Scottsdale, Arizona-based charter operator Alante Air Charter has joined the The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) and will participate in the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP).
Company president Ryan Hamilton says: “Regulatory and safety matters are complex, so we're fortunate to join the ACSF family and have it provide guidance and expertise in these areas. Keeping our customers safe is of the utmost importance, and with the ACSF's decade-plus of experience and proven abilities in FAA policy and regulation, we are confident that Alante will continue to be a leader in aircraft charter safety.”
Hamilton is likewise enthusiastic about his company participating in the ASAP, which is jointly administered by ACSF and the FAA. The ASAP is designed to help foster a voluntary, cooperative, non-punitive environment for the self-reporting of any events or concerns that could affect the safety of a flight. Flight department employees (pilots, aviation mechanics/engineers, dispatchers, schedulers and others ) use the ASAP to personally report significant safety concerns and issues. The ASAP ensures that they can do so without fear of losing their jobs or being reprimanded by the FAA and losing their certificates, as long as certain conditions are met.
Hamilton continues: “The ASAP programme has proven itself, over many years, to be a proactive tool in retrieving data and assisting with updating procedures or policies. The programme assists us in doing just that, aided by the knowledge of not just our own staff, but also a committee of highly experienced and knowledgeable individuals. We look forward to the changes it will bring to our operation.”
The ACSF is a non-profit organisation with more than 250 member companies. Its mission is to lead and support the advancement of the highest safety standards available; to enable 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.