Flight Safety Foundation

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Flight Safety Foundation
Abbreviation FSF
Formation 1945[1]
Legal status Non profit organisation
Purpose Air safety research, education, advocacy
Headquarters Alexandria, Virginia U.S
Region served
President and CEO
William R. Voss
Website flightsafety.org

Flight Safety Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, international organization concerning research, education, advocacy and publishing in the field of air safety.[2] FSF brings together aviation professionals from all the sectors to help solve safety problems facing the industry. With a membership that spreads throughout the world, FSF brings an international perspective to aviation issues for its members, the media and the traveling public. Membership ranges from individuals to airlines to manufacturers, from labor and management and in every corner of the industry.


Since its founding in 1947, the Foundation has acted as a non-profit, independent clearinghouse to disseminate safety information, identify threats to safety and recommend practical solutions. Today, the Foundation provides leadership to more than 1200 members in more than 75 countries.[1]


The Aviation Crash Injury Research (AvCIR) Division became part of FSF in April 1959, being transferred from Cornell University.[3] AvCIR later because Aviation Safety Engineering and Research (AvSER). AvCIR conducted safety research specific to aviation.


The Foundation’s stated objectives are to:

  • "pursue the active involvement and participation of the diverse elements of global professional aviation
  • "Anticipate, identify and analyze global aviation safety issues and set priorities"
  • "Communicate effectively about aviation safety"
  • "Be a catalyst for action and the adoption of best aviation safety practices"


The FSF produces a month magazine titled AeroSafety World which has a controlled circulation that includes all FSF members as well as executives at air carriers, maintenance organizations, industry manufacturers and suppliers, and civil aviation authorities.[4]

AeroSafety World is now available in Spanish and Chinese, along with English. All three versions are available for download at the FSF website for no charge. The Spanish and Chinese-language version are only available electronically.


In partnership with other safety authorities the FSF presents annual seminars including the Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS) since 1995, European Aviation Safety Seminar (EASS) and the International Air Safety Seminar (IASS) since 1947. In 2010, CASS was held in Tucson in April, EASS was in Lisbon, Portugal in March, and IASS will be in Milan, Italy. Registration information is available on the FSF webpage for all upcoming seminar.

In November 2010, FSF will host its first Business Aviation Safety Seminar in Singapore.


The FSF gives out annual awards to recognise individual achievements and group achievements in aviation safety, as well as heroism by civil aircraft crewmembers or ground personnel.[5] Many of the awards are named in honor of past heroes and presidents including the Admiral Luis de Florez Flight Safety Award named after former foundation president Luis de Florez.

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  1. ^ a b "Beauvais named to Board of Governors of the Flight Safety Foundation.". Business Wire. 1995-06-27. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  2. ^ About Flight Safety Foundation
  3. ^ Army Aviation Safety - Crash Injury, Crashworthiness, AvCIR 70-0-128, Flight Safety Foundation, Inc, 30 Dec 1960.
  4. ^ ""Aviation Safety World" from Flight Safety Foundation.". Business Publisher. 2006-05-17. Archived from the original on 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  5. ^ "ATSB Wins International Award" (PDF). Flight Safety Australia (Australian Transport Safety Bureau) 8 (1 Jan – Feb 2004). 2004. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 

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