As a pilot with 25 years experience, I can assure you that private jet flight is one of the safest means of travel. Still, as with any industry, there are gradations of quality. Private Flight Advisors is able to identify the best of the best in terms of safety so that we can provide you, and all our clients, the utmost confidence in your aircraft and crew. All private jets secured by Private Flight Advisors are operated under Part 135 or Part 121 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
FAR Part 135 and 121 Certification
The Federal Aviation Administration provides a baseline of safety for all private jet charter companies, particularly through what is often referred to as FAR (Federal Air Regulation) Part 135 and Part 121. To become Part 135 or 121 certified, an aircraft and its crew go through a comprehensive government evaluation. Some of the areas reviewed include:
• Experience and licensing of the pilot and crew
• Maintenance schedule and records
• Emergency procedures, including the training of the crew
• Flight history
• Support facilities for the jet
• Age, quality and reliability of aircraft components including flight controls
Independent Operator Review
In addition to FAA Part 135 and 121 certifications, all air carriers are evaluated by the industry’s leading third-party review organizations, Wyvern LTD and the Aviation Research Group / US (ARG/US). This independent documentation is critical to identifying the safest and most capable carriers in the industry. At a minimum, a candidate air carrier must achieve a gold rating from ARG/US. In addition, through supplemental reports such as ARG/US TripCHEQ and Wyvern’s PASS (Pilot and Aircraft Safety Survey), PFA is able to generate a very detailed record of both aircraft and crew.
The culture of Private Flight Advisors is one of total quality. There is no such thing as an assumed or insignificant detail. Our goal is not just a flawless record of safety but also providing clients the peace of mind that comes with the absolute assurance of it. Our standard of safety is simple: Treat each flight as though your family were aboard.
John F. Dobbins
LT. Commander, USN (retired)
Chief Safety Advisor