Fractional operator Flexjet has been recognized for excellence in maintenance training.
Flexjet has received the Federal Aviation Administration’s Diamond Award of Excellence for Aviation Maintenance Technician Training for the 24th time.
“There is no higher priority across the aviation industry than ensuring the safety of passengers and flight crews,” said Jay Heublein, Flexjet Senior Vice President of Maintenance.
He continued, “Flexjet is committed to serving as a leader in flight safety in every aspect of its operations, and we are proud to be recognized with the FAA’s Diamond Award of Excellence for Aviation Maintenance Technician Training for the 24th year in a row.”
Established in 1991, the FAA Diamond Award recognizes aviation companies for highly effective training maintenance specialist programs designed to improve safety, compliance with aviation regulations, and technical knowledge in ways that meet or exceed FAA requirements.
All company maintenance technicians must participate in dedicated FAA training in areas focused on safety.
The qualifying standards for the FAA Diamond Award have become more demanding through the years, ensuring that achieving Diamond status has become progressively challenging, according to Flexjet.
In a release, the second-largest U.S. private jet operator said, “Many private jet travel companies fail to achieve these standards with their in-house teams, instead relying on third-party contractors with a makeshift mix of maintenance facilities, technicians, and expertise.”
Flexjet noted it has maintained its Diamond Award-winning status for 24 years despite rapid growth.
Its fleet grew by 40 percent in 2022.
Through its apprenticeship program, Flexjet instills this strong safety ethic in its newest technicians. Last year, Flexjet graduated its first class of apprenticed Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) technicians.
Flexjet has maintenance facilities in Ohio, New York, West Virginia, Texas, Arizona, and Florida.
Its nationwide AOG (Aircraft on Ground) mobile response network has teams deploying from 28 U.S. locations and the capacity to serve the entire continental U.S., including those in airports lacking dedicated maintenance facilities.
In addition to the FAA Diamond Award, Flexjet also holds the Argus Platinum Safety Rating. Flexjet is IS-BAO Stage II.
Flexjet says it was the first fractional jet ownership program to meet the audit standard of the Air Charter Safety Foundation.
It also participates in the FAA’s Part 5 Safety Management System. It has achieved active conformance with the FAA’s Safety Management System (SMS), ranking it in the top one percent of the nation’s private jet providers.