Private aviation has become increasingly safer in the last few years, with 2009 being a record low for the number of accidents for both turboprops and business jets. While the decrease in accidents is slightly in part to the reduced number of private flights last year, there was still a large enough difference to be significant.
Analysts reason that the increased safety is due to improved simulation technology that allows pilots to train by practicing different simulated situations. Pilots are more able to react quickly and, thanks to the new technology, in a practiced, confident manner that may make all the difference.
Private planes have also become safer to fly with improvements in engine technology and navigation systems. These improvements include many new features that act as built-in back up plans for private pilots. Fuel additives have also dramatically improved business jet safety as they prevent fuel systems from icing over in high altitudes.
For private jet charter clients, the assurance of a safe flight is even greater. With safety tracking and reporting systems like ARG/US and Wyvern that report safety ratings, clients can ensure that everything checks out before ever boarding the plane. Flight safety reports rate both the pilot and plane based on a series of rigorous maintenance and inspection regulations. Private flight providers can become Part 135 Carrier Certified, meaning they have met all protocols.
As technology continues to improve, business aviation and private jet charter will only become safer. The 69% decrease in accidents from 2008 to 2009 demonstrates how much difference one year of technology can make.