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ACSF Newsletter 8.31.10 


   August 31, 2010                                                        


The Air Charter Safety Foundation

Founded in 2007, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation established to improve the safety of air charter and shared aircraft ownership operations.

Through research, collaboration and education, the ACSF advances charter and shared aircraft ownership industry standards and best practices; promulgates safety, security and service benchmarks; and promotes the universal acceptance of safety management systems.



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2011 Air Charter Safety Symposium 

 Ashburn, VA 
arch 15 - 16, 2011 




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ACSF Executive Director Interviewed by Airport Business Magazine

In an interview with Airport Business Magazine, Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) Executive Director Bryan Burns spoke about the Industry Audit Standard, the most comprehensive audit developed by the ACSF specifically for on-demand charter operators.

“One thing we’ve discovered is that management involvement, or lack of involvement, has an impact,” commented Burns. “What seems to surface is that the director of operations has to realize that this is an across-the-board compliance. It’s not just checking the boxes and thinking you’re going to be certified. This is about going into every component of the business, from cleaning airplanes to the director of aviation, to ensure they’re doing what they say they’re doing. The real measuring stick is, Is it being implemented?”

Burns noted the foundation’s initiatives with supporting and promoting the implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS). “We’re creating best practices,” he said. “We know it [SMS] is coming; we’ve just taken the lead in putting out that information and capturing this data. We’ve been working with the FAA to continue to share with them what we’re doing. They’re very supportive of what they say is a very strong program. They’re looking at our program as a potential guide for what may be out in the fall.”

To read the entire interview, click here.


Gama Charters & Hop-A-Jet Make ACSF Industry Audit Standard Registry

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce the addition of Gama Charters, Inc. of Stratford, Connecticut, and Hop-A-Jet Worldwide Jet Charter, Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the ACSF Industry Audit Standard Registry (IAS). They join 14 operators that have completed the IAS audit and achieved Registered status with the ACSF since the program’s inception in 2009.

“The ACSF audit registration process was truly a worthwhile exercise in that it fully incorporated our company’s Safety Management System into our culture and commercial requirements as defined by our ISO 9001-2008 business processes. We would strongly recommend the adoption of this standard to any organization looking toward continual improvement and the ability to ensure scalability for future growth,” said Tom Miller, chief executive officer, Gama Charters Inc.  

The IAS audit, valid for two years, provides a comprehensive, independent review of an operator’s compliance with safety and security regulations as well as its implementation and adherence to a Safety Management System.

“Our dedication to safety has always been our top priority; Hop-A-Jet was built on this foundation. The ACSF Audit is based on a very robust set of aviation safety standards, and we wholeheartedly support their stringent requirements. We are very proud to be an official part of the ACSF registry,” said Barry Ellis, director of operations, Hop-A-Jet Worldwide Jet Charter, Inc.

Customers should look for the ACSF IAS registered logo and encourage their preferred charter provider to participate in the program. The ACSF makes its operator registry and key company details available at no charge, so verification of IAS registration is quick and easy. Charter consumers can view the registry at

Supporting materials are available at Operators wishing to initiate the audit process should contact Russ Lawton at 1-888-SAFE-135 (888-723-3135).


NTSB Wants All Children Separately Secured In Aircraft

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued recommendations to require all children to be restrained in aircraft.  As early as 1990, the NTSB asked the FAA to require children under the age of two to be restrained in a separate seat by an appropriate child safety device.

Currently, operating regulations permit parents to hold children under two in their lap. The FAA has historically opposed eliminating the lap-held infant authority, believing that, at least in the case of scheduled airlines, passengers would choose to drive rather than fly. The FAA contends that more lives would be lost in highway accidents involving those diverting from air travel than in aviation accidents. The NTSB strongly disputes the FAA position.

Under the new recommendations, the FAA is asked to:

  • For Part 91, require separate seats for each occupant and require children under age two to be secured in an appropriate child restraint system.
  • For Parts 121 & 135, require children under age two to be secured in an appropriate child restraint system.

Click here to read the complete NTSB safety recommendation letter


Million Air - Salt Lake City Gains IAS Registry Status

ACSF is pleased to announce the addition of Million Air - Salt Lake City (MASLC) to the ACSF Industry Audit Standard Registry (IAS). MASLC is the first operator to achieve registered status in the 2010 audit cycle.

“We are extremely proud of achieving registry status with the Air Charter Safety Foundation. It was an enlightening process and a team-building experience that I have not seen before in our company or industry,” said William F. Haberstock, president and chief executive officer of MASLC.

The IAS has become the exclusive standard for outstanding 135 and 91K operators.  It is a comprehensive audit that consists of a thorough review of an operator’s processes and procedures, regulatory compliance, and implementation of a Safety Management System.

