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Priester Aviation Renews Three Industry-Leading Safety Audits

Aug 5 2021
Priester Aviation Safety Renewal

WHEELING, Ill. (August 4, 2021) – Since its founding in 1945, Priester Aviation has earned a reputation as a safety-first aviation services provider. It recently completed renewals of three key safety audits: IS-BAO Stage 3, ARGUS Platinum and Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) certification. These, plus its Wyvern registration, put Priester among the elite 1% of private jet operators that hold all four of these universally respected ratings.

“Achieving the highest levels of safety accreditation takes tremendous rigor and resources,” says Kurt Humm, Priester Aviation Vice President of Safety and Quality. “Adhering to these definitive standards demonstrates our ongoing dedication to not just maintaining a strong safety culture, but continuously building upon it.”

Priester first achieved International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) certification in 2010, reaching its highest level – Stage 3 – in 2014. Maintaining this certification verifies that safety management activities are fully integrated into operations and that a positive safety culture is being sustained.

It also renewed the ARGUS Platinum Rating, the highest level of the ARGUS Audit Standard. The rating is reserved for air charter operators that demonstrate best safety practices, which are verified through onsite safety audits.

Priester, a founding member of the ACSF, once again renewed the exhaustive ACSF Industry Audit. It verifies adherence to the organization’s operational, maintenance and safety management system standards and best practices.

“Everyone talks about the importance of safety, but we put actions behind our words,” says Andy Priester, Chairman and CEO. “Meeting globally recognized standards of excellence increases passenger confidence and keeps us at the top of our game. We don’t say we’re the best. We prove our value.”

Priester Aviation, headquartered in Chicago, serves clients in the United States and globally from operating bases throughout the world. It operates a fleet of world-class aircraft and works with industry partners coast-to-coast. In the past three years it has expanded operations and capacity, building its team up and introducing its Centerline Jet Card program.