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Safety Control
A company owning and operating a business jet is able to exert a high level of control over transportation safety- Jack Olcott outlines; higher control- in fact- than any other form of travel.

Unlike automobile transport- where safety depends not only on the driver of the car you are occupying- but also on the behavior of drivers of nearby cars- Business Aviation safety rests in very large measure with the company operating the business jet.

The risk of midair collision- for example- is extremely low—there are less than 30 midair collisions in the USA each year- often with no fatalities and mostly (if not totally) between two light aircraft in the traffic pattern of an uncontrolled airport.

Public transport- whether by air or surface- depends upon the actions of others- such as airline pilots or train engineers—people about whom you know very little- if anything at all. While professionals in the business of public transport are well trained and regulated- the fact remains that you- as a Board Member- trust your company’s most valuable assets to individuals and organizations far removed from your control.

When a company elects to own and operate a business jet- Directors are able to establish policies and set standards for safe operations. As indicated in the accompanying chart- business jets flown by salaried two-person crews have an outstanding safety record—one that is on a par with the largest airlines- and superior to regional and commuter air carriers.

Also worthy of note is the high percentage of scheduled flights that are flown by regional and commuter airlines. Approximately half of all scheduled flights and about a quarter of all passenger enplanements in the USA are handled by air carriers operating regional and commuter aircraft.

The same emphasis on regional/commuter aircraft exists in other parts of the world. The message for Directors is clear: Business Aviation is particularly safe - especially when Boards exercise enlightened governance supported by expert advice when establishing safety and use policies.

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