“The preparation for the ACSF audit was the most comprehensive process we have ever experienced,” added Haberstock. “We have always participated in the outside audit process, but unlike other audits, this was conducted to the International Civil Aviation Organization standards and resulted in fine tuning our entire operation, not just flight operations.”

The ACSF is scheduled to conduct 30 audits of Part 135 operators this year using the IAS. The program continues to grow as more operators seek IAS registration.

“Our customers are looking for operators that meet the highest standards in business aviation. I am confident that by Million Air - Salt Lake City's joining the ranks of other leading charter operators in gaining IAS registered status, our customers will recognize that we are among the best,” concluded Haberstock.

Customers should look for the ACSF IAS registered logo and encourage their preferred charter provider to participate in the program. The ACSF makes its operator registry and key company details available at no charge, so verification of IAS registration is quick and easy. Charter consumers can view the registry at

Supporting materials are available at Operators wishing to initiate the audit process should contact Russ Lawton at 1-888-SAFE-135 (888-723-3135).

FAA Explains "Line Up An Wait"

The FAA has published an Information For Operators document (InFO 10014) giving further details on the change in standard phraseology from "Taxi Into Position and Hold" (TIPH) to "Line Up and Wait" (LUAW).

Beginning on September 30, 2010, ATC will begin issuing LUAW clearances to aircraft to indicate the pilot should taxi onto the runway and await takeoff clearance.

LUAW is the standard language for a taxi-and-hold-for-takeoff clearance internationally.

The FAA reminds all operators of aircraft and airport service providers to ensure personnel are properly briefed on the change in phraseology.

View FAA InFO 10014.

View FAA InFO 10014SUP, which provides supplemental information.


NTSB To Hold Code-Sharing Symposium

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a two-day symposium on the role that airline code-sharing arrangements play in aviation safety. The event, chaired by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, will be held on October 26-27, 2010, in Washington, DC.

Code-sharing is a marketing arrangement in which one airline places its designator code on a flight operated by another airline, then sells and issues tickets for that flight.

Recent NTSB investigations of accident flights operated under code-sharing arrangements include the February 2009 accident near Buffalo, New York, in which a Colgan Air flight was operated as Continental Connection; a 2007 accident in Traverse City, Michigan, in which a Pinnacle Airlines flight was operated as Northwest Airlink; a 2007 accident in Cleveland, Ohio, in which a Shuttle America flight was operated as Delta Connection; and a 2006 accident in Lexington, Kentucky, in which a Comair flight was operated as Delta Connection.

Today, most airlines participate in some type of code- sharing arrangement, either with domestic or international partners. More than half of passenger enplanements in the U.S. this year are on regional airlines, almost all of which are involved in code-sharing arrangements.

"In the past twenty years, code-sharing arrangements have so proliferated within commercial aviation that today the vast majority of airlines are involved in what are often complex business and operational arrangements." said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman.  "We have investigated many accidents in which passengers bought tickets on a major carrier and flew all or part of their trip on a different carrier - one that may have been operating to different safety standards than the carrier that issued the ticket.  While all carriers are required to meet minimum standards, a clearer picture and deeper understanding of the best safety practices for code-sharing arrangements are the goals of this symposium."
The symposium will be organized to elicit information on the following three issue areas: (1) structures, practices, and oversight of domestic and international code-sharing arrangements; (2) best practices regarding the sharing of safety information between airlines and their code-sharing partners; and (3) the role that a major airline would have in the family disaster assistance response for an accident involving a code-sharing partner.

These areas will be explored through presentations from major and regional airlines, industry organizations, and representatives of the traveling public.

The symposium, "Airline Code-Sharing Arrangements and Their Role in Aviation Safety" will be held at the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center, located at 429 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, DC.  A detailed agenda will be released closer to the date of the event.


Flight Safety Foundation's AeroSafety World Magazine 

ACSF will now include a copy of AeroSafety World, a Flight Safety Foundation magazine, in its monthly newsletter to members.

In this issue:

  • Checklist & Monitoring: Not As Effectice As Believed
  • Cabin On The Hudson: Safety After The Ditching
  • Attidude Confusion: Aeroflot 737 LOC Accident
  • Fading Flying Skills: Automation's Subtle Cost
  • Fading Flying Skills: Automation's Subtle Cost 

Click here to view AeroSafety World July 2010


NATA's 3rd Quarter Aviation Business Journal Now Available

Take a look at NATA's third quarter issue of the Aviation Business Journal (ABJ).

In this issue:

  • Member profile: Airport Terminal Services
  • 2010 NATA Air Charter Summit Recap
  • Exclusive Interview with Bruce Jenner: Winning and Aviation Are in His Blood
  • The Broker Issue
  • What You Need to Know About Environmental Policy
  • DCA-Your Competition is Practicing; Are You?

Click here to view a pdf of this issue



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Alison McHugh
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