FSF Honors Burns, Lawton with Meritorious Service Award

 - May 17, 2022, 11:14 AM
Flight Safety Foundation president and CEO Dr. Hassan Shahidi (left) presents safety leaders from Air Charter Safety Foundation, Bryan Burns (right) and Russ Lawton (not pictured), with the 2022 Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award on May 11 during the Business Aviation Safety Summit in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo: Flight Safety Foundation)

Two aviation safety leaders from the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF)—ACSF president Bryan Burns and v-p of operations Russ Lawton—were presented with the 2022 Flight Safety Foundation's (FSF) Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award. It was given to the duo for their contributions to business and charter aviation safety last week at the 67th Business Aviation Safety Summit in Savannah, Georgia.

“The ACSF-administered aviation safety action program has made a huge safety difference in Part 135 and 91 operations, all thanks to the vision and leadership of Bryan Burns and Russ Lawton,” said FSF president and CEO Dr. Hassan Shahidi, who presented the award.

This particular award has been presented by FSF since 1975 to recognize individuals whose work enhances safety in aviation for outstanding service and contributions to corporate aviation safety. Recipients have included industry leaders, government officials, members of the news media, and researchers whose findings were especially relevant to business aviation.

“Russ and I are extremely honored to receive the Meritorious Service Award, and we’re immensely grateful for this recognition from our industry peers,” said Burns. “ACSF has come a long way in the past 14 years, and winning this award would not have been possible without the support, care, and trust from our board of governors and members. It is truly a team effort.”