If you’ve been thinking about chartering a private jet rental, you probably have questions about safety. Are private planes as tightly regulated by the Federal Aviation Association (FAA)? Do private jet rental pilots have as much experience as commercial pilots? You may be surprised to learn that the safety factor of a private jet rental actually exceeds that of a commercial flight in several ways. Here’s how:
More Pilot Training
Like commercial pilots, a pilot of any private jet rental must: be a U.S Citizen, have no police or criminal records, obtain a medical certificate from an FAA examiner, and in most cases must have a college degree for employment by a charter company. Minimum levels of pilot training and flight hour requirements must also be met. At the very least, 40 to 60 hours of flying and flight school are required to earn a private pilot’s license. An FAA Instrument rating is also needed, requiring an additional 50 hours of Pilot in Command time plus 40 extra hours of flight/simulator training. And if a private pilot wants to be able to fly anyone other than themselves, they are required to be issued a commercial pilot’s license or certificate through the FAA.
But the training does not end here. In addition to all the requirements shared with commercial flyers, the pilots of any private jet rental must also obtain and Airport Transport License. Earning this credential requires pilots to go through yet another level of FAA schooling and testing with a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight time. This is especially impressive when you consider the fact that flying time is limited to 1,000 hours annually by the FAA which means that no one will be able to fly your private jet rental without going through years of training and experience.
It is the job of the FAA to regulate all aviation throughout the United States -including private jet rentals. Commercial airplanes, for example, are required to operate under a set number of Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). Private jet charters must adhere to these same FARs, but are also obligated to comply with part 135 of Title 14 of the FAR. This particular section of the code was written specifically for the private jet rental with less than 30 seats and payloads of under 7,500 lbs. These regulations are very detailed, complicated, and precise. In fact, there are many instances wherein part 135 of the FAR is actually stricter than section 125 which is used to govern large-scale commercial aircrafts.
Every private jet rental agency must undergo safety inspection scores by both the FAA as well as outside firms such as Wyvern. These inspection scores are comprised of a number of factors which range from protocol and flying procedures, aircraft maintenance, pilot training, pilot experience, and more. Before and after each and every flight, a private jet must go through a rigorous set of checklists ensuring mechanical soundness and safety factors. This is an absolute must for every private jet rental company as surprise inspections could include anything from operation records to aircraft maintenance and mechanics.
A Safer Way to Fly
With stricter FAA regulations and increased piloting experience, it would seem that flying on a private jet is a no brainer. And when you consider that you will know everyone on your flight, you will be able to relax in the comfort that your flight will experience no compromise in security. Don’t settle for anything less than the best. A private jet rental will keep you in the best and most capable of hands.