With so many benefits to chartering a private jet, it is no wonder why so many people that have the means to do so, choose a private jet charter as opposed to flying on a commercial aircraft. A lot of smaller jet charter companies may not carry the same reputation for safety and reliability that many of the major brand commercial airliner companies have, so before you choose it is important to ask the right questions to make sure that you will not only have a luxurious experience with your jet charter, but also that you get where you are going in a safe and reliable fashion.
1.) What is the Level of Experience Held by the Pilots, Flight and Maintenance Crews?
This is one of the first and most important questions that you should ask. Every member of the jet charter company should have full experience and knowledge in whatever field they work in. The concierge team should know how to make reliable plans before and after the flight to ensure that every aspect of the trip is smooth and without issue.
The catering team should have experience so that your meals are not only delicious but prepared properly and safe to eat. The last thing you need during your luxury private jet trip is to get food poisoning.
Most importantly, you want to make sure that the maintenance crews that are working on the plane, and the pilots who will be operating the plane, are experienced and able to do so properly and safely. At Skynet Aviation Group, safety is our number one priority. All of our captain pilots are required to have at least 3,500 hours of flight experience, and our First Officers are required to have a minimum of 2,500 hours. Pilots must hold both their Airline Transport Pilot and First Class Medical certificates.
2.) How Long Has The Plane Operator Been in Business?
Just because a private jet charter operator hasn't been in business long, it doesn't mean that they're not a safe and reliable company. The problem with newer companies though is that they don't have as much experience and also that they probably don't have many reviews for you to go off of.
When you choose a company like Skynet Aviation Group for your private jet charter, you can count on our luxury, reliability and safety because we have years of experience and client reviews to back it all up. We operate over 40,000+ flight hours a year and have an incredible safety record so you can rest assured that youu are going to get to and from your destination without any issues.
3.) Does the Flight Operator Have All of the Necessary Certifications Required by the FAA to Conduct a Charter Flight?
The FAA requires that all flight operators have certain certifications before they can legally operate a jet charter service. It is important that you ask the operator or the jet charter broker if you deal with one to see these certifications. You have the right to verify this information with the FAA if you chose so that you can ensure you are flying with a legitimate and certified business.
It is also important that the aircraft you are chartering with is listed on these certificates. if the specific aircraft that you will be flying on isn't listed on the certificate, there is a very good chance that the aircraft has not undergone the proper inspections and may not be legal to operate.
4.) How Many People Are There Working for The Charter Company?
Part of the allure about flying with a private jet charter service is the luxury and personalized service that you get during your time with the charter. A reputable charter service will have a large amount of staff, with different people that focus on different aspects of your trip. If it is a small operation you may have one person focusing on too many things, and some things may get overlooked.
You probably odn't want your pilot cooking your catered meals for you and you definitely don't want the catering chef flying the plane! Make sure that the company has an ample amount of staff to be designatted to their specific area of expertise.
5.) Has The Company Ever Received any Penalties or Enforcement Action From the FAA?
Another thing that you can check with the FAA about is if they have ever enforced any actions or penalties against the company that is operating the charter flight. If they have, this should be an immediate red flag about this company and you should consider picking a different private jet charter service right away!
6.) Is the Maintenance of the Aircraft Up To Date and Has There Been Any Major Refurbishments Made to the Plane Recently
Now that you know that the flight crew and the rest of the crew working for the company have the knwoledge and experience to safely operate a charter jet, it is time to verify that the aircraft itself is safe to fly.
As we've already discussed, the operator of the charter jet should have a properly trained and experienced maintenance crew, and this maintenance crew should keep detailed logs of any and all work they have done on all of their aircrafts. You have the right to ask to see the maintenance records and also know if any major refurbishments have been done to the aircraft recently. it is important to know that the aircraft is reliable just like it is important to know that the flight crew is reliable.
Why Choose Skynet Aviation Group for all of Your Private Jet Charter Services?
With years of experience in the private jet charter service industry, along with the most highly trained individuals working for us, you can rest assured that we meet any and all requirements when it comes to chartering a private jet. Safety and security is our top prioriity, but we go above and beyond just that by providing top of the line luxury services and amenities to all of our customers all of the time. Give us a call today at 800-929-JETS to reserve your private jet charter with Skynet Aviation Group!