FAA approval broadens Naples’ charter company’s international footprint
Elite Jets, a luxury charter air service that operates from its private terminal at Naples Airport, is expanding both its aircraft maintenance operations and its global footprint.
Elite Jets owns four Embraer Phenom 300 jets, an Embraer Legacy 500 jet and a Bell 407 helicopter, transporting business and leisure travelers to destinations across North, Central and South America.
In June, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) added the Phenom 300 and Legacy 500 to Elite Jets’ maintenance department’s FAA Part 145 certificate, giving it the capacity to perform maintenance work on those aircrafts for other private jet companies and individual owners.
Elite Jets also provides charter and management services for a Gulfstream G550 jet capable of long-haul flights to Europe and Asia. The company recently received FAA approval of a Trans-Pacific tabletop safety exercise, allowing Elite Jets to expand its long-haul flight capacity across the globe.
“This pair of recent FAA approvals now provides Elite Jets with true worldwide operations and an expanded industry footprint,” said Stephen Myers, CAM, the company’s executive vice president. “We look forward to offering our clients even more opportunities to travel the world while also collaborating with additional industry partners and private aircraft owners.”
The service expansion is only the latest indicator of Elite Jets’ recent growth. A new aircraft management division is focused on growing the company through aircraft acquisition. In addition, Elite Jets recently achieved “Wingman” status from the global air safety auditor WYVERN for air charter operators. To earn the Wingman designation, charter companies must undergo a comprehensive audit that includes a full review of the company’s operational history, safety records, Safety Management System (SMS), internal evaluation program, administrative compositions, technical documentation, pilot and aircraft records, training requirements and maintenance operations, including the training and experience of technicians.
In addition, Elite Jets also is a platinum-rated charter through ARGUS and maintains a Stage 2 Seal through International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (ISBAO).