2016 Sponsors

Gold Sponsor
American Airlines

On Dec. 9, 2013, AMR Corporation and US Airways Group Inc. announced the completion of the companies’ merger to officially form American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL).


American Airlines Group is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways. Together with American Eagle® and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to more than 330 destinations in 54 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The American Airlines AAdvantage® and US Airways Dividend Miles programs allow members to earn and redeem miles for travel and everyday purchases as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and other retail products. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members and members-elect serve 981 destinations with 14,244 daily flights to 151 countries.

On an average day, American Airlines Group:

  • Flies about 530,794 passengers
  • Flies about 6,700 flights
Gold Sponsor
Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. In 2016, Delta was named to Fortune’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the fifth time in six years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented five consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 330 destinations in 61 countries on six continents.
Gold Sponsor
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) represents over 20,000 controllers, engineers and other safety-related professionals, with membership from every state, territory and possession of the United States. Certified in 1987, they are one of the strongest and most influential labor unions in the federal sector, and a direct affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Highly skilled and fully committed to ensuring the safety of every flight, our team of safety professionals is proud to represent not only the interests of our membership, but the safety interests of the flying public as well. Safety Above All is the litmus test in which all decisions are based as we continually strive to improve and enhance aviation safety in order to maintain the safest air traffic control system in the world.
Silver Sponsor
Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin provides safe, efficient and cost-effective air traffic management systems and general aviation flight services. More than 60 percent of the world’s air traffic and 80 percent of the world’s managed oceanic airspace are guided by our systems. We work alongside the Federal Aviation Administration to enhance air transportation safety and serve as the backbone of the nation’s airspace systems by processing flight radar data, providing communications support and generating display data to air traffic controllers. Our technologies are modernizing air traffic management; offering air traffic controllers more flexibility in routing, collaborative decision making, strategic conflict detection and more accurate and timely navigation information — all of which lead to safer skies.
Silver Sponsor
The Boeing Company is working with government, industry and airline partners around the globe to improve the world’s air traffic system.  By applying expertise in the areas of modeling and simulation, airspace design, systems integration and navigation services, Boeing’s Air Traffic Management team is at the forefront of creating the infrastructure for a transformational air traffic management system.  This transformational system relies on precision aircraft trajectories, system-wide information management architecture, network-enabled operations, and global interoperability.
Silver Sponsor
For more than 80 years, Jeppesen has made it possible for pilots and their passengers to safely and efficiently reach their destinations. Today, this pioneering spirit continues as Jeppesen delivers transformative information and optimization solutions to improve the efficiency of air and sea operations around the globe. Jeppesen is a Boeing subsidiary and part of the Digital Aviation business unit within Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. Boeing offers the industry’s largest portfolio of services, support and solutions, collectively known as the Boeing Edge, providing customers a competitive advantage by solving real operational problems, enabling better decisions, maximizing efficiency and improving environmental performance – intelligent information solutions across the entire aviation ecosystem.
Industry Luncheon Sponsor
As trusted partner to the FAA for decades, we are fully committed to the transformation of the National Airspace System, are dedicated to supporting the NextGen initiatives, and the seamless transition to global interoperability. Harris’ vast knowledge of global ATM communications and technologies is unparalleled and ranks it as a global leader and pioneer in the industry. To learn more about our Harris ATM capabilities and mission critical networks please visit us at http://harris.com/atc.


Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving our customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports customers in more than 125 countries, has approximately $8 billion in annual revenue and 22,000 employees worldwide. The company is organized into four business segments: Communication Systems, Space and Intelligence Systems, Electronic Systems, and Critical Networks. Learn more at harris.com.

Bronze Sponsor
Airlines for America (A4A)
Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of its members to shape crucial policies and measures that promote safety, security and a healthy U.S. airline industry. We work collaboratively with airlines, labor, Congress and the Administration and other groups to improve air travel for everyone.


Annually, commercial aviation helps drive nearly $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 11 million U.S. jobs. Our member carriers and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic, and support the integral role the nation’s airlines play in connecting people and goods globally, spur the nation’s economic growth and create more high-paying jobs.

