In addition to the type of plane, one of the most important factors associated with hiring a private jet is the pilot. Obviously, you want someone who is qualified for the particular aircraft, as well as flying overall. Unfortunately, a number of tragedies have occurred whereby planes have crashed and people have died because of the flight crew. since the crew is going to be taking care of you on your trip, it makes sense to check them out and make sure that they have the best qualifications available.
Even if you work with a charter company that hires the pilot for you, we still recommend you do your own homework. Sadly, human error is the number one contributors associated with plane crashes. Therefore, it makes sense to ask lots of questions but also, the appropriate questions. One way to do this is to interview prospective pilots and other crewmembers. In fact, if you were discouraged from doing so, you might want to wonder why.
For instance, one area to look at is the dispatch and safety issues associated with a particular company or crew. Other pertinent information would be the charter company's process for hiring and the way in which they work with third-party auditors. Then, you need to know the full-life details on the plane being flown, which is something that should be done every flight. You may be met with hesitant answers but remember, you are going to be riding in the plane so knowing the history of the plane and the pilot is your business.
As you will see from the information below, these questions include most of the basics that should be covered when hiring a chartered flight or flight crew. These questions can help you to feel confident about the safety records and the qualification of the crew.
- Has a third-party rating firm been retained, and if so, what is the current rating?
- Are the crew's ratings and rating history available upon request?
- What is covered in the reviews for the aircraft, maintenance, operations, and crew?
- During the company's operational history, what are the three most significant incidents?
- What is the way in which flights are released?
- If flights are cancelled, who has the responsibility and authority of doing so?
- When talking about crew history, is this limited to the entire career or only the career when with the current charter company?
- What is the standard safety equipment onboard the plane?
- What company oversees maintenance on the plane?
- How often does the plane undergo maintenance?
- Is the crew of the flight trained for medical emergencies and if so, to what degree?
- What are each crew's experience, testing, and certification?
- What is the process of sourcing and selecting the pilots?
- What is the number of pilot hours flown each year on average?
- What is the process for flight release?
- How many minimal flight hours are required for newly hired pilots?
- What background procedure is used for hiring the crew?
- What is the number of plane models each pilot is qualified for and trained on?
- How often do pilots undergo additional or required training?
The questions above will provide the groundwork for learning more about the prospective crew and charter company. although you won't be able to uncover all of the information, it will likely give you a good place to start.