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PRESS ADVISORY: NATCA at Annual ATCA Conference Next Week - (10/22/2010)

CONTACT:  Doug Church, 301-346-8245

WASHINGTON – Several top officials from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association will be participating on panels about aviation safety and the future of the air traffic control system next week at the Air Traffic Control Association’s (ATCA) 55th annual conference and exposition at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington, D.C.

NATCA PRESIDENT PAUL RINALDI will participate in the Session 6 panel entitled, “Workforce Issues and Challenges,” starting at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The importance of employees in successfully achieving the Next Generation Air Traffic Control system will be explored.

NATCA SAFETY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN STEVE HANSEN will be on a panel that will explore aviation safety issues starting at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 26. One question that will be addressed: What steps have industry, labor and the FAA taken to address system safety as we transition to NextGen?

NATCA DIRECTOR OF SAFETY AND TECHNOLOGY DALE WRIGHT will take part in a panel called “Technology and Procedures = Benefits,” starting at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday. New technologies coupled with the appropriate procedures are the two key areas in addressing the challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s global flight environment.

NATCA NEXTGEN REPRESENTATIVE MEL DAVIS will participate in a panel entitled “Delivering NextGen,” starting at 3:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25.

NATCA’S MATT TUCKER will participate in a panel at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27 about weather, specifically what is needed from a standpoint of technology, procedures, and people to minimize the impact of weather in a trajectory based operation.

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