Safety is our obsession – the heart of every decision we make, from hiring and investment to training and flight operations.
The most elite pilots
Our commitment to your safety starts with hiring the best pilots in the world – and then making them even better. We draw our pilots from leading national air forces and commercial airlines, and put them through the most comprehensive, specialised training in the industry. Each year, they spend 50% more time in full-motion flight simulators than most commercial airline pilots. In 2010, we unveiled a private €5 million training facility at our operations centre in Lisbon – unique proof of our dedication to training.
Two captains in the cockpit
Our hiring standards far exceed those set out by European regulations. In regulatory terms, the minimum qualification for a captain is 1,500 flying hours. A first officer can have as few as 195 hours of experience. In contrast, our minimum standard for all pilots is 1,500 hours, and we require that all captains have at least 3,000 hours of experience. That means that your NetJets flight always has two captain-standard pilots in the cockpit.
One aircraft type for intuitive responses
The skill and experience of our pilots mean that they could comfortably fly many different types of aircraft. But at NetJets, they only fly one. We insist that all their training and flying is on that single type, so that their knowledge of its performance, features and flight-deck is as close to perfect as possible. To maximise this familiarity, we also ensure that every cockpit across each jet type in our fleet is identical, so our pilots’ responses are always intuitive and assured.
We will invest €750 million in safety and training over five years – a commitment unmatched anywhere in private aviation. And with the backing of Berkshire Hathaway, you can be confident we will continue to invest whatever is necessary to keep you safe.