The Flight Safety Foundation has been around since 1947 and has touched many parts of the aviation industry through its safety work around the world. Thousands of people are alive today as a direct result of the work done by these aviation safety professionals.In the early days of aviation, “safety” was simply not discussed. In the words of our founder, Jerry Lederer, “One of FSF’s best contributions to aviation was to make safety talkable and respectable.”
Below is a small sample of the work we’ve been involved in over the years:
FSF initiated an anonymous pilot reporting system in 1964, the first international civil aviation safety-oriented anonymous pilot-reporting system, which became the model for similar programs throughout the world;
The first collection and distribution of aircraft mechanical-malfunction reports, a task that now is performed by several civil aviation authorities;
Started the industry discussion on runway excursions, when the focus was heavily on incursions – and produced the “Reducing the risk of runway excursions” report.
But it doesn’t stop there. Today, we continue to work on many relevant issues every day such as establishing or fortifying the foundation for infrastructure and safety processes which enhances the effectiveness of SMS and SSP.
This work is closely aligned with ICAO Annex 19, but recognizes that there is no “one size fits all” approach and looks to assist each organization in developing the best possible programs given its specific legal and operational challenges. FSF is uniquely positioned through its expertise, independence and international presences to assist in this way.
There is always more to be done. No matter how safe the aviation industry is, this job is never “complete” and we must never stop our efforts to get the safety message out all around the world.Like many non-profits, we depend heavily on our membership dues to fund our safety efforts, and for those of you who are already members, we thank you. But, we also rely on annual donations. We ask that you consider making a tax-deductible charitable donation to the Foundation so that we can continue our work! Click here for more information on making a donation. For membership information, please firstname.lastname@example.org.