Figuring Out Flights

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Safety Tips for 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 Certainly, the most important crucial safety issue in terms of your private jet charter flight is the experience of the pilots. 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 cost pricier to hire, while less experienced ones are often willing to work for a lower pay just to gain experience.
Looking On The Bright Side of Flights
Based on an FAA requirement, a private jet charter or fractional flight pilots needs to have from 1000 – 1500 hours of flight experience. A good number of fractional operator pilots are required to have at least 2500 hours of flight experience. Some jet charter operators simply aim for the FAA minimums, which isn’t very comforting for clients. With some operators, you get an experienced captain, but an inexperienced pilot in the right seat. Again, not so comforting.
Getting To The Point – Jets
On the other hand, higher-end private jet charter companies are more safety-minded in that they only hire pilots who are far more qualified than what the FAA minimums require. Aviation best practices dictate that both pilots have at least 5000 hours of flight experience, and that both are also captain-qualified. Moreover, reputable operators oblige their pilots to complete simulator-based emergency training at least yearly. Safety Record The safety record of an operator is a very important consideration – even more important than experience – for those looking for a private jet charter service. An operator accredited by an independent third party puts a prime on safety, meeting even tougher operational and safety standards than those the FAA imposes. There are different ways to determine an operator’s safety record: > Call the Flight Standards District Office (local FAA office) and inquire whether or not there have been accidents or incidents involving the operator. > Request a report from Wyvern, the top provider of reports on aircraft charter operators. In particular, ask for the PASS (Pilot and Aircraft Safety Survey), which includes information on the pilots’ training and experience levels, as well as safety data of the company. > Call the operator, asking what their safety rating is, and if their operations have been audited by any third party. The primary industry auditors include Wyvern, IS-BAO, the Air Charter Safety Foundation and ARG/US. 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.