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Bryan Burns
Bryan Burns


Bryan Burns is President of the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) and is responsible for the foundation’s daily operations and leadership.

Burns has over 30 years’ experience in the fixed base operator (FBO) industry. Prior to joining the ACSF, he was the general manager for Signature Flight Support at the Washington Dulles and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airports, where he was responsible for all daily operations. Under his successful management, Signature Flight Support at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport was rated the #1 FBO in the nation for four consecutive years by Pro Pilot Magazine.

Previously, Burns served as the vice president of Jackson Hole Aviation, where he managed 35 employees in line service, customer service, aircraft maintenance and properties. Prior to that, Burns was the President of Vail Valley Jet Center in Eagle, CO. While in Vail, he developed a strong partnership with the local airport board and improved their ranking in the Aviation International News survey year after year. He has held similar positions with other FBOs in Florida and St. Louis.

Burns holds a Bachelor of Science in Air Commerce/Transportation Technology from Florida Institute of Technology and holds a Private Pilot license.

Russ Lawton
Russ Lawton

Director of Safety

Russell Lawton is Director of Safety and ASAP Program Manager for the Air Charter Safety Foundation. He is responsible for the Air Charter Safety Foundation's ASAP program for participating FAR 91 and 135 companies, as well as the ACSF Industry Audit Standard for charter operators and fractional aircraft ownership companies.

Lawton is also responsible for developing and implementing SMS programs for member companies of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), and has served on the FAA SMS aviation rulemaking committee.

Lawton has held key safety roles during 38 years in aviation and system safety. Prior to joining the Air Charter Safety Foundation, he served as Director of Operations at Wyvern Consulting and was Wyvern’s lead safety auditor. He was in the first group of accredited auditors for the Internaional Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). He has assisted the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration on various safety initiatives.

He has served as an active member of the NBAA Safety Committee for more than 10 years. He has also served as editorial consultant to the Flight Safety Foundation and Editor-in-Chief of IFR Refresher Magazine.

Lawton holds a master’s degree in safety from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in air commerce from the Florida Institute of Technology. Lawton spends his off-hours as an active ATP and flight instructor.

Alyssa Sleight

Assistant Director of Safety

Alyssa Sleight is Assistant Director of Safety for the Air Charter Safety Foundation and responsible for the ACSF’s Aviation Safety Action Programs daily operations.

Sleight holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics with minors in Aviation Safety and Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach Florida. She also holds a Private Pilot license.

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