Derek Vento - Host, Editor & Personality
A New York native turned southern gentleman! Derek found a niche for public speaking and aviation early on during his years of high school and ultimately realized that he wanted to give back to the community. He comes from a family of those that have served, as his step father was a Huey and Chinook pilot in the U.S. Army, and currently flies a Sikorsky S-76D. His mother was a flight attendant for TWA and currently works as a CSR at FlightSafety Intl. Derek is currently an air traffic controller at Atlanta TRACON in Peachtree City, Georgia.
While being an advocate for personal growth, he is also a proponent of social justice and ensuring that people use their voice on any platform they desire. Derek believes facilitating meaningful and constructive dialogue surrounding emotional and complex topics is the first step toward plausible and sensible solutions. It goes without saying, Derek’s passion for aviation is undeniable!
Although Personal Development is something he is fully committed to because of the impact it has on our everyday lives, his goal is to help others understand their worth with the talents they currently possess and to solidify core values such as morals and ethics. Pro-social intervention is the answer!
In Derek’s spare time he enjoys flying with friends, traveling to new destinations and trying new craft beers!
Chris Phillips - Executive Producer
Chris is a third generation air traffic control specialist with over 10 years of experience. He holds a degree in Aviation Science and is also a licensed pilot. He has worked at some of the busiest air traffic facilities in the world including Washington ARTCC, Potomac TRACON, and is currently a certified professional controller and instructor at Atlanta TRACON. Chris has also served on ATC safety councils charged with examining and mitigating risk factors in the operation. He has been selected to several air traffic discussion panels and was featured in safety training videos for the FAA.
Chris co-founded The Traffic Pattern, LLC with host Derek Vento in October 2018. He also has a passion for graphic design, his company PapaCharlie Designs, named after his ATC operating Initials (PC), has created a number of nationally recognized logos.
Chris resides with his family in the Atlanta Area.