Flight Options Gets Safety Kudos

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For most people with the potential to buy all or part of a business jet, safety is a paramount concern. Realizing this, fractional operator Flight Options may have something of an advantage over some of its competition: The company said yesterday it had been rated Platinum by the Aviation Research Group/US (ARG/US), the highest status rating given by the aviation research firm, an achievement closely following the company's becoming the first fractional operator approved by the FAA to participate in an Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). The ARG/US rating recognizes the company as adhering to the same safety standards as the United States Department of Defense and the commercial airlines, and includes an on-site audit of its operation, aircraft and pilots. The company's approval in the FAA's ASAP program, which was originally designed only for scheduled carriers, enhances aviation safety by encouraging flight crews to voluntarily report critical safety information, helping to proactively identify and correct hazards.

“The Platinum rating is assigned to companies who meet or exceed the established ARG/US standards for equipment, maintenance and crew experience,” said Joe Moeggenberg, president of ARG/US. “The company is commended for their unwavering commitment to the safety of their owners.” Flight Options, the fractional operation of the Raytheon Company, operates the world’s largest fleets of Beechjet 400As and Legacy Executive aircraft. Flight Options’ fleet also includes the Hawker 400XP, Hawker 800XP and the Cessna Citation X.