Sun Air Jets, the private jet charter and management company, has named Satcom Direct, the business aviation solutions provider, as its preferred supplier for flight deck datalink connectivity services for its fleet of managed and charter aircraft. Activations of the SD FlightDeck Freedom® (FDF) communications platform, which supports secure and reliable datalink services between crew, air traffic control, and ground personnel are already underway.
The majority of the mixed fleet, which includes Bombardier Global and Challenger types, Gulfstream models, Citation X aircraft and Hawker airframes, will be using the new FDF services by the end of the year. Sun Air is optimizing the power of FDF flight tracking and benefiting from significant automation pushing real-time information about hazardous weather, geo-notifications, security events and other critical flight path data. The immediacy and accuracy of these vital updates were significant factors in Sun Air’s selection process.
Nick Cook, Director of Flight Deck Services for SD, explains, “FDF improves situational awareness, reduces pilot workload, and enhances safety as it conveys real-time data which might impact a planned route. It also meets compliance requirements for aircraft operating in international airspace. The platform’s open architecture design allows for integration with third-party services, including trip planning. This all contributes to facilitating a streamlined flight experience for our customers and their passengers.”
The news follows a Sun Air NBAA announcement which confirmed the operator’s adoption of ForeFlight’s flight planning services to support its international charter activity. The seamless integration of the flight planning product with the FDF service adds immediate and tangible value to Sun Air operations and consequently its customers.
“We undertook a review of our existing services and recognized the benefit of selecting a solution that meets our fleet’s specific needs, missions, and budget requirements. We wanted a comprehensive flight deck datalink service that could give us better flight tracking information and also integrate with our selected flight planning solution. SD delivers a technologically advanced suite of services that improves our efficiencies and is underpinned by impressive customer support. We’re investing in technology to enhance our customer services and know that SD is doing the same. This heavily influenced our selection process,” says Ed Fares, director of operations Sun Air Jets.
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Southern California – Sun Air Jets has once more been awarded WYVERN Wingman PRO certification after achieving excellence in association with ongoing participation in WYVERN’s Flight Leader Program (FLP). Wingman PRO validates organizational safety culture utilizing the most advanced safety culture evaluation tools recognized by safety experts and regulatory bodies worldwide. A safety benchmark set above WYVERN’s flagship Wingman program, Wingman PRO is the aviation industry’s highest safety standard.
“Continuously evaluating and improving our company’s safety culture is in our DNA,” said James Evans, Sun Air Jets Director of Safety. “We’re proud to continue our longstanding relationship with Wyvern and offer the peace of mind to our clients that Sun Air Jets actively keeps safety at the forefront.”
WYVERN Wingman PRO is issued once an already established Wingman operator demonstrates effectiveness in all areas of SMS, excellence in the addressing of Human Factors and Organizational Safety Culture, and continuous conformity to international standards by way of an internal audit program.
“We congratulate Sun Air Jets for renewing their Wingman PRO certification, which validates their effective safety management system and excellence in managing operations and aircraft maintenance. Wingman Operators stand out among their peers by allowing WYVERN to assess their conformity to best practices and continually monitor their information related to safety,” says Sonnie Bates, WYVERN CEO.
About Sun Air Jets
Sun Air Jets operates one of the safest rated private jet fleets in the nation with a flawless safety record spanning over 20 years. Serving the greater Los Angeles area, Sun Air Jets provides aircraft management, maintenance, private luxury hangars, and private charter jet services on a diverse fleet including Gulfstream, Bombardier, Embraer, Citation, and Hawker aircraft.
Along with maintaining the highest safety standards in the industry, Sun Air Jets remains dedicated to serving clients with the highest levels of operating expertise and personable client care. With bases located in Van Nuys and Camarillo, California, including a full-service FBO at the company’s KCMA headquarters, Sun Air Jets is a fully certified Part 145 repair station and 135 charter operator. To learn more about Sun Air Jets, visit SunAirJets.com.
WYVERN Ltd is the leader in aviation safety risk management and training. Building on its 30-year reputation for delivering value to the aviation community, WYVERN ensures operational excellence through its flagship Wingman and Flight Leader Programs. WYVERN’s EXACT Program is a comprehensive and professional safety certification program for UAS end-users and operators. WYVERN’s Safety Leader Training Course™ provides the education and training that enables professionals to skillfully achieve operational excellence in any aviation organization.
