Magellan Jets VP of services and support says new jets aren’t necessarily better than old for reliability, and big isn’t necessarily better than small when it comes to private jet operators.
One of the more robust private aviation provider blogs is at the Magellan Jets website. The seller of jet cards and on-demand charter has a regular flow of interesting content as well as publishing some good guides about different aspects of private jet flying. Recently we read a piece by Todd Weeber, the vice president of services and support titled, “5 Questions Everyone Should Ask About Aircraft Maintenance.”
Flying by private jet has never been safer, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
For the first time in half a century, the 2016 accident rate in general aviation dropped below one fatal accident per 100,000 flight hours. General aviation deaths decreased slightly, from 416 in 2015 to 412 in 2016, according to the NTSB. Some 94 percent of the 379 deaths occurred in general aviation accidents. Twenty-five people died in accidents in commuter and on-demand aircraft, including charter, air taxi, air tours, and medical services, operating under Part 135. The General Aviation decrease occurred while other forms of transport — cars, trains, and boats — all showed increases.
IS-BAO promotes “high quality operating practices” for private aviation. Below is the list of over 700 IS-BAO registered business aircraft operators updated October 2017
International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) is designed to promote use of high quality operating practices for international business aircraft operations by establishing a framework for effective safety and operational processes, providing tools to perform gap analyses to facilitate the implementation of best practices and delivering a Safety Management System appropriate to the profile of the particular private aviation operator.
While private aviation has a solid record of safety, there are exceptions and consumers can do some easy due diligence in selecting private aviation providers. The cause of today’s crash of a 1981 Learjet (Tail N452DA) on approach to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey is not known. Both pilots were killed in the crash.
First of all, yes, flying by private jet is safe, relatively. In 2015 there were fewer than 400 deaths from private aviation accident compared to over 5,000 from drowning in your own bathtub. That said, there are some specific questions to ask operators and the brokers and jet card sellers about the operators they source planes from.
Private aviation is extremely safe, with under 400 deaths in 2015. In other words, you’re ten times more likely to drown in your bathtub. Yes, you heard that right. Over 5,000 people each year drown in their bathub.
In finding a charter broker (be it for on-demand charter of jet cards), industry safety auditor Wyvern provides brokers access to its reports on aircraft operators. The reports cover safety intelligence, customizable vetting criteria, verification that an air charter operator holds a current Air Operating Certificate (AOC), verification that the aircraft being chartered is listed on the air carrier’s Operations Specification, confirmation of current insurance for the aircraft, confirmation that each crew member’s experience meets a specific safety standard, confirmation that each crew member’s medical and license information is current, verification that an operator has passed an onsite Wingman audit or is part of the Registered by Wyvern data program.