Bronze Sponsor
Alaska Air
At Alaska Airlines, our commitment to safety, running an on-time operation and providing customer service that goes above and beyond our travelers’ expectations is what we’re all about. And don’t let our name fool you. While we were born and raised in the state of Alaska, our airline and our route system have grown to serve 114 cities throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. We now fly from our hub in Seattle to most every major travel market in the U.S., including all three Washington, D.C.-area airports.


Alaska is proud to have earned recognition for ranking highest in customer satisfaction among traditional carriers in the J.D. Power North American Airline Satisfaction Study for eight consecutive years. The airline also ranked No. 1 in on-time performance for six consecutive years by FlightStats.com, and has received other honors for philanthropy, community service and environmental stewardship, including being named the most fuel-efficient U.S. carrier for domestic operations for five consecutive years, by the International Council on Clean Transportation.

To learn more, or to book travel, go to alaskaair.com

Bronze Sponsor
Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly by creating an environment that gives people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy aviation and all it has to offer. As the world’s largest community of pilots and aviation enthusiasts with representatives based in Frederick, Md., Washington, D.C., Wichita, Kans., and seven regions across the United States, AOPA’s events, initiatives, and services bring current and future pilots together and make aviation more accessible to everyone. To learn more, visit www.aopa.org.
Bronze Sponsor
CSSI, Inc. partners with government and commercial clients to ensure transportation systems are designed and equipped to safely and efficiently move people and materials. Leveraging deep roots in aviation, CSSI, Inc. pioneers innovative analytics and best practices that improve reliability, maximize capacity and increase safety. Founded in 1990, CSSI supports clients throughout the United States and globally.


For more information about CSSI, Inc., please visit www.cssiinc.com.

Bronze Sponsor
Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by nearly every automaker and truck manufacturer around the world. The Aerospace business unit develops innovative solutions for more fuel-efficient automobiles and airplanes, more direct and on-time flights, safer flying and runway traffic, along with aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless connectivity services, logistics, and more. The business delivers safer, faster, and more efficient and comfortable transportation-related experiences worldwide. For more information, visit www.honeywell.com or follow us at @Honeywell_Aero and @Honeywell_Turbo
Bronze Sponsor
JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline™ with other focus cities in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, San Juan, and Orlando. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) as well as super-spacious Even More Space seats. JetBlue is also America’s first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue’s control. JetBlue serves 96 cities with 900 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required.
Bronze Sponsor
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 10,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, the world’s largest civil aviation trade show.
Bronze Sponsor
PASSUR Aerospace
PASSUR® Aerospace is a leading business intelligence company, providing predictive analytics and decision support technology for the aviation industry, primarily to improve the operational performance and cash flow of airlines and the airports where they operate. Our mission is to improve global air traffic efficiencies by connecting the world’s aviation professionals onto a single aviation intelligence platform, making PASSUR an essential element in tackling the $30 billion of system-wide inefficiencies. We make air travel more predictable, gate-to-gate, by using predictive analytics generated from our own big data – to mitigate constraints for airlines and their customers. www.passur.com
Bronze Sponsor
Southwest Airlines
In its 45th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines offers exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 49,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest proudly operates a network of 97 destinations across the United States and seven additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season. Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded and operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world.
Bronze Sponsor
Thales is a global technology leader in air traffic management, offering a comprehensive range of automation, navigation, and surveillance solutions. With employees participating in a variety of working groups and industry forums, we architect and deploy innovative solutions which comply with industry standards for increased aviation safety, capacity and efficiency. With engagement in NextGen and SESAR, we assist in harmonizing efforts between the U.S., Europe and the rest of the world. For more information, please visit www.thalesgroup.com.
Bronze Sponsor
United is focused on being the airline customers want to fly, the airline employees want to work for and the airline shareholders want to invest in.


