How does the FAA Diamond Award make my carrier safer?
October 20, 2020
Private jet companies often list their certifications in an alphabet soup of letters numbers and organizations. What do they mean?
Let’s start with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Diamond Award of Excellence for Aviation Maintenance Technician Training – a certification that speaks to the expertise in a company’s maintenance technicians. Established in 1991, it is the highest recognition for maintenance technicians the FAA offers.
First of all, to even qualify for this award, 100 percent of the company’s maintenance technicians have to participate in specialized training in aviation safety, technical knowledge, aircraft systems, aviation regulations and FAA rules. They aren’t just getting training once and never looking at a manual again. These technicians are constantly training and becoming more than proficient in many areas of aircraft maintenance.
Each year, the FAA qualifications become more and more rigorous, making a streak of winning these awards difficult without a daily commitment to this level of expertise.
Companies that don’t maintain their own aircraft rely on a patchwork of maintenance facilities, which means a similar patchwork of maintenance technician expertise.
Flexjet owns and operates its own fleet of more than 140 aircraft and employs its own team of maintenance technicians based at hangars across the country. In addition, Flexjet provides them with state-of-the-art tools and each technician receives their own Snap-On Tools toolbox to organize them in.
For the last 21 consecutive years, Flexjet has earned the FAA Diamond Award of Excellence for Aviation Maintenance Technician Training. It is the only provider to have achieved and maintained this streak of industry awards.