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** UPDATE: Due to shifting schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will host the 2020 Technical Papers Competition at the ATCA Annual (Dec. 7 - 11). Updated deadlines are below. More details to follow. **

2020 Technical Papers Submission Guidelines

Do you have an aviation-related topic you'd like to explore in a technical paper?

ATCA's Technical Paper Competition is Back! Virtually!

This year we’re once again highlighting conference proceedings at ATCA Annual, now a fully virtual event – the week of Dec. 7 - 11, 2020. All submissions will be reviewed by the ATCA Tech Symposium committee, and the top three papers will be presented at ATCA Annual. One of the three finalists will be a Young Aviation Professional (YAP), so even if you're new to the industry, we want to hear from you!

The three finalists will present their papers during a separate conference session that's open to all attendees, and the audience will vote on a winner. The winner’s paper will be published in an issue of ATCA’s flagship publication, The Journal of Air Traffic Control!

Here are the committee’s evaluation criteria:
Technical Merit: Think more technical capability, less procedural changes.
Impact on Aviation: How will your topic affect change? Is it being embraced by a larger segment of the aviation industry?
Timeliness: Does the topic properly reflect a current or future issue within our industry?
Impact to the NAS: How will this help increase the safety, capacity, and/or efficiency of the National Airspace System?

Editorial Guidelines

Article length is flexible, but should not exceed 5,000 words.

Please submit articles as Microsoft Word files as email attachments. Submissions should include separate files for any artwork (photos, graphs, charts, etc.). All images should be a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and must be royalty free.

The Journal of Air Traffic Control follows Chicago style. For complete references, please consult The Chicago Manual of Style. However, please embrace the oxford comma in your submission.

For the selection process, all company names, branding, and author/presenter names will be redacted to keep the review as objective as possible.
Please focus on the technical and leave the marketing aspects behind.


You must be an ATCA member in good standing to be selected.
Not a member? Learn more about the benefits of ATCA membership HERE.

Important dates (updated):
Oct. 30 - Deadline for paper submissions
No later than Nov. 13 - Authors contacted
Nov. 27 - Finalists submit recorded presentations

Questions or ready to submit your paper? Email Abigail Glenn-Chase today!


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    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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