Flexjet Earns Record 21st Consecutive FAA Diamond Award for Aircraft Maintenance Excellence
March 12, 2020
- No other private jet provider has earned this award for two consecutive decades
- Flexjet maintains its own fleet of aircraft and is known for its meticulous adherence to the highest standards
- Maintenance excellence is so important that the company gives its mechanics all the tools they need to do their job on Day One
CLEVELAND, March 12, 2020 – Flexjet LLC, a global leader in fractional private jet travel, has earned its 21st Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Diamond Award of Excellence for Aviation Maintenance Technician Training for 2019. No other private jet provider has earned this award 21 consecutive years.
“The FAA’s Diamond Award for Aircraft Maintenance Excellence is universally acknowledged as the ultimate recognition in aircraft maintenance training programs,” said Flexjet Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Silvestro. “Flexjet has a history of exceeding federal mandated safety and maintenance requirements and this award is a testament to the dedication of our maintenance organization and its commitment to the safety of our Owners and flight crews.”
The FAA Diamond Award, established in 1991, has been the uppermost level of recognition in the William (Bill) O’Brien Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards Program. In order to be eligible for the award, a 100% of the company’s maintenance technicians must take part in specialized training in aviation safety, technical knowledge, aircraft systems, aviation regulations and FAA rules. Conducted over a 12-month period, the training is at levels that surpass both industry and FAA criteria. The standards for the Diamond Award have become more and more rigorous over the years, and Flexjet is the only private jet travel provider to maintain such a streak of awards.
In its meticulous adherence to the highest standards in the industry, Flexjet offers state-of-the-art facilities, all-inclusive training and a culture that confirms that all aircraft achieve the highest benchmarks for care and upkeep. All of Flexjet’s mechanic technicians are issued new Snap-On toolboxes with all the new Snap-On tools they need to do their jobs on Day One. Teams of technicians across the country collaborate to maintain all aircraft to Flexjet’s demanding specifications and take satisfaction in their ability to exceed expectations. And as Flexjet recruits dozens more mechanics in 2020, the company will expect this degree of excellence to be part of a prospect’s core work ethic.
In addition to its 21-year streak as an FAA Diamond Award winner, Flexjet also holds the Aviation Research Group/US (ARG/US) Platinum Safety Rating, among the most esteemed aviation safety ratings. The biennial Platinum rating has been given to Flexjet for six consecutive two-year periods since 2008. It results from independent evaluations and a multi-day, onsite examination that compares companies against the industry’s leading practices for safety.
In addition, Flexjet is IS-BAO compliant at level 2, based upon a global, voluntary code of best practices with a safety management system. IS-BAO conforms with the standards and practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization, and compliance is the same as meeting an international standard of safety excellence.
Flexjet also was the first fractional jet ownership program to meet the demanding Industry Audit Standard of the Air Charter Safety Foundation, perhaps the most demanding standard for Part 135. Flexjet also takes part in the FAA’s innovative Part 5 Safety Management System.
Flexjet first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995. Flexjet offers fractional jet ownership and leasing. Flexjet’s fractional aircraft program is the first in the world to be recognized as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Industry Audit Standard, is the first and only company to be honored with 21 FAA Diamond Awards for Excellence, upholds an ARG/US Platinum Safety Rating and is IS-BAO compliant at Level 2. Flexjet’s fractional program fields an exclusive array of business aircraft—some of the youngest in the fractional jet industry, with an average age of approximately six years. In 2015, Flexjet introduced Red Label by Flexjet, which features the youngest fleet in the industry, flight crews dedicated to a single aircraft and the LXi Cabin Collection of interiors. To date there are more than 40 different interior designs across its fleet, which includes the Embraer Phenom 300, Challenger 350, the Embraer Legacy 450 and Praetor 500, Global Express, the Gulfstream G450, G500, G650 and G700, and the Aerion AS2 supersonic business jets. Flexjet is a member of the Directional Aviation family of companies. For more details on innovative programs and flexible offerings, visit www.flexjet.com or follow us on Twitter @Flexjet and on Instagram @FlexjetLLC.
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