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. 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. Furthermore, each private aircraft must carry liability insurance for a minimum of $4.25 million per passenger. The minimum insured liability value for Stratos approved air carriers is $25 million on turbo-prop aircraft and $50 million for all jet aircraft. Many of our preferred aircraft greatly exceed these minimum insured amounts.

Minimum Crew Requirements:

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

Current First Class Medical 
Total Time3,000hrs
Time as Captain1,500hrs.
Time in type250hrs

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

FAA RatingCommercial/Multi-Engine
Current Second Class Medical 
Total Time1,000hrs
Time as Captain500hrs

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

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

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