Directflight holds 2 Air Operator Certificates (AOC’s). A National Certificate for Public Transport, as defined in the UK Air Navigation Order (ANO), which governs the company’s Cessna-Reims F406 surveillance and general operations and the BAe 146-300 Atmospheric Research Aircraft (ARA), and an EU-Ops AOC for Commercial Air transport (CAT) as it applies to the BN2 Islander Fleet operations in remote regions.
Uniquely, Directflight conducts all atmospheric research operations in the BAe 146-300 ARA in full compliance with Public Transport Regulations. The various research communities that utilize the aircraft are categorized as “passenger” status and are afforded equivalent levels of safety commensurate with industry standards. The aircraft regularly flies at 50ft above sea level (amsl) and 250 ft above ground level (agl), deploys drop sondes at altitude and flies in formation with other participating atmospheric research aircraft. It operates on a worldwide basis conducting pre planned detachment campaigns.