January 31, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)
We associate platinum credit cards with the best and platinum as a precious metal used in the highest quality jewelry. But have you seen the Platinum Seal on our website that says ARG/US? Chances are you may have noticed it and asked yourself, what is that?
In the charter operations world, ARG/US Platinum is the highest rating given by the Aviation Research Group U.S. Inc. (ARG/US). Angel MedFlight was awarded this prestigious rating in 2013. This is not an easy achievement to obtain. An aircraft operator must have and maintain an ARG/US Gold Rating, then a Gold-Plus Rating before being considered for the Platinum status. This means the operator must have and maintain the highest safety standards possible.
ARGUS International, Inc. is a specialized aviation services company with global expertise whose mission is to provide the aviation marketplace with the information needed to make informed decisions and manage risk. ARG/US rates charter operators and bases their safety record ratings on that of their peers.
ARG/US uses their Charter Evaluation and Qualification (CHEQ) program to gather information and rate charter operators on the following criteria:
- Historical safety ratings.
- Current aircraft and pilot background checks.
- On-site safety audits.
The CHEQ system is the most comprehensive safety analysis program in the industry. Based on this criterion ARG/US awards three possible safety ratings. They are:
- Gold Rating – Operator meets the current rating for Gold rating.
- Gold-Plus Rating– Meets Gold-Plus requirements and has passed an ARG/US audit for a Gold rating.
- Platinum Rating – Operator meets all Gold rating requirements and within the preceding 24 months has passed an ARG/US audit for the Platinum standards.
As of Jan 31, 2014 there are 111 ARG/US Platinum rated, 31 Gold-Plus rated and 325 Gold rated operators.
What this means to our patients who trust Angel MedFlight to transport them safely is that they can rest assured knowing that they have chosen the best, safest air ambulance and jet operator. Angel MedFlight is proud to be distinguished with this high honor.
*Angel MedFlight currently utilizes the services of sole and exclusive FAA F.A.R. Part 135 vendors, such as AeroJet Services, LLC (License Number: J7EA116I).