Charter Industry Seeks New Audit Standard

Business Jet Traveler » October 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007 - 5:00am

The Air Charter Safety Foundation is working to develop an industry-wide audit standard by the end of this year. Such a standard would free charter operators from the need to undergo audits by each of several competing companies. Auditors from CharterX/Wyvern and ARG/US, the industry leaders, have been invited to participate in the project, and representatives from such private-jet companies as Flight Options, NetJets and Sentient have already signed on. Participating companies have committed to adhering to the standards once they are published.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

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