ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - Flight Safety Foundation today announced that it has named Lisa Sasse, director, corporate strategies, VisionSafe Corp., and Jim Kelly, aviation safety manager and pilot, Pfizer, as the new co-chairs of the Foundation's Business Advisory Committee (BAC).
The BAC comprises 25 business aviation professionals and is responsible for developing projects in support of business aviation safety. It also has a leading role in the development of the agenda for Foundation's annual Business Aviation Safety Summit (BASS). BASS 2016 is scheduled for May 5-6 in Austin, Texas.
"Both Lisa and Jim are longtime members of the BAC and have and been involved in numerous projects and initiatives. Working together, I think they will continue the tradition of strong leadership, both on this vital committee and within the international business aviation community," said Jon Beatty, president and CEO of the Foundation.
Sasse has been a strong supporter of the work of the Foundation and of the BAC for many years. Through her work at VisionSafe, she has made significant contributions to the reduction and mitigation of in-flight smoke and fire risks. Sasse also has been a driving force in efforts to improve the quality and timeliness of weather information available to flight crews.
Kelly, who currently flies the Gulfstream G550 and G650, is a dual rated airline transport pilot (ATP), airplane and rotorcraft, and has a graduate degree in human factors from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He has been an active member of the BAC since 2004, as well as a member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Safety Committee. Kelly has been a pioneer in corporate flight operational quality assurance (C-FOQA) and was chair of the C-FOQA centerline steering committee.
Sasse and Kelly succeed Peter Stein, director of flight operations for Johnson Controls, who recently was elected to the Foundation Board of Governors.
Flight Safety Foundation is an independent, non-profit, international organization engaged in research, education, advocacy and publishing to improve aviation safety. The Foundation's mission is to be the leading voice of safety for the global aerospace community.