• Where Aviation Leaders Come Together
    Where Aviation Leaders Come Together

    The Aviation Industry's Leading Conference Focusing on Safety, Technology and Building Relationships with Other Aviation Professionals.


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    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 over 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

    Held on the last night of Communicating for Safety (CFS), the Archie League Awards is held during a dinner banquet where attendees are able to listen to an audio recording of the featured winner's saves.


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  • Thank You to Our 2015 Sponsors and Exhibitors
    Thank You to Our 2015 Sponsors and Exhibitors

    The ability to become a sponsor during this conference involves tiers, possible partial sponsorships as well as advertisement and exhibit booth opportunities. There are also special opportunities available for non-profit organizations. Find out how to become a sponsor or exhibitor today.

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2016 Agenda


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CFS 2016 Merchandise

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2016 Highlights

Gordon Graham - Risk Management Expert

NATCA is proud to host renowned risk management consultant Gordon Graham.

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David Kerley, ABC News

NATCA’s Communicating For Safety (CFS) Planning Committee is proud to announce another set of great speakers for CFS 2016: ABC News Transportation Correspondent David Kerley and ABC News Transportation Producer Matt Hosford

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Dr. Jerry Cockrell

Dr. Jerry Cockrell is a psychologist, aviator, humorist, and in-demand speaker. His ‘down-home’ style and hilarious anecdotes have charmed, educated, and entertained audiences around the world.

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Captain Al Haynes

The NATCA Communicating for Safety (CFS) Planning Committee is proud to announce Captain Al Haynes as a keynote speaker for CFS 2016. Haynes will discuss the story of Flight 232.

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2016 Sponsors

GRAND BENEFACTORraytheon-logo-hires5

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 Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 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

Navcan atm Guiding the world’s aircraft in Canadian airspace. NAV CANADA 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 - converted

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

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As a leading global organisation, Thales is dedicated to helping our customer 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.



And the winners are:



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


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


  • Jeffrey Schuler, New York TRACON


  • David Kilgus, Columbus


  • Joseph J. White, Providence


  • Joshua J. Pate, Seattle TRACON


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


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


  • 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

Where Aviation Leaders Come Together




The Aviation Industry's Leading Conference

Focusing on Safety, Technology and

Building Relationships with

Other Aviation Professionals