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.

ATCA’s Young Aviation Professionals (YAPs) pose
in the DCA terminal after the Tower Tour.


 

ATCA’s Young Aviation Professionals (YAPs) showcase their skills
in the YAP Tower Talks presentations at the ATCA Annual.


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Recent and Upcoming YAP Events

 

Thursday, October 18, 2018 5pm- 8pm

Capitol Gallery West Tower - Rooftop

YAP Rooftop Reception


Once a year, over 100 young aviation professionals and seasoned industry leaders alike gather on the beautiful rooftop terrace of 600 Maryland Ave., SW. There, big names and soon-to-be big names meet, mingle, and create professional connections in a relaxed atmosphere.

This year, we were pleased to welcome you all again. As the industry changes, along with faces and titles, we're excited to once again connect the people who connect the world's airspace.

 
Want to make some friends and move the needle on your career trajectory? Join us at the next Rooftop or any of the other YAP events for access to these aviation leaders, both young and young at heart. 

November 7, 2018 9:30 – 11 a.m.

YAP Field Trip: FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center


Today was a great reminder that the US National Airspace System (NAS) is above all, really cool.

 

Air Traffic Control Association's Young Aviation Professionals (YAP) were treated to a tour of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) in Warrenton, Va. The ATCSCC, a.k.a. the FAA’s Command Center, is the only facility of its kind in the world. While it doesn’t directly control traffic, it oversees more than 43,000 flights and 2.5 million airline passengers across more than 29 million square miles of airspace (making up a little more than half of the world’s air traffic).


Its primary focus is balancing system capacity with demand. It’s where the FAA crafts and implements solutions to NAS-crippling situations (think grounding all aircraft immediately following the Sept. 11 attacks and creating work-arounds for the 2014 Chicago Center fire).

 

Much like air traffic control, a great deal of the Command Center’s work is carried out seamlessly without the public knowing about issues. For example, just this week, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) suffered an ATC Zero situation when they lost radar for about an hour.

The Command Center – through its 24/7 operation including the National Weather Service, airports, en route centers, security, stakeholders, the Tactical Customer Advocate (TCA), and technical operations – quickly handled it without major interruption to NAS operations.

 

The facility is busy transitioning from a traffic flow command center to becoming a full FAA command center, which is set to be complete in 2019. Our group was even treated to a sneak peek at the Command Center’s new space operations room, set to be officially unveiled at a dedication ceremony tomorrow.

 

Visiting the Federal Aviation Administration Command Center was such a pleasure and a major check off my aviation bucket list. - Kristen Knott, Managing Editor and Writer, ATCA

 

December 11th, 2018 11a.m – 2 p.m.

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 11th
1101 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia

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YAP Committee

Co-Chairs    

Katie Kondub
Noblis

Lee Weinstein
Leidos

 

 

 

 

 

Committee    

Jonathan Fath
Harris Corporation

Phil Yeung
Noblis

Rocio FrejVitalle
CSSI, Inc.


 





 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.
Check out some of the pictures from the event below and see more on our flickr page HERE




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.

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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.)

    Tickets will be available this month. For more information, visit https://www.atca.org/glengilbert
     
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