4 Important Questions to Ask Before Chartering a Private Jet
When Stratos Jet Charters was founded in 2007, one of our mandates was consumer advocacy. Joel Thomas, founder of Stratos, felt that a well-informed traveler would have a better charter experience. In turn, consumer advocacy would strengthen the industry and weed out some of the less-reputable carriers.
We are proud of the trust we’ve established with our clients. Our customers know that their safety and peace of mind are our top priorities. That trust starts with transparency. When you are chartering a private jet, here are four important questions to ask your charter operator, and the responses we give our clients.
1. Are Your Charter Operators FAA Certified?
When you are chartering a private jet with Stratos Jet Charters, you can be assured we use a rigorous pre-selection process to ensure our charter operators meet the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) standards. This standard is also referred to as “Part 135,” which covers the following:
- Pilot licensing
- Minimum insurance coverage
- Aircraft maintenance requirements
- Crew duty time limitations
2. Can I Learn More About the Type of Aircraft for My Charter?
Of course! Our Stratos Jet Charter Agents will recommend an aircraft based on such factors as the size of your group, cargo needs, destination, and schedule. But descriptions of all the aircraft in our charter network are available on our Charter Private Jet page. Relevant details such as capacity, range and estimated charter price are listed for comparison.
When you are chartering a private jet with Stratos, it’s important to remember that it is a customized travel experience. The fastest aircraft in a category may not be appropriate for the size of your group you’re traveling with or runway length at your destination.
3. Are the Crews Experienced?
Many of the training standards for pilots in our network are higher than the FAA minimum requirements. First, pilots in our network are required to hold a valid ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) certificate, the highest level of pilot training. It is the same certification required by commercial airline pilots.
Then, to be the captain of a charter flight, a pilot must have a minimum of 3,000 hours of total flight time, with at least half of those hours as the Pilot in Command. The captain must also hold a First Class Medical certificate and at least 250 hours of time-in-type for the model of aircraft they’re flying.
Finally, Stratos Jet Charters requires two pilots to crew the aircraft, even if it’s certified for single-pilot operation.
4. What Level of Insurance Do You Carry?
Before chartering a private jet flight, you should demand to see the insurance policy that will be covering your trip. We recommend looking for a minimum of $20 million in coverage for turboprop aircraft, and at least $25 million in coverage for jets. Stratos carries an additional $25 million in liability insurance to protect you and your loved ones.
For more important questions to ask your charter agent, check out our previous post: Safety Questions to Ask About Private Jet Flights.
If you’re looking for a jet charter company that’s committed to safety, call Stratos Jets Charters at 888-593-9066.