Pentastar Aviation Vice President of Flight Operations and Director of Operations Robert Rufli Elected Chairman of Air Charter Safety Foundation

Aug. 4, 2020

WATERFORD, Mich., – Robert Rufli, Vice President of Flight Operations and Director of Operations for Pentastar Aviation, has been elected Chairman of the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF). Rufli has served on the ACSF Board of Governors since 2015 and most recently served as Vice Chairman.

In his new role as Chairman, Rufli will help the ACSF’s mission to lead and support the advancement of the highest safety standards available to allow the business, charter and fractional ownership industry to offer the safest air transportation products in the world and to provide objective information about these standards and services to the public.

“I am proud to have been appointed as Chairman of the ACSF,” said Rufli. “Pentastar’s steadfast dedication to passenger safety and security is supported by a comprehensive and ongoing program of internal review and audits. My position not only reinforces that commitment to safety, but that of the entire charter industry, and I am pleased to share my expertise to support the ACSF.”

Rufli has served as Vice President of Flight Operations and Director of Operations for Pentastar for over 3 years and has over 35 years of experience in the aviation industry. He is well-versed in FAA operational certification and certificate merger projects.  His experience also includes worldwide flight experience, startup and operations of corporate shuttles, 14 CFR Part 121 initial operational certification, FAA authorized A 502 Merger of five Part 135 Certificates and implementation of cloud-based data management tools, among others.

ACSF President Bryan Burns stated: “Bob has been an invaluable member of the ACSF Executive Committee and Board of Governors. He brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience as a leader in the aviation industry. His relentless pursuit to improve and enhance the foundation’s ongoing risk management programs is admirable.”

Rufli earned his Bachelor of Science in Air Commerce from Florida Institute of Technology and completed flight training in Gulfstream III, Hawker 800XP & 700, McDonnell Douglas MD-80, Airbus A-320, Beechjet 400A and 400, Mitsubishi Diamond, Beech Starship and Merlin VIC and 300 through Flight Safety International.

Pentastar Aviation adheres to the highest standards of safety and service excellence. In addition to membership in the Air Charter Safety Foundation and their voluntary Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), Pentastar is also a member of the National Safety Council. They have also obtained the NATA Safety 1st Clean certification, have a robust Safety Management System, a well-documented Emergency Response Plan, and have earned numerous aviation safety designations.