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

The recent FTC ruling banning non-compete clauses opens doors for industry professionals to chart their own course. This is the perfect time to leverage your expertise and build your brand with a partner who prioritizes safety above all else.

At Stratos Jets, charter safety is more than just a policy; it’s ingrained in our company’s culture. Through Joel Thomas’s industry leadership, Stratos has established strong relationships with leading air carriers that prioritize safety initiatives.

We seek out partners who invest heavily in regular safety training, utilize robust Safety Management Systems (SMS), and demonstrate a genuine culture of safety. This way, 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

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Our commitment to flight risk charters starts with rigorous due diligence in our aviation audits process.

Pre-Screening

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

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Operational History Audit

We then audit their accident history, FAA actions, personnel turnover, and liability insurance coverage per aircraft. We are also additionally insured to cover our passengers whenever we book a flight. We use Argus or Wyvern to validate our findings and to screen the individual crew members who would be piloting a flight.

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On-Site Visits

We then conduct in-person evaluations to assess company culture and commitment to safety. These standards are based on some of the most rigorous standards in the industry. 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 private aviation 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 client’s safety, we will only charter flights on turbo-prop or jet aircraft and will not organize flights on any piston-powered aircraft.

Insurance Requirements

Does insurance cover charter flights? Yes, and Stratos-approved vendors go above and beyond minimums. To be compliant with the Stratos Approved Vendor Program, aircraft 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 higher levels of insurance provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones in the event of an emergency. It also shows the air charter agency’s commitment to safety and proper aircraft maintenance.

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.

Minimum Crew Requirements

Stratos also sets high standards for flight crews through our 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, ensuring you have a highly-trained and experienced crew at the helm.

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 private aviation 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 include:

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 in the business, charter and fractional ownership industry. They empower these sectors 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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