AAR Airlift Group maintains unwavering commitment to quality, safety, and regulatory compliance. Our safety program methodology is scalable, managing safe operations in hostile and austere environments worldwide. Our aviation operations are certified compliant with regulatory entities worldwide.

It’s our business to send people, aircraft, and sensitive data and equipment around the world. Our quality, safety, and trade compliance professionals work behind the scenes to ensure regulatory compliance and safe operations so our customers can focus on what’s most important to them: their mission.

  • Over 46,000 flight hours worldwide monitored annually
  • FAA Certified Part 135 Air Carrier
  • FAA Certified Part 145 Repair Station
  • FAA Certified Part 133 External Cargo (rotorcraft)

Regulatory Compliance


Since 2002, AAR Airlift has supported operations in more than a dozen countries around the globe, each with its own set of regulatory authorities and requirements. We sustain overseas workforces, confidential mission data, and sensitive technical data and records within the parameters of a multitude of regulatory bodies. Adherence to regulatory requirements is one of AAR Airlift’s core competencies.

  • U.S. Department of Defense Commercial Airlift Review Board (CARB)
  • U.S. State Department: International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • U.S. Department of Labor: Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and state and local environmental regulatory entities
  • Foreign Civil Aviation Administrations and International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
  • Nongovernmental and Intergovernmental Agencies: United Nations (UN), World Food Programme (WFP), and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)



AAR Airlift’s robust Safety Management System (SMS) is designed with a series of structural checks and balances to ensure safety at all levels within our corporate culture. Clearly defined policies and procedures, including formalized systems for assessing and managing risk, are reinforced by both internal and external oversight mechanisms. Our safety professionals monitor and analyze our data for continuous improvement, and promote a culture of safety throughout the organization.

Operations in different parts of the world present different challenges and risks to performance, and AAR Airlift’s safety policies and procedures are customized to meet the demands of each mission and location in which we operate. Flight operations, maintenance, and support personnel are provided customized training prior to deployment, and are supported 24 hours a day by our core quality assurance and safety professionals at our headquarters in Palm Bay, Florida.

All of AAR’s safety management procedures and training programs are certified by the FAA.

AAR Airlift Global Operations Map (United States w/star @ Melbourne/Palm Bay, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Kuwait, Jordan, Guam and the Western Pacific, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, and Colombia)

Quality Assurance

AAR Airlift’s Internal Evaluation Program (IEP) endorses a philosophy of shared responsibility which ensures safe operating procedures, regulatory compliance, and operational performance which exceeds the expectations of our customers. A series of internal audits are buttressed by external audits to provide quality assurance at all levels of our processes and management systems.

AAR Airlift uses a centralized performance reporting system to monitor and manage all matters related to quality and safety, known as APRISe. Through the APRISe system, our quality management team can view safety data, monitor risks, and track safety issues at any of our operations worldwide in real time, providing peace of mind to our customers.