Why the Air Charter Association (ACA)?
The Air Charter Association (ACA) is the world’s largest air charter industry association. Operating since 1949, it is now a global organisation focussing heavily on compliance and best practices of air charter brokers in the aviation industry.
At Heliconnex/Flyconnex we take the safety of our clients very seriously and by becoming a member of ACA our goal is very much in line with the primary focus of ACA, and that is in raising and maintaining standards of conduct in the private aviation market.
By adhering to the ACA Code of Practice and advocating ethical business practices, we want to be able to assure our clients that they can deal with us with confidence and transparency.
Why Use Our Services
Unless you are aware of the legalities associated with chartering an aircraft, you may think you are getting a great deal, but you may just be paying for an illegal charter, putting not only your life in danger but that of your accompanying party. Operators of illegal charters are less likely to adhere to the strict requirements imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Do you Know the Difference between a Legal Charter and a 'Grey Charter?
To carry fee-paying passengers on a charter, the operator of the aircraft must have a valid Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC), issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of the country of aircraft registration. The AOC allows the aircraft to be used for commercial purposes and without which renders the charter illegal (a grey charter) and is highly likely to void any insurance cover.
Safety and legal compliance are our number one priority, and as such, our experienced team will ensure the operator of the selected aircraft has met the comprehensive criteria required to qualify for an Air Carrier Operating Certificate (AOC).
In carrying out the due diligence of the operator, the aircraft, and the crew qualifications we include but by no means limit to checking copies of the:
· Air Operators Certificate (AOC)
· Airworthiness Certificate
· Airworthiness Review Certification
· Certificate of Registration; and
· Certificate of Insurance
We check the Crew’s ‘time in type’ (the number of hours a pilot has at the controls of a particular aircraft) an important safety factor, the more hours flown in the specific charter aircraft, the more experience, and a greater understanding of the aircraft, and better equipped in the event of an emergency.
We check the crew are ‘type rated’ for the aircraft being chartered, specific to the aircraft manufacturer and model. Pilots must undergo frequent training to maintain their type ratings and so is important to ask these questions.
The Air Charter Safety Alliance
ACA has joined forces with a group of leading aviation organisations globally to form a united front to combat illegal on-demand charter flights. This group, known as the Air Charter Safety Alliance, raises awareness of illegal charter flights amongst the aviation industry.
The impact of the global pandemic has changed the way people travel and more and more people are turning to private jet charter for both business and leisure. For this reason, there will be many people who are not familiar with the way a charter flight is arranged and the stringent measures that need to be taken.
It is advisable to ensure that the person/company looking after your private jet charter arrangements has the appropriate accreditation. Do not compromise on safety, we don't!
Our team of experienced aviation professionals are on standby to provide you with your on-demand charter solution. Make the Connection - Contact us today. Tel: 0208 075 6999 E: firstname.lastname@example.org.