  • World’s most comprehensive global route network, including world-class international gateways to Asia and Australia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East with non-stop or one-stop service from virtually anywhere in the United States
  • A modern fleet which is the most fuel-efficient among U.S. network carriers (when adjusted for cabin size)
  • Industry-leading loyalty program that provides more opportunities to earn and redeem miles worldwide
  • Optimal hub locations, including hubs in the four largest cities in the United States
  • Approximately 84,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world
Continental Breakfast Sponsor
Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 80% of the Fortune 500. Deloitte’s Federal Practice works with government agencies to deliver solutions to complex business challenges by drawing on industry-leading practices across government and business. In addition to serving Amtrak and the US Department of Transportation, Deloitte provides cross-sector solutions for the Future of Mobility™ and Smart Cities. Learn more at www.deloitte.com
Continental Breakfast Sponsor
Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) is a $4.4 billion premier technology integrator providing full life cycle services and solutions in the technical, engineering, intelligence, and enterprise information technology markets. Using its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance, SAIC has been a trusted partner to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for more than 30 years. SAIC is helping the FAA to safely transform the national air space (NAS) with next-generation technologies.


As a full-scale training services provider, we are instructing the nation’s future and current air traffic controllers at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and at more than 150 FAA facilities across the nation. Our instructional design teams are collaborating with the FAA to develop, maintain, and enhance curriculum to help keep pace with hiring trends over the next several years.

As a leading technology integrator, we deliver mission focused, full life cycle systems and safety engineers on critical communication, navigation, and surveillance systems; and weather and automation technologies. SAIC also deploys and operates technologies currently being used in the NAS.

Our operational and regulatory experts support the FAA’s Office of Aviation Safety for rule making; advise on policy strategies; and assistance in systems and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) integration in the NAS.

SAIC’s approximately 15,000 employees are driven by integrity, commitment, and dedication – helping the FAA achieve its mission to keep the skies safe. Visit http://www.saic.com.

