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Communicating for Safety

Hosted annually by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), Communicating For Safety (CFS) is the aviation industry’s leading conference focusing on safety, technology and building relationships. 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).

CFS began in 1999 with just 40 attendees; it has now become an internationally attended conference, with over 1,500 aviation industry leaders and representatives coming together to discuss and improve safety.

Notes from 2019 CFS

CFS 2019: Sept. 16-18, Bally’s Las Vegas

CFS 2019 WRAP-UP ISSUE: Published on Oct. 16, 2019. Please click here.

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

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

Follow CFS on social media
Facebook: @NATCACFS | Twitter: @NATCACFS | Instagram: natcacfs

CFS 2019 Speaker Previews
ALPA President Capt. Joe DePete | Brian Shul 

Every Day is a Training Day

Every Day is a Training Day Series

Part 1: A Lot of People are Dependent on You Being Excellent All the Time
Part 2: Excellence Has Got to be the Norm Not the Deviation
Part 3: It’s In Your Hands to Make Every Day a Training Day

CFS 2019 Agenda

(All times PDT)

Monday, September 16, 2019

8 a.m.-6 p.m. | Registration Open

10 a.m. | Exhibit Hall Opens

Tech Talks – Skyview 5/6 (26th Floor at Bally’s)

9:30-9:40 a.m. | Opening Remarks
Jim Ullmann, Director of Safety and Technology, NATCA 

9:40-10 a.m. | Time Based Flow Management (TBFM)
Matt Gammon, National TBFM Representative, NATCA
Perry Casselle, Federal Aviation Administration

10-10:20 a.m. | Commercial Space
Paul Behan, Commercial Space Representative, NATCA 

10:20-10:40 a.m. | Remote Towers
Adam Rhodes, NextGen Representative, NATCA 
Matt Richardson, JYO Remote Tower Program Manager, Federal Aviation Administration

10:40-11 a.m. | Enroute DataComm
Ray Berndt, National DataComm Representative, NATCA

11 a.m.-noon | Break

General Session – Bally’s Events Center

Noon | Welcome
Steve Hansen, National Safety Committee Chair, NATCA

12:05-12:15 p.m. | Presenting the Colors
United States Air Force Color Guard
National Anthem | 

12:15-12:45 p.m. | Keynote Address
Paul Rinaldi, President, NATCA

12:45-2 p.m. | Panel: “Every Day is a Training Day”
Moderators
Tom Adcock, National Training Representative, NATCA
Steve Hansen, Chair, National Safety Committee, NATCA
Panelists:
Patrick Morrison, Assistant General President for Health, Safety, and Medicine, International Association of Fire Fighters
Capt. Frank Cheeseman, Human Factors and Training Group Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA)
Ron Kittle, retired Major League Baseball player
John Allison, former Blue Angels pilot

2-2:45 p.m. | Break

2:45-4 p.m. | Panel: The Impact of Weather on the Operation
Moderators
Jim Ullmann, Director of Safety and Technology, NATCA
Tony Schneider, Director of Safety, Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Organization
Panelists:
Jessica Strahley, ATCSCC, NATCA
Ben Dengler, ZDC TMC, NATCA
Dave Cook, ATSAP ERC Representative, NATCA
Gerald Quaye, JFK Facility Representative, NATCA
Rachel Rae, ASAP Representative, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 357
Mike Sterenchuk, Dispatcher, American Airlines

4-5:15 p.m. | Panel: Pilot/Controller Communications
Moderators:
Dawn Johnson, NATCA
Richard Kennington, NATCA
Panelists:
Brandon Johnson, Northwest Mountain Region Safety Representative, NATCA
John Murdock, National Procedures Representative, NATCA
Erin Phelps, Central Service Area ATSAP ERC Analyst, NATCA
Don Dobias, Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA)
Matthew Cain, Safety Chair, Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA)
Paul Flynn, NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP)

