Platinum Pledge: STA Jets Announces Renewal of Argus Platinum Safety Rating

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Elite Southern California charter and management company tops up its commitment to world-class safety & service

It’s not just an audit from time to time. Being a Platinum-Certified operator is something that is lived out in every single flight,

STA Jets, one of Southern California’s premier private jet charter and aircraft management companies, is pleased to announce the renewal of their Platinum ARGUS Certification, one of the industry’s most widely recognized and globally regarded safety standards.

Far from a matter of course, STA’s commitment to maintaining an ARGUS Platinum rating, along with its other safety certifications, including IS-BAO (International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations) Stage 2 certification and its Wyvern Wingman certification, position it as a truly top-tier operator within the global private air transport. It has held its Platinum designation since 2005.

In order to maintain Platinum certification, regular audits have to prove that the operator has a well-maintained safety infrastructure, including processes that span the hiring of pilots, aircraft maintenance, and ongoing safety analysis. STA Founder and CEO Kurt Belcher spoke to the rigor that is required of operators in achieving the certification: “It’s not just an audit from time to time. Being a Platinum-Certified operator is something that is lived out in every single flight,” Belcher added.

A selection of criteria that must be met for Platinum Certification include:

  • Pilot background checks
  • ARGUS On-site Audit with no or corrected findings
  • Functioning Safety Management System
  • Emergency Response Plan
  • Aircraft operational control validation
  • Operating certificate for a minimum of one year
  • At least one turbine aircraft on certificate
  • In-depth Historical Safety Analysis

“We see our continued commitment to safety as the lifeblood of our operations,” Belcher explained. “It’s the foundation upon which any other growth and accomplishments must be built. These rigorous standards flow directly into all other parts of what we do, and is step one in providing our clients a luxury flight experience that exceeds all their expectations.”

About STA Jets
STA Jets is the ultimate in private travel. Offering a unique combination of executive charters, aircraft management, and aircraft sales and acquisitions, STA's diverse fleet of aircraft, its superior flight and maintenance crews, and topflight customer support and service provide the best possible travel experience. Headquartered at John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, California, the company has operations based in Van Nuys, San Jose, New York, and Fort Lauderdale.
To learn more or reserve a charter, visit or call 1.844.FLY.STA1.

With 25 years of operating in over 60 countries, ARGUS is a globally recognized aviation services company. Achieving the ARGUS Platinum Rating is a testament to the aviation community that safety is a top priority to the operators that achieve it. The ARGUS Platinum Rating consists of an audit that takes an in-depth look into the quality of documented processes in addition to the strength of the safety management system implemented by the operator. Receiving a Platinum Rating means the operation was examined over several days by a team of onsite auditors and, if needed, subsequently completed all corrective actions necessary to meet the standard. Learn More about Platinum Ratings here:

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