Airline Dispatchers Federation.
Representing the professional interests of the Aircraft Dispatcher.

 The Airline Dispatchers Federation represents the professional interests of the dispatch profession.   ADF's constituency is comprised of licensed aircraft dispatchers and operational control professionals from aerospace companies, regional and cargo carriers and every major U.S. airline.   ADF's membership as of January 2022 stood at 1,721 members.  The vast majority of airline passengers traveling each day in the United States, do so under the watchful eye of ADF members.

The ADF is an all volunteer organization (all working dispatchers) and in accordance with our bylaws is an advocacy organization for working dispatchers and not a labor organization.

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2022 Summit Agenda

Monday, October 10
1200-1800 Registration Open
1300-1700 Sponsors Move In and Set Up
1200-1300 Lunch for Board Members, Delegates
and those attending the Business Meeting
1300-1700 Business Meeting
1700-1900 Welcome Reception in the Exhibition Hall Open to all Registrants

Tuesday, October 11
0800-0900 Continental Breakfast
0900-1030 Leadership Panel – Ryan Gumm DAL, Joe Heins UAL, Gene Kim SWA, Christine James-Villanueva AAL, Blake Kline AAY, Taylor Cornwall McKinsey & Company
1030-1100 Break with Sponsors
1100-1130 ZLA Central WX Service Unit – Peter Felsch
1130-1200 Largest Diversion Event in Delta’s History – Mike Oberle, DAL
1200-1230 Lunch Buffet
1230-1300 Jumpseat Update – Phil Brooks
1300-1310 Scholarship Presentations
1310-1340 Break with Sponsors
1340-1400 FAA Update – Scott Stacy
1400-1430 NOTAMS Update – Mike Karrels, DAL
1430-1450 Break with Sponsors
1450-1550 ADF’s Early Challenges, Goals and Achievements- A Nostalgic Panel Discussion
1550 -1615 Break with Sponsors
1615-1700 Future Flight Concepts and the Dispatcher
presented by Dr. Ruth Stilwell, Aerospace Policy Solutions and
Andrew Lacher, NASA Langley Research Center

Wednesday, October 12
0800-0900 Continental Breakfast
0900-0920 IFALDA Update – Russ Williams
0920-1000 Enhancing Weather Information for CDM: RTCA Standards for an Airborne Reroute Information Service
Eldridge Frazier, FAA and Steve Abelman, AvMet Applications
1000-1030 Final break with Exhibitors
1030-1200 Exhibitor Breakdown
1030-1125 Directors Panel – Ben Shermer DAL, Gene Kim SWA,
Christine James-Villanueva AAL, Gordon Bell AAY, Gary Zeman UAL
1125-1155 Dr. TJ Doyle, STAT MD
1155-1200 Closing Remarks


Courtney Schaaf  – United Airlines


I got into dispatching on a round about way. Originally I wanted to work for NASA and having a wonderful Grandfather he pushed me to be the best I could. I tried for the Air Force Academy and even though I had a congressional nomination in hand I could not pass the fitness test (I was not very athletic when I was in high school) so off I went to Middle Tennessee State University. My original concentration was Professional Pilot but after a few classes I realized that I enjoyed building flight plans and preparing for the flight more than the act of flying itself so I switched concentrations to Dispatch. While in college I interned at DCI Logistics- a company in Tennessee that helps set up blood and organ donations. We would get calls to send pilots/flights to get blood tested to see who the recipients would be and occasionally would set up transportation for liver and kidneys. After college I got a job working with Southwest Airlines at the BNA ramp. I was only out there a few months but it was one of the most fun experiences I have had in my aviation career.

I then got a job at Republic Airways (originally working for Chautauqua Airlines before it closed) where I eventually moved to the Coordinator position. After working at Republic for a few years I got the call to work for United Airlines. I have been at United for 6 years now. I previously served on the workload committee and am a shift rep for PAFCA. I obtained my South America qualification in February of 2020 and recently became signed off as an Operations Manager. 

I enjoy the different challenges aviation brings and the variety of solutions that can happen to solve the problems. 

Outside of work my big hobby is running. I’m currently very active in my run club (South Loop Runners- you can find us on IG). I am also currently training for the Chicago Marathon again-having to defer from last year after getting injured by a car. I had a hip replacement in 2019 and am hoping it can get me across all world majors (Chicago, NYC, Boston, Tokyo, London, and Berlin). 

I also have 2 chubby cats Apollo and Jamie which will be 12 this year. 
I also enjoy concerts, reading, going to fun restaurants, and (once training season is over) a nice dirty martini. 

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