Air Charter Safety Foundation
818 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006

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What the Public and Media Should Know About the U.S. On-Demand Air Charter Industry

About The Industry

The U.S. on-demand air charter industry comprises more than 2,000 air operators that utilize many different types of aircraft from small, single-engine airplanes and helicopters, to business jets able to travel more than 7,500 miles between landings.

The FAA Requires That Part 135 Operators
Differences Between Part 121 and Part 135 Air Carriers
Lack of On-Demand Industry Awareness
Challenges Related to Auditing Charter Operations
Solution: One Common Industry Audit Standard
About The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF)

The ACSF is a non-profit membership organization with common safety goals. The ACSF’s vision is to enable on-demand charter providers and fractional program managers the ability to achieve the highest levels of safety in the aviation industry through

  1. Promotion and facilitation of risk management programs;
  2. Advocacy for industry adoption of one common audit standard;
  3. Dissemination of safety information; and
  4. Creation of additional programs that advance the goals of the Foundation.
Types of ACSF Members
  1. Regular members are aircraft charter operators, management companies, corporate flight departments and fractional ownership providers.
  2. Associate members are insurance companies/brokers, training centers, maintenance facilities, FBO’s, aircraft manufacturers, and others.
  3. Affiliate members are other non-profit organizations and small businesses, consultants, and aircraft brokers.
  4. Universities and schools committed to supporting aviation education, and advancing the mission and goals of the Air Charter Safety Foundation.
Number of Programs Available to ACSF Members
  1. ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) – The only audit program that comprehensively and independently evaluates an air charter operator’s and/or fractional ownership company’s safety and regulatory compliance. It helps alleviate the substantial costs and redundancies associated with today’s auditing environment, where operators are subject to multiple audits every year that consume precious resources. Participating independent auditors are accredited by the ACSF.
  2. Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) – ASAP is a voluntary, self-reporting program that identifies and reduces possible flight safety concerns, and mitigates risk. It encourages an employee of a participating member company to voluntarily report safety issues, by offering enforcement-related incentives. An ASAP is based on a safety partnership that includes the ACSF, the FAA, and the participating company.
  3. Air Charter Safety Symposium – Annually the ACSF hosts the Air Charter Safety Symposium at the National Transportation Safety Board Training Center, offering two days of learning and discussion on topics such as reducing errors through empowered accountability and crew resource management.
  4. Illegal Charter Reporting Hotline – A toll-free hotline (888-759-3581) is available for anyone to file a report of suspected illegal commercial flights where an aircraft operator without a FAA Part 135 certificate is accepting compensation for transportation.
  5. Safety Updates – Topic-specific briefings are made available to members via email and the ACSF Web-site based on recent FAA publications, notices/directives, and industry research/data.
  6. Safety Management System (SMS) Resources – An online resource for members seeking research to either implement or support the ongoing operation of their SMS.
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Air Charter Safety Foundation
818 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006


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