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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Upcoming YAP Events


Thursday, October 18, 2018 5pm- 8pm

Capitol Gallery West Tower - Rooftop

YAP Rooftop Reception

Last year, nearly 100 young aviation professionals and seasoned industry leaders alike gathered on the beautiful rooftop terrace of 600 Maryland Ave., SW.
There, big names and soon-to-be big names met and mingled in a relaxed atmosphere.
This year, we're excited 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? RSVP today!
Your event RSVP gets you and a guest 2 free drink tickets each, tons of hors d'oeuvres, and access to aviation leaders, young and young at heart.





 November 7, 2018 9:30 – 11 a.m.

YAP Field Trip: FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center
More details coming soon

More details coming soon! Become a YAP member today - Email

 Reserve your space now 


December 2018

Facility Tour

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December 2018

ATCA Holiday Party

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YAP Committee


Katie Kondub

Lee Weinstein







Jonathan Fath
Harris Corporation

Phil Yeung

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.


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

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.

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.)

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