Learn more about WYVERN LTD here.
In a highly-anticipated agreement announced at NBAA 2022, Sun Air Jets partnered with Boeing to invest in technology to support its accelerated current and future growth.
The company is expanding its cooperation with Boeing to adopt ForeFlight’s fully-integrated products suite, including ForeFlight Mobile, ForeFlight Dispatch, ForeFlight Runway Analysis, ForeFlight Fuel Advisor, and Jeppesen charts and NavData, across its entire operation.
“We are thrilled to be working with Sun Air Jets as they adopt ForeFlight’s fully-integrated product suite to better support their diverse global operations”, said Tim Schuetze, ForeFlight CEO. “There’s no question that the future of business aviation lies in tightly-integrated, cloud-based solutions.”
“Sun Air jets are excited to commit to this direction that will better support our robust growth,” said Ed Fares, Director of Operations at Sun Air Jets. “Boeing’s reputation and innovative ForeFlight product suite are the perfect complements to support our team and our continued focus on a safety culture.”
The new collaboration will take effect on November 1st, 2022, and is the latest in a string of strategic business developments by Sun Air Jets.
About Sun Air Jets:
Sun Air Jets operates one of the nation’s safest-rated private jet fleets, with a flawless safety record over 20 years. Serving the greater Los Angeles area, Sun Air Jets provides aircraft management, maintenance, private luxury hangars, and private charter jet services on a diverse fleet, including Gulfstream, Bombardier, Embraer, Citation, and Hawker aircraft.
Along with maintaining the highest safety standards in the industry, Sun Air Jets remains dedicated to serving clients with the highest levels of operating expertise and personable client care. With bases in Van Nuys and Camarillo, California, including a full-service FBO at the company’s KCMA headquarters, Sun Air Jets is a fully certified Part 145 repair station and 135 charter operator. To learn more about Sun Air Jets, visit SunAirJets.com.
About Boeing and ForeFlight:
As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures, and services commercial airplanes, defense products, and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability, and community impact. Boeing’s diverse team is committed to innovating for the future and living the company’s core values of safety, quality, and integrity. Learn more at www.boeing.com.
For more information on Boeing’s ForeFlight integrated solution for Business Aviation, visit https://foreflight.com/solutions/business-aviation.
Sun Air Jets hosted their annual Girls in Aviation Day on Saturday, September 24th at their Camarillo location. Approximately 40 Girl Scouts from the Central Coast Chapter were invited to Camarillo Airport for a tour of Sun Air Jets and to learn about careers in aviation.
The Ventura County 99s Women’s Pilot Organization joined in the event and were on hand to provide 3 different aircraft for the group to tour. There was a presentation from each of the 6 pilots on hand and an extensive question and answer session. The Girls Scouts also got to view the new Notable Women in Aviation Exhibit at the CAF Museum; an exhibit created by the Ventura County 99s with support from Sun Air Jets.
Read the full article here.
Sun Air Jets welcomed the public to their newest hangar space at Van Nuys Airport with a large grand opening event on September 23, 2022.
Held in conjunction with Aeroplex Group Partners, who helped secure the location, the event welcomed approximately 150 guests to join the Sun Air Jets and Aeroplex teams in their celebration.
Read the full article here.
Ojai Valley Inn, the historic resort located on 220 acres in the Ojai Valley in Southern California, has remodeled its iconic villa, Casa Elar. To celebrate the renovation, the hotel has partnered with Southern California-based private charter company Sun Air Jets to offer an exclusive package for guests.
Read the full article here.
Sun Air Jets is proud to be recognized by Van Nuys Airport (KVNY) during its 2021 Friendly Flyer Awards.
Van Nuys Airport (KVNY) has announced the recipients of its 2021 Friendly Flyer Awards, honoring general aviation companies and corporate flight departments for their efforts to reduce noise from jet aircraft operations.
Eighteen aircraft operators received recognition plaques for complying with all mandatory noise abatement policies, achieving at least 99 percent adherence with all voluntary noise abatement programs and reducing nighttime jet arrivals and departures under the Quieter Nights Program.