5:15-5:30 p.m. | Keynote Address
Trish Gilbert, Executive Vice President, NATCA

Exhibit Hall

5:30-7:30 p.m. | CFS 2019 Meet your Sponsors and Exhibitors

Palace 2

5:45-6:15 p.m. | Partnership for Safety Demonstration

NATCA Charitable Foundation Events
Exhibit Hall6:45-7:30 p.m. | Live Auction

7:30 p.m. | Poker Tournament

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

7:30-8:30 a.m. | Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Registration

General Session – Bally’s Events Center

8:30-8:35 a.m. | Welcome

8:35-9 a.m. | Keynote Speaker
Capt. Joe DePete, President, Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA)

9-10:15 a.m. | Panel: ATC Training – Excellence Has Got to be the Norm, Not the Deviation
Moderators:
Trish Gilbert, Executive Vice President, NATCA
Tim Arel, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Organization 
Panelists:
Tom Adcock, National Training Representative, NATCA
Jeffrey Vincent, VP of Air Traffic Services, Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Organization
Glen Martin, VP of Safety and Technical Training, Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Organization
Don Moran, National Supcom Chair, Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Organization
Brian Shallenberger, ZDC Facility Representative, NATCA
Carl Adams, ZDC Air Traffic Manager, Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Organization

10:15-11 a.m. | Break

11-11:45 a.m. | Panel: Surface Safety: Don’t let that Airport Mislead you
Bridget Singratanakul, National Runway Safety Representative, NATCA
Capt. Steve Jangelis, Aviation Safety Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA)
Jim Fee, Runway Safety Manager, Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Organization

11:45-1:15 p.m. | Awards Luncheon

1:15-2:15 p.m. | Panel: Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Impacting your Airspace Sooner than you Think
Greg Tennille, Director of Safety and Operations, The MITRE Corporation
Tom Prevot, Director of Engineering, Airspace Systems, UBER Elevate

2:15-3:15 p.m. | Panel: Commercial Space: Integrating the Future of the NAS
Introduction: Paul Behan, Commercial Space Representative, NATCA
Kevin Hatton, Senior Project Manager, ACTA
Jim Kuzma, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Space Florida

3:15-4 p.m. | Break

4-5:30 p.m. | Keynote Speaker
Brian Shul, Author and Retired USAF Fighter and SR-71 Pilot

Exhibit Hall

5:30-7 p.m. | CFS 2019 Meet your Sponsors and Exhibitors

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

7:30-8:30 a.m. | Continental Breakfast

7:30-11 a.m. | Registration

General Session – Bally’s Events Center

8:30-8:45 a.m. | Welcome

8:45-9:15 a.m. | Keynote Address
Nick Calio, President and CEO, Airlines for America

9:15-10:30 a.m. | Panel: International Collaboration
Moderators
Peter Duffey, President & CEO, Canadian Air Traffic Control Association
David Grizzle, Dazzle Partners, LLC
Panelists
Paul Winstanley, Chair, U.K. Prospect ATCOs’ Branch
Kelvin Vercoe, ATC Director, New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA)
Rudy Kellar, Executive Vice President Service Delivery, NAVCANADA
Vincent Capezzuto, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Engineering, Aireon
Rachel Jackson, Executive Technical Director, Raytheon
Fran Hill, Senior Vice President Operations, Leidos

10:30-11:30 a.m. | Break

11:30-12:30 p.m. | Fireside Chat
FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson and NATCA President Paul Rinaldi

Breakout Sessions

1-3 p.m. | Track 1: Personal Leadership
Instructors
Kelly Richardson, Jeremy Ferg, Justin Faircloth

1-3 p.m. | Track 2: Professional Development
Classes, instructors:
Human Performance – Aaron Katz
Professional Standards – Josh Cooper
CISM – Chris Schenk
VSRPs – Cher Oxenburg
Partnership for Safety – Erin Murdock
Procedures – John Murdock

1-3 p.m. | Track 3: Every Day is a Training Day
Instructors: Richard Kennington, Jamaal Haltom, Tom Adcock

The 15th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards
Bally’s Events Center

