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2017 Air Charter Safety Symposium
The ACSF Symposium is the annual gathering of the air charter and business aviation industry where current and emerging safety challenges are reviewed and discussed.

2017 Air Charter Safety Symposium: Safety is a Choice you Make
March 7-8, 2017
NTSB Training Center
45065 Riverside Pkwy
Ashburn, VA

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Safety is a Choice You Make


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Safety: Playing for “Keeps” - A Reflection of Yesterdays
Al Gorthy, Captain USN Retired

Business aviation engages daily in high-consequence ground and airborne operations. A culture of discipline, solid leadership and procedural compliance are just a few foundational cornerstones necessary to fulfill a company’s continuing commitment to its customers and workforce.

This presentation will provide a unique assessment of the what, why and how we can make a difference every minute of every day. It will show that there are no shortcuts to excellence and that it takes effort, honesty, integrity and a strong will to hold oneself to account. Minute to minute and day to day, are we focused on making a difference? Are we acknowledging our faults and taking actions to improve? Are we recognizing those among us who share in our dedication and committed to lead those who are not?

Lessons from the Ashes: 10 years of Learning with the NTSB

Robert Sumwalt

After over ten years of being a member of the NTSB, Robert will discuss his takeaways from being involved with deliberating over 100 aviation accidents. How can these “lessons from the ashes” be used to improve air charter and business aviation safety?

Lunch and TWA 800 Briefing Tour

Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP)

Russ Lawton, ACSF
John Duncan, FAA
Mike Graham, Textron Aviation

Ground Handling Incidents/Accidents & Prevention

Mike France, NATA
BJ Goodheart, AirSure Ltd.

Making a Dent in Surface Risk

James Fee, FAA

Runway Incursions and other precursors to surface risk are on the rise. Will it take a significant event or bent metal before you change your behavior? Hopefully not. We will look at surface event trends and use animations of recent runway incursions to learn from the mistakes of others so your flight department will be better equipped to avoid repeating them.

Networking Reception and Dinner

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Leading People Safely

Brian Fielkow

An investment in your safety culture is an investment in your bottom line. According to Brian Fielkow, your safety culture is the foundation of an excellent operation. Brian grew his business dramatically by focusing on growing his company’s safety culture, and now he shares what has worked — and what hasn’t — with audiences internationally. Learn how to develop and anchor a behavior-based environment that promotes accountability by providing hands-on tools to create and sustain a culture of prevention.

Key Discoveries, Analysis and Takeaways from the Bedford GIV Accident

Tom Huff, Gulfstream

Good Pilots Gone Bad

James Albright

No pilot starts an aviation career with the intent of taking short cuts, ignoring standard operating procedures, or becoming an unsafe aviator. And yet every year we are treated to yet another example of pilots who have become habitually and intentionally non-compliant. In short, these are “good pilots gone bad.” Understanding how a healthy pilot learns and keeps up with all available knowledge is key to predicting and preventing the decline into bad pilot behavior. When a pilot bends the learning curve away from the ever-increasing pool of available knowledge, you have a bad pilot in the making. Good pilots can use this knowledge to bring bad pilots back into the fold and prevent others from diverting in the first place.

Emergency Response Plan…What Do We Really Know?

Don Chupp, Fireside Partners Inc.

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Admittance to the ACSF Symposium both days, all scheduled group meals, breaks, and social functions, and transportation to and from hotel to symposium events.

Member Fee: $685
Nonmember Fee: $795

Substitutions are permitted at any time.

Any person who attends the ACSF Air Charter Safety Symposium grants permission to ACSF to record his or her visual/audio images, including, but not limited to, photographs and sound or video recordings, and, without notifying such person, to use those images for any purpose of ACSF, including advertisements for ACSF and its programs.

Hotel Information:

Courtyard Dulles Town Center
45500 Majestic Drive  
Dulles, VA 20166 

A room block has been reserved at the Courtyard Dulles Town Center. The room rate is $149 (excludes taxes) per night. You may now make reservations by calling (800) 321-2211. To receive the discounted rate, attendees must request the Air Charter Safety Foundation room block at the Courtyard Dulles Town Center. You may also reserve online using the link provided below.

