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Pentastar Aviation Vice President of Flight Operations and Director of Operations Robert Rufli elected Vice Chairman of Air Charter Safety Foundation

WATERFORD, Mich., (July 17, 2019) – Robert Rufli, Vice President of Flight Operations and Director of Operations for Pentastar Aviation has been elected Vice Chairman of the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF). Rufli has served on the ACSF Board of Governors since 2015.

In his new role as Vice Chairman, Rufli will help the ACSF’s mission to lead and support the advancement of the highest safety standards available to allow the business, charter and fractional ownership industry to offer the safest air transportation products in the world and to provide objective information about these standards and services to the public.

ACSF President Bryan Burns stated: “We are pleased to welcome Bob as Vice Chairman. He has a deep passion for the improvement and enhancement of all aspects of the air charter industry, from safety to the advocacy and support for standards.”

Rufli has served as Vice President of Flight Operations and Director of Operations for Pentastar for over 2 years and has over 35 years of experience in the aviation industry. He is well-versed in FAA operational certification and certificate merger projects and his experience also includes worldwide flight experience, startup and operations of corporate shuttles, 14 CFR Part 121 initial operational certification, FAA authorized A 502 Merger of five Part 135 Certificates and implementation of cloud-based data management tools, among others.

Rufli earned his Bachelor of Science in Air Commerce from Florida Institute of Technology and completed flight training in Gulfstream III, Hawker 800XP & 700, McDonnell Douglas MD-80, Airbus A-320, Beechjet 400A and 400, Mitsubishi Diamond, Beech Starship and Merlin VIC and 300 through Flight Safety International.

About Pentastar Aviation

Pentastar Aviation, wholly owned by Edsel B. Ford II, is a leader in the world of business aviation, providing aircraft management, advisory services, aircraft maintenance, avionics services, interior services and award-winning Executive Terminal services. Air charter transportation services are provided by Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc., a U.S. FAR Part 135 on-demand air carrier, or by other U.S., FAR Part 135 certificated on-demand air carriers arranged by Pentastar Aviation, LLC. Their team is committed to delivering the highest standards of safety and service excellence to their customers.

Pentastar Aviation has been servicing regional and global travelers for over 50 years and is headquartered at Oakland County International Airport (PTK). For more information, please visit

About ACSF

The ACSF has developed the industry audit standard, an all-inclusive audit tailored for Part 135 and 91K operators that acts as a detailed gap analysis of an operator’s management practices. The audit program consists of a thorough review of an operator’s processes, procedures and regulatory compliance and the operator’s implementation of and adherence to a safety management system.

Additionally, the Foundation offers a voluntary, self-reporting Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) which helps identify and reduce possible flight safety concerns, as well as mitigate risk. The ASAP uses employee input to identify significant safety concerns and issues, operational deficiencies, non-compliance with regulations, deviations from company policies and procedures, and unusual events. Each report is investigated and corrective actions are determined based on a non-disciplinary approach to flight safety.

For further information, contact Bryan Burns at [email protected] or go to