Bryan Burns is President of the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) and is responsible for the foundation’s daily operations and leadership.
Burns has 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.
Director of Safety
Russell Lawton is Director of Safety Management for the Air Charter Safety Foundation, and is responsible for developing and implementing programs to improve the safety and security of air charter and fractional aircraft ownership companies, their employees, customers, equipment and facilities. This is being accomplished through the Safety 1st Management System (SMS) and assisting FAR 135 operators and FBOs in developing customized safety manuals via Webcast and workshop training; internal / external audit program standards.
Lawton is also responsible for the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Industry Audit Standard for charter operators and fractional aircraft ownership companies, and the ACSF Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP).
Lawton has held key safety roles during 35 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 also is an experienced charter operations advocate and 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.