ExcelAire on Jan. 25, announced it has again achieved the highest level of safety designations, including ARG/US Platinum and Wyvern Wingman. In addition, ExcelAire renewed its International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage 2 certification and is working towards Stage 3.
ExcelAire is among the four percent of aircraft
operators that have earned an AR/GUS Platinum Safety Rating, a
designation that ExcelAire has achieved since 2012. ARG/US Platinum
status is awarded only to those private jet operators who meet the
industry's highest standards and have demonstrated successful
implementation of industry best safety practices for operations and
In addition to the Platinum rating by ARG/US,
ExcelAire has taken the necessary steps to go above and beyond the
requirements for aircraft safety and maintenance and achieve Wyvern
Wingman status for the 17th consecutive year. With this designation,
ExcelAire is one of a few operators who maintain transparent safety data
in the online database and successfully pass a rigorous Wingman
Standard Audit every two years.
"At ExcelAire, we are committed
to maintaining the highest standards of safety and excellence in the
industry," said John Reese, director of safety, security and standards
for ExcelAire. "Our customers have the added assurance of the ARG/US
Platinum, Wyvern Wingman and IS-BAO independent third party audits,
further validating our high levels of excellence in operations,
maintenance and safety."
He added, "We are also the first of 10
eligible operators in our region to become an active applicant for the
FAA's Safety Management System Voluntary Program (SMSVP). Our
aggressive pursuit of full safety compliance with this new FAA standard
puts us at the forefront of the aviation safety community. We expected
to be fully compliant with the FAA SMSVP by late 2017."
The U.S. Embassy did not respond to questions on whether Brazilian officials had formally requested the extradition of the two Americans. Emailed and telephoned requests for comment went unanswered by Brazil’s Justice Ministry, through which any official extradition request would flow.
The men’s lawyer in Brazil also did not respond to requests for comment on the ruling. The pilots’ trial and appeal were both held in absentia.
Maristela Basso, who teaches international law at the University of Sao Paulo, said that although the two nations have an extradition treaty, she has never seen an American extradited to Brazil after being convicted in a Brazilian court.
Lepore and Paladino were piloting an Embraer Legacy jet when it collided with a Boeing 737 operated by Brazilian airline Gol. The business jet landed safely but the passenger plane plunged into the jungle in the remote north of Mato Grosso state, killing all aboard.
The two pilots were accused of flying at the wrong altitude and failing to turn on the aircraft’s anti-collision system. They denied wrongdoing and said their anti-collision system was never turned off.
A representative of the victims’ families said the court’s decision brought some sense of closure.
“The penalty is very mild, but we have a feeling that somehow justice was served,” Rosane Gutjahr said.
“Now there is some relief for us all,” she added.