As an on-demand charter operator, why should you qualify for an ARGUS Rating? In this article, you will learn 3 great reasons to work towards your ARGUS Rating.
There are many reasons for qualify for your ARGUS Rating, but before we get into those, let’s identify what the ARGUS Rating levels are. For an on-demand charter operator who meets the safety standard and provides information on their aircrew and aircraft, there is the Gold Rating. A Gold Rated operator who undergoes an ARGUS Audit and meets or exceeds industry best practices would attain a Platinum Rating. Generally, Gold Plus is reserved for operators that have been audited and are working toward Platinum. If you want more information about our gold and platinum ratings and the requirements for those, take a look at our Ratings Page.
Now that we have the basics down, let’s look at some good reasons to strike for an ARGUS Rating.
FIRST, AN ARGUS RATING IS A FANTASTIC TOOL FOR INTERNAL BENCHMARKING
When you are being assessed, your safety history is reviewed, going back 10 years. This history is compared to your peer group in the industry so you can evaluate and compare yourself to your competitors. An ARGUS Rating also requires that each pilot that flies for your company have an independently researched background check, every single year. Sure, you are required to do a PRIA upon hire, but having access to yearly background checks can keep you abreast of what your crews are doing, especially ones that might be doing some outside flying. Additionally, you can use this process to conduct background checks on pilots that you are considering hiring. Using the CHEQ system, just drop a candidate into the system and ARGUS will do the background check. Pop into the system a few days later, review the check, and if you continue with employment, the data is ready for use. If you elect not to offer employment, just remove the pilot from your roster.
SECOND, AN ARGUS RATING IS AN EXCELLENT TOOL TO INCREASE REVENUE.
You have attained your Rating, so brag about it! ARGUS will provide marketing materials to put on your webpage, emails, and collateral. More than that, we are sending proof of your rating to thousands of clients! We post your achievement on our own ‘operator registry’ and send a list of operators with an ARGUS Rating to Avinode, The Air Charter Guide, Victor, PrivateFly, and other leading online charter marketplaces.
We also give you the tools to show your flying clients the high level of experience and training that your crews have. Every operator with an ARGUS Rating has the ability to run TripCHEQs on your flights. These reports list your current rating, that the aircraft has been verified as under your operational control, and how many hours of experience your Pilot in Command and Second in Command have accrued.
FINALLY, WE HAVE MANY OPERATORS, AIR CHARTER BROKERS, AND CHARTERERS THAT WILL ONLY FLY WITH A COMPANY THAT HAS AN ARGUS RATING.
These companies utilize ARGUS as their due diligence partner. And who better? Since 2000 we have assessed nearly a thousand on-demand charter operators and have performed due diligence on over 100,000 flights.
In short, an ARGUS Rating is more than just a seal. It is an excellent business tool. It allows your company to benchmark and review your safety policy. It also allows you to compare yourself to your competitors. Is your company doing all it can with regard to the safety of your passengers and employees? Your rating will bring in additional marketing through charter market places. It will help your customers make the decision to use you over other operators as you show them your rating and your ability to run TripCHEQ’s providing them with comprehensive flight safety data. Finally, you will qualify to work with companies that will only work with ARGUS Rated operators.
You can achieve the success you’ve been looking for with your ARGUS Rating!
Vice President, PROS Business Aviation