WATERFORD, MICH. – Following an in-depth audit conducted by ARGUS International Incorporated (ARGUS) and third-party International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) accredited auditors, Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc. successfully renewed their ARGUS Platinum Rating and their Stage 2 IS-BAO Registration.  Pentastar Aviation, LLC also successfully renewed their Stage 2 IS-BAO Registration.

“Pentastar’s achievement of maintaining the ARGUS Platinum Rating and IS-BAO Stage 2 Registration reflects our corporate culture of adherence to the highest safety standards,” said Robert Rufli, Vice President of Flight Operations & Director of Operations. “Maintaining compliance with these standards helps ensure quality and consistency in our daily operations and allows us to continuously enhance safety standards.”

The prestigious Platinum Rating is ARGUS’ highest accreditation and is awarded only to those air charter operators who have demonstrated successful implementation of 100% of ARGUS industry best practices relative to their operations and maintenance. Pentastar’s operations have been Platinum rated since 2006.

IS-BAO is a worldwide standard developed by the industry, for the industry. It is a code of best practices based on the International Civil Aviation Organizations (ICAO) International Standards and Recommended Practices. It was developed to promote global standardization for safety and to assist operators in establishing a code of best practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve high levels of safety and professionalism. The voluntary biennial audit and achievement of Stage 2 IS-BAO is demonstrated, in part, by evidence of a robust and fully implemented Safety Management System (SMS). Pentastar’s operations have been IS-BAO Registered since 2010.

“The safety of our customers and employees is paramount to our mission,” said Greg Schmidt, Pentastar Aviation President & CEO. “Our operations revolve around a steadfast commitment to safety with ongoing adoption and continuous implementation of best practices. The renewal of the ARGUS Platinum rating and IS-BAO Stage 2 Registration reflects that commitment.”

In addition to the ARGUS Platinum rating and IS-BAO Stage 2 Registration, Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc. is also Wyvern Registered and a member of the Air Charter Safety Foundation.

For more information, please visit www.pentastaraviation.com

About Pentastar Aviation

Pentastar Aviation, wholly owned by Edsel B. Ford II, is a leader in the world of business aviation, providing aircraft management, advisory services, aircraft maintenance, avionics services, interior services and award-winning FBO services. Air charter transportation services are provided by Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc., a U.S. FAR Part 135 on-demand air carrier, or by other U.S. FAR Part 135 certificated on-demand air carriers arranged by Pentastar Aviation, LLC. Their team is committed to delivering the highest standards of safety and service excellence to their customers.

Pentastar Aviation has been servicing regional and global travelers for more than 50 years and is headquartered at Oakland County International Airport (PTK). For more information, please visit www.pentastaraviation.com.


Dear Friends,

Your safety, both on and off the aircraft, continues to be Pentastar’s most important priority.

As we continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 on a daily basis, we will evolve as necessary to ensure we are doing our part to create an environment that is clean, safe and comfortable while strictly adhering to the latest CDC, TSA and FAA protocols.  We will also continue to implement leading ways to improve preventative safety measures, and consistently review new solutions designed to minimize the impact of COVID-19 as they become available.

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We thank you for your business and your time.

The Team at Pentastar Aviation 


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