Stratos’ Safety Team has cultivated a network of the safest, most reputable air carriers in the world.

As one of only a few ARGUS Certified brokers, our approach towards air charter safety is recognized for its proactive approach towards mitigating risk.

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Safety as a Culture

At Stratos Jets, we believe that safety is a derivative of a company’s culture. Through Joel Thomas’s industry leadership and involvement, Stratos has been able to identify and develop close relationships with leading air carriers whose upper-level management consistently demonstrate and display support for safety initiatives.

By seeking out air carriers that make significant financial investments in taking a proactive approach to safety through the implementation of regular safety training and assessments as well as the implementation of a robust SMS program, we’re in the best position to serve our clients well. To enforce this standard, we regularly interact with and monitor their sales and operations staff to ensure they exhibit a dedication to safety.

Stratos Jets Air Carrier Due-diligence Program & Process


Our proactive approach to safety begins with in-house pre-screening of our partners’ carriers, personnel and aircrew.

We first validate the company is properly licensed to provide charter flights, establishing a high standard for inclusion, ensuring that each operator complies with Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, demonstrates a longstanding track record of safety, and can afford aircraft maintenance.


We then audit their operational history for accidents, FAA Enforcement actions and turnover of key personnel.

We then audit their liability insurance per aircraft and are added as additionally insured to cover our passengers whenever we book a flight, using Argus or Wyvern to validate our findings and to screen the individual crew members who would be piloting a flight.


We make in person visits to our preferred air carriers operations for screening of their personnel and to evaluate their company culture.

Is it a culture of safety? Or of get the flight it at all costs? These standards are based on some of the most rigorous standards in the industry, and they’re stringent because they have been set forth to provide air charter buyers with an unparalleled air charter experience and a high level of air charter safety.

Stratos Jet Charters Flight Standard Requirements:

Operational Requirements

All Stratos Approved air charter operators must demonstrate an enduring commitment to air charter safety. They must be free of accidents involving serious injury to passengers and must have NO major FAA enforcement actions taken against them — each for a minimum of five years.

All chartered flights must be crewed by two pilots, regardless of whether the aircraft is certified for single-pilot operations. To further ensure our clients’ safety, we will only charter flights on turbo-prop or jet aircraft and will not organize flights on any piston-powered aircraft.

Insurance Requirements

In order for an aircraft to be compliant with the Stratos Approved Vendor Program, it must first demonstrate its commitment to air charter safety by maintaining at least $25 million of insurance on turbo-prop aircraft and $50 million on all other private aircraft.

These levels of insurance are issues required to protect jet charter passengers and their families in the event of an emergency. By providing higher levels of insurance, it shows the air charter agency their commitment and ability to properly maintain the aircraft.

Preferred Air Carrier Requirements

We prioritize Preferred Air Carriers. To qualify as a Preferred Air Carrier, an aircraft operator must undergo a 3rd party on-site safety audit or implement a robust SMS program through ISBAO or ACSF Certifications.

SMS – Safety Management Systems

ISBAO Certification

ACSF SMS Program

Minimum Crew Requirements

In addition to establishing minimum aircraft requirements, Stratos also imposes certain flight crew requirements through its Approved Vendor Program.

To qualify as a Pilot-in-command for charter flights arranged by Stratos Jet Charters:

*Each pilot must undergo annual recurrent training through an FAA approved program, such as SIMCOM or Flight Safety International.
These standards go well above the minimums established by the FAA for legal charter flight.

To qualify as a Pilot-in-command for charter flights arranged by Stratos Jet Charters:

Category Jet Turbo-Prop
FAA Rating ATP Commercial (Prefer ATP)
Current First Class Medical
Total Time 3,000hrs  2,000hrs
Time as Captain 1,500hrs.  1,000hrs
Time in type 250hrs 175hrs

To qualify as a Second-in-command for charter flights arranged by Stratos Jet Charters:

Category Jet Turbo-Prop
FAA Rating Commercial/Multi-Engine Commercial
Current Second Class Medical
Total Time 1,000hrs 1,000hrs
Time as Captain 500hrs 500hrs
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We provide the safest, most appropriate aircraft for each mission

Our chief goal is to expand the margin of safety for every flight. Our expert private flight advisors leverage their knowledge of aircraft performance and operator capabilities to:

Analyze the intended mission profile

Evaluate all potential risks and hazards

Match the best-suited aircraft to safely accomplish the mission

We believe that through consumer education, fair pricing and honest advice, our clients can make informed buying decisions. This proactive approach to air charter safety is one of the many reasons customers continue to choose Stratos Jet Charters.

Stratos Jet Charters is an ARGUS Certified Broker

Pledged commitment to industry best practices

ARGUS Charter operator ratings are the most recognized and requested independent source of overall operator quality

Signed commitment to uphold BACA’s Code of Practice

BACA is recognized as the voice of the air charter industry by many official aviation bodies and government departments

Proof of specific requirements

This includes evaluation of financial health, agent education program, emergency response, and quality measures for vetting and approving carriers

Onsite Audit

This is performed once every two years, to prove their compliance with industry best practices and applicable regulations

Stratos Jet Charters is an ARGUS Certified Broker

ARGUS, the leader in aviation safety and information, has developed the Certified Charter Broker Program to measure the legitimacy of charter brokers and operators. This independent, unbiased, factual assessment confirms that a Charter Broker is a legitimate business entity committed to industry best practices. The program validates the brokerage has policies and procedures in place to facilitate private air travel. Key criteria includes:

Adhere to applicable regulations

Maintain appropriate insurance coverage

Ensure proper management of fiscal responsibilities

Stratos became a Certified Charter Broker via an on-site ARGUS audit, where we proved compliance and adherence to a comprehensive set of industry best practices. Our agents demonstrated expert regulatory knowledge. Additionally, our process was deemed safe and well-organized.

Air Charter Safety Foundation Member

The mission of the Air Charter Safety Foundation is to lead and support the advancement of the highest safety standards available to allow the business, charter and fractional ownership industry to offer the safest air transportation products in the world and to provide objective information about these standards and services to the public.

ACSF defines and upholds the highest levels of safety in personal and business aviation via the following mandates:

Promotion and facilitation of risk management programs

Advocacy and support for the industry adoption of a common audit standard

Dissemination of safety information

Creation of additional programs that advance the goals of the foundation

The Right Requirements for the Job

We’ve created our own in-house Air Carrier Due Diligence Program, which pre-screens the aircraft, operator, and crew insurance before each mission.

Unlike many of our competitors, Stratos Jets carries $10 million of its own liability insurance and we validate that each private aircraft carries liability insurance for a minimum of $25 million for turboprop charters and $50 million for jets. However, many of our preferred operators greatly exceed these minimums.


Stratos Jets Air Carrier Due-diligence Program

ARGUS and Wyvern are two independent safety auditing firms. We use them as part of our air carrier due diligence program, but it is not the whole of it.

“The restrictive covenants of our program encourage air carriers to place an emphasis on air charter safety. We’re not willing to take a chance with disreputable air carriers. We strive to protect our clients by only partnering with the best service providers in the industry.”

– Joel Thomas, president & CEO ,Stratos Jet Charters Inc.

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