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Air Charter Safety Symposium
The ACSF Symposium is the annual gathering of the air charter industry where current and emerging safety challenges are investigated.

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2015 Air Charter Safety Symposium - Register Today!

Register now for the 2015 Air Charter Safety Foundation Safety Symposium at the NTSB Training Center in Dulles, VA. The event will explore the following topics that help answer the question, "How do you know you're safe?":

Integrated Risk Management: Bridging Theory and Practice
 Jim Zawrotny, Director of Safety
FAA Medical Certification: Improving Health & Enhancing Safety
 Quay Snyder, MD, MSPH, President & CEO, Aviation Medicine Advisory Service (AMAS) 
Human Factors in Aviation Accidents & Incidents
Scott Turner, Captain, American Airlines
In the Crosshairs of Runway Incursions & Excursions
Al Gorthy, Captain, USN (retired)
Managing Automation and Airmanship
The Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt, NTSB Board Member
2014 SMS Audit Results
Steve Witowski, Vice President of Business Aviation Safety Systems, PRISM Solutions
Aviation Safety Action Programs (ASAP)
John Duncan, Director of Flight Standards, FAA and Richard Meikle, Vice President of Safety, NetJets 

The symposium is scheduled for March 10-11, 2015, and housing reservations will be made once again at the Courtyard Dulles Town Center.

Lodging Information:

Courtyard Dulles Town Center
45500 Majestic Drive
Dulles,  VA  20166

The ACSF has secured a block of rooms at the discounted rate of $129++ for single/double occupancy at the Courtyard Dulles Town Center. Reservations made on or before Tuesday, February 10, 2015 are eligible for the discounted rate. Please use the link above to make your reservations.

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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.

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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.

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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

2014 Symposium Sponsors:


Abante Safety
Advanced Jets
Aircare Solutions
Atlantic Aviation
Aviation Services Network
Executive Fliteways, Inc.
Jet Solutions
Priester Aviation
R. Dixon Speas
Rudy's Inflight Catering
Signature Flight Support
Sheltair Aviation


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