Air Charter Safety

Air Charter Safety

We don’t provide the lowest priced aircraft — 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

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.

ARGUS Certified Charter Broker


Air Charter Safety Foundation Member

ACSF defines and upholds the highest levels of safety in personal and business aviation via 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. 

Stratos Jets Air Carrier Due-diligence Program:

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

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.

“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 string to protect our clients by only partnering with the best service providers in the industry.”

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

We supplement our Approved Vendor program with leading third-party business aviation safety auditing firms: ARGUS and Wyvern. 

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 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. 

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:

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

  To qualify as a Second-in-command 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 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.

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

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.  

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