Heavenly Brickks:

When one door closes….


The International Aviation Safety Association (IASA)


The International Aviation Safety Association (IASA) was established on 4 March 1999, in Loving Memory of Raymond M. Romano, my husband, who perished when Swissair Flight 111 crashed into the waters off Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia Canada on 2 September 1998. It was my opinion that there was an urgent need for a financially independent, non-political group to address long overdue aviation safety issues which contributed to the crash.


It quickly became obvious that I was correct in that assumption. Over the years we earned a high degree of respect within the aviation community in the United States and many countries around the world.


Immediately following the atrocities of 9/11, it became painfully clear that the focus on aviation safety issues – the basis for IASA’s establishment – had dramatically shifted to security issues. After years of careful consideration I arrived at the difficult, emotional but realistic decision to close IASA’s doors, as an active instrument for pursuit of air safety ideals, on 4 March 2007. It would be eight years to the day (of its establishment).


It was truly agonizing but with it came a great deal of pride. Our accomplishments over eight years not only served to address aviation safety issues, but to resolve some and enhance others. It is my fondest desire that the International Aviation Safety Association be remembered as one of Ray’s most important legacies.

The International Aviation Safety Association is no longer an operational organization but IASA’S website (www.iasa-intl.com) will remain a valuable aviation safety reference source for anyone wishing to take advantage of the wealth of information gathered over the years.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all who assisted me in establishing IASA, as well as those who contributed to, and helped sustain, our excellent endeavors and accomplishments.


Another door opens….


Introducing Heavenly Brickks


I (unofficially) established Heavenly Brickks several years ago by dedicating a section of the IASA website to bring attention to the charities I had “adopted” during IASA’s tenure. It is with great pleasure that I am now able to officially introduce Heavenly Brickks - which will hereinafter be affectionately referred to as IASA’s “offspring”.



Heavenly Brickks: Dedicated to paving a way forward for those less fortunate.


Heavenly Brickks is dedicated to paving a way forward, brick by Heavenly Brickk, for many in need. Our helping hands support those enduring physical and or emotional challenges, educational needs, homelessness, deprivation and hunger around the world, as well as a host of other humanitarian issues where the need is greatest. From veterans to children to the aged and beyond, our goal is to assist those who many have forgotten.


Heavenly Brickks is committed to reaching out, whether the need be temporary (due to a natural disaster) or more permanent, such as for those who have not been blessed with the physical and or mental ability to sustain a dignified life for themselves or their loved ones.


Raymond M. Romano’s life may have been cut all too short, as were the lives of all those who perished with him that fateful night, but his legacy will live on by the good works Heavenly Brickks is prepared to provide in his name.


In closing, please rest assured that this does not mean my personal dedication to aviation safety has, or will ever, wane. Many of IASA’s erstwhile helpers remain very active in aviation safety pursuits and they keep me fully “in the picture”. The primary focus of my endeavors may have changed, but the catalyst – that being Ray’s legacy - has not.



Lyn S. Romano