• Where Aviation Leaders Come Together
    Where Aviation Leaders Come Together

    The aviation industry’s leading conference focusing on safety, technology and building relationships.

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  • Las Vegas
    Las Vegas

    Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for gambling, shopping, fine dining, and nightlife and is the leading financial and cultural center for Southern Nevada.


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    NATCA represents nearly 20,000 controllers, engineers, and other safety-related professionals, with membership from every state, territory, and possession of the United States. Certified in 1987, we are one of the strongest and most influential labor unions in the federal sector, and a direct affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

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  • Archie League Medal of Safety Awards
    Archie League Medal of Safety Awards

    Named after the first air traffic controller, the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards highlight a variety of “saves” from the past year – some which involve a team of controllers working together and others which are the result of one controller’s efforts.

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  • Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors and Exhibitors
    Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors and Exhibitors

    CFS offers a number of dynamic sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, providing valuable exposure and interaction with representatives from across the aviation industry.

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2016 Highlights


Gordon Graham, Risk Management Expert

NATCA CFS was proud to have Gordan Graham speak for the third consecutive year. Read more about his presentation, "Five Concurrent Themes For Success."

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Dr. Jerry Cockrell

Dr. Jerry Cockrell spoke on his three keys to success: how to overcome mediocrity, human nature, and fear of failure.

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Captain Al Haynes

Capt. Al Haynes shared his harrowing tale of piloting Flight 232, including his thoughts on how so many passengers survived the crash.

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2016 Sponsors


Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government, and cybersecurity solutions. Founded in 1922, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, capabilities in C5I (command, control, communications, computing, cyber, and intelligence), sensing, effects, and mission support services. Read More...


Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) is a premier technology integrator in the technical, engineering, intelligence, and enterprise information technology markets. SAIC has approximately 15,000 employees worldwide. Read More...

Diamond Sponsorlockheed

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs over 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. Read More...

Platinum Sponsornavcanatm-en

NAVCANatm: Guiding the world’s aircraft in Canadian airspace. NAVCANADA is the company that owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation service (ANS). We manage 18 million square kilometres of Canadian and oceanic airspace. With 40,000 customers and 12 million aircraft movements a year, we are the world’s second-largest air navigation service by traffic volume. Read More...

Platinum SponsorHarris

Harris provides advanced technology-based solutions that solve government and commercial clients' mission critical challenges. The company has approximately $8 billion in annual revenue and 23,000 employees – including 9,000 engineers and scientists – supporting clients in more than 125 countries. Read More...

Platinum Sponsorthales logo

As a leading global organization, Thales is dedicated to helping our clients create safe environments from cybersecurity to air traffic management. Read More...


2016 Archie Winners


The Honorees

Named after the first air traffic controller, the Archie League Medal of Safety Awards program highlights a variety of “saves” – some which involve a team of controllers working together and others which are the result of one controller’s efforts.



Alaskan Region

  • Ronald Sparks, Anchorage Center
  • Mike Thomas, Anchorage Center

Central Region

  • Brett Rolofson, Kansas City Center
  • Liam Keeney, Kansas City Center

Eastern Region

  • Jeffrey Schuler, New York TRACON

Great Lakes Region

  • David Kilgus, Columbus

New England Region

  • Joseph J. White, Providence

Northwest Mountain Region

  • Joshua J. Pate, Seattle TRACON

Southern Region

  • Donald Blatnik III, Central Florida TRACON
  • Kenneth Scheele, Central Florida TRACON

Southwest Region

  • Wade H. Martin IV, Dallas/Love Field (has since transferred to Fort Worth Center)
  • Steven “Nick” Valadez, Dallas/Love Field

Western Pacific Region

  • Ryan Nines, Northern California TRACON
  • William L. Hoppe Jr., Northern California TRACON
  • Luis Ramirez, Northern California TRACON


Learn more about the 2016 Archie League Medal of Safety Award winners


Who Should Attend

Communicating For Safety

is the aviation industry's leading conference focusing on safety, technology, and building relationships. We encourage any one who is interested in air traffic control and aviation safety to attend this internationally renowned conference.