Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) President James K. Coyne testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation on Tuesday March 16th at a hearing titled “FAA’s Oversight of On-Demand Aircraft Operators.” The hearing’s focus was on the U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General’s report issued last July 13, 2009, titled " On-Demand Operators Have Less Stringent Safety Requirements and Oversight Than Large Commercial Carriers."
“The DOT IG’s report issued last July fails to present an accurate picture of the Part 135 regulatory environment,” stated Coyne. “The report cited numerous examples of differences between Part 135 and Part 121 regulations but did not offer adequate explanation for the reason for the variances and failed to explain the wide variety of aircraft included in this classification.”... [More Info]
Thursday March 11, 2010 marked the first edition of the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) “Charter Safety Advocate” Blog that will be produced weekly and focus on current safety news and issues affecting the Part 135 and 91k worlds.
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The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) staff met with members of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Tuesday, March 16,2010, to give a briefing on the various initiatives the Foundation has undertaken in recent years. Among the NTSB staff was Chairman, Deborah Hersman, Vice-Chairman, Robert Sumwalt and Vice-Chairman Christopher Hart. The meeting provided NTSB staff with an overview of the mission and goals of the Foundation for enhancing safety and security in the on-demand charter community.... [More Info]
March 2-3, 2010, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) hosted its 2010 Air Charter Safety Symposium, a unique event for the on-demand and shared aircraft ownership industry.
Nearly 100 on-demand and shared aircraft ownership leaders gathered at the symposium to discuss current and emerging safety challenges and initiatives and learn how to foster a healthy safety culture.
Charlie Priester, chairman of the Air Charter Safety Foundation, began the symposium with a potent reminder of why the foundation and symposium were created in the first place – life is precious. Priester stated, “Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and staff – a fact that is supported by the commitment to safety demonstrated by ACSF members and those in attendance.”... [More Info]
In an effort to continuously promote and enhance the safety of on-demand charter operators, the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) has developed two resource documents and a brochure addressing the need for, and implementation and evaluation of, Safety Management Systems (SMS) programs.... [More Info]
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce the addition of JetSelect Aviation of Columbus, Ohio to the ACSF Industry Audit Standard Registry (IAS). JetSelect joins Executive Fliteways, Million Air Dallas, Sun Air Jets, Jet Solutions, and Bombardier Flexjet as operators that have completed the IAS audit and achieved Registered status with the ACSF.
The IAS is a comprehensive audit for Part 135 and 91K operators that consists of a thorough review of an operator’s processes and procedures and regulatory compliance, as well as the operator’s implementation of and adherence to an SMS
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) continues to see a groundswell of momentum from the Part 135 industry supporting its Industry Audit Standard. The ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) is the only revolutionary audit program on the market today that comprehensively evaluates both an operator’s Safety Management System (SMS) and its Part 135 regulatory compliance. The IAS consists of a rigorous review of an operator’s processes and procedures and regulatory compliance, as well as the business’ implementation of, and adherence to, an SMS.
In 2009, twenty-four aucdits were completed and another thirty audits are expected to be conducted in 2010. The ACSF will soon be announcing a series of new operators that have successfully completed their audits and made the ACSF IAS registry