Read the full article here.
Sun Air Jets is proud to announce a new partnership with 4AIR, the first and only rating system focused on comprehensive sustainability in private aviation, for verification of its program to offset carbon emissions. This commitment to 4Air, along with other company sustainability initiatives, reinforces Sun Air Jets’ dedication to reducing its overall environmental impact and will further enhance its sustainability program.
Working with an industry leading carbon offsetting company allows Sun Air Jets to greatly reduce its carbon footprint. The 4AIR program provides a simplified, verifiable path to its environmental impact.
- 4AIR will rate the greenhouse gas emissions for Sun Air Jets’ charter flights. In addition, 4AIR will review offsets, standards, verification, validation, and purchase and retirement of carbon credits and any other offsetting measures and ensure that they meet the criteria set forth by industry-leading standards and 4AIR’s rating guidelines.
- Sun Air Jets’ flights participating in the validated emissions offset program can be certified 4AIR Bronze, indicating that their operation is carbon-neutral by virtue of offsetting all of their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions with verified carbon offset credits. These credits will fund specific, verified, real-world projects intended to offset carbon emissions.
“We are excited to partner with 4AIR as we continue Sun Air’s journey along the path to carbon neutrality. 4AIR’s expertise and credentials will allow us to verify our contributions to a cleaner planet” says Sun Air Jets President and CEO, Brian Counsil.
“4AIR not only offers turnkey sustainability solutions but, as the only rating system for private aviation emissions reduction, will evaluate and verify Sun Air Jets’ sustainability program,” said Kennedy Ricci, 4AIR’s president. “We can give Sun Air Jets, its stakeholders and its customers the assurance that the program is meeting its goals and reducing emissions at levels equal to those generated by the flights.”
Sun Air Jets’ Commitment to Sustainability: The partnership with 4AIR extends Sun Air Jets’ commitment to sustainability. Under a previous program, Sun Air Jets purchased credits in 2021 that offset emissions equal to 4,452 metric tons of carbon.
Sun Air Jets’ Camarillo Airport and Van Nuys Airport facilities are both Certified Tier 1 Green Aviation Businesses via the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). This commitment is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase the use of environmentally friendly energy sources, reduce waste, and encourage sustainability. Its facilities feature sustainable design with state-of-the-art green technology such as solar roof arrays, EV charging stations, refillable water stations to eliminate single-use drinkware, motion-sensing LED lighting, and more.
In addition, Sun Air Jets appreciates that pollution extends beyond carbon emissions. Noise pollution affects the communities in which it operates, which is why it subscribes to the Van Nuys Airport Quieter Nights Program. This program is briefed to all of its flight operations staff to ensure that the correct procedures are followed so that Sun Air Jets’ operations may exist in harmony with its neighbors. The proof of this commitment is Sun Air Jets’ repeated success in being awarded the Friendly Flyer Award.
About Sun Air Jets: Sun Air Jets operates one of the safest rated private jet fleets in the nation with a flawless safety record spanning over 20 years. Serving the greater Los Angeles area, Sun Air Jets, a SIGNATURE SELECT™ member FBO, provides aircraft management, maintenance, private luxury hangars, and private charter jet services on a diverse fleet including Gulfstream, Bombardier, Citation, Hawker and Falcon aircraft.
Along with maintaining the highest safety standards in the industry, Sun Air Jets remains dedicated to serving clients with the highest levels of operating expertise and personable customer service. With bases located in Van Nuys and Camarillo, California, including a full-service FBO at the company’s KCMA headquarters, Sun Air Jets is a fully certified Part 145 repair station and 135 charter operator. To learn more about Sun Air Jets, visit SunAirJets.com.
About 4AIR: 4AIR is an industry pioneer offering sustainability solutions beyond just simple carbon neutrality. Its industry-first framework seeks to address climate impacts of all types and provides a simplified and verifiable path for private aviation industry participants to achieve meaningful aircraft emissions counteraction and reduction.
The 4AIR framework offers four levels, each with specific, science-based goals, independently verified results and progressively greater impacts on sustainability that make it easy for private aviation users to pursue sustainability through access to carbon markets, use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel, support for new technologies and other strategies.
