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Safety first! How safe is a private jet?

Posted on by Peter Hartmann

Airplanes are among the safest means of transport available. This is primarily due to the clearly defined maintenance intervals and the strict control system. Before every flight, a pre-flight check is carried out by the cockpit crew (at airlines also by mechanics). During the check the general appearance, tires and brakes as well as the levels of oil and hydraulic fluids are examined.

The so-called letter checks (named after the letters A to D) describe the maintenance and repair works to be carried out after a certain amount of flight hours or landings or in defined time intervals. Depending on the aircraft type the A-check, for example, has to be done after 250 to 650 flight hours, the B-check after 1,000 up to 1,500 hours. The C- and D-checks are more extensive and take place every 15 to 18 months (C-check) or after 6 to 10 years (D-check).

But what is the case in terms of private jets? Are they as safe as airliners? Peter Hartmann, CEO of Premium Jet AG, answers the most important questions.

Peter, I’ll just ask directly. Are private jets safe?

Yes, they are! All commercially used aircrafts, no matter if they are business jets or airliners, have to follow the same rules – in Europe the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) rules – including maintenance and preservation work on the aircraft as well as the pilots’ education, training and health status.

How does the crew prepare for an emergency?

Every crew member, that means pilots, co-pilots and flight attendants, regularly take part in safety training in order to be able to react correctly and timely in case of an emergency.

A good provider ensures that the pilots practice unusual flight maneuvers and emergency cases in a flight simulator and that they are educated regularly in rules and procedures. This is an important point that should be discussed before doing the first booking.

Does it give you an advantage if private jets like the Very Light Jetare smaller and more agile than the big airliners?

In terms of flexibility, this is definitely a big plus. Small and agile aircrafts need shorter runways and can therefore also fly to smaller airports. This increases the amount of possible destinations dramatically.

It also saves time and/or money, because you are already close to your destination. Thus, you only need a short ride in a taxi or limousine and you can totally do without train or even helicopter.

What advice would you give a passenger who is afraid of flying with a private jet?

I was practically raised on aircrafts, so I’m not familiar with the fear of flying. However, over time I got to know several passengers who merely could overcome their fear.

Often, it helps if you know the pilot and the flight attendants. If the pilots give a short explanation of the different devices in the cockpit, talk about the upcoming weather and show what kind of support there is in case of bad vision or turbulences it has already a soothing effect.

During the flight, a flight attendant takes care of you and helps you with every question you might have.

This individual service you only get on private jets.

Thank you very much for all the interesting information!

 

This conversation made it clear that private jets have to comply with the same rules as airliners. Regular safety trainings for pilots, co-pilots and flight attendants additionally ensure that the crew knows how to react correctly in case of an emergency.

Especially for people with a fear of flying, a private jet offers a viable alternative. This mainly due to the fact that there is more time and space for questions and that the support during the flight is more personal and more intense.

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