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Argus writes a new Cheq on evaluation of charter ops

 - October 20, 2010, 1:39 PM

Argus International (Booth No. 4145) has revamped its Charter Evaluation and Qualification (Cheq) system with a new user interface to ease searching and unlimited TripCheqs.

The new system allows users to search, manage and perform due diligence all in one program. Users can now search operators by Argus ratings, aircraft operator, aircraft model and geographic location. The new system is integrated with other Argus products including TripCheq, Asset Monitor, Charter Rating Verification and Insurance Document Management Program. The Trip Explorer feature allows charter brokers to determine if the trip they quoted, but never booked, flew and if so, with which charter operator.

Argus recently formed partnerships with the Air Charter Guide on-line, JetVizor, and CharterMatrix to make Argus ratings and search filters available.

Charter operators can achieve favorable Argus ratings by a combination of allowing their data to be analyzed and an on-site audit by Argus. Currently, 421 operators have received either gold, gold plus, or platinum Argus ratings. The company manages data on 1,100 charter operators, 5,400 aircraft and 21,000 pilots.

Argus CEO Joe Moeggenberg said the number of operators seeking platinum standing, the company’s highest rating, is growing as competition for charter services intensifies. The company also is seeing more market interest from helicopter operators and air-ambulance providers. Its Argus Pros division is the only auditing organization that can conduct an International Standard-Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) audit in conjunction with an Argus platinum audit. Argus Pros has conducted more than 1,000 audits.

Separately, Argus said that it had signed the 100th customer for its Argus Prism Armor Internet-based safety management system (SMS) manager. Prism is IS-BAO compliant and aligned with FAA and EASA guidelines for SMS development.