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Communicating For Safety (CFS) 2018:

CFS will take place Oct. 22-24, 2018, at Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas. Full Event Agenda coming soon.

The 14th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards:

Nominations are now being accepted! The new deadline for th Archie League Medal of Safety Awards nomination is April 30, 2018. Any NATCA member can nominate another member in good standing. Only NATCA members can be nominated for an Archie League Medal of Safety Award. Nominated events should include a controller or team of controllers who have gone above and beyond during an emergency situation, or in efforts to keep the National Airspace System safe.


All events since Jan. 1, 2017, are eligible for nomination. All winners will be honored during the 14th Annual Archie League Medal of Safety Awards Banquet that will take place on Oct. 24, 2018.

For the Archie League Medal of Safety nomination form, please click here.


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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.

NATCA President Paul Rinaldi kicked off CFS 2017 by welcoming attendees from all over the world — as far as New Zealand — and from many diverse air traffic groups in the United States. That makes this a truly global aviation conference. Rinaldi stressed the United States’ exceptional safety record in commercial aviation.

“Aviation safety is the cornerstone of our existence,” he said. “Building a robust safety culture, we have done an outstanding job and we should be very proud of what we have accomplished.” But Rinaldi cautioned attendees that, “we cannot take it for granted. Everyone involved in the aviation industry must fight complacency, the enemy of progress, at all levels.” He said complacency is dangerous and is unacceptable in the face of growing capacity and demand. (Watch Rinaldi’s remarks here)

(Check back later for information on event speakers, corporate sponsors, and other news about CFS)