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Air Charter Safety

At Stratos Jets, we don’t seek to provide the lowest priced aircraft. We seek to provide the safest, most appropriate aircraft for each mission. Our chief goal is to expand the margin of air charter safety for every flight we book. Our expert air charter agents use their knowledge of aircraft performance and aircraft operator capabilities and experience 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 are able to make informed buying decisions. This proactive approach to air charter safety is one of the many reasons why customers continue to choose Stratos Jets for their private jet rental needs.

Stratos Jet Charters is an ARGUS Certified Broker

ARGUS, the leader in aviation safety and information, has developed the Certified Charter Broker Program to address concerns regarding the legitimacy of charter brokers by the air charter consumer, as well as the charter operators who fulfill a brokered trip. This program offers an an independent, unbiased, factually based confirmation that a Charter Broker is a legitimate business entity that is committed to industry best practices. The program validates that the brokerage has policies and procedures in place to facilitate the brokering of private air charter. Some of the key criteria include:

  • Adhere to applicable regulations
  • Maintain appropriate insurance coverages
  • Ensure proper management of the fiscal responsibilities

For Stratos to become a Certified Charter Broker, ARGUS conducted an on-site audit that required us to prove compliance with applicable regulations and our adherence to a recognized set of industry best practices. Our agents were required to demonstrate an expert knowledge of these regulations and standards. Additionally, we were required to demonstrate our processes that ensure a safe, well organized air charter flight and booking process.

ARGUS Certified Charter Broker

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Air Charter Safety Foundation Member

The vision of the ACSF is to promote and enable the highest levels of safety in personal and business aviation. In order to achieve this, the organization aims to fulfill the following mandates:
1.       Promotion and facilitation of risk management programs
2.       Advocacy and support for the industry adoption of a common audit standard
3.       Dissemination of safety information
4.       Creation of additional programs that advance the goals of the foundation

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. http://www.acsf.aero/about/vision-and-mission/

Stratos Jets Air Carrier Due-diligence Program:

Our proactive approach to safety begins with an in-house pre-screening of our aircraft operator partners. Our approved vendor program establishes a high standard for inclusion. As a result, it ensures that each aircraft operator is in compliance with Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, that they have a longstanding track record of providing safe, successful private flights and have the financial stability that allows them to focus on aircraft maintenance and the safe execution of each charter flight that they fly. Additionally, we supplement our Approved Vendor program with a pair of leading third-party business aviation safety auditing firms: ARGUS and Wyvern. Additionally, Stratos Jets safety program conducts regular checks of all approved air carriers, their operational personnel and aircrew.

Flight-by-Flight SafetyAudit Reports:

ARGUS Standard

  • Gold – Self Reporting
  • Platinum – On-site Audit

WYVERN Standard

  • Registered – Self Reporting
  • Wingman – On-site Audit

Stratos Jet Charters Flight Standard Requirements:

Operational Requirements

All Stratos Approved air charter operators must demonstrate an enduring commitment to air charter safety. They are required to 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.

We require all chartered flights to be crewed by two pilots, regardless of whether the aircraft is certified for single-pilot operations. Furthermore, each private aircraft must carry liability insurance adequate to provide for a minimum of $4.25million per passenger. The minimum insured liability value for Stratos approved air carriers is $25million on turbo-prop aircraft and $50million for all jet aircraft. However, many of the private aircraft we charter for our clients greatly exceed these minimum insured amounts.

Minimum Crew Requirements:

To qualify as a Captain for charter flights arranged by Stratos Jet Charters:

FAA Rating ATP
Current First Class Medical
Total Time 3,000hrs
Time as Captain 1,500hrs.
Time in type 250hrs

 

To qualify as a First Officer for charter flights arranged by Stratos Jet Charters:

FAA Rating Commercial/Multi-Engine
Current Second Class Medical
Total Time 1,000hrs
Time as Captain 500hrs

*Each pilot is required to undergo annual recurrent training through an FAA approved program such as SIMCOM or Flight Safety International.

Preferred Air Carrier Requirements:

The majority of aircraft recommended to clients of Stratos Jet Charters are operated by our Preferred Air Carriers. To qualify as a Preferred Air Carrier for Stratos Jet Charters, an aircraft operator must take part in a 3rd party safety program requiring an on-site audit or have implemented a robust SMS program through either ISBAO or ACSF Certification.

SMS – Safety Management Systems
ISBAO Certification
ACSF SMS Program