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CFS 2018 Speaker Spotlight: Paul Dye, Aviator, Engineer, Writer


Paul Dye has over 40 years of aviation experience as an engineer, builder and pilot. His scope has ranged from restoring old light aircraft to planning and leading manned spaceflights. His love of flying machines dates back to early childhood, and he became involved with full-sized aircraft as a teenager, rebuilding J-3 Cubs with an FBO in Minnesota. He earned his degree in Aeronautical Engineering with a specialization in aircraft design and flight testing from the University of Minnesota in 1982.

For 33 years, he worked in increasingly responsible roles within the United States (NASA) Manned Space Program, both as a technical expert in spacecraft systems and, eventually, as the overall lead of many missions to space. He retired from NASA in 2013 as the longest-serving Flight Director in U.S. history. The winner of many prestigious awards including the Johnson Space Center Director’s Commendation, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, and four NASA Exceptional Service Medals, Dye delights in bringing the lessons learned from the most advanced flight operations back to the next generation of space operation professionals and to general aviation pilots and builders.

Dye is well-known as a risk-management specialist, and advises designers and builders – as well as pilots – on ways to build and operate aircraft with greater margins of safety. He is also a leadership consultant. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, he will be a keynote speaker at NATCA’s Communicating For Safety conference in Las Vegas.

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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: “Aviation safety is the cornerstone of our existence. 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.” (Watch Rinaldi’s 2017 remarks here)


Communicating For Safety 2019 will be held Sept. 16-18, 2019 at Bally's Las Vegas.