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Vault Aviation Safety

Vault Aviation Safety Standards

While exceptional pricing and unmatched service are how we provide value to our clients, safety truly is our top priority. With this in mind, we abide by the Platinum Rule: Never book a client on a plane we wouldn’t board ourselves. Because we value getting you home safely to your family, Vault Aviation uses a select group of safety-audited operators that comply with ARGUS and/or Wyvern standards. The aircraft Vault sources must be from FAR Part 135 Charter Operators. We demand that they carry a minimum of $50,000,000 in insurance and show no history of damage or irregular maintenance events. All flights are piloted by experienced two pilot crews. Vault Aviation will never charter a plane with only a single pilot, no exceptions.

Aircraft Safety Auditing

Vault Aviation only charters aircraft that have been audited by The Aviation Research Group/US (“ARGUS”) or Wyvern. ARGUS audits an operator’s maintenance records, flight history, insurance coverage, the frequency of aircraft inspections, and a program’s ability to meet or exceed FAA standards. Other considerations include pilot training, flight hours, and pilot medical records.
ARGUS has four rating tiers for operators: Does Not Qualify, Gold, Gold Plus and Platinum. All ARGUS-rated operators must provide the auditing firm with its latest records to ensure that they’re cleared before each flight. Prior to any flight, Vault Aviation can request an ARGUS TripCHEQ to ensure that the aircraft, crew, and trip meet the ARGUS standards.

Pilot Safety and Credentials

The aircraft that we charter must be piloted by highly experienced Pilots-In-Command and Second-In-Command. The baseline safety net is the ARGUS Rating that our selected operators carry.

Vault Aviation also references Wyvern Safety Ratings as an additional layer of safety. Wyvern is a different safety rating agency, independent of ARGUS, that allows us to perform a second audit on the safety records and the pilots for any flight we charter. Wyvern allows us to run a Pilot & Aircraft Safety Survey (“PASS”) report. The “PASS” report will detail everything from pilot hours to medical certifications. The following details are included in a “PASS” report:

  • Verification that a charter operator holds a current Air Operating Certificate
  • Verification that the aircraft being chartered is listed on the air carrier’s Operations Specifications
  • Confirmation of current insurance for the aircraft
  • Confirmation that each crew member’s experience meets a specific safety standard
  • Confirmation that each crew member’s medical and license information is current
  • Confirmation that the operator has Civil Aviation Authority approval for international operations at chosen locations

The Aircraft Charter Operators

Vault exclusively sources aircraft from FAA approved FAR Part 135 Charter Operators. FAR Part 135 is a set of federal laws governing everything from airworthiness of an aircraft to record keeping practices. The Charter Operators employ the pilots, handle the maintenance, and remain in operational control of charter flights at all times.

Operational Control refers to the safe operation of an aircraft during a charter flight. Essentially, it means that the pilots are in control and all decisions about the flight are made by them to assure the safety of the passengers and the aircraft. Under operational control principles, nothing the client says and nothing Vault says will affect the safe operation of an aircraft. For example, when a flight to Aspen must divert to Vail due to weather conditions, neither Vault nor passengers may override the judgment of the flight crew on this safety question. While the passengers may be insisting on landing in Aspen rather than Vail to avoid the two-hour drive, the decision rests entirely with the pilots, to ensure a safe landing.

Vault maintains close relationships with the industry’s top charter operators. These relationships allow us to have preferential access to the safest aircraft available for charter that are flown by the most experienced crews in the industry.

Vault Aviation’s Role as Broker

Vault Aviation acts as an agent on behalf of its clients to book these charter flights. Vault’s loyalty is 100% with our charter clients, and we have no formal arrangements with any individual aircraft operators. We are always working exclusively for our clients’ benefit, meaning we will never compromise on quality or safety since we face no outside pressure and incur no conflict of interest to put a Vault client on a specific plane from a specific operator.


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Vault Aviation, LLC dba Vault Aviation serves as an agent in obtaining air charter services for our customers. We select carriers that are certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration and registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Carriers are solely responsible for the air transportation by Vault Aviation for its customers. Vault Aviation does not own or operate the aircraft on which our customers fly. Vault Aviation is not a direct or indirect air carrier. All Vault-arranged flights are operated by Part 135 air carriers.