WHAT: Communicating for Safety (CFS), the aviation industry’s leading conference, hosted annually by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA).

WHEN/WHERE: Monday, March 24 (noon PDT start) through Wednesday, March 26, 2014; Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas.

LIVE WEBCAST: Available on natca.org home page. Video archive of the conference will also be available after the conference on natca.org/videos/.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator; Michael Whitaker, FAA Deputy Administrator; Patrik Peters, Deputy President, International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations; Paul Rinaldi, NATCA President; Reed Timmer, Discovery Channel “Storm Chasers” star and Extreme Storm Chaser and meteorologist.

PANEL DISCUSSION TOPICS INCLUDE: Labor-management relations from international perspectives; U.S. aviation industry leaders’ visions for the future of the National Airspace System (NAS); Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ integration and operation into the NAS; NextGen initiatives, Greener Skies implementation and expansion; pilot/controller communications.

ARCHIE LEAGUE MEDAL OF SAFETY AWARDS: Live webcasting will begin on Wednesday, March 26 at 8 p.m. PDT. This is NATCA’s 10th annual banquet, celebrating the extraordinary work of its members to ensure safety during a flight assist or emergency situation in the previous year. The award is named for the first air traffic controller.

CONTACT: Sarah Dunn, 315-796-1560