All carbon credits through 4AIR are quantified and verified through the most respected and international leading bodies that issue and register credits, including the American Carbon Registry, Climate Action Reserve, Verified Carbon Standard (VERRA) and The Gold Standard. Additionally, end-of-year commitment audits are independently verified by third parties. 4AIR also serves the demand signal working groups with the World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition.
For more information, visit us at www.4air.aero.
Sun Air Jets is excited to announce that its Van Nuys location (KVNY) has also been certified as a Green Aviation
Business with Tier 1 status by the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). This is the second location to
achieve this exciting designation for Sun Air Jets. The company worked with the NATA to evaluate and meet the
standards for its Sustainability Standard for Aviation Businesses in 2021 for the Camarillo (KCMA) location.
The NATA Sustainability Standard for Aviation Businesses is a new sustainability initiative, developed in 2021, created
to provide FBOs, airports, and other aviation businesses a self-certification process for pursuing flexible, cost-effective
options to lower their carbon footprint.
Developed by a working group under NATA’s Environment Committee, the NATA Sustainability Standard for Aviation
Businesses is a free industry standard designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (including CO2), increase
use of more environmentally friendly energy sources, reduce waste, and encourage sustainability operation-wide.
“NATA is grateful to Sun Air Jets for their input in developing the standard and leadership as an early adopter. It is
inspiring to see our members’ enthusiasm for meeting the requirements of this sustainability standard and then raising
the bar even higher for greater improvement,” stated NATA President and CEO Timothy Obitts.
Director of Business Development for Sun Air Jets, Mary Brehm, said, “It was an honor to work closely with the NATA
Environment Committee on this project and other environmental initiatives. Sun Air Jets is very excited to have our Van Nuys location receive this distinctive certification as well.”
The addition of the new green building certified hangars and the facilities on Roscoe Boulevard at the Van Nuys
Airport greatly expands the size of Sun Air Jets’ footprint of available space and presence in the Los Angeles area. The
two adjoining hangars each have an attached private terminal and office and provide 71,0000 square feet of new
space over 4.4 acres. Designed to offer a superior level of luxury and sophistication, the new Van Nuys facilities offer
private offices, lounges, conference meeting rooms, gated guest parking.
To further reduce their carbon footprint, Sun Air Jets continues to regularly make beneficial adjustments. Additional
electric vehicle charging stations and FloWater refillable water stations have recently been installed at all of their
greater Los Angeles area locations.
For more information on this certification and the many other sustainability endeavors including sustainable aviation
fuel and carbon offsets, please visit sunairjets.com/sustainability.
About NATA: For more than eight decades, NATA has contributed significantly to the prosperity of aviation service
companies and has been a catalyst for improvement within the aviation industry. Founded in 1940, NATA is the
national association of aviation business service providers. NATA’s mission is to empower its members to be safe and
successful aviation businesses. NATA is the leading national trade association representing the business interests
of general aviation service companies on legislative and regulatory matters at the federal level, while also providing
education, services, and benefits to its members to help ensure their long-term economic success. For additional
information, visit NATA.aero.
About Sun Air Jets:
Sun Air Jets operates one of the safest rated private jet fleets in the nation with a flawless safety record spanning over
20 years. Serving the greater Los Angeles area, Sun Air Jets, a SIGNATURE SELECT™ member FBO, provides aircraft
management, maintenance, private luxury hangars, and private charter jet services on a diverse fleet including
Gulfstream, Bombardier Bombardier, Embraer, Citation, Hawker and Falcon aircraft. Along with maintaining the
highest safety standards in the industry, Sun Air Jets remains dedicated to serving clients with the highest levels of
operating expertise and personable customer service. With bases located in Camarillo and Van Nuys, California,
including a full-service FBO at the company’s KCMA headquarters, Sun Air Jets is a fully certified Part 145 repair
station and 135 charter operator. To learn more about Sun Air Jets, visit SunAirJets.com.
“Bailey was greeted with champagne toasts and a cake with a picture of his airplane on it after landing in Camarillo. He was cheered by staff of Sun Air Jets, his airplane’s base. Sun Air Jets employees played a critical role in Bailey’s success, helping him secure places to stay and landing clearances from foreign governments, which proved challenging during the pandemic.”
Read the full article by Camarillo Acorn.