PrivateFly Private Jet Charter Safety
PrivateFly is committed to private jet safety. The security, peace of mind and privacy of our clients is absolutely paramount.
We are both an ARGUS Certified Broker (and were only the second in Europe to achieve this accreditation) and a Wyvern Broker - industry accreditations which indicate the highest levels of safety and best practice.
At PrivateFly, we undertake a rigorous series of measures and processes before permitting a private aircraft operator to be part of our global network.
ARGUS & WYVERN SAFETY RATINGS
ARGUS and Wyvern are the leading safety and best practice auditors for both operators and brokers in the business aviation industry.
PrivateFly is an ARGUS Certified Broker, which demonstrates our credibility, financial strength and organisational processes, as well as our principles, and culture.
The ARGUS Registered and Certified Broker Program allows professional air charter brokers a recognised and respected mechanism to inform aircraft operators and charter consumers of the operating standards they adhere to.
To achieve certified ARGUS status, PrivateFly had to undergo a thorough review of our data, documentation and practices - which was carried out by ARGUS.
As a Wyvern Broker, we ensure that each flight we book meets the trip requirements established by the Wyvern in The Wingman Standard. This is an industry-leading safety standard that far exceeds the minimum regulatory requirements for air charter and was developed by Wyvern in cooperation with the industry's largest flight departments and charter buyers.
Aircraft operators in the USA and parts of Europe are also audited for safety by ARGUS and Wyvern. These are optional accreditations which allow an aircraft operator to hold and promote a rating, which is based on a number of factors, including the safety history of a charter operator, and its training and maintenance programs for aircraft and crew.
ARGUS provides a system of evaluating charter operators called CHEQ (Charter Evaluation and Qualification), which gives one of four rating tiers to operators: Does Not Qualify, Gold, Gold Plus and Platinum. Wyvern provides its PASS (Pilot & Aircraft Safety Survey) program, to give either a ‘Registered’ (entry-level) or ‘Wingman’ (advanced) standard to operators.
PrivateFly can provide you with a PASS report which will verify that the operator, aircraft and crew chosen for your trip meet these rigorous safety requirements.
AOC (AIR OPERATOR CERTIFICATE)
In order to operate private jet charter flights, aircraft operators have to complete a thorough process, by law, to satisfy the relevant country's national aviation authority that they are competent to undertake safe commercial operation of aircraft.
If this set of stringent requirements is met, an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) will be granted. This is alternatively known as an Air Carrier Operating Certificate in the USA.
The requirements for an AOC do vary from country to country, but generally includes an audit of areas such as company safety policy; management and organisational competence; crew training; aircraft maintenance; aircraft loading; flight planning; and fuel planning. It normally takes an operator or airline over 2 years to be issued with an AOC. It is a vigorous process and many new start-ups fail to be granted this licence to fly passengers.
PrivateFly only works with approved operators who have a current AOC certification.
PART 135 AIRCRAFT OPERATORS
At PrivateFly, we only provide charter on Part 135 aircraft in the USA, to ensure our passengers are receiving the safest and most reliable private jet service available.
The FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) grants a Part 135 certification to private jet operators that are permitted to fly commercially, including non-scheduled charter and air taxi operators.
There can be confusion between a Part 135 versus a Part 91 operator certificate. You can learn more about this difference here.
PRIVATEFLY’S COMMITMENT TO SAFETY
In addition to working with operators who meet these industry safety standards, at PrivateFly we also conduct our own due diligence before inviting operators to join our network.
Our criteria are based on both safety and a consistent VIP customer service standard. The process is based on our own industry expertise and knowledge, including full vetting of company insurances, aircraft airworthiness certificates, aircraft inspections and crew background checks.
Upon request, PrivateFly will share our registered aircraft operators documents proving these safety requirements prior to any flight booking, to ensure you’re in safe hands.
Flight safety is a combination of well-equipped and well-maintained aircraft and the experience and training of the pilot. When you fly with PrivateFly, you can be assured your aircraft is safe, and you will only be using accredited operators and crew who have undergone our ongoing due diligence process.
Aviation Authorities and Safety Agencies
To discuss any aspect of private jet charter safety please call us on +44 (0)20 7100 6960