Volato opens annual Safety Summit to HondaJet community

The largest HondaJet operator, Volato, is opening attendance to its annual safety summit on a complimentary basis.

By Doug Gollan, June 7, 2023

The largest HondaJet operator, Volato, is opening attendance to its annual safety summit on a complimentary basis

Volato is opening its annual Safety Summit to the greater HondaJet community.

Volato is now the biggest HondaJet operator in the world nearly 20 of the type in service and an order for 25 more.

This gathering will include industry stakeholders and individuals with wide-ranging and practical experience in accident investigations.

“Volato is committed to bolstering aviation safety standards across private aviation and is opening its previously internal Safety Summit to engage participants from across the HondaJet and broader aviation ecosystem. All interested members of this community are invited to attend the Summit at no cost,” according to a press release.

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“In an industry where safety is paramount, collaboration between regulators and operators is key to improving our practices,” said Matt Liotta, CEO of Volato.

He said, “We are opening our Summit to stimulate collaborative enhancements in safety within the HondaJet and wider private aviation community.”

Liotta added: “Our vision for the Summit extends beyond merely suggesting actionable safety enhancements. We aim to foster an open dialogue regarding safety within the HondaJet community and across the wider aviation industry and believe the Summit will trigger industry-wide safety improvements, ensuring the continued safe operation of HondaJet aircraft.”

Volato will share its training and operating safety procedures. Other HondaJet operators will also be presenting, including Jet Token, Banyan Air Service, HondaJet Owners and Pilots Association, and MedAire.

The meeting is scheduled for June 21, 2023, at the Denver Marriott Hotel in Denver.

The popular VLJ has been involved in around a dozen incidents and accidents, mainly runway excursions, since the beginning of last year, including three by Jet It.

Jet It’s financial issues

The move comes in the wake of rival Jet It shutting down after it initially grounded its HondaJet fleet, citing safety concerns.

Previous reporting by Private Jet Card Comparisons and after the grounding by Flying magazine indicated that Jet It was having financial problems when it grounded its fleet.

An October story on Jet It’s plan to move to the Embraer Phenom 300 reported, according to an investor presentation, the fractional operator expected to lose $23 million on $121 million in revenues last year.

Flying reported at the time of its safety stand down and eventually laying off its entire workforce, Jet It owed various vendors and employees large amounts of money.

Jet It ranked as the 12th-largest U.S. private jet operator, based on fractional and charter flight hours in 2022.

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