Symposium Bag Sponsor
Airbus is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial aircraft and military airlifters with a 40-plus year track record of innovative technology and excellence. The global company makes the most fuel-efficient and quiet aircraft available, seating from 100 to more than 500 passengers. With assembly lines in the United States, France, Germany and China, Airbus has sold more than 16,000 aircraft to nearly 400 customers.
Badge and Lanyard Sponsor
Metron Aviation
Founded in 1995, Metron Aviation, a subsidiary of Airbus Americas and partner of Airbus ProSky, pioneered the advancement of Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM), working with the FAA to develop the industry’s first Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) platform for optimizing system-wide traffic flow. Metron Aviation provides concept engineering, advanced research, software development, traffic flow management, surface operations management, airspace design and environmental analysis solutions to the global aviation industry. Metron Aviation fuses advanced science and mathematics with unparalleled subject-matter expertise to turn groundbreaking Air Traffic Management (ATM) research concepts into next-generation operational capabilities. Metron Harmony, Metron Aviation’s commercial product, provides integrated ATFM and CDM capabilities for the world’s leading Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), airlines and airports. Metron Aviation customers include the FAA, NAV CANADA, NASA, ATNS, FedEx, Air Canada, Memphis International Airport, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Airservices Australia and many more. For more information, please visit www.metronaviation.com.
Padfolio Sponsor
ADB Safegate
ADB Safegate and strategic partner, NBP Corporation, are delivering forward thinking technologies that will let U.S. airports maximize capacity on the ground as they begin operating in the NextGen environment. Our integrated systems tackle every aspect of air traffic handling and guidance from approach to departure, including one seamless solution for the control and monitoring of approach and ground lighting, intelligent routing and guidance, tower-based traffic control systems and automated docking and gate solutions. www.adbsafegate.com | www.nbpcorp.com
Wi-Fi Sponsor
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) represents over 90 of the world’s leading manufacturers of general aviation airplanes and rotorcraft, engines, avionics, components and related services. GAMA’s members also operate repair stations, fixed based operations, pilot and maintenance training facilities and they manage fleets of aircraft. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with a European office in Brussels, Belgium, GAMA represents the interests of its members to government agencies throughout the world. These interests include legislation, safety regulations and standards, market access, development of aviation infrastructure and aviation security. GAMA also works to promote the interests of general aviation worldwide through the development of worldwide standards as well as through its public information and education programs.
Water Bottle Sponsor
Aireon is deploying a space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft throughout the entire globe. Aireon will harness next-generation aviation surveillance technologies that are currently ground-based and, for the first time ever, extend their reach globally to significantly improve efficiency, enhance safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings benefits to all stakeholders. Real-time ADS-B surveillance will cover oceanic, polar and remote regions, as well as augment existing ground-based systems that are limited to terrestrial airspace. In partnership with leading ANSPs from around the world, like NAV CANADA, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), ENAV and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon will have an operational, global, space-based air traffic surveillance system by 2018.
Laptop Lane Sponsor
Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, simulation and training, and information management services is delivered by a global workforce, and a service and support network that crosses more than 150 countries. To find out more, please visit www.rockwellcollins.com.
Networking Break Sponsor
International Air Transport Association
Air transport is one of the most dynamic industries in the world. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is its global trade organization. For more than 60 years, IATA has developed the commercial standards that built a global industry. Today, IATA’s mission is to represent, lead and serve the airline industry. Its members comprise 240 airlines (from 118 countries) — the world’s leading passenger and cargo airlines among them — representing 84 percent of total air traffic. IATA seeks to improve understanding of the industry among decision makers and increase awareness of the benefits that aviation brings to global, national and local economies.
Networking Break Sponsor
Mosaic ATM
Mosaic ATM possesses a unique combination of technology, industry, research, and aviation expertise. Mosaic ATM’s professionals combine this expertise with practical real time application knowledge to identify and develop novel flight operations and traffic management concepts; and has successfully advanced them into day to day operational usage. Mosaic ATM conducts extensive research and development, and provides analytics related to airport surface traffic management and situation awareness, traffic flow management, capacity impacts of weather, collaborative decision making and integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the NAS. Mosaic ATM provides systems engineering, R&D and commercial applications across the NAS from governmental projects and research, to airline and airport surface management tools that ensure and measure efficiency. This Mosaic ATM total program expertise, from concept to implementation, plays a crucial role in ensuring the success of NextGen applications.
Networking Break Sponsor
The MITRE Corporation
The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that provides systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support to the government. MITRE operates federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) for the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In addition, MITRE has an independent research program that explores new and expanded uses of technologies to solve our sponsors’ most challenging problems. To learn more, visit www.mitre.org.
Speaker Ready Room Sponsor
Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA)
The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 51,000 pilots at 30 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Founded in 1931, the Association is chartered by the AFL-CIO and the Canadian Labour Congress. Known internationally as US-ALPA, it is a member of the International Federation of Air Line Pilot Associations.
Industry Sponsor
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) represents local, regional, and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. ACI-NA member airports enplane more than 95 percent of the domestic and virtually all the international airline passenger and cargo traffic in North America. Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members of ACI-NA, providing goods and services to airports.
Industry Sponsor
Air Law Institute
The Air Law Institute (ALI) was formed to advance the study of air and space at the intersection of business, law, and engineering. ALI does this by partnering with centers of excellence in all three focus areas at the primary, secondary, and university levels to promote and fund educational opportunities for students. ALI also provides a forum for discussion by industry leaders on the issues facing the future of Air and Space Law. The goal is to promote and provide a farm system of trained professionals ready to take on the very near and real changes expected in the next ten to twenty years while allowing current practicing experts to shape the direction the future will take. ALI is a pending 501.c.3 California Public Benefit Corporation. Visit www.airlawinstitute.org.
Industry Sponsor
Regional Airline Association
The Regional Airline Association (RAA) represents the interests of 27 member airlines and nearly 200 associate members. With safety as its highest priority, RAA represents North American regional airlines and the manufacturers of products and services supporting the regional airline industry, before the Congress, DOT, FAA and other federal agencies. With more than 13,000 regional airline flights every day, regional airlines operate 50 percent of the nation’s commercial schedule. Visit www.raa.org and www.onelevelofsafety.com to learn more about the vital regional airline industry.

Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors!