Safety is a key factor when selecting a charter


The choice to engage a private air charter operator can be overwhelming, as there are many variables to consider. Possibly one of the most important criteria to evaluate is the operator’s commitment to safety. Wyvern can make the evaluation process easier with its suite of safety data and tools. A Safety Intelligence Report, Wyvern PASS Report and Minimum Equipment List can help charter buyers mitigate risk and make conscientious, informed decisions.

What is a Safety Intelligence Report?

Wyvern has developed a program to help buyers make informed decisions when selecting a charter operator, based on the operator’s history and a real time look at its practices.

Wyvern’s Safety Intelligence Report is a complete record on each operator. It includes an operator background check, a pilot roster with individual background information, insurance details, operational specifications, a listing of aircraft by specific registration number and a complete company management overview. This data helps charter buyers to perform due-diligence and thorough risk analysis when selecting an operator.

Wyvern’s Safety Intelligence Report also verifies legal documents, fleet data and crew qualifications. It is the only program currently available in the aviation industry that includes minimum equipment lists.

What is PASS?

A key component to safety due-diligence is pilot verification. Wyvern’s Pilot & Aircraft Safety Survey (PASS) report is the only trip-checking program that confirms that each pilot holds the appropriate license, aircraft type rating and current medical clearance. Each pilot in an operator’s roster is approved using Wyvern’s proprietary pilot background check, which is accomplished in 24 hours of a pilot being entered into the system. All pilots are checked a minimum of once every 30 days. Pilots who have had an accident or enforcement action that resulted in a sanction are immediately disqualified.

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PASS reports allow for effective safety and risk assessment. Request a PASS report to ensure your flight meets the highest industry safety standards.

What is a Minimum Equipment List?

Aircraft are mechanical devices operated by highly trained and certified personnel, and both are capable of error. A Minimum Equipment List, or MEL, mitigates risks and elevates safety if an error does occur. MELs are issued by make and model of aircraft and contain four categories for equipment aboard the aircraft. They define if the aircraft is considered “operational” before a malfunctioning item or component must be repaired. For example, if an item is in category B it must be repaired within three consecutive calendar days following the malfunction. If an item is in category C it must be repaired within 10 consecutive calendar days following the malfunction.

Each item dealing with flight controls, instruments, avionics, and maintenance is listed on a document carried aboard the aircraft and marked with its appropriate category.

What does this mean?

If a flight does not have a MEL and an instrument is defective, the decision to continue a flight is made by the captain. If the flight did have an MEL, it would have required that the instrument be repaired prior to being considered operational.

The next time you charter, ask to see a copy of the aircraft’s MEL. If the operator is unable to provide the MEL, you may want to consider a different operator.

By requesting a PASS report, Safety Intelligence Report or MEL list, you can properly mitigate your risk and actively participate in your safe travels.