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How to Ensure Safety When Chartering a Private Jet

When selecting a private jet charter company for your next flight, there are a few questions you have to ask to make sure you are getting not only a safe flight, but also the best value for your cash.

Pilot Experience and Training

Definitely, the most important safety issue when it comes to your private jet charter flight is the pilots’ experience level. As a money-saving measure, some operators hire not-so-experienced pilots who meet no more than the minimum standards imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). More experienced pilots are more expensive to employ, while less experienced ones are usually willing to settle for a lower salary in exchange for experience.
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The FAA requires private jet charter or fractional flight pilots to have flight experience of at least 1000 to 1500 hours. Several fractional operators require their pilots to have no less than 2500 hours of flight experience. Certain jet charter operators just impose the FAA minimums, which isn’t very good news for clients. With some operators, you get an experienced captain, but an inexperienced pilot in the right seat. Again, not so great news.
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Higher-end private jet charter companies, on the other hand, are more safety-oriented, recruiting only pilots who far exceed the minimum requirements of the FAA. Aviation best practices dictate that both pilots have at least 5000 hours of flight experience, and that both are also captain-qualified. In addition, top operators oblige their pilots to attend simulator-based emergency training at least once a year.

Safety Record

A private jet charger operator’s safety record is an extremely important consideration – even more important than experience – that you should make. An operator that with independent third-party accreditation puts great value on safety, and satisfies higher operational and safety standards than those imposed by the FAA. There are various ways of learning about the safety record of an operator:

> Call the FAA’s local office – the Flight Standards District Office – and ask if the operator has figured in any accidents or incidents.

> Request Wyvern for a report (Wyvern is the number one provider of charter operator safety reports). In particular, ask for the PASS (Pilot and Aircraft Safety Survey), which indicates essential information on the pilots’ level of experience and training, as well as the operator’s safety stats.

> Call the operator, asking what their safety rating is, and if their operations have been audited by any third party.

The three main auditors of the industry include the Air Charter Safety Foundation, Wyvern, IS-BAO, and ARG/US, and. If an operator has successfully completed an audit by any of such organizations, that means they are meeting the highest possible safety standards in the industry of aviation.