New Flight Charters subscribes to not only one method or approval, but an overall view and evaluation of all information sources; including the FAA, IS-BAO, Wyvern LTD, and ARG/US. New Flight Charters evaluates the confluence of them all, along with the overall charter operating environment and personal experience over the past 8 years chartering thousands of flights.
FAA Charter Certification
All New Flight Charters flights are operated by approved air carriers certified by the FAA and registered with the United States Department Of Transportation (DOT) in good standing, who exceed industry-leading safety standards including aircraft inspections every 50 or 100 flight hours by FAA certified Airframe and Power Plant Mechanics. Operator and aircraft status are continually monitored with the FAA and a questionable air carrier, aircraft, or flight crew will never be flown. Crews are FAA certified and every jet captain is ATP(Airline Transport Pilot) rated.
The FAA conducts a lengthy investigation and certification process before granting an aircraft and its operator the authority to carry the general public as paying passengers. It takes many months, sometimes years, to become an FAA-certified Air Carrier. In addition, the FAA has continual oversight during annual inspections, pilot semi-annual checks, and conformity inspections for any aircraft being added to a charter certificate. Certificated charter operators are assigned a local FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) representative and inspector who continually monitors the operator.
The FAA Part-135 (charter) rules and certification section is 112 pages and the second largest category of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR). It is only a few pages less than the Part-91 section which governs total air traffic and general operating rules applying to all flights, private aircraft rules, flight rules and private pilot certifications. It is clear in examining the FAR that the FAA considers carrying paying passengers much more seriously than owners flying their own aircraft or any other part of the air traffic system or certifications.
FAA certification is the most comprehensive inspection, testing and compliance system an aircraft operator undergoes. And it should be. It is the approval to safely fly the paying public, and the first standard by which charter aircraft operate. Every operator, pilot and aircraft mechanic must comply by its rules.
History holds this standard as valid. Professionally flown charter flights with 2 crew members have an accident and safety record similar to that of the scheduled airlines.
Source: National Business Aircraft Association
New Flight Charters is proud to recommend charters by IS-BAO Registered aircraft operators. As a comprehensive international safety program and audited standard “for the industry, by the industry”, it is separate from third party companies who make a business of compiling and selling operator statistics, information or ratings based on sometimes arbitrarily-determined standards.
The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) is the newest and most comprehensive audited safety standard for business aircraft. Only a handful of charter operators have achieved IS-BAO registration. Registered operators have demonstrated compliance through successful completion of a third party industry audit by an IBAC Accredited Auditor.
IS-BAO was developed by the industry for the benefit of the industry. It is a code of best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve a high level of safety and professionalism. IS-BAO was formally introduced and made available to the business aviation community by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) in May, 2002.
Through the use of Safety Management Systems (SMS), IS-BAO registered business aircraft operators proactively identify and manage risks. Under a formalized SMS, operators identify potential hazards and ensure that a process is put in place to effectively manage them. NBAA advocates that flight departments of all sizes implement a SMS for aircraft operations.
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) introduced the IS-BAO program for many reasons. In many business sectors, international standards are recognized for their role in facilitating global commerce. IS-BAO is similar in this respect as its fundamental purpose is to foster standardized, safe and highly professional aircraft operations.
IBAC and Member Associations hold aviation safety as their highest priority. Members continuously seek means to improve an already very safe community. Many programs are in place, all coordinated through the Business Aviation Safety Strategy, which is a dynamic plan assessed and updated on regular basis. IBAC also publishes a comprehensive set of safety statistics which are use to make determinations of where improvement is advisable.
As a Wyvern-Authorized company, New Flight Charters is licensed by Wyvern LTD to generate reports on operators, specific aircraft, captains and first officers for each and every charter flight. New Flight Charters monitors history, statistics and documents for Wyvern registered operators, and their aircraft and crews.
Wyvern-compliant flights have a safety record that is unsurpassed:
Of all the 1,177 FAR Part-135 fatalities from January 1991 through April 2009, none— 0.0 percent involved a Wyvern-recommended aircraft or aircrew. Looking at just Part 135 turbine accidents from April 2004 through April 2009, jets flying charter flights incurred seven fatal accidents and 32 fatalities, but not one of those jet fatalities occurred on a Wyvern-compliant flight! That’s a safety record that only Wyvern can claim.
As of June 28, 2010, New Flight Charters accesses safety information on 15,079 aircraft and 2,189 charter operators as a Wyvern-Authorized company.
Licensed by Wyvern, New Flight Charters has comprehensive operator information at its fingertips. This includes operations history, background information, pilot details, FAA documents, Insurance coverage, and FAA operations specifications. This also includes any accidents, incidents, FAA Letters of Correction and Warning Notices. Much of the information and documents are current, directly from FAA electronic files, and other information is acquired by Wyvern directly or from an on-site audit.
New Flight Charters has access to information that few charter companies have, and safe charter flights are the priority.
Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARG/US) offers consulting services and provides information collection, research and distribution in the field of aviation. One sector of their products and services is charter operator reviews and ratings. Charter Operators can subscribe to ARG/US’s services and obtain a rating of Gold, Gold Plus or Platinum, at increasing subscription rates and levels of evaluation. Consumers of charter services may then also subscribe to ARG/US services and access those ratings and limited operator information. New Flight Charters will charter any level of ARG/US rated aircraft and crew desired by the client or passengers.
As of October 7, 2010, there are over 2,150 FAA-certified and DOT-registered charter operators in the United States. 419 of those have chosen to subscribe to ARG/US for safety ratings. Of those, 314 are rated Gold, 25 Gold Plus, and 85 are rated Platinum.
New Flight Charters provides any level of ARG/US rated aircraft and crew desired and available for a charter request. New Flight Charters however cautions total reliance in ARG/US ratings since the comparative analysis of charter safety history to an ARG/US Platinum rating is not as correlative. Also of note, in 2009 ARG/US began charging charter operators an ongoing fee for each level of evaluation and rating, and many operators elected to discontinue their ARG/US ratings subscription.
Air Charter Safety Foundation – Industry Audit Standard
The ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) is a revolutionary program built from the ground up by the Air Charter Safety Foundation to set the standard for the independent evaluation of an air charter operator’s and/or shared ownership company’s safety and regulatory compliance. It was crafted to alleviate the substantial costs and redundancies associated with today’s auditing environment – where operators are subject to multiple audits every year that consume precious resources.
The ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) has been developed with the input and guidance of leading safety auditors, charter operators, shared aircraft ownership companies and charter consumers.
Operator and customers alike can be assured of the integrity of the program because becoming audit registered requires the review and approval of the on-site auditors recommendations by an independent review board..
Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF), with significant input from the air charter industry, developed a common Industry Audit Standard (IAS) to which all on-demand air charter operators and fractional aircraft ownership management companies can be evaluated. The IAS is based on the airline auditing standard that has been successful at reducing risk in that industry.
As of November 23, 2015, just 16 air charter operators are IAS-Registered.
New Flight Charters is a Member of the Air Charter Safety Foundation.