DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)
To operate large aircraft commercially, companies must hold a special authorization from the Department of Transportation.
This is a very specific and arduous process that very few companies have gone through or have the ability to attain. The DOT looks at everything from the company’s financial fitness to planned operations, including fiscal stability, safety and training programs, company experience, company management, among others.
Silver Air is one of a very small group of Part 135 companies that have the DOT Certificated Air Carrier authorization to operate the Boeing Business Jet commercially.
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA)
Large VVIP corporate aircraft, like the BBJ, have amazing cabin configurations built with many amenities for guests, but also have specific restrictions on commercial operations. To operate a BBJ commercially, these limitations must first be removed through an engineering process and amendment to the FAA Supplemental Type Certificate. Only after the limitation is removed can the aircraft be operated commercially for charter.
Silver Air has more experience with this process than any other company in the US.
Like the DOT and FAA, the Transportation Security Administration has special security requirements for commercial operation of large aircraft.
To operate a large aircraft on charter, companies must apply for, and receive authorization to use a special security program that includes an approved TSA training program, passenger screening procedures, and oversight by the TSA.
Silver Air has developed a private security screening program, approved by the TSA, that allows our clients convenient, efficient, and more importantly, very private screening without having to use TSA facilities in commercial terminals.