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Applied System Safety & SMS in Business Aviation - Curt Lewis

Safety Metrics - Troy Smith

Drones/Unmanned Vehicles: Avoidance & Recognition - Brian Wynne

ASAP Panel Discussion - Randy McDonald

ASAP Panel Discussion - Nicky Armour

Reducing Risk - The Honorable Chris Hart

The New Era of Safety - John Allen





In the Crosshairs of Runway Incursions & Excursions - Al Gorthy

Integrated Risk Management: Bridging Theory and Practice - Jim Zawrotny

FAA Medical Certification: Improving Health & Enhancing Safety - Quay Snyder, MD, MSPH

Managing Professionalism & Airmanship - The Honorable Robert Sumwalt

2014 SMS Audit Results - Steve Witowski

A Day You Will Always Remember - Harry Nelson

ASAP Panel - FAA Presentation




Critical Role of Safety Leadership - The Honorable Robert Sumwalt

Managing Cockpit Automation - James Lara

Managing Cockpit Automation (Speaker's Notes)

Monitoring Culture - Paul Ratte'

Quality Performance Beyond Regulatory Compliance - Gary Grass

SMS Audit Results 2013 - Steve Witowski

SMS Audit Results - Safety Performance

Threat and Error Management - Dave Stohr

Why Go-Around Policies Are Ineffective - Dr. David Jamieson & Capt. Bill Curtis

Photos from the 2014 Air Charter Safety Symposium



Aviation Safety Culture - Marc Stirton and Robert Figlock

Critical Incident Response - Kevin Armstrong

Developing Safety Culture - Robert Carraway

Safety Leadership - Bill Grimes

Upset Prevention and Recovery - Ransbury - Nemeth

Chris MacWhorter FAA ASAP Panel

Photos from the 2013 Air Charter Safety Symposium.

Guest Blogs:
Robert Carraway, Symposium Speaker

Bill Grimes, Symposium Speaker

Lindsey McFarren, Syposium Recap



Aviation Fire Safety - Jeff Hare, J. Hare Safety and Survival Systems

Crew Resource Management for 135 Operations - Shannon Forrest, FlightSafety International

Collaboration to Improve Runway Safety - Christopher Hart, Board Member, NTSB

Managing Fatigue in Aviation - Mark Rosekind, Ph.D., Board Member, NTSB

The State of Aviation: Challenges for 2012 and Beyond - John M. Allen, Director, FAA Flight Standards

Photos from the 2012 Air Charter Safety Symposium.

Guest Blogs:
Dr. Tony Kern, Symposium Keynote Speaker 
Shannon Forrest, Symposium Speaker
Keat Pruszenski, Symposium Speaker



Trends in Aviation Safety- John Allen
SMS Update -  Don Arendt  
Building a Positve Safety Culture in Your Company- Shawn Pruchnicki
Emergency Response Preparedness - Don Rickerhauser
Disaster Response Drill - Bob Schmidt
NTSB Priorities - Earl Weener
NTSB Family Assistance Program - Paul Sledzik
FAA Update Accident Prevention Investigation - Tony Fazio
Accident Briefing - Deborah Hersman

Photos from the 2011 Air Charter Safety Symposium



Responding To The NTSB's Increasing Focus On Air Charter - James Ballough
Addressing Security Concerns With Practical Advice - Lindsey McFarren
International Issues in SMS Implementation - Don Arendt
Business Aircraft Safety - ALAR Update - Jim Burin
SMS And Auditing - Ken Gray
Legal Concerns Raised By Safety Programs
Business Benefits Of Safety Programs - Christopher Hart
Automation Of Operational Risk Assessment - Dave Hewitt & David Vernon



Any person who attends the ACSF Air Charter Safety Symposium grants permission to ACSF to record his or her visual/audio images, including, but not limited to, photographs and sound or video recordings, and, without notifying such person, to use those images for any purpose of ACSF, including advertisements for ACSF and its programs.