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Air Charter Safety Foundation Newsletter 07.12.10 


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 Welcome to the Air Charter Safety Foundation newsletter of upcoming events, articles, jobs and more from our membership. 

  1. M&N Aviation Achieves ACSF Registered Status
  2. ACSF Announces Bryan Burns As executive Director
  3. The FAA's Focus On Aviation Safety
  4. Christiansen Named New ACSF Chairman 
  5. FAA Signs NextGen Research Agreement With Georgia Tech Accident 
  6. What Can We Learn From The Oil Leak Disaster? 
  7. InFO: Enhanced Upset Recovery Training

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The ACSF welcomes M&N Aviation of Casper, Wyoming as the latest addition to the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) Registry. M&N joins 12 operators that have completed the IAS audit and achieved Registered status with the ACSF 


“M&N Aviation is committed to safety and quality assurance in all areas of our operations,” said John Martin, owner and chief executive of M&N Aviation’s Charter Operations.“The ACSF certification is a testimony to our culture and our commitment to make our flight operations the safest in the industry,” added Martin... [More Info]


The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce the hiring of Bryan Burns as the foundation’s new executive director. Burns takes over for Jacqueline Rosser, who has resumed her full-time duties as the National Air Transportation Association’s director of regulatory affairs.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of Bryan to the ACSF staff,” stated ACSF Chairman Jim Christiansen. “His strong financial management background and leadership qualities will be a great asset to the ACSF.” .... [More Info]



The FAA's Focus On Aviation Safety

This is Randy Babbit's response to the July 5th front-page story "Close calls on the rise in the skies over D.C.":

The mission of the Federal Aviation Administration is to keep the skies safe for the flying public, and we are doing just that. Experienced and well-trained air traffic controllers safely guide millions of aircraft every year across our country and here in the D.C. area. The article makes an unsubstantiated correlation between air traffic controller experience levels and safety. The overwhelming majority of controllers at the Potomac Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility have at least 10 years of experience.
The FAA has been hiring and training controllers over the past few years to prepare for expected retirements. Our rigorous training programs ensure new controllers earn their certification while maintaining our high safety standards. Controllers who are learning a specific radar position are under the guidance of a senior controller and cannot work traffic by themselves until they are fully certified on that position.
The FAA is concerned whenever an operational error occurs. We establish separation standards between aircraft to create a safety buffer, and we examine our performance if there is even a minor infraction of that standard.
The article made only a brief mention of voluntary reporting programs, but we are confident these programs are effective. The FAA recently began a Partnership for Safety campaign with its largest labor unions to encourage employees to speak up when they make a mistake or see a safety issue. We believe these efforts are resulting in more reporting, which will help us spot problems or trends so we can address them before an accident occurs. Voluntary reporting is a key element of our safety culture and something we will continue to promote at all levels of aviation to keep our system safe.
Randy Babbitt, Washington
The writer is FAA administrator.


Christiansen Named New ACSF Chairman

The ACSF is pleased to announce the selection of James C. Christiansen, vice president of sales for the U.S. central region of Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, as the new ACSF Chairman. Mr. Christiansen is the former Vice-Chairman of the ACSF and is proud to now serve as its Chairman.

“Jim has been an invaluable member of the ACSF Executive Committee and I am delighted to see him in this new role,” said ACSF President James K. Coyne. “With his knowledge and experience as a leader in the charter industry I have no doubt that he will support and sustain the Foundation’s ongoing and future activities.” .... [More Info]




FAA Signs NextGen Research Agreement With Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech has entered into an agreement with FAA to study pilot responses to alerts from traffic alert and collision avoidance systems (TCAS) used in the agency's next generation (NextGen) air traffic control system. 
The agreement is the first of several the FAA expects to announce in the coming months with universities that specialize in aviation-related human factors research.

One of the university's engineering psychology professors also plans to lead a team to study how flight crews and controllers work with current automation, and then determine how they use automation in the future to manage workloads and improve situational awareness and performance. 

Georgia Tech, which has conducted important aviation-related human factors research for the FAA and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was chosen after the FAA conducted a thorough market survey of schools with expertise in this area....
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What Can We Learn From The Oil Leak Disaster?

Safety preparedness has been the talk of the town for quite some time. But with the recent oil leak disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, many have been asking, Why was British Petroleum (BP) not prepared for something like this? The truth of the matter is many of us are never prepared for the occurrence of the unthinkable. We may want to believe that we are, but when it comes down to it preparation for a major catastrophe is not always put on the forefront. So, the vital lesson the aviation industry can take from this disaster is to start now being proactive when it comes to safety. This is what the Safety Management System (SMS) is all about – being proactive.
You may say: “I have never had an accident within my operation, so I must be safe.” Is that really true; does never having an accident mean you are safe? You may just be lucky; or maybe the holes in your cheese have not lined up as yet. Having an SMS program within your operation will improve safety throughout your organization. It fosters a safety culture within the company that allows every employee in every department to contribute and be involved in assessing day-to-day activities, identifying hazards, mitigating risks, and enhancing the quality of operations to promote safety in the organization.
So, instead of waiting for a major event to occur before you start thinking about improving safety in your operation, learn about SMS and start implementing it within your organization today. For more information and resources on SMS, visit



InFO: Enhanced Upset Recovery Training

This Information for Operators (InFO) highlights the availability and merits of the Airplane Upset Recovery and Training Aid for all Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 91K, 121, 125, and 135 air operators and part 142 training centers.

In 1998 a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/Industry work group co-chaired by Boeing, Airbus and the Flight Safety Foundation developed the Airplane Upset Recovery Training Aid as training program guidance for upset recovery training for air carrier flightcrews. Although the work group was primarily focused on large aircraft, many of the same aerodynamic principles apply to smaller swept wing turbine aircraft.

The FAA strongly recommends incorporation of applicable sections of the Airplane Upset Recovery Training Aid into training programs. The modular design of the aid allows training departments to utilize all of the segments that are applicable to specific training programs.

Click here to view the full InFO.


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