Young Aviation Professionals

 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. Interested in attending more YAP events? Sign up to receive our emails.

 

ATCA’s Young Aviation Professionals (YAPs) showcased their skills in the YAP Tower Talks presentations on Oct. 17 at the 62nd ATCA Annual.


Upcoming YAP Events

December 8
DCA Tower Tour

 

December 12 11am - 2pm
ATCA Holiday Open House
Save the Date to Celebrate with ATCA!
Join ATCA team, members, and friends for food, drinks and plenty of holiday cheer.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m, Tuesday, December 12
1101 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 

 

December 15
Lunch and Learn with Lirio Liu, Beth White, and Ali Bahrami at CSSI Inc.

 

February 1, 2018
YAP Field Trip to UFA
12 South Summit Avenue
Suite 220
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877

March 29, 2018
YAP Field Trip to MITRE
MITRE 1 Building
7525 Colshire Drive
McLean, VA 22101-7539


YAP Committee

Co-Chairs
Katie Kondub – Noblis
Lee Weinstein – Leidos

Committee
Jonathan Fath – Harris Corporation
Phil Yeung – Noblis
Rocio FrejVitalle – CSSI, Inc.

ATCA Liason
Paul Planzer


 Past Events

YAP Rooftop Reception: September 14, 2017

Young aviation professionals and seasoned industry leaders alike gathered on the beautiful rooftop terrace of 600 Maryland Ave., SW. Big names and soon-to-be big names met and mingled in a relaxed atmosphere. Pictures from the event will be posted soon.


Thank You to Our Sponsors!




YAP July Lunch & Learn: ATC 101 with RTCA's Al Secen



 See Al's presentation HERE.

YAP Panel at ATCA's Tech Symposium 2017:

Continuing the dialogue about our industry and how we fit in.

 

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 that friend at the ATCA Annual, and then again at World ATM Congress March 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. 

ATCA's Annual Rooftop Reception 2015


Thank you to all the YAPs who came out to the Annual Rooftop Reception! Interested in attending more YAP events? Sign up to receive our emails.



Mission

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

Sponsorship
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.

Tour/Speak
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.

Days
Hours
Mins
Secs
  • Welcome to the ATCA
  • Welcome to the ATCA