“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”
Charter Industry Seeks New Audit Standard
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.