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Air Charter Association of North America Unveils “Contract Best Practices” for Carriers and Brokers

SALEM, N.H.—Jan. 6, 2015—The Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA), a nonprofit organization, recently published its 12-page *Contract Best Practices (CBP) document, which provides in-depth information as a valuable resource for air carriers and brokers that engage in the arranging of brokering aircraft. ACANA will be present at the 2015 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, exhibiting in booth 1826, in California, February 3 – 6, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Addressing CBP and other pressing matters affecting industry, ACANA will hold a press conference in meeting room 211C on Feb. 4, 2015, from 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Scott Bickford, ACANA’s chair and CEO of Air Planning LLC., said, “The CBP addresses a myriad of areas, including recommended contract language, credit card payments, agency relationships, waivers of subrogation, flight irregularities, payments and cancellation, force majeure and numerous other issues that are associated with crafting effective contract agreements. ”

Bickford credited CBP as a collaboration between the ACANA Board and Dayton Lehman Jr. Mr. Lehman, the former Department of Transportation principal deputy assistant general counsel of the Aviation Enforcement Office, now holds the position of president of Capitol Business Solutions’ Aviation Group.

“Having Dayton’s involvement with the CBP project certainly speaks to the quality of our association,” Bickford said.

*The CBP in its entirety is available at http://flyacana.org/contract-best-practices, which also has a printable PDF link at the end of the document.

 

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Karen Di Piazza
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Web: www.FlyAcana.org
Email: KarenDiPiazza@gmail.com


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ACANA and ACSF Collaborate in Industry Best Practices to Increase Consumer Safety

SALEM, N.H.—June 16, 2014—The Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA) and Virginia-based Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) are engaged in a joint effort to bolster higher standards for the air charter industry, to include FAR Part 135s, Part 121s and the air charter broker community.

“ACANA welcomes the ACSF to our association, and we look forward to collaborating, relative to the development and implementation of best practices that will lead the air charter industry,” said Scott Bickford, elected 2014 chair and cofounder of ACANA.

ACSF President Bryan Burns said there is a lack of awareness concerning on-demand air charter within the industry.

“The common goal of the best on-demand air charter companies is to go far beyond the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) regulations, to ensure passenger safety,” Burns said. “Yet, most air charter customers are unfamiliar with these additional efforts.

“We need to establish industry standards and best practices that exceed FAA minimum requirements, implement Safety Management Systems (SMS), welcome third-party audits to validate carriers’ SMS and supporting industry safety organizations that share safety information and best practices.”

He also noted the ACSF’s Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), which ACANA fully endorses as a member of the ACSF. ASAP, a voluntary, self-reporting program identifies and reduces possible flight safety concerns and mitigates risk.

Burns explains, “It encourages an employee of a participating member company to voluntarily report safety issues, by offering enforcement-related incentives. An ASAP is based on a safety partnership that includes the ACSF, the FAA and the participating company.”

Another concern of ACANA and the ACSF is the fact that illegal on-demand air charters continues to flourish within the industry unbeknownst to consumers, which is not only dangerous to consumers, but is a violation of regulations by the FAA and the Department of Transportation.

To help remedy this ongoing illegal activity, the ACSF is staffing its Charter Reporting Hotline that allows any employee or agent of a Part 135/121 certificate holder to call its toll-free hotline, 888.759.3581 or 888.SKY-FLT1. The reporter will be able to file a report of suspected illegal commercial flights, where an aircraft operator without an FAA air carrier certificate is accepting compensation for transportation.

“Persons illegally conducting commercial flights adversely affect the safety of consumers and the air charter industry,” Burns said. “If desired, reports can be filed anonymously, and follow-up responses will be provided to reporters with a case code. The FAA will be provided with details to initiate an investigation, and the ACSF will regularly contact the FAA to ensure that cases are being followed up for appropriate action.”

 

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Karen Di Piazza

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Air Charter Association of North America Holds Open Forum on DOT’s New Air Charter Regulations at NBAA2013

SALEM, N.H.—Oct. 15, 2013—The Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA), a nonprofit entity, will hold an open forum and Q & A session regarding the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) recently published Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the air charter industry. At the conference, brokers, FAR Part 135/121operators and industry stakeholders will have a rare opportunity to ask experts for clarification on the NPRM and how it will affect their businesses.

WHEN / WHERE: ACANA’s conference is on Oct. 22, 2013, room N115, from 3 – 4:45 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

WHO: Dayton Lehman Jr., former DOT principal deputy assistant general counsel of the Aviation Enforcement Office, now-president of Capitol Business Solutions’ Aviation Group; aviation attorney Kent Jackson, founder and president of Jackson & Wade LLC; ACANA Chairman David McCown, senior vice president of Air Partner Inc.; and Brent Moldowan, ACANA president, Jeppesen business aviation sales manager.

