Exceeding Safety Standards in Private Charter Aircraft
Private aircraft charters are convenient and allow charter travel to thousands of airports around the world that are not served by commercial airlines. However, not all companies that arrange private flights are created equal, It is crucial to be well-informed about the private aircraft charter company you select and its dedication to aviation safety. Charter Flight Group is committed to providing the safest private flight charters for every client.
To meet our strict safety goals, Charter Flight Group obtains ARG/US and WYVERN safety reports on every private flight we book. We require our private charter aircraft partners to be fully compliant with Part 135 of Title 14 of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations (or the EU OPS and EASA equivalents in Europe). Charter Flight Group verifies the qualifications and experience of all pilots and monitor the maintenance and insurance records on our private charter aircraft. Maintaining these safety requirements in real-time elevates Charter Flight Group above our competitors.
We continue to meet and exceed every safety standard to promote confidence and peace of mind for your private aircraft charter travel.
Some of the factors that affect the safety of private aircraft charters are:
- Maintenance of the private charter aircraft/ equipment
- Certification and training of the pilot and copilot
- Destination of the private flight and airport services
- Private flight weather conditions
- Safety rating of the private aircraft charter operator
- Charter operator’s training and recordkeeping compliance
FAA-Compliant Private Aircraft Charters
The FAA regulates and controls the operation of all aviation in the United States – commercial, private and chartered. Before an aircraft or private aircraft charter operator is permitted to fly the general public as paying passengers, they must undergo a lengthy investigation and certification process. In the case of private charter aircraft, the governing regulations are found in FAR Part 135 [insert FAA link; see below] and apply to aircraft and equipment, flight operations and limitations, pilot and crewmember qualifications, maintenance, training and recordkeeping. In some cases, FAR Part 135 regulations are more stringent than Part 125 which governs large commercial aircraft. Charter Flight Group mandates that all aircraft and private charter flight operators meet these regulations and maintain up-to-date certification.
The FAA also imposes rigorous qualifications on pilots of private charter aircraft. They must have spotless police records, be medically certified by an FAA examiner, and meet minimum training and flight-hour requirements.
To pilot anything other than their own personal aircraft, pilots must have a commercial pilot’s license/ certificate issued by the FAA and must meet strict training and flight time requirements. Before a non-military pilot qualifies to carry passengers, he/she must have four to six years of flight-time and testing. The highest-rated charter pilots in the U.S. are ATP-rated, which means they possess an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and are authorized to carry more than 9 passengers aboard scheduled and private charter aircraft with a maximum gross weight exceeding 12,500 pounds. Private charter aircraft pilots must meet many of the same requirements as commercial airline pilots.
With more than 30 years in the industry, Charter Flight Group is dedicated to supplying clients with professionally maintained private charter aircraft and the finest, most highly trained flight crews. To augment the safety of our private aircraft charters, Charter Flight Group utilizes some of the best third-party safety and auditing agencies in the aviation industry.
WYVERN-Authorized for Unsurpassed Private Flight Safety
Safety is essential to Charter Flight Group and we are proud to be a WYVERN-authorized user. The WYVERN Standard is the most restrictive aviation safety standard in the industry and is stricter than the FAA Part 135 minimums. Our WYVERN authorization gives us instant access to WYVERN Pilot & Aircraft Safety Survey (PASS) reports on every private charter flight we book. We provide the reports to you before your air charter travel. And the flight must pass! A Wyvern PASS report is evidence that crucial safety information about the private aircraft charter operator, the aircraft and the flight crew has been checked and verified. [Note: Maybe you could link them to an image of an actual PASS report?]
Since 1991, Wyvern Consulting Ltd. has performed safety audits on charter operators around the globe. The actual on-site audits last two to three days and scrutinize the aircraft and pilots.
Because WYVERN audits are so thorough, not one of the 5 fatal accidents or 22 fatalities on FAA Part 135 turbine charter aircraft between August 2005 and August 2010 occurred on a WYVERN-compliant flight. www.wyvernltd.com
Charter Flight Group clients can be assured they are receiving a superior service than they may get with others because our WYVERN-authorized status gives us access to information that few private flight charter companies have. If your charter company is not WYVERN Authorized and does not display the WYVERN seal, they may not be able to accurately verify the safety of your business jet charter.
ARG/US TripCHEQ for Safe Air Charter Travel
Another example of Charter Flight Group’s dedication to maximum safety is our subscription to the TripCHEQ program provided by Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARG/US). ARG/US performs safety audits and ratings on charter operators around the world through the TripCHEQ program. Charter Flight Group’s access to the ARG/US system allows us to perform due diligence on a flight-by-flight basis to ensure the safety of your private flights.
ARG/US assigns red, yellow or green ratings, Charter Flight Group will always recommend the green rating as the highest standard for your private aircraft charter.
- Experience of the pilot and copilot in the specific aircraft;
- Certification and type ratings of the flight crew
- Record of accidents, incidents or violations for the flight crew;
- Safety and incident record of the private charter aircraft;
- Verification of insurance coverage on the aircraft;
- Safety rating of the private aircraft charter operator.
Fly Confidently with Charter Flight Group
Unparalleled safety is the number one priority for Charter Flight Group when we select the best private aircraft charter for you and your family or colleagues. Charter Flight Group has analyzed every important detail – from the airports you selected, to the weather on takeoff, in the air and upon landing, to the ARG/US and
WYVERN-verified safety reports about your aircraft and crew. Your private flight is in the hands of aviation industry experts.