Controllers, Pilots Talk Safety

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Pilots talk to air traffic controllers all the time but a unique conference in Milwaukee May 3-4 gives those on both ends of the microphones a chance to really communicate. Controllers and pilots meet face-to-face in the National Air Traffic Controllers Association's annual Communicating For Safety conference at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. The conference covers a host of safety-related issues and gives pilots a valuable perspective of what it takes to get them where they're going. This year's conference deals with a lot of issues that have been front-and-center in aviation news in the past year and will have a significant impact on where and how we fly. Training is a major theme of many of the workshops and speakers will explore technology, the need for more streamlined training and the role of training (or the lack thereof) in accidents. There will also be a panel discussion featuring FAA Chief Operating Officer Russ Chew and a variety of industry and aviation group representatives.