The DOT’s Aviation Enforcement Office, which has responsibility for enforcing rules resulting from the proposal, drafted the NPRM. Prior to Dayton Lehman’s retirement from the agency, he played a major role in the making of the NPRM. Since leaving the agency, he’s been working with ACANA on best industry practices. Urging the industry to participate fully in the rulemaking process, Mr. Lehman, said, “The NPRM affords the industry a unique opportunity to provide the government with the information the industry deems necessary to permit expanded, licensed operations, while ensuring a proper balance between the marketplace and protecting consumers.”

Kent Jackson warns that the DOT’s NPRM offers a mixed bag of opportunities and hazards for charter brokers and operators. “The industry needs to respond to the DOT with concrete comments on the proposed rule. Without comments, the proposed disclosures could overwhelm the potential opportunities that the rule could provide,” he said.

David McCown said this is a can’t-miss conference, as the NPRM leaves the door open for additional regulations. “We know that thousands of charter brokers, operators and industry stakeholders have varying opinions and concerns about the NPRM. ACANA’s panel discussion will afford everyone the opportunity to express, hear and discuss concerns on the new regulations,” he said.

Media Contact:
Karen Di Piazza
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For Immediate ReleaseAir Charter Association of North America Hosts Vital Forum on DOT’s New Air Charter Broker/Operator Regulations at NBAA2012SALEM, N.H.—Oct. 9, 2012 —The Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA) will hold a crucial forum and a Q & A session on the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) imminent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the air charter broker/operator industry in the United States. During ACANA’s press conference, the motivating factors driving the DOT’s proposed new regulations will be revealed to the public for the first time.WHEN / WHERE: ACANA’s press conference will take place on Oct. 30, 2012, room N220B, from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., located at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., during NBAA2012.WHO: This year, ACANA’s distinguished panelists are Dayton Lehman Jr., former DOT principal deputy assistant general counsel, now president of Aviation Group at Capitol Business Solutions Inc.; author and aviation attorney Kent Jackson of Jackson & Wade LLC; Geoff Makely, senior vice president of charter management of Part 135 operator Jet Edge International; Kevin White, director of sales of Part 121 operator Miami Air International Inc.; Scott Bickford, CEO of air charter brokerage Air Planning LLC; and moderator Brent Moldowan, Wyvern Consulting Ltd.’s managing director and ACANA president.TOPICS:

  • Four major factors driving the DOT’s NPRM
  • How the DOT’s NPRM will affect operator/broker businesses
  • Challenges on organizational compliance and DOT oversight
  • How the DOT investigates new practices/products and an outline on how industry can better participate with the U.S. government
  • Best industry practices when the Part 135 community becomes a brokering community, selling off-fleet charter flights
  • Broker agreements, pricing and practices
  • Broker practices must follow legal format
  • Brokering practices following an accident
  • Broker /operator emergency response plan (ERP); in the event of an incident or accident, how to deal with an operator that a broker or operator is using

Additionally, you can visit ACANA’s booth 2126 from October 30 through Nov. 1, 2012.

About ACANA

The Air Charter Association of North America is a nonprofit organization, which comprises the finest air charter providers in the industry—representing combined annual revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Our mission is to enhance and foster the air charter industry by promoting best practices and professionalism representing members’ collective regulatory interests, and to educate consumers about the benefits of private aviation. ACANA’s mission is a benchmark for excellence, promoting professionalism and transparency that helps consumers to make informed decisions about their air charter service provider.

Media Contact:

Karen Di Piazza

Email: KarenDiPiazza@gmail.com

Tel: 530.622.2182

Web: www.FlyAcana.org


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Download this great May 2012 article by Lindsey McFarren in Aviation Business Journal, “The Broker Issue—Brokers Tell Their Side.”

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Air Charter Association of North America Sets New Membership Bylaws

SALEM, N.H.—March 6, 2012—The Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA) announces its decision to change bylaws affecting membership requirements for air charter brokers, operators and ancillary service providers.

First, ACANA decided to lower the minimum number of employees required of air charter broker members. While air charter broker members must meet a wide range of requirements, the board recognizesthat the total number of employees is not a determining factor as to whether a charter broker engages in industry best practices.

Additionally, ACANA will allow qualified U.S.-based air carriers (FAR Part 135 /FAR Part 121) and U.S.-based ancillary service providers to the air charter industry to apply for full membership, rather than only associate membership. Finally, the board decided to allow eligible non-U.S.entities, including air charter brokers and air carriers to become associate members provided they conduct a portion of their business in the U.S., and meet all requirements and best practices for those activities conducted in the U.S.

