Flight Options Adopts New Regs

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Flight Options, LLC, has adopted OpSpec A008 FAA regulations designed to increase transparency and operational control oversight for FAR Part 135 charter operators. The fractional provider says its advance compliance showcases its "industry leading status within the realm of aviation safety," but, in point of fact, "we were already operating under these standards," according to CEO S. Michael Scheeringa. With a fleet of more than 140 aircraft, including the largest gaggle of Beechjet 400As and Legacy Executive aircraft, Flight Options is the first fractional provider selected by the FAA to participate in the Aviation Safety Action Program and to partner in the development of the Safety Management System prototype. Meanwhile, the FAA has started to conduct audits of Part 135 operators to ensure compliance with OpSpec A008. Last week, the FAA audited West Coast charter firm TAG Aviation, and the FAA plans to conduct more reviews of Part 135 operators over the coming months and years.