As a passenger, the biggest concern you have about flying is safety. How old is the aircraft you plan to board? What is the safety record? Questions about private jet charter safety seem to come up more often than they would about aircraft operated by a commercial airline. You would do well to choose a private jet operator that is ARG/US and WYVERN certified. The Aviation Research Group United States and Wyvern Consulting are the country’s premiere third-party safety aviation auditors.
Conducting Research Into Operating Histories
Your private charter company should be relentless in its aircraft inspection program. While the company does not maintain aircraft or crews of its own, it will have access to a wealth of information provided by operating histories. Since that information can be passed along to potential clients, you can learn about the background not only of an individual aircraft, but also the crews, dispatcher, maintenance provider, insurance provider, and even the international handler, if applicable.
Flying the Wyvern Way
Wyvern Consulting was the first firm to conduct worldwide safety audits of air charter operators onsite. The statistics since 1991, when the company was founded, attest to the quality and thoroughness of its work. For example, of 2,034 fatalities recorded from January 1991 to August 2010, there were none that involved an aircraft or crew approved by Wyvern.
The Pilot & Aircraft Safety Survey
An experienced air charter company will create a Wyvern “PSS” or Pilot & Aircraft Safety Survey, which each flight scheduled must pass. The survey information includes the trip summary, type of aircraft, certificate holder, the names of the pilot in command and the pilot second in command.
An Inspection-Perfect Flight
In the interest of private jet charter safety, the experienced air charter company you choose will have performed inspections and acquired comprehensive aircraft histories so that you can be assured of a safe and comfortable flight.