“The board continues to position ACANA as a more inclusive organization so it can better support its mission,” said ACANA Chairman David McCown. “As our membership grows, so does our ability to discuss and promote the importance our industry places on ethical business behavior and best practices. These changes announced today reflect the organization’s commitment to opening the door to all qualified air charter brokers, air carriers and ancillary service providers who are committed to the ACANA mission.”

About ACANA

The Air Charter Association of North America is a nonprofit organization, which comprises the finest air charter providers in the industry—representing combined annual revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars. ACANA’s mission is to enhance and foster the air charter industry by promoting best practices and professionalism representing its members’ collective regulatory interests, and to educate consumers about the benefits of private aviation. ACANA’s mission creates a benchmark for excellence and professionalism that helps consumers make informed decisions about their air charter service provider.

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Karen Di Piazza

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Email: KarenDiPiazza@gmail.com

Web: www.FlyAcana.org

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New 2012 Air Charter Association of North America Board

SALEM, N.H.—March 6, 2012—The Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA) proudly announces its 2012 board members as follows:

  • David McCown, senior vice president at Air Partner, shall resume as ACANA chairman.
  • Brent Moldowan, managing director of Wyvern Ltd., formerly vice president of ACANA now holds the position of president.
  • Wayne J. Rizzi, CEO and president of Air Royale International, was elected to serve as ACANA vice president.
  • Kathy Byers, CharterSearch Inc.’s director of market development and vendor relations, resumes as secretary of ACANA.
  • Sharon Thomas, president of Air Planning, shall remain treasurer of ACANA.
  • Karen Di Piazza is an associate board member and serves as ACANA’s director of public relations / media relations.

About ACANA

The Air Charter Association of North America is a nonprofit organization, which comprises the finest air charter providers in the industry—representing combined annual revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars. ACANA’s mission is to enhance and foster the air charter industry by promoting best practices and professionalism representing its members’ collective regulatory interests, and to educate consumers about the benefits of private aviation. ACANA’s mission creates a benchmark for excellence and professionalism that helps consumers make informed decisions about their air charter service provider.

Contact:

Karen Di Piazza

Tel: 530.622.2182

Email: KarenDiPiazza@gmail.com

Web: www.FlyAcana.org

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY NBAA2011 Booth C7818

Air Charter Association of North America Hosts Critical Charter Operator / Broker Legalities Forum at NBAA2011

SALEM, N.H.—Sept. 23, 2011 (Business Wire)—The Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA), a nonprofit air charter association, will hold a forum on charter operator / broker legalities, transparency, consumer protection and update on Department of Transportation broker regulations.

WHERE: ACANA’s conference takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention.

WHEN: Oct. 10, 2011, room 3 from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

WHAT: ACANA’s candid forum and Q & A features renowned aviation attorney and author Kent Jackson of Jackson & Wade, along with seven other distinguished panelists: David McCown, Air Partner V.P., ACANA chairman; Joel Thomas, Stratos Jet Charters’ president, ACANA president; Brent Moldowan, Wyvern Consulting Ltd.’s managing director, ACANA V.P.; Wayne J. Rizzi, Air Royale International’s president and CEO; Michael Hackert, V.P. sales/marketing of Part 121 carrier Miami Air; Steve Lister, V.P. of Part 135 carrier Jet Select; and Le Bas International’s COO Tracey Deakin.

“ACANA exists to affect change through promoting best practices and balanced regulatory action. We’ve confronted concerns within our industry and to government agencies with respect to regulation,” said ACANA Chairman David McCown.

Topics panelists will address include:

  • Forthcoming DOT regulatory changes in regards to air charter brokers, which may affect charter operators that broker flights
  • Definition of illegal air charter—Part 125 and holding out as carrier
  • HR 5900 application or lack thereof to date from the DOT on Part 135 operators and the broker community
  • Pricing, products and “phantom” aircraft—what’s ethical or legal?
  • Due diligence and liability with respect to brokering flights—where are the fail points in the brokering process and what’s legal?
  • Operator-focused update on best practices and products found in the real world
  • How do memberships, jet cards and shared seats fit today’s market?
  • Intent, disclosure and transparency in agreements—how do operators / brokers distinguish between ethical and unethical practices?
  • Broker / carrier relationship as it relates to pricing, practices and processes in the broker / operator relationship

“With a focus on best practices and an eye towards leading regulatory efforts, ACANA offers value to consumers of air charter,” said Brent Moldowan, ACANA vice president.

