Aviation Research Group/US s a leader in the field of corporate aviation safety and operational information. Their data and analysis covers a wide range of topics from aircraft operating costs, to safety and marketing databases. Responding to an industry-wide need for objective, non-intrusive, and fact-based safety analysis for part 135 charter operators, ARG/US has developed a rating system: The CHEQ report (Charter Evaluation and Qualification report). The CHEQ system has three major components: Historical Safety Ratings, Current Aircraft and Pilot Data, and On-Site Safety Audits. Analysis of these components results in three potential levels of safety rating: Gold, Gold Plus, and Platinum. Each level reflects analysis and ranking based on increasing amounts of detailed information on the charter operator.
An ARG/US rating of DNQ, or Does Not Qualify, can result from three areas:
Most issues that cause a DNQ rating stand a good chance of being corrected over time.
For those operators who provide data on the aircraft operated, and the pilots employed, ARG/US will evaluate for a Gold Rating. The Gold level is assigned to operators who meet or exceed the established ARG/US standards for safety history and crew experience.
This rating is awarded to operators who meet all Gold rating requirements, and have undergone an ARG/US on-site safety audit. The operator has been found to have effective and documented policies and procedures which should be conducive to safe future operations.
The highest level of ARG/US safety ratings is awarded to those operators who meet the criteria for Gold, and successfully pass an ARG/US on-site safety audit. The ARG/US audit is a true process audit administered by trained and experienced aviation auditing professionals to evaluate the operator against industry best practice standards. A Platinum rating requires a functioning Safety Management System, and clear and workable Emergency Response Plan, and appropriate written standards, training, implementation, and adequate historical records for all major aspects of Operations and Maintenance within a flight department or Charter company.