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FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to Keynote Air Traffic Control Association’s 59th Annual Conference

16 Jul 2014
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to Keynote Air Traffic Control Association’s 59th Annual Conference


July 16, 2014 – Alexandria, Va. – The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) has confirmed The Honorable Michael Huerta, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as keynote speaker for the ATCA Annual 59th Conference and Exposition Monday, September 28, 2014. The three-day event focuses on collaboration between government, industry, and the military in aerospace.

As President Obama’s appointed FAA Administrator, Huerta oversees budget, employees, and air traffic control modernization programs. Teri Bristol, FAA Chief Operating Officer, will also present on Monday, reflecting on the State of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO).

“Administrator Huerta’s high-level overview of current events in the FAA is something ATCA attendees look forward to and which consistently draws a crowd,” said Peter F. Dumont, President and CEO of ATCA. “He has been a longtime supporter of the association and we look forward to his perspective during this important time in aviation.”

Administrator Huerta’s appearance is just one highlight of the event. The Annual will culminate in the Glen A. Gilbert Memorial Award Banquet the evening of Wednesday, October 1 – one of air traffic’s most prestigious honors. It is also the first time in the association’s history that the Civil/Military Aviation Conference (CMAC) – the world’s first and largest civil/aviation summit – will be held in the Americas and co-located with the ATCA Annual.

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About ATCA
Founded in 1956, the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) is dedicated to the progress and safety of air traffic and works to advance the technology and professionalism of the industry. The association serves nearly 3,000 members and is involved in organizing the largest ATC events in the world. ATCA’s members are comprised of individual controllers, aviation associations, educational institutions, the government and military, and companies managing and providing equipment and services in the aviation community.

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