Contact: Karen Di Piazza

Email: KarenDiPiazza@gmail.com

Tel: 530.622.2182 / Website: www.FlyAcana.org

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Common Values Prompt Air Charter Safety Foundation to Join ACANA

The Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing and fostering the air charter industry by promoting best practices and educating consumers about the benefits of private aviation, recently welcomed the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) as its newest member.

The Air Charter Safety Foundation is a nonprofit foundation established to improve the safety of air charter and shared aircraft ownership operations. The ACSF’s mission is to advance charter and shared aircraft ownership industry standards and best practices; promulgate safety, security and service benchmarks; and promote the universal acceptance of safety management systems.

ACANA Chairman David McCown, said, “Having constructive, informed dialogue among our membership and with the broader aviation community is an essential component to fulfilling our mission. As an ACANA member, the ACSF will enhance the carrier safety operations and regulations dialogue within the ACANA group.” McCown continued, “While ACANA membership includes leading Part 135 and Part 121 air carriers, it was originally founded for and continues to consist predominantly of air charter brokers. Through their own activities, the ACSF will be instrumental in communicating to its extensive membership the ACANA ideals, values and concerns. This benefits air carriers, air charter brokers and, ultimately, consumers.”

ACSF President Bryan Burns said he was looking forward to joining ACANA. Burns stated, “ACANA’s mission to create a benchmark for excellence and professionalism helping air charter consumers to make informed decisions about their air charter service provider is exactly aligned with the ACSF’s safety mission through their research, collaboration and educational programs. It’s a win-win for members of both organizations.”

The Air Charter Safety Foundation advances charter and shared aircraft ownership industry standards and best practices; promulgates safety, security and service benchmarks; and promotes the universal acceptance of safety management systems.

 

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Karen Di Piazza

Tel: 530.622.2182

Email: KarenDiPiazza@gmail.com

Web: www.FlyAcana.org

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Raising Best Practices and Ethics Jet Select Aviation and Miami Air Join ACANA

SALEM, N.H., July 13, 2011—The Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA), the only nonprofit self-regulatory organization in the air charter industry that promotes best practices and ethics, welcomed air carriers Jet Select Aviation and Miami Air as its newest members today.

ACANA comprises the finest, most reputable air charter service providers in North America. Its mission is to enhance and foster the air charter industry by promoting best practices and professionalism—representing ACANA members’ collective regulatory interests—and educating consumers about the benefits of private aviation.

ACANA Chairman David McCown, said, “Having constructive dialogue among air carriers and air charter brokers is an essential component to fulfilling our mission. It’s a priority for our organization to increase the number of air carrier members. FAR Part 135 operator Jet Select Aviation and commercial Part 121 operator Miami Air join a growing number of leading air carriers who recognize the importance of working with air charter brokers in fostering professionalism and best practices across the air charter industry. This benefits air carriers, air charter brokers and ultimately consumers.”

ACANA President Joel Thomas said he was happy to sponsor Columbus, Ohio-based Jet Select Aviation. “Jet Select places an emphasis on customer safety; it has its own safety management system that includes internal and vendor auditing programs, risk assessment and management programs. These are the types of business practices we’re looking for when we invite brokers and operators to join ACANA.”

As new members, Jet Select and Miami Air are not only responsible for upholding and promoting ACANA’s best practices and ethics, but also responsible for setting an example for other service providers in the industry. ACANA’s board agreed that Jet Select and Miami Air are more than capable of setting the benchmark for professionalism and excellence and representing the best interests of consumers.

ACANA board member Kathy Byers, said, “Over the years, Miami Air has been a clear leader in the Part 121 segment of the air charter industry. Its impeccable record of safety, service and wanting to work with only the most professional and ethical air charter brokers is a strong endorsement of ACANA and its mission.”

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Karen Di Piazza

Email: KarenDiPiazza@gmail.com

Tel: 530.622.2182 / Website: www.FlyAcana.org

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ACANA Plays Major Role in Air Charter Broker DOT Policy

BOSTON, June 11, 2010 – Recently, the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued the most significant policy change concerning the air charter brokerage industry since 2004. The Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA), in keeping with its mission to protect the business interests of members and to foster a compliance disposition relative to the various regulatory agencies, played a pivotal role in shaping this recent policy shift.

In 2009 the DOT commenced a series of inquiries involving air charter brokers that were arranging air charter services for government agencies under the aegis of a General Services Administration (GSA) contract. The DOT’s initial position deemed it was unlawful for air charter brokers to act as agents of a government agency. However, for many years the GSA had awarded specific schedules to air charter brokers under which air charter services had been arranged.

