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ATCA Annual is the perfect time to get together with colleagues and customers. From expanding your social and professional network to recognizing greatness in our field, special events at ATCA Annual are second to none.

Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Banquet

The Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award is dedicated to the memory of one of the recognized “Fathers of Air Traffic Control” and honors the lifelong achievements of an individual in the field of aviation. 

ATCA requests the honor of your presence at the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Banquet to recognize the accomplishments of the Honorable Linda Hall Daschle.

This event will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, in the Riverview Ballroom at the Gaylord. Tickets are included in your Full Conference Registration, but tickets and tables can be purchased separately. 

Tuesday, October 2
6 p.m.

ATCA Awards Luncheon

ATCA Awards are among the most prestigious in the aviation business. The goal of ATCA's awards program is to give special recognition to those persons and/or organizations engaged in the development, operation, or maintenance of the worldwide air traffic control system for outstanding achievement. 

Join us at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 to honor these great air traffic controllers, innovators, and military personnel to thank them for their contributions and celebrate their awards. Tickets to the ATCA Awards Luncheon are included in your Full Conference Registration, but tickets and tables can be purchased separately.

Tuesday, October 2
11:45 a.m. 

ATCA Annual Women in Aviation Breakfast

Across aviation's many sectors, women contribute to the success and innovation of the world's airspace each and every day. After a very successful event in 2017, we're excited to host a second ATCA Annual Women in Aviation Breakfast to continue providing a nurturing and inclusive environment for women in aviation to network and share their successes. Our goal is to enhance and inspire leadership, and to encourage women to seek executive level positions within aviation and the aeronautical sciences. 

Table hosts include women from across industry, labor, academia, and government. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and ask as many questions as they like. The breakfast is open to all registered conference attendees, exhibitors, and hall visitors at the ATCA Annual. Hall visitor registration is free of charge.

Wednesday, October 3
8 a.m.
Wilson Ballroom

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  • 06 Jun 2018
    Hon. Linda Hall Daschle Named 2018 Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Winner

    The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) is pleased to announce that former FAA Acting Administrator Linda Hall Daschle has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, one of the most prominent awards in aviation and ATCA’s highest honor.

    A pioneer for women in air traffic management, Daschle was the first female to hold the post of Acting Administrator for the FAA. She began her aviation career in Kansas nearly 45 years ago as a licensed weather observer for the agency. In 1993, she was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the US Senate for the position of FAA Deputy Administrator. One of her first tasks involved an assessment of the agency’s key air traffic modernization program called the Advanced Automation System which was eventually overhauled, saving the agency an estimated $1.6 billion. She also oversaw the advancement of new regional airline safety regulations and conducted a review of the agency’s safety and surveillance program, which resulted in one of the single largest hires of new safety inspectors in FAA history. 

    Ms. Daschle has held numerous government and private-sector leadership positions, including with the American Association of Airport Executives, the Air Transport Association, the former Civil Aeronautics Board, and with the law firm of Baker Donelson. She is currently President of LHD & Associates, Inc, and serves on the board of Aireon, LLC.

    In accepting the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award, Ms. Daschle joins aviation greats, including Delta’s Richard Anderson, NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, the Hon. Jane Garvey, Boeing’s Neil Planzer, former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, and pilot A. Scott Crossfield. (View press release HERE.)

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    Established in Washington, D.C., in 1956 by a group of air traffic controllers, the Air Traffic Control Association has been from the outset dedicated to progress in the science of air traffic control and the preservation of a safe flight environment.
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