Safety & Legal Compliance

Do you know the difference between a Legal Charter and a ‘Grey Charter’?


To carry paid 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.

Unless you are aware of the legalities associated with chartering an aircraft, you may think you are getting a great deal, but in reality you may just be paying for an illegal charter, putting not only your life in danger but that of your accompanying party, as operators of illegal charters are less likely to adhere to the strict requirements imposed by the CAA.

At Flyconnex, 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 situation.

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.


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With Health and safety being at the forefront of people’s minds when they travel these days, flying by private jet has numerous benefits when it comes to ensuring a healthy travel experience.   Passengers are not faced with congested terminals as private aircraft use smaller executive terminals away from the crowds.  Private flyers typically board their aircraft as soon as they arrive at the FBO (Fixed Base Operators), reducing further the risk of proximity with other passengers.  Some even board or get picked up from their aircraft airside thereby avoiding going into the terminal at all.

Since the pandemic, leisure travellers are looking to private jets to get them to their weekend European city hops, escape to their Mediterranean family summer holiday villa or even weighing up the benefits of getting their ski’s and themselves closer to their favourite ski resort.

With so may jet types available for charter, you simply need to tell us where you are going, how many are travelling an idea of your budget and we will do the rest.

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