How many pilots are there on flights?

When you hire a private jet charter flight, a common question we receive is how many pilots are there. The answer to this question is that a charter flight aircraft always has two pilots.

Safety is always of paramount importance when it comes to aviation. As a result, flying is the safest mode of transport.

Having two qualified people upfront ensures that if one pilot becomes incapacitated, the other is able to safely land the aircraft. 

Furthermore, two pilots ensures that the workload within the cockpit can be managed far more efficiently. Fatigue is a real risk within the cockpit.

Two pilots reduces the risk of fatigue. When flying a private jet events happen quickly.

This enables an efficient delegation of work upfront. One pilot can fly the aircraft while the other can read charts and communicate with air traffic control.

The CAA have strict rules to protect the public. The organisation or individual operating the flight must have the correct certificate, insurance and licences. 

These rules dictate that in the majority of circumstances when a private jet is being rented out that two pilots are upfront. On larger aircraft such as the Bombardier Global 7500 and for long haul flights, there may be 3/4 pilots and also a flight attendant onboard.


Please note: Prices shown here are estimated prices for charter of whole aircraft – alternative routes, aircraft and airports are also available upon request. This estimated price is subject to availability, slots, traffic rights and schedule.