Alexandria, VA,  December 23, 2013 — The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce that Jet Edge International, based in Scottsdale, Arizona has become the latest on-demand air charter operator to participate in the ACSF Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). They join six other charter operators that currently participate in the program.

“We’re extremely pleased that Jet Edge has joined the ASAP program,” said ACSF Chairman Jeff Baum. “This commitment will allow them to make a positive contribution in risk reduction, and join others in leading the way to improving the overall safety culture of the air charter industry.”

“I would like to personally thank the FAA Scottsdale Flight Standards District Office, AFS 280, and the ACSF for their teamwork and support. The partnership between Jet Edge and the ACSF facilitated the opening of the Western Pacific Region to the first charter operator ASAP Program” said Jet Edge Director of Safety Ben Walsh.  “I believe this program will provide Jet Edge and others with critical safety feedback that would have otherwise gone unreported. Most importantly, it will enhance the safety of our stakeholders, including passengers and crews, by creating a more robust safety management system.”

“Joining this important program affirms our commitment to continuously enhance our company safety culture and the quality of our operation,” said Jet Edge International President Bill Papariella. “This is a win-win scenario for our employees, customers and the charter industry.”

ASAP is a reporting program that allows employees of participating air carriers and repair station certificate holders to identify and report safety issues to management and to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for resolution, without fear that the FAA will use reports accepted under the program to take legal enforcement action against them, or that companies will use such information to take disciplinary action.

The goal of the ACSF ASAP program is to expand to other FAA regions, and to encourage charter operators that lack the resources to establish their own ASAP program to participate and benefit from this valuable safety tool.

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“The vision of the ACSF is to enable on-demand charter providers and fractional program managers to achieve the highest levels of safety in the aviation industry. This goal will be achieved through:

  • Promotion of risk management programs,
  • The adoption of one common industry audit standard,
  • Dissemination of safety information and,
  • Creation of additional programs that advance the goals of the foundation.”


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Ash Marron CEO Ideagen Gael Limited Presents to the CAAC Safety Conference

Aviation safety management leaders Ideagen Gael Ltd has become the first Western company to present at the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s prestigious safety conference for carriers and airports.

Ash Marron CAAC Safety conference 2013

Chief Executive Officer, Ashley Marron, was a specially invited guest to the conference, which was held in Kunming, China, on Wednesday, October 9th, and delivered a successful presentation on aviation safety management, in particular the changes between regulators and their regulated organizations.

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I was honored to be asked to the event and found the two days hugely informative.

I came away with a clear understanding of the many challenges they face in regards to SMS implementation and I hope we can continue to use our experience to help and work with them on their journey.

Ashley Marron
Chief Executive Officer

Ideagen Gael was invited to the prestigious event following a series of successful projects with aviation regulators such as the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UKCAA) and Trafi, the Finnish transport agency.

During a 30 minute speaking slot, Mr. Marron addressed 75 delegates from across China before his presentation covered the subject of technology, and how it is helping to improve the relationship between regulators and their regulated organizations around the world.

Mr. Marron said: “I was honored to be asked to the event and found the two days hugely informative. I came away with a clear understanding of the many challenges they face in regards to SMS implementation and I am hopeful that we can continue to use our experience from other global implementations to help and work with them on their journey.”

The event, entitled ‘The 1st International congress on Implement; Sharing; communication of SMS’, provides aviation organizations from across China with a platform to discuss improvements in aviation safety.

Thomas Zhang, Ideagen Gael’s Aviation Business Development Manager in the region, added: “Despite there being language differences and cultural diversity during communication, I learned a lot from the event.

“Like the rest of the world, Chinese aviation organizations retain the same concept of quality, safety and risk management. Hence, this is best platform for us share and spread our values, successes and experiences.”

Ideagen Gael is a leader in aviation safety, with over 300 organizations globally benefiting from its safety management system, Q-Pulse.

Ideagen Gael’s project with the GCAA, the aviation regulatory body for the United Arab Emirates, saw them improve relationships with their 500+ organizations, driving improved audit practices and consistency. Meanwhile, other successful projects with the UKCAA and Trafi have resulted in improved risk management and regulatory accident and incident reporting.

Finland’s transport regulator increases efficiency and improves reporting times to ECCAIRS

Finland’s transport regulator increases efficiency and improves reporting times to ECCAIRS

TraFiThe Traffic Analysis department of the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (TraFi) is involved in the collection and analysis of safety and environment information regarding Finland’s transport system. As part of their reporting obligations, the regulator is required to submit both accident and incident reports to the European Co-ordination Centre for Accident and Incident Reporting Systems (ECCAIRS).

However, cialis after recording high and continuously increasing aviation occurrence reports, mainly down to their limited resources, the regulator identified a need to increase the efficiency of their occurrence management process, improving reporting times to ECCAIRS.

Ossi Kasurinen, TraFi’s Safety Information Adviser, said: “Saving occurrence reports manually into ECCAIRS database requires a lot of work and was extremely labor intensive at times, especially as we have limited resource in which to do it. We required a solution that would help us to streamline our occurrence report management process as well as feed the ECCAIRS database more efficiently.”

TraFi develops safety of the transport system across Finland, promoting environmentally friendly transport solutions. It is responsible for transport system regulatory duties across the four main transport sectors of air, rail, land and sea, and so it was crucial they found a solution which would improve their occurrence management and analysis processes.

With Ideagen Gael’s Q-Pulse solution, TraFi benefit from a fully integrated safety occurrence reporting and incident management solution, allowing their aviation community to raise occurrences in multiple formats before being processed directly into Q-Pulse.

The regulator also use Q-Pulse for their safety data management and enjoy seamless and automated integration with the ECCAIRS database which has streamlined their previous manual processes to provide more effective safety oversight of Finnish Civil and General Aviation.

Ossi added: “Q-Pulse is customizable and makes it possible to import and export data from and to other systems, cutting down the manual process dramatically. As our data is stored in Q-Pulse, we will be able to analyses it using the solution and, as the solutions is used by a few of our aviation customers, there may be possibilities that we can experience some synergy benefits in data transfer also.”

“Our Q-Pulse solution has completely taken over our day-to-day operations in regards to managing safety and environment information. As well as receiving multiple occurrence reports from varying systems, we can manage and classify these reports before easily exporting them into ECCAIRS. It has helped us improve overall occurrence management – and the solution’s analysis functionality will help us fulfill our duties despite the limited resources that we have.”

Sextant Readings Solutions announces it has been recognized by the International Business Aviation Counsel (IBAC) as an IS-BAO Support Services Affiliate


Sextant Readings Solutions

?announces it has been recognized by the International Business Aviation Counsel (IBAC) as an IS-BAO Support Services Affiliate. IBAC is an international, non-governmental association which represents, promotes and protects the interests of business aviation in international policy and regulatory forums.