Solairus Aviation announced today that it has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate aircraft carrying 10 or more passengers in revenue generating operations. This places the company among a select group of private aviation companies approved to operate larger, long-range business jet aircraft in air charter service.
“We are committed to expanding our services continually, and to providing our clients with more options to meet their aircraft management and charter requirements,” said Solairus CEO Dan Drohan. “This approval makes Solairus’ fleet of large cabin charter aircraft available for long range and international charters, and positions us for further growth nationwide.”
It has been a year of achievement and growth for Solairus. After assembling a highly sought-after management team comprised of aviation veterans, Solairus earned the Aviation Research Group/US coveted Platinum rating and opened an East Coast Operations office. Today Solairus manages one of the nation’s largest fleets of late-model business jet and turboprop aircraft, serving clients throughout the United States and worldwide.
“As a general rule, the larger the aircraft, the more complex the operations and maintenance standards,” said Greg Petersen, Solairus Chief Operating Officer. “The FAA’s ‘10 or more’ program requires significantly higher audit and quality assurance standards, including a Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Program for each and every aircraft.”
This FAA approval also requires Solairus to have a Continuing Analysis and Surveillance System (CASS) in place, with a Quality Assurance Officer whose duties are to continually review the operator’s maintenance programs. These requirements are virtually identical to those required of commercial airline operators, and place Solairus among the most elite business jet operators in the world. “Obtaining this approval is an excellent indication of our relentless commitment to operational safety,” added Drohan. “This approval, in conjunction with our Safety Management System (SMS), assures our clients that we operate using known best practices, designed to achieve the highest levels of safety and professionalism.”