Flight Safety Foundation

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Flight Safety Foundation
Flight Safety Foundation logo.svg
Abbreviation FSF
Formation 1947[1]
Legal status Non profit organisation
Purpose Aviation safety research, education, advocacy
Headquarters Alexandria, Virginia
Region served
President and CEO
Jon L. Beatty
Website flightsafety.org

The Flight Safety Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, international organization concerning research, education, advocacy and publishing in the field of aviation 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 monthly journal 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 available electronically and in print form.


In partnership with other safety authorities, FSF presents two annual summits—the International Air Safety Summit (IASS) and the Business Aviation Safety Summit (BASS). FSF also organizes and sponsors smaller, regional safety events throughout the year.


The FSF gives out annual awards to recognize 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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