6-7 p.m. | Reception

7 p.m. | Banquet
(Seating starts at 6:45 p.m.; Dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m.)
Keynote Address: Teri Bristol, Chief Operating Officer, FAA Air Traffic Organization

CFS 2019 Sponsors and Exhibitors

Grand Benefactor

Diamond Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

Mobile Sponsor

Exhibitors and NATCA Benefit Partners

Hotel & Travel

Bally’s Las Vegas

3645 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

Photo Credit: Douglas Jones NATCA Miami ATCT Member

Travel Information for Las Vegas

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

  • 1 mile (1.6 km.) from the Strip
  • 3.5 miles (5.6 km.) from the Convention Center
  • 5 miles (8 km.) from Downtown
  • Las Vegas McCarran is ranked 8th busiest in the world by the Airports Council in Washington, D.C.

Serves 51 air carriers including:

  • 24 scheduled
  • 2 helicopter services
  • 8 commuter
  • 17 charter
  • Averages 980 flights a day.
  • Direct flights to 58 U.S. cities, 1 European city

In the first four months of 2001,

  • 18.5 million passengers passed through McCarran.
  • 36.8 million passengers passed through in 2000.
  • 1.2 million of those were international passengers.

The 1.3 million square-foot (1.04 million square meter) terminal has 92 gates that cover 2,820 acres. There are 5,000 cars that use the parking facilities per day where passengers utilize the tram to some terminals. There is a baggage control computer ramp and moving pedestrian walkways. It is a Class A port-of-entry, has a bilateral agreement with Canada, and features international signage.

CFS 2019 General Registrant FAQs
Who can attend CFS?

Anyone interested in aviation safety! Please explore our website for more information.

What time does CFS officially start and end?

Official start time: 12:00 p.m. PDT on Monday, September 16, 2019.

End time: Late evening, Wednesday, September 18, 2019, upon conclusion of the Archie League Awards Banquet.

This year we will be adding an optional hour and a half to our agenda on Monday morning from 9:30 am – 11:00 am. This optional session will cover Safety and Technology updates. Lunch will not be provided prior to the official start of the conference.

What is the registration fee?

General Registrant: $200

Students currently enrolled in an aviation related degree program: $30

(You must show a valid student ID at registration)

What does my registration include?

Registration includes full participation in the conference. Invitation-only events and tickets to the Archie League Awards Banquet are not included in the registration fee. Archie League Awards Banquet tickets may be purchased online for $100 per ticket or at the conference (based on availability), when you pick up your registration packet, for $150 per ticket.

For a full description of this year’s CFS, please see the agenda located on the home page of the CFS website.

How do I register?

On the CFS home page, click on the “Register Now” box. Then select “General Registration” and you will be directed to the registration site. Select the appropriate registration type. Sponsors and exhibitors will register through our sponsor/exhibitor specialist.

How do I become a sponsor or exhibitor at CFS 2019?

For sponsor or exhibitor questions or for more information, please contact natcacfs@natca.net.

Lodging

This year’s conference will be held at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel. You will be responsible for all room and any miscellaneous charges that are incurred. The CFS contract rate is $169 plus tax, currently 13.38 percent, and subject to change, per night. The room rate includes a mandatory resort fee, which covers daily in-room, high-speed internet access, all local calls and daily access to the fitness center for two people. The hotel cancellation policy goes in to effect 72 hours prior to your check-in date.

If you choose not to stay at the host hotel, or if you would like to reserve your own hotel room, please select “no lodging needed” under the lodging portion of the registration process.

When will I receive my hotel confirmation number?

If you booked your hotel through the CFS registration process, you can expect to receive your hotel confirmation number, a week or two before the event.

IMPORTANT: Do not call the hotel to change or cancel your reservation if you booked your hotel room through the CFS registration process (please read below for more information).

How do I CHANGE or CANCEL my CFS registration and/or lodging information that I booked through CFS registration?

DO NOT call the hotel with questions or changes. They have specific instructions that all rooming issues will be communicated through the CFS registration team.

