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Since Flight Safety Foundation was organized in 1947 by Jerome F. “Jerry” Lederer, it has initiated projects and developed products to reduce risk and improve aviation safety worldwide.

The Foundation has received several awards in recognition of its work. These include the Air Transport World magazine Joseph S. Murphy Industry Service Award in 2008, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Excellence in Aviation Research Award in 2004, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Pinnacle Award for safety education in 2000 and the Flight International Aerospace Industry Award for training and safety in 1998, 2000 and 2002.

The following are among the Foundation’s significant accomplishments:

  • Organized the first civil aviation accident investigation workshop;

  • Sponsored the first international air safety seminar;

  • Conducted the first computer modeling of accident forces, which led to the improvement of passenger restraint systems;

  • Conducted the initial studies of, and provided early support for, the use of basic aviation safety devices such as anti-collision lights and airborne weather radar;

  • Initiated the first international, confidential pilot safety-reporting system, which became a model for other programs;

  • Conducted the first collection and distribution of aircraft mechanical malfunction reports;

  • Conducted initial studies that became the basis for international medical standards for pilots and air traffic controllers;

  • Conducted the first technical work on explosion-resistant helicopter fuel tanks, which have been credited with saving thousands of lives;

  • Increased international awareness of the hazard of “bogus” aircraft parts (i.e., parts not designed and/or manufactured to required standards);

  • Conducted an in-depth study of accidents involving controlled flight into terrain and developed preventive measures;

  • Conducted an in-depth study of approach and landing accidents and developed preventive measures;

  • Created the Approach and Landing Accident Reduction (ALAR) Tool Kit;

  • Conducted more than 30 regional ALAR workshops;

  • Participated in the development of international rules and standards to protect safety information;

  • Conducted a study that became the blueprint for implementing flight operational quality assurance (FOQA) programs in the United States;

  • Led the development of FOQA programs for corporate/business aircraft operators;

  • Developed the multimedia Wind-shear Training Aid for pilots operating commuter, air taxi, corporate and other general aviation aircraft;

  • Coordinated international efforts to develop the Airplane Upset Recovery Training Aid;

  • Developed fatigue-management guidelines for corporate aviation operations;

  • Coordinated, co-chaired and published the initial industry findings and recommendations on ultra-long-range operations, defined as nonstop flights of more than 16 hours duration;

  • Conducted a study of continuing airworthiness risk evaluation;

  • Conducted an in-depth study of ground accidents;

  • Formed and led an industry team that created a generic checklist for handling non-annunciated smoke-fire-fumes events in aircraft;

  • Participated in an international effort to address the shortage of qualified aviation personnel; and,

  • Participated in drafting the Global Aviation Safety Roadmap for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and participated in implementing the roadmap in developing countries.

Among the Foundation’s most recent initiatives are the following:

  • Reducing the risks in helicopter emergency medical services operations;

  • Continuing participation in the North American Commercial Aviation Safety Team, the ICAO Air Navigation Council, the National Business Aviation Association Safety Committee, and the Gulf Flight Safety Committee;

  • Forming and leading the Runway Safety Initiative team in studying runway excursion incidents and accidents, and developing documents and training aids to prevent these events;

  • Increasing international awareness of the threat to continued safety improvement by aviation accident criminalization, which interferes with the gathering of facts for accident prevention;

  • Assisting international media representatives in understanding aviation safety issues;

  • Publishing AeroSafety World, a monthly magazine providing timely, objective and accurate information in a colorful and accessible presentation; and,

  • Conducting the annual International Air Safety Summit, the European Aviation Safety Seminar and the Business Aviation Safety Seminar.

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