Flexjet LLC has been awarded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Diamond Award for Excellence for the 18th consecutive year, according to a press release.
The FAA Diamond Award is the highest honor within the William (Bill) O’Brien Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards Program. Qualifying requires that all of Flexjet’s maintenance technicians participate in continuing education training programs at levels that exceed FAA rules, regulations and industry standards over a one-year period.
“Since the FAA Diamond Award was first offered in 1991, it has recognized the skill, discipline, and dedication of aircraft maintenance organizations. We are proud of our maintenance team, which has earned this distinction for 18 years running,” said Michael Silvestro, Flexjet’s Chief Executive Officer in a statement. “Safety is our highest priority and our commitment to our Owners, clients and flight crews. This honor reflects that commitment.”
Flexjet recently earned the ARG/US Platinum Safety Rating for the fifth consecutive two-year period. Only six percent of the nation’s 2,159 commuter, charter and on-demand aviation companies have achieved the ARG/US Platinum rating, which is earned by passing a biennial assessment of industry best practices, including an on-site safety audit.
In addition, Flexjet meets the Industry Audit Standard of the Air Charter Safety Foundation. Flexjet also is an active participant in the FAA’s innovative Part 5 Safety Management System.
Flexjet also has completed the IS-BAO audit, based upon a global, voluntary code of best practices with a safety management system as its basis. IS-BAO conforms with the standards and practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization, making compliance the equivalent of achieving an international standard of safety excellence.
“The FAA Diamond Award reflects our maintenance team’s ability to exceed the standards for equipment, maintenance, flight crew experience and other criteria that contribute to safety,” said Silvestro. “I am proud of the men and women of our maintenance teams who earn this award every day we fly.”