On or before August 19, 2019, please visit the registration website and select “Modify Registration”. You will need your reference number and email address that you used to make your original registration. To cancel your registration: once you are logged in, you will see a link to “Cancel Registration” on the right hand side and can follow the prompts from there. To modify your registration: once you are logged in, advance to the appropriate section that needs to be modified and follow the prompts from there.

Beginning August 20, 2019, please email natcacfs@natca.net.

Note: On or before August 31, 2019, in addition to any hotel cancellation fees, there is a $10 cancellation-processing fee*.

CFS 2019 Member FAQs

Registration Important dates:

  • On or before July 24: You must be on the national excused absence request list. Local request forms should also be in by this time.
  • August 20: Hotel room block cut off. Rooms are no longer guaranteed and are subject to availability.
  • September 1: Refunds will no longer be provided for registration fees or extra Archie League Awards Banquet tickets.
  • September 13: 72‐hour hotel cancellation policy is now in effect based on a September 16 arrival. This date is subject to change, depending on YOUR registration arrival date.

When should I arrive and depart?

Official start time: 12:00 p.m. PDT Monday, September 16, 2019.
End time: Late evening Wednesday, September 18, 2019, after the Archie League Awards Banquet.

This year we will be adding an optional hour and a half to our agenda on Monday morning from 9:30 am – 11:00 am. This optional session will cover Safety and Technology updates. Lunch will not be provided prior to the official start of the conference. Please note that members who elect to attend Monday morning’s session and check in to the hotel on Sunday will still fall under the NATCA rooming policy therefore will not have their Sunday night lodging covered by NATCA National.

Unless you are attending one of the “Invitation only” classes, meetings or optional session mentioned above, plan to arrive Monday morning, September 16 and depart Thursday, September 19 so you can attend the Archie League Awards Banquet, which is being held on the evening of Wednesday, September 18.

Select “Agenda” on the natca.org/cfs homepage to see the full conference schedule.

How do I register for CFS?

From the CFS homepage, select “CLICK HERE TO REGISTER”. Next, select “NATCA MEMBERS”, which will take you to the NATCA Members website. Once you sign in, you will be redirected to the correct page that contains important CFS information and registration instructions.

How do I request excused absence to attend CFS?

The registration guidelines that you must read before you register will provide you with the instructions to apply for excused absence. You must have your name on the excused absence request form on or before July 24, 2019.

• There are no consequences for requesting an excused absence only to find out later you can’t attend.
• Placing your name on the Excused Absence Request Form is NOT an automatic approval and release from your facility to attend. This is determined locally based on staffing and other circumstances.

Will NATCA National pay for my registration fee?

No, you are responsible for the registration fee.

Some locals reimburse their members for this fee. Discuss this with your Local Facility Rep. The NATCA member registration fee for CFS 2019 is $100.

Las Vegas (LAS, L30, VGT) NATCA members, please contact your Facility Representative for your registration instructions.

I am a NATCA member bringing a non-member spouse. How do I register?

BEFORE you register, please email natcacfs@natca.net for further instructions.

Lodging

This year’s conference will be held at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel. If you requested lodging through the registration process, your hotel confirmation number will be emailed to you about a week before the conference.

If you choose to book your hotel room outside the of CFS registration process you will not be reimbursed for lodging.

NATCA Rooming Policy

The NATCA National budget will pay 100 percent of a participant’s room/tax if they share a room with another dues paying member and 50 percent of the room/tax if they do not for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights only (September 16, 17 and 18) for up to eight (8) NATCA members per local. Lodging costs for NATCA members in excess of eight (8) per local will be calculated under the current policy, with the cost being deducted from the local’s quarterly dues rebates with approval by the local.

The negotiated room rate is $169 plus 13.38 percent tax per night (tax is subject to change). The room rate includes a mandatory resort fee, which covers daily in-room high-speed internet access, all local calls and fitness center access for two daily.

Single rooms are $84.50 plus tax for the covered nights (September 16, 17 and 18) with additional nights at $169 plus tax.

If you need to make any changes to your rooming type or roommate please see the below section: “How do I CHANGE or CANCEL my CFS registration?”

