Wayne Rizzi, president of Los Angeles-based aircraft charter broker Air Royale International, yesterday resigned as the U.S. chapter president of UK-based Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA), saying the group isn't willing to implement guidelines that would "raise standards in the air charter broker community.
also has an office in London.
Rizzi was elected as BACA's first U.S.-based president last year in an effort to recruit U.S. brokers as members of the group.
submitted stringent broker guidelines a year ago to the association's board, including the use of Wyvern
for auditing charter carriers, but maintains that BACA
has not implemented any of them for fear it would mean losing some current members that couldn't meet the higher standards.
This despite Rizzi's advising the UK trade group last year that charter broker compliance would become a serious issue with the U.S.
DOT in the near future, and "we're [now] expecting some major changes in the way charter brokers deal with compliance issues.
Upon leaving BACA, Rizzi joined the Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA), which, he said, "takes government issues, as well as broker ethics, very seriously."
President Wayne J. Rizzi, a firm believer that on-demand air charter is essential for businesses to thrive, has devised a plan making it more affordable for individuals and corporations alike to utilize private aircraft.
Flying on the world's safest airplanes, Rizzi
pledged: "Air Royale
will *guarantee the best price on your air charter; all FAA
certificated operators' aircraft and crew are Wyvern
recommended; and if we can't beat the lower price you've already been quoted, then we'll pay you $500!"
said due to the downturn in the economy, corporations and executives have all but eliminated fractional-share jet programs and pricey jet card memberships.
"Since 1994, we've always arranged for safe, competitive charter solutions, yet, we believe that our Best Price Guarantee will offer a solution in meeting today's air travel challenges.
For businesses and executives, depending on commercial airline travel to reduce expenses has proven to be nightmare; schedules and routes are not reliable," Rizzi
Other companies, says Rizzi
, have put out some programs, but they haven't seemed to take off.
In fact, some aren't even familiar with basic aviation regulations and operate with just a simple Web site and no office or phone line, according to Wayne Rizzi, president of Air Royale International, a Beverly Hills, Calif.-based charter broker.
"It's time that the government realizes that this is a real business and needs to have regulations," Rizzi
(Not part of this article, but noted from Air Royale President Wayne J. Rizzi: Air Royale is a Wyvern-approved broker with air safety as the priority.]
You should also get a recommendation from industry organizations such as the NBAA
, the Air Charter Association of North America
(ACANA) or the U.S. arm of the Baltic Air Charter Association
(BACA), which is headed by Air Royale's Rizzi.
The goal of BACA
, meanwhile, is to raise the industry's standards.
"Charter brokers are a valuable part of [business aviation], and operating in an ethical, transparent manner is what we'd like to promote," Rizzi
"Wayne Rizzi to Become First US BACA President in 2009"
London-based Baltic Air Charter Association
(BACA) announced the launch of its first United States chapter.
In doing so, its council members voted in Wayne J. Rizzi, president and CEO of Air Royale International Inc., an air charter broker company with headquarters in both Los Angeles and London.
Additionally, Air Royale
arranges private air charter thorough its offices in New York, Hong Kong and Dubai.
was voted in as the U.S. chapter president in October 2008, his
role becomes effective in March or April 2009.
According to the association, Rizzi
was its top choice for the new position, citing his
"good reputation" and because of "his
passion to promote ethical practices for the global air charter industry."
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"Too many brokers have popped up that have no office, no real physical address that you can visit and no real phone number-just some e-mail form," said Wayne Rizzi, president of Air Royale International.
intends to establish a strict set of standards and minimum requirements for BACA membership.
"I know I will meet resistance, and it will be from those who don't care, the unethical ones," he
According to the BACA Council, prominent U.S. businessman, Wayne J. Rizzi, President and CEO of Air Royale International Inc., will be voted in as the first president of the U.S. chapter.
"It's important that brokers do not hold out as certificated air carriers -- that they state that they do not own or operate aircraft, etc.," Rizzi
"The Federal Aviation Administration
, along with the DOT, has made it clear that certificated charter operators must maintain operational control at all times.
Charter brokers are a valuable part of the industry, and operating in an ethical, transparent manner is what we'd like to promote working through the BACA
continues its status as a top air charter broker that provides its customers with five-star service.
was the BACA's top choice for the new position because of his
good reputation and because of his
passion to promote ethical practices for the global air charter industry.
"In 1994, entrepreneur Wayne J. Rizzi
, a guy who has always had a passion for adventure, good food, fine art, and aviation, decided it was all or nothing.
According to Air Royale President Wayne J. Rizzi, "We're not a fleet.
There's no reason to pay up front; just pay as you go," says Rizzi
"It's got everything you can think of," says Wayne J. Rizzi of the Boeing Business Jet.
Rizzi should know--he's CEO of Air Royale International, a 24-hour worldwide private air charter service that counts executives at Paramount Pictures and Warner Records as clients..."
As an intermediary between owners and operators of aircraft, and purchasers of private flights, Wayne J. Rizzi, president and CEO of Air Royale, and his team has become expert in the fulfillment of private flight needs of the burgeoning market for private air travel.
Air Royale's network air carriers have to prove they can meet safety standards that are second to none, if Rizzi
is going to avail his
company and clients of their operations.
is clear about the role his
company has to play: "We are an air charter broker.
isn't in the business of allowing the air carriers it works with to outsource flights to third-party operators; that's not the way in which he
chooses to do business.
Policing the actions of air carriers could be a minefield but Rizzi
is thorough in his
determination to know whose air services he's
"What makes Air Royale different in the safety area?
We're a licensed Wyvern Authorized Broker," explains Rizzi
"Wyvern Consulting Ltd.
has performed more on-site safety charter audits than any auditing company in the world."
fully endorses the auditing company's practices and reputation.
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