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Sept. 12-14, 2022

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

NATCA is excited to announce that registration is open for Communicating For Safety (CFS) 2022! We are returning to Bally’s Las Vegas on Sept. 12-14 to bring together our members, representatives from the FAA, and leaders of the aviation community to discuss an array of safety and modernization topics. We’re working to fill the agenda with engaging panels and again make this the aviation industry’s leading conference about safety, technology, and building relationships.

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FEATURED SPEAKER AT CFS 2022: CAPT. TAMMIE JO SHULTS

Capt. Tammie Jo Shults is a retired Southwest Airlines captain, author, and former naval aviator who received wide acclaim when, on April 17, 2018, she and her crew successfully landed a Boeing 737 after catastrophic engine failure and rapid decompression, saving the lives of 148 people.

Shults has spent her entire life loving the skies. Though the odds were against her, she became one of the first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots in the United States Navy. At the conclusion of her Navy career in 1994, Shults went to work for Southwest Airlines.

Shults’s book, Nerves of Steel, is the captivating true story of her remarkable life – from growing up the daughter of a humble rancher, to breaking through gender barriers in the Navy, to safely landing the severely crippled Southwest Airlines Flight 1380. Her incredible talent and notable history have made her an inspiration to many.


FEATURED SPEAKER AT CFS 2022: RICHARD McSPADDEN

Those attending CFS 2022 will be treated to a visit by one of the nation’s leading aviation safety experts. Richard McSpadden, former Air Force Thunderbirds commander and now the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Institute (ASI) senior vice president, will speak at a time when pilot-controller communications are improving and opportunities to interact are becoming more popular. “I love it! It’s so positive for aviation,” McSpadden said. “I remember when the controller/pilot relationships were adversarial. Pilots didn’t trust controllers and likewise, controllers were suspicious of pilot intent. Now I see a much more collaborative and positive relationship.” Read more.


IMPORTANT DATES

July 20: On or before this date, NATCA members must be on the national excused absence request list. Local request forms should also be in by this time. For a local request form, please click here.

Aug. 9: Hotel room block cut off. Rooms are no longer guaranteed and are subject to availability.

Aug. 15: Refunds will no longer be provided for registration fees or extra tickets for the Sept. 14 Archie League Medal of Safety Awards banquet.

Sept. 9: 72‐hour hotel cancellation policy is now in effect based on a Sept. 12 arrival. This date is subject to change, depending on YOUR registration arrival date.

Sept. 12: CFS 2022 officially begins at noon PDT. This year, we will have an optional session from 9:30-11 a.m. PDT covering safety and technology updates.


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CFS 2022 Sponsors and Exhibitors

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CFS 2022 Agenda

(All times PDT)

Monday, September 12, 2022

Registration

Exhibit Hall Opens

9:30 – 11 a.m. | Safety and Technology Updates (optional)

General Session – Bally’s Events Center

Noon | CFS 2022 Begins

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

General Session – Bally’s Events Center

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

General Session – Bally’s Events Center

The 18th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards
Bally’s Events Center

Time TBA | Reception

Hotel & Travel

Bally’s Las Vegas

3645 Las Vegas Blvd. | Map

Photo Credit: Douglas Jones NATCA Miami ATCT Member

CFS 2021 returns to Bally’s Las Vegas, site of our previous four conferences.

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18th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards

The ability to think quickly and remain calm under pressure while maintaining situational awareness are just some of the unique qualities that air traffic controllers possess. Their willingness to resolve complex situations without hesitation, offer a reassuring voice to those on the frequency, and ability to coordinate their efforts with other controllers help these dedicated professionals be successful at maintaining the safety of the National Airspace System.

While many controllers often feel that they are “just doing their job,” their hard work is often viewed by others as remarkable and extraordinary. The Archie League Medal of Safety Awards, named for the first U.S. air traffic controller, were first presented in 2005 to honor exceptional air traffic controller work that took place in 2004. The program highlights a variety of aviation “saves” — some which involve a team of controllers working together, while others are the result of one controller’s efforts.

Our 18th annual banquet celebration, honoring the 2022 Archie League Medal of Safety Award winners, will be held on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, at NATCA Communicating For Safety 2022 at Bally’s Las Vegas.

CALL FOR 2023 ARCHIE LEAGUE MEDAL OF SAFETY AWARD NOMINATIONS

NATCA Members: The nomination period for the 2023 Archie League Medal of Safety Awards, the 19th annual, is now open. We are looking for the best saves that have occurred at your facilities since May 1, 2022. A member may nominate another member for an Archie League Medal of Safety Award.

NOMINATION FORM – PLEASE CLICK HERE

If you have questions or are having trouble collecting all nomination materials, please contact Doug Church.

Learn more about the past recipients of the Archie League Medal of Safety Award. Click here.

Archie League Medal of Safety Awards Video Channel

Learn more about Archie League. Click here.

Region X Commitment to Safety Award

The Region X Commitment to Safety Award is given annually to a Region X member who has shown a profound dedication to ensuring the safety of the National Airspace System (NAS). The award is peer-nominated, and any Region X member in good standing can be nominated for work done since May 1, 2022 in their role as an aviation safety professional. The 2022 winner of this award will be honored at CFS 2022 at the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards banquet on Sept. 14.

