More Operators Pass ACSF Charter Audit Muster
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF), an affiliate of the National Air Transportation Association, yesterday announced that three more aircraft charter operators passed its “industry audit standard” and achieved “registered” status. Executive Fliteways of Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; Million Air Dallas of Addison, Texas; and Sun Air Jets of Camarillo, Calif., all made this milestone this week. These operators join Jet Solutions/Bombardier Flexjet, the first company to pass the audit and be registered. The ACSF audit program was developed “to set the standard for the independent evaluation of an air charter or shared ownership company’s business systems, safety and regulatory compliance.” It also breaks up the charter auditing duopoly that CharterX Wyvern and ARG/US have enjoyed for many years. According to the ACSF, its industry audit standard “is the only audit program on the market today that comprehensively evaluates both an operator’s Safety Management System and its Part 135 regulatory compliance.” In other news, the ACSF will hold its annual Air Charter Safety Symposium on March 2 and 3 in Chantilly, Va. The 2010 symposium will cover critical safety issues confronting the Part 135 on-demand air charter and fractional ownership industry, including implementation of risk-assessment tools, the FAA’s increasing focus on Part 135, security preparedness for international operations and international safety issues, among others.