ACANA launched an aggressive campaign to inform and educate the DOT relative to the benefits and successful history of air charter brokers assisting government agencies with arranging air charter services.

ACANA provided a single, organized and unified response on behalf of the air charter brokerage community. The association also worked with the GSA in clarifying its position relating to government charter. Thus, on April 14, 2010, the DOT issued a final order granting certain air charter brokers with indirect air carrier status—specifically to provide air charter services on behalf of U.S. governmental agencies via a GSA award.

ACANA is pleased that the DOT has recognized that the air charter brokerage community continues to provide a valuable service to government agencies. The association’s role in influencing this policy change evidences its growing presence in promoting air charter brokerage standards and best practices.

About ACANA:

The Air Charter Association of North America is a nonprofit organization consisting of the finest air charter service providers in the industry. Stringent membership requirements of ACANA ensure that its members adhere to the highest standards of ethics, integrity and professionalism. Providing a benchmark for excellence and professionalism for consumers is the association’s foremost priority.

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Karen Di Piazza

Email: KarenDiPiazza@gmail.com

Tel: 530.622.2182

Web: www.FlyAcana.org

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ACANA Endorses NBAA Publication of Best Practices for Air Charter Brokering

BOSTON, September 21, 2009 – The Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA) has formally endorsed the recent National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) publication: NBAA Best Practices for Air Charter Brokering. This publication provides confirmation that the NBAA recognizes the value that brokers bring to the business aviation community. ACANA wishes to acknowledge this industry milestone and stands behind the movement for setting high standards for the brokering community.

The NBAA publication addresses the role air charter brokers play in the Part 135 on-demand air charter industry (focusing on aircraft of 30 seats and less) and discusses federal regulations that must be adhered to and the best practices used throughout the air charter brokering industry.

“ACANA welcomes the NBAA’s efforts to establish best practices for air charter brokers,” said ACANA Chairman Scott Bickford. “ACANA shares the goal of creating a marketplace where ethical, experienced, and highly trained brokers are the standard and not the exception.”

ACANA President Jonathan Tasler stated that ACANA looks forward to working with NBAA and the DOT in order to standardize and improve how air charter brokers provide services to their clients. “We are pleased that NBAA recognizes the positive role that brokers play in the air charter industry,” Tasler said.

About ACANA

The Air Charter Association of North America is a nonprofit organization comprised of the finest air charter service providers in the industry. The stringent membership requirements of ACANA ensure that the members adhere to the highest standards of ethics, integrity and professionalism. Providing a benchmark for excellence and professionalism for consumers is the purpose of the organization.

Contact:

Karen Di Piazza

Email: KarenDiPiazza@gmail.com

Tel: 530.622.2182

Web: www.FlyAcana.org

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Air Charter Professionals Form ACANA to Promote Ethical Practices

BOSTON, June 22, 2007 – A nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing and promoting the highest standards of ethics, integrity and professionalism in the air charter industry, has been formed by principals from several of the most well established and successful air charter companies in North America. With combined revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually, the Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA) represents a significant presence in the aviation marketplace.

The purpose of the organization is to recognize and set standards of financial stability, longevity, industry presence, ethical business practices and compliance with DOT and FAA regulations. By virtue of these standards and a company’s membership in ACANA, clients and prospective clients will have a benchmark with which to judge the air charter provider that they choose to use.

“We realize that there are companies in our industry that operate with an apparent absence of ethical business practices and standards,” said Scott Bickford, chairman of ACANA and CEO of Air Planning. “It is our hope that the creation of ACANA will be taking the lead to promote awareness of the high level of ethics and standards that the majority in our industry operate by.

ACANA will engage with the Department of Transportation to ensure that current industry regulations will be enforced and will encourage the government to take action against violators, rather than create a more burdensome regulatory environment for those who maintain a high ethical standard.

“As an organization, we strongly believe that the number of companies in our industry that add value for the client and create revenue for the operators vastly outnumbers the few that choose to operate in a manner that undermines the public’s perception of our work,” said Jonathan Tasler, president of ACANA and president of Air Charter Team.

The founding member companies of ACANA are Air Charter Team, Air Planning, Chapman Freeborn, Le Bas, Performance Aviation and Sportsflight, with an average of 10 years in business.

To become a member in the organization, the applicant company must be sponsored by an existing member, provide certified financial information and meet a stringent list of operating criteria including but not limited to the number of years in business, permanent office space and a commitment to only working with Part 135 and Part 121 operators.

Betsy Nocton of American Trans Air and Laura Douglas of US Airways have accepted an invitation from ACANA to serve as advisory board members to the organization.