ATCA's Young Professionals

YAP Rooftop Reception 2016: It’s amazing where a conversation can lead

YAP Rooftop Reception 2016: It’s amazing where a conversation can lead


ATCA’s Young Aviation Professionals (YAPs) said goodbye to the long summer’s humidity and hello to their 75+ closest friends. The mood was ebullient (word of the day perhaps?) and for once, the weather cooperated. Everyone was thrilled to once again stand outside without sweating profusely and it showed; it felt like a reunion of old friends. In the span of a half hour, and without much effort, I got another article for ATCA’s Journal of Air Traffic Control (shameless plug here), an idea for a future YAP event, copious photos of the Capitol sans scaffolding, some truly spectacular meatballs, and vented about our industry’s overuse of the word collaboration. It was glorious and, dare I say, fun (even though I was technically working).


That’s the thing about networking (another overused word): The best kind happens without hardly trying. You find a kindred spirit on a roof and suddenly you have another friend. You see them at ATCA Annual (October 16-19 at the Gaylord in National Harbor, Md. – sorry I had to add that) and again at UTM Convention 2016 (Nov. 8-10 in Syracuse, NY – almost done) and then again at World ATM Congress (March 7-9 in Madrid, Spain – okay, I’ll stop). And what links them together? A simple but stellar conversation you had at the YAP Rooftop Reception. 


In the end, it shows that our events aren’t all that different. They’re all forming a dialogue about our industry and where we fit in it. It’s that same train of thought that led us at ATCA to use a revamped agenda for this year’s Annual. For the first time, each panel will build on the conversations of previous sessions, making the ATCA Annual a true dialogue.

So, come to Annual to see your friends and participate in the conversation. Visit for more information.

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Sign up as a YAP and receive free entry! Download the form here. Once complete, send to Tim Wagner at ATCA.

What is YAP?
ATCA's Young Aviation Professionals (YAP) is a group focusing on developing the industry’s newest leaders. Industry representatives have partnered with the Air Traffic Control Association to further your career. Its mission is to foster the next generation of aviation leaders by empowering young professionals with the knowledge, exposure, and relationships to tackle critical aviation challenges over the course of their careers.
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Past Events
ATCA's Annual Rooftop Reception 2015
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Knowledge: Providing the leader of tomorrow with access to events and information to foster knowledge.

  • Experiential learning events
  • Speaker Series
  • ATCA access (with benefits such as the opportunity to serve on committees, receive The Journal of Air Traffic Control, and much more).

Exposure: Providing young professional access and exposure to leaders in the aviation profession.

  • Roundtables with the leaders in aviation
  • ATCA volunteering opportunities
  • An annual Event involving meet-ups with the VIPs in Industry

Relationships: Providing a network for young professionals with diverse backgrounds.

  • Networking Happy Hours
  • Philanthropic Volunteering Opportunities

YAP routinely looks for sponsors to support our work. Sponsorships are event-specific, and we strive to provide outstanding recognition to those who enable our events.

If you have access to a unique facility, would like to invite YAP members to an existing event, or would like to speak on a topic, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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