Alexandria, VA, October 18, 2012 — The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) in partnership with FltPlan.com recently held a one-day informational seminar on safety management systems (SMS) in Dallas, TX.
The seminar focused on the basics of SMS, current and future regulatory requirements, and tips on how to develop and implement a company-wide SMS. The attendees, who traveled from across the country, included small to large flight departments, on-demand air charter operators, fractional aircraft management companies, and repair stations.
"We are extremely pleased with the tremendous interest in learning more about SMS and its implementation," said ACSF President Bryan Burns. "The response and comments from the attendees clearly indicated a desire to know how SMS can benefit their companies."
The attendees heard from Ken Wilson, President of FltPlan.com, who presented some practical tools to support SMS implementation. "We've worked hard to develop a set of tools to assist the smaller operator implement SMS in their company," said Wilson.
Additionally, attendees heard a presentation from former FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt that emphasized the importance of implementing SMS at all levels of the company. "We must move forward with SMS to ensure our continued good safety record in the U.S. aviation industry," said Babbitt. Another free seminar is already planned for February. The location and details when available will be listed on the events section of the ACSF Web site and at www.FltPlan.com.
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“The vision of the ACSF is to enable on-demand charter providers and fractional program managers to achieve the highest levels of safety in the aviation industry. This goal will be achieved through:
- Promotion of risk management programs,
- The adoption of one common industry audit standard,
- Dissemination of safety information and,
Creation of additional programs that advance the goals of the foundation.”