How do I reserve a room for CFS, which falls under the NATCA National Rooming Policy?

The CFS Planning Committee will reserve your room per the information you provide during the registration process. You will be responsible for any fees incurred for incorrect data you entered into the reservation system; e.g., arrival and departure dates.

If you need to make any changes to your rooming type or roommate, please see the below section: “How do I CHANGE or CANCEL my CFS registration?”

Will NATCA pay for my hotel bill if I stay at a different hotel?

NO. If you choose to book your hotel room outside the of CFS registration process you will not be reimbursed for lodging.

I found a cheaper rate at a different hotel or at the same hotel, but not through the CFS website. Will NATCA pay for or reimburse my room expense?

NO. NATCA has contracted a block of rooms at $169 a night (plus tax), which includes all of the meeting space for the event along with additional services. If we do not fill this block of rooms, we are penalized, so even though you think you are saving NATCA money, you are not. Therefore, you will not be reimbursed if you book your own room.

I want to room with a specific NATCA member. Can I request this through the registration site?

The registration process will allow you to either input the name of the NATCA member that you want to share a room with, or you can request that we find you a NATCA member roommate. To make a requested roommate pairing successful both attendees must request to room with each other. No confirmation email will be sent out regarding roommates. The CFS registration team will contact you if there are any issues with your roommate request.

I registered for a single room, but now I want a roommate. How do I change my registration?

To change your lodging status, please read below on “How do I CHANGE or CANCEL my CFS registration?”

I registered for a roommate, but now I want to change to a single room status and pay half of my rooming costs as covered under the National Rooming Policy. How do I do this?

To change your lodging status, please read below on “How do I CHANGE or CANCEL my CFS registration?”

How do I CHANGE or CANCEL my CFS registration?

DO NOT CALL THE HOTEL TO CHANGE OR CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION.
Before September 20 please visit the registration website and select Modify Registration. You will need your reference number and email address that you used to make your original registration. To cancel your registration: once you are logged in, you will see a link to “Cancel Registration” on the right hand side and can follow the prompts from there. To modify your registration: once you are logged in, advance to the appropriate section that needs to be modified and follow the prompts from there.

On or after August 20 please email natcacfs@natca.net. DO NOT call the hotel with questions or changes. They have specific instructions that all rooming issues will be communicated through the CFS registration team.

What if I do not need a room?

Under the lodging section of the registration form, select “making outside arrangements.” Once selected, we will not make hotel arrangements for you. If you choose to book your hotel room outside the of CFS registration process you will not be reimbursed for lodging.

Is there a cancellation fee?

Hotel Cancellation Policy:
The host hotel has a 72‐hour cancellation policy. If you cancel your reservation, change to a later arrival date, or change your rooming status without modifying your registration online or without contacting the CFS registration team prior to the deadline, you will be charged a fee of one night’s lodging plus tax.

NOTE: If you are within the 72-hour cancellation period and modify your rooming status from single to double or double to single, resulting in an empty room or half of a room, you will be charged a fee for a full or half room night.

Registration Cancellation Policy:
On or before August 31, 2019, there is a $10 cancellation-processing fee.

Beginning September 1, 2019, refunds will no longer be provided for registration fees or Archie League Awards Banquet tickets.

When will I receive a hotel confirmation number?

If you booked your hotel through the CFS registration process, you can expect to receive your hotel confirmation number about a week before the event.

IMPORTANT: Do not call the hotel to change or cancel your reservation if you booked your hotel room through the CFS registration process. Please see above “How do I CHANGE or CANCEL my CFS registration?” for more information.

If you have any additional questions, please email natcacfs@natca.net.

CFS News

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CFS 2019: Award Presentations

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CFS 2019: NATCA Hosts First Tech Talks

For the first time, NATCA introduced Tech Talks prior to the start of Communicating For Safety (CFS). NATCA’s Director of Safety and Technology Jim Ullmann, told the audience that these talks were a chance for attendees to hear detailed updates from the NATCA and FAA subject matter experts (SMEs) in the fields of time based…

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