What is an FAA Part 135 Certification?
An FAA Part 135 certification is an authority granted by the FAA to an operator/airline who provides, non-scheduled aircraft operations, such as private air charter flights. They can receive this authority only after they have proven that they can safely satisfy the flight standards of the regulation. Part 135 operations must work within a much more detailed and stricter operational and legal framework than non-Part 135 carriers in order to maintain their certification.
How safe are the Aircraft that I’ll be flying?
Flewber only contracts to known carriers who are licensed and granted authority under FAA Part 135 regulations, noted above, which specifically allow them to fly passengers. These regulations and subsequent mandated checks and audits by the FAA, ensure the planes that you board and the pilots flying them have undergone continuous and rigorous safety and background. Each aircraft is checked and rechecked by FAA inspectors ensuring that they are some of the safest aircraft in the sky.
Am I safe without a TSA check prior to boarding?
Every airport and FBO (Fixed Base Operation or private terminal) where you may board a private flight at is regulated and audited by the TSA and FAA the same way that international and hub airports are. They all have secure and restricted access areas and SIDA, Security Identification Display Areas, for employees and travelers alike. The main difference is when you fly private, unlike commercial air travel, you know every passenger on your flight. Therefore, no pre-flight scanning is needed.
What About Cleanliness?
Although it is impossible for any aircraft or other mode of transportation to be 100 percent germ free, you can take comfort in the fact that all Flewber flights follow industry standards for cleanliness and sanitization. When referring to cleanliness, the aviation industry measures trips in what it calls “touch points”, referring to each of the people and places a passenger comes in contact with. A study published in Condé Nast Traveler concluded that people who fly private encounter fewer than 20 touch points per trip as opposed to commercial flights where the number skyrockets to over 700.