Charter And Shared Aircraft Ownership On the Agenda
Air Charter Safety Foundation
(ACSF) executives met with NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman and Vice
Chairman Christopher A. Hart this week, to discuss a wide range of
aviation safety issues impacting the air charter and shared
aircraft ownership industries.
"Both Chairman Hersman and Vice Chair Hart are not only well
versed in the safety issues confronting our industry, but they were
very interested in ACSF and our activities to enhance the safety of
the air charter and shared aircraft ownership industries," said
ACSF Executive Director Jacqueline Rosser.
Among the topics of discussion during the meetings were:
The ACSF Industry Audit Standard -
the only audit program that comprehensively evaluates both an
operator's Safety Management System (SMS) and its Part 135
regulatory compliance. Both Hersman and Hart were encouraged by
ACSF's emphasis on SMS and lauded the foundation's efforts to
ensure a thorough regulatory and safety analysis of operators such
as the IAS is available.
ACSF has commissioned an in-depth review of Part 135 accidents
and incidents; the beginning of a long-term effort to collect and
analyze this data in highly detailed ways, and to highlight the
shortcomings in today's methods of data collection and information
categorization related to Part 135. ACSF presented both Members
with a preliminary copy of this report, scheduled to be released
later this month.
Both members were also enthusiastic about ACSF's efforts to
encourage operators to collect and act upon safety and hazard
information reports in order to identify trends and prevent
accidents. Specifically, ACSF's Aviation Safety Information System
(AVSiS), which is available free of charge to any Part 135 operator
or Part 91K program manager, was enthusiastically received by both
"There are many difficulties for both the NTSB and ACSF when
attempting to identify the trends and risks for this diverse
industry. We are pleased to have such involved, informed leadership
that is interested in risk-based strategies to improve safety and
look forward to continuing our relationship with the NTSB; sharing
information, pursuing safety improvement, and educating the
industry and public about this unique and valuable segment of our
transportation infrastructure," Rosser concluded.