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) pose
in the DCA terminal after the December 8th Tower Tour.


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

February 1, 2018 

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



February 6, 2018

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Lunch and Learn with FAA's Joshua Gustin at Noblis
The Capital Gallery Building
600 Maryland Avenue, SW
Suite 700E
Washington, DC 20024




March 29, 2018 4pm-6pm-

Must be U.S. citizen or a permanent resident (with a green card), Rsvp two days prior


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




April 18, 2018   5 - 8 PM EDT

YAPPY Hour at The Brighton
949 Wharf Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024




YAP Committee


Katie Kondub

Lee Weinstein







Jonathan Fath
Harris Corporation

Phil Yeung

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.
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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