Selectivity and experience are central to our programs. Through a meticulous process, we have carefully selected and certified a small group of highly qualified operators that are among the best in the country. Sentient has developed strict standards for certified operators. We require each one to undergo both internal and independent examinations of their operations and management. If an operator, its pilots or its aircraft do not meet our exacting standards, then Sentient will not certify them and they do not fly for our clients. To become a certified operator, Sentient requires an extensive examination that covers:
- Review of operator’s FAA Operations Specifications Manual
- Review of corporate ownership and management team
- Agreement to initial and ongoing inspections and audits conducted by our field teams
- Review of individual aircraft history, including maintenance reliability
- Collection and verification of detailed insurance documentation
- Background check verification for every pilot and crewmember
- Review of pilot experience & training – work history, education, FAA license verification, Pilot Certificate history, etc.
- Collection and review of data from ARG/US
- Physical aircraft inspection
Once approved, Sentient requires operators participating in our programs to have at least $50 million of liability insurance on every flight, though the average is approximately $142 million.
Sentient arranges more flights than any other charter procurement business in the country which allows us to develop and maintain preferred relationships with only the premier operators, the best of the best. Fewer than 25% of the more than 575 charter jet operators in the United States have passed the certification process to fly for Sentient clients.