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CFS 2021 IS CANCELLED: After additional internal discussion, we have also decided to cancel the 2021 Communicating For Safety (CFS) Conference. We decided that we cannot hold what is the leading global aviation safety conference, as the pandemic continues to affect our families and our workplaces. CFS 2021 was scheduled to occur in Las Vegas on Sept. 27-29 and bring together NATCA members, representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and leaders of the aviation community. 

There currently are more aggressive and transmissible strains of COVID-19 circulating in the United States. In the last two weeks, the state of Nevada has seen its COVID-19 cases increase by 80 percent. After months of a downward progression of COVID-19 cases, hospital officials from the Las Vegas metropolitan area report a 102 percent increase in hospitalizations. Experts say Las Vegas poses greater risks for travelers over other cities, because activities there are largely indoors and can be crowded. Visitors stay indoors for prolonged periods, mingling with others from all over the country. 

Public health authorities recently announced additional COVID-19 precautions. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak imposed a new mandate on Tuesday that requires everyone, vaccinated or not, to wear masks indoors in public places in counties with high rates of COVID-19 transmission, including Clark County where Las Vegas is located. In addition, a federal CDC taskforce has been organized to specifically address rising COVID infections in Las Vegas, so it’s possible that additional restrictions could be put in place, including limits on large events like CFS.

Clearly, our first priorities are the safety of our members and their families, as well as the continued safe operation of the National Airspace System. Thank you for your cooperation as we work to protect our Union and its members during these unprecedented times. Below, we will attempt to answer some anticipated questions. If you have other questions, the CFS planning committee will try to answer them. You may reach them at this email address: CFS-questions@natca.org.


NEXT CFS DATES: Sept. 12-14, 2022

CFS 2022 will return to Bally’s Las Vegas, site of our previous four conferences, including our last one in 2019, from Sept. 12-14, 2022.


INFORMATION ABOUT CFS 2021 REGISTRATIONS:

CFS organizers will cancel all existing registrations for the 2021 event. All registrants will get a full refund, and there will be no cancellation fees.


INFORMATION ABOUT CFS 2021 HOTEL REGISTRATIONS:

The hotel reservations for all registrants who made their hotel reservation through the CFS registration site will be automatically cancelled. There will be no cancellation fees. Anyone made their hotel reservation separately will need to cancel their reservation themselves.

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CFS 2022 Sponsors and Exhibitors

Grand Benefactor


Diamond Sponsors


Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsor


Bronze Sponsors


Exhibitors


CFS 2020 Agenda

(All times PDT)

Monday, September 21, 2020

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Registration

10 a.m. | Exhibit Hall Opens

9:30 – 11 a.m. | “Tech Talk Time with Tom

Opening Remarks:
Tom Adcock, NATCA Director of Safety and Technology

General Session – Bally’s Events Center

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

12:15 – 12:45 p.m. | Keynote Remarks:
Paul Rinaldi, NATCA President

12:45 – 2:30 p.m. | Panel Discussions

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Break

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. | General Session

Exhibit Hall

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

Evening Events with the NATCA Charitable Foundation

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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

7:30 a.m.| Registration

General Session – Bally’s Events Center

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

8:35-9:15 a.m. | General Session

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. | Panel Discussion

10:15-11 a.m. | Break

11 – 12:15 p.m. | Panel Discussion

12:15 – 1:45 p.m. | Awards Luncheon

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. | Panel Discussion

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. | Break

3:15 – 5 p.m. | Panel Discussion

5 – 5:30 p.m. | General Session

Exhibit Hall

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Meet your Sponsors and Exhibitors

Evening: Regional Dinners (locations TBA)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | 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. | General Session

9:15 – 10 a.m. | Panel Discussion

10 – 11 a.m. | Break

11 – 11:45 a.m. | General Session

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Panel Discussion

Breakout Discussion Sessions

1-3 p.m. | TBA

The 16th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards
Bally’s Events Center

6 p.m. | Reception

7 p.m. | Banquet
(Seating starts at 6:45 p.m.; dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m.)

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, including our last one in 2019.

Click here for more information about Bally’s.

17th 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 17th annual banquet celebration of the Archie League Medal of Safety Award winners and the Region X Commitment to Safety Award will be held on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, at NATCA CFS 2021 at Bally’s Las Vegas.

CALL FOR 2022 ARCHIE LEAGUE MEDAL OF SAFETY AWARD NOMINATIONS

NATCA Members: The nomination period for the 2022 Archie League Medal of Safety Awards, the 18th annual, is now open. We are looking for the best saves that have occurred at your facilities since April 17, 2021. A member may nominate another member for an Archie League Medal of Safety Award. Our 18th annual banquet celebration of the 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.

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 in the 16-year history of the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards. 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 April 17, 2021 in their role as an aviation safety professional.

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

NOMINATION FORM – Please click here

Every Day is a Training Day

With renewed focus and passion, NATCA has built upon its initiative to confront and defeat the status quo and emphasize the importance of training. It’s called “Every Day is a Training Day,” and reflects the ongoing effort to change the way the workforce perceives training.

“Every Day is a Training Day,” introduced in 2019, is about the goals of working to challenge the NATCA membership to pursue professional development throughout their aviation career and embracing a willingness to learn daily. NATCA has emphasized the necessity of a commitment to effective, regular training in pursuit of excellence.

NATCA President Paul Rinaldi: “As the professionals that we are, we have to break the cycle of complacency. Training is a badge of honor. We have to want to be the best. NATCA is the most important entity in aviation and in the airspace system. We need to make sure that we have given everything that we can to this organization and to the next generation that’s going to be able to accomplish all this work for our profession.

“Pilots embrace training on a daily basis, and we as aviation safety professionals need to do the same. We have to combat complacency to continue to be 100 percent, 100 percent of the time.”

NATCA Director of Safety and Technology Tom Adcock: “The purpose behind this effort is to help our members understand that training is something that continues throughout our entire career. Whether it is new procedures, new equipment, or new rules, training is a part of a continuous self-improvement process, from the time we start as a developmental, to the time we retire. We should always be looking for ways to improve our performance as a workforce to make sure we are always operating at peak levels whenever we plug in.”

Every Day is a Training Day Video 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 2021 FAQs

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Archive: Past CFS Coverage

CFS 2019

Sept. 16-18, 2019, Bally’s Las Vegas

CFS 2019 PREVIEW BOOK
Uberflip

2019 ARCHIE LEAGUE MEDAL OF SAFETY AWARDS BOOK
View on Uberflip.

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.

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