon

1:30 pm to 2:45 pm

Commercial Space

Introduction: Kevin McLaughlin, Commercial Space Representative, NATCA

  • Caryn Schenewerk, Sr. Counsel & Sr. Director, Space Flight Technology, SpaceX
  • Kevin Hatton, FAA licensing Manager, SpaceX

2:45 pm to 3:30 pm


3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Keynote Speaker: Gordon Graham: Some Thoughts on High Risk Decision Making

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

CFS 2018 Meet your Sponsors and Exhibitors

5:45 pm – 6:15 pm

Partnership for Safety Demonstration

Wednesday, October 24

7:30 am to 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

7:30 am to 11:00 am


8:30 am to 8:40 am


8:35 am to 9:30 am

Keynote Address: Brian Shul – Author and Retired USAF Fighter and SR-71 Pilot

9:30 am to 10:45 am

Aviation Industry’s View from Outside the FAA

Moderators: Jim Ullmann, Director of Safety & Technology & Brenda Boone, President, Human Solutions, Inc.

  • Rachel Jackson, Executive Technical Director Transportation and Support Services Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS), Raytheon Company
  • Kate Hallahan, Team Hallahan, LLC
  • Jarrod Thompson, Airlines for America
  • Donna McLean, Donna McLean Associates, LLC
  • Todd Hauptli, President and CEO, AAAE
  • Dave Holtz, Senior Vice President, Operations and Customer Center, Delta Airlines

10:45 am to 11:30 am


11:30 am to 12:45 pm

TRIED, TRUE, and TESTED – Aviation Safety Professionals: Unforeseen circumstances put these professionals to the test.

Introduction by: Teri Bristol, COO, ATO

Moderator: Trish Gilbert, Executive VP, NATCA

  • Steve Jangelis, Aviation Safety Chairman, ALPA
  • Jamaal Haltom, Facility Representative, Las Vegas Tower, NATCA
  • Tony Borgert, Facility Representative, Las Vegas TRACON, NATCA
  • Jared Mike, Facility Representative, Seattle TRACON, NATCA
  • Kimberly Brooks, Certified Professional Controller, Seattle TRACON, NATCA
  • Jon Weaks, President, SWAPA
  • Lyn Montgomery, President, TWU Local 556, The Union of Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants

12:45 pm to 2:15 pm

Lunch Speaker: Paul Dye – Aviator, Engineer, Writer





2:30 – 2:50

Professional Standards

Garth Koleszar


Phil Hughes

2:50 – 3:10

Critical Incident Stress Management

Chris Schenk

ATC Procedures

Bennie Hutto, Andy Marosvari, John Murdock

3:10 – 3:30

Partnership for Safety

Chrissy Padgett, Mike Vermuth

Professional Standards

Garth Koleszar

3:30 – 3:50


Tom Adcock, Abby Smith

Critical Incident Stress Management

Chris Schenk

3:50 – 4:10


Phil Hughes

Partnership for Safety

Chrissy Padgett, Mike Vermuth

4:10 – 4:30

ATC Procedures

Bennie Hutto, Andy Marosvari, John Murdock


Tom Adcock, Abby Smith

Wednesday, October 24


6:00 pm to 7:00 pm


7:00 pm

Archie League Awards Banquet

(Seating starts at 6:45. Dinner served at 7:15)


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