Topic Safety…..the cornerstone to private aviation.
If you find the Private Jet Charter business confusing, you are in good company. Most individuals and companies which are in the position to fly private have been told the same store by the larger private charter companies for a very long time, it is time to discuss the truth.
The one underlying myth is that some aircraft are not safe. All aircraft from the Turbo prop King Air and Pilatus to the light and heavy jet world of the Gulfstream, Hawkers, Citations, Challengers and Learjets….they all must meet the exacting standards of FAA. To be certified to become part of the Part 135 charter fleet the FAA has established stringent criteria which must be meet and is in most cases exceeded by the operator of the aircraft. In addition there are third party independent jet inspections and guidelines that are enforced by companies such as ARG/US. This companies ratings can be requested by a private aviation client at any time for their next charter requirements.
The aircraft are just one half of the equation, your crew is just as important to your safety, comfort and peace of mind while flying in private jets. Marquis a NetJets company claims in their comparison the following.
“NetJets pilots are among the most highly trained pilots in the world. NetJets pilots attend recurrent training twice a year and are dedicated to fly only one specific aircraft type for ultimate familiarity.”
Again a bit misleading as all pilots are trained for a specific aircraft. Attempting to worry a potential client about the qualification of the crew is not warranted as all pilots and crew currently commanding an private jet are subject to a level of training and experience that is consistent throughout the charter and fractional jet fleets.
Last point on safety, is that there is a difference between a Part 135 charter flight and a Part 91 flight. If you are utilizing our company, Independent Jets, you will be under the more stringent and cautionary rules of Part 135. If you are a Fractional owner you can travel under the rules of Part 91, which are less stringent and allows you to land on shorter runways and depart with lower visibility limits.