Saturday, October 20, 2018
The Air Charter Safety Foundation's ASAP Program
As co-founder of business aviation leader Jets.com, Edgar Alacan guides a company that generates more than $40 million in revenue each year. In addition to his leadership role with Jets.com, Edgar Alacan belongs to professional organizations such as the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF).
One of the largest professional organizations dedicated to the charter airline industry, ACSF focuses on improving safety standards and regulations through educational tools, legislative advocacy, and risk-management programs. Among other initiatives, ACSF and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) jointly operate the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP).
A voluntary self-reporting program, ASAP reduces risk in the charter aviation industry by encouraging members to identify and report possible flight hazards and other safety issues. Among other concerns, ACSF encourages ASAP participants to report operational deficiencies, regulatory compliance issues, and failures to follow safety protocol. All reports are investigated by the FAA and, assuming the violations are not criminal in nature, responded to through non-punitive measures.
Participation in ASAP offers numerous benefits to charter jet operators. In addition to making the skies safer for operators and travelers alike, the program encourages intra-industry cooperation and provides operators with valuable safety guidance and data to improve service.