View the recipients of the Region X Commitment to Safety Award.

NOMINATION FORM – Please click here

National Professionalism Award

The goal of NATCA’s Professional Standards program is to maintain and promote professionalism across all of NATCA’s bargaining units. We achieve that through a commitment to safety and through upholding the public’s trust. We work to inspire, to motivate, to provide personal examples of our professionalism to others, and to maintain the highest standard of excellence. We know our actions represent all our fellow professionals, and we work to bring honor and respect to all that we do. The NATCA National Professional Standards Committee (PSC) has created the “NATCA National Professionalism Award” as a means to recognize the actions of those who continually strive to achieve these goals.

At each annual Communicating For Safety (CFS), the PSC presents one recipient from each FAA Service Area with a NATCA National Professionalism Award, a minimum of three recipients each year. The members of the PSC will determine the recipients no later than 60 days prior to the beginning of CFS and forward those names to the National Executive Board for approval. The recipients will be chosen based on their individual professional contributions and performance that enhanced the standings of their profession. Additionally, the PSC will consider their personal commitment to safety and excellence in the selection. 

View the recipients of the National Professionalism Award.

Nominations for the National Professionalism Award are now being accepted. The nomination deadline is June 1, 2022. Click here for the nomination form.

CFS 2021 FAQs

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Archive: Past CFS Coverage

CFS 2019

Sept. 16-18, 2019, Bally’s Las Vegas

CFS 2019 PREVIEW BOOK
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2019 ARCHIE LEAGUE MEDAL OF SAFETY AWARDS BOOK
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CFS TUESDAY
Our 16-page e-newspaper includes news and information about Monday’s Day 1 (Sept. 16, 2019) highlights and this week’s conference. You can view a PDF or view it in an easy-to-read format on Uberflip.

CFS WEDNESDAY
Our 16-page e-newspaper includes news and information about Tuesday’s Day 2 (Sept. 17, 2019) highlights and this week’s conference. You can view a PDF or view it in an easy-to-read format on Uberflip.

FULL COVERAGE: Published on Oct. 16, 2019. Please click here.


CFS 2018

Oct. 22-24, 2018, Bally’s Las Vegas

CFS 2018 PREVIEW BOOK

2018 ARCHIE LEAGUE MEDAL OF SAFETY AWARDS BOOK

CFS TUESDAY
Our e-newspaper includes news and information about Monday’s Day 1 (Oct. 22, 2018) highlights and this week’s conference. You can view a PDF here or view it in an easy-to-read format on Uberflip.

CFS WEDNESDAY
Our e-newspaper includes news and information about Tuesday’s Day 2 (Oct. 23, 2018) highlights and this week’s conference. You can view a PDF here or view it in an easy-to-read format on Uberflip.

FULL COVERAGE: Please click here.


CFS 2017

March 20-22, 2017, Bally’s Las Vegas

CFS 2017 DAILY DISPATCH
View on Uberflip

2017 ARCHIE LEAGUE MEDAL OF SAFETY AWARDS BOOK
View on Uberflip.

CFS 2017 TUESDAY DAILY DISPATCH
Our e-newspaper includes news and information about Monday’s Day 1 (March 20, 2017) highlights and this week’s conference. You can view a PDF here or view it in an easy-to-read format on Uberflip.

CFS 2017 WEDNESDAY DAILY DISPATCH
Our e-newspaper includes news and information about Tuesday’s Day 2 (March 21, 2017) highlights and this week’s conference. You can view a PDF here or view it in an easy-to-read format on Uberflip.


CFS 2016

March 21-23, 2016, Bally’s Las Vegas

CFS 2016 DAILY DISPATCH
View on Uberflip

2016 ARCHIE LEAGUE MEDAL OF SAFETY AWARDS BOOK
View on Uberflip.

CFS 2016 TUESDAY DAILY DISPATCH
Our e-newspaper includes news and information about Monday’s Day 1 (March 21, 2016) highlights and this week’s conference. You can view a PDF here or view it in an easy-to-read format on Uberflip.

CFS 2016 WEDNESDAY DAILY DISPATCH
Our e-newspaper includes news and information about Tuesday’s Day 2 (March 22, 2016) highlights and this week’s conference. You can view a PDF here or view it in an easy-to-read format on Uberflip.


CFS 2015

March 2-4, 2015, Rio Las Vegas

CFS 2015 DAILY DISPATCH
View on Uberflip.

2015 ARCHIE LEAGUE MEDAL OF SAFETY AWARDS BOOK
View on Uberflip.

CFS 2015 TUESDAY DAILY DISPATCH
Our e-newspaper includes news and information about Monday’s Day 1 (March 2, 2015) highlights and this week’s conference. You can view a PDF here or view it in an easy-to-read format on Uberflip.

CFS 2015 WEDNESDAY DAILY DISPATCH
Our e-newspaper includes news and information about Tuesday’s Day 2 (March 3, 2015) highlights and this week’s conference. You can view a PDF here or view it in an easy-to-read format on Uberflip.

Archive: CFS Videos
Archive: CFS Photo Albums

CFS News

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