Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods are terms used synonymously to describe articles or substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment.  These items have been identified and categorized by various government agencies, and safeguards put in place for their transport. 

In the United States, the transport of Hazardous Materials is regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in Chapter 49 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (49CFR), and outside the U.S. by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in its manual titled Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.

Each organization recognizes that most dangerous goods can be safely carried by air providing certain principles are strictly followed.  Most items defined as Hazardous Materials are allowed to be transported by air under certain regulatory conditions, but some items such as explosives cannot be transported by air.

Phoenix Air holds special permits authorizing it to transport by air explosives and most general hazardous materials.

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Explosives Transport by Air

For over 25-years, Phoenix Air has continuously held an Exemption issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), authorizing Phoenix Air to transport in cargo-only aircraft Division 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4 explosives which are forbidden or exceed quantities authorized for transportation by cargo aircraft only.

A copy of Phoenix Air’s DOT Explosives Exemption can be obtained by contacting the airline’s Charter Department.  It is also available online at the U.S. DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration web site (www.phmsa.dot.gov).

With over 25 years experience transporting explosives to destinations around the world, Phoenix Air is the most recognized airline name in the hazardous materials carriage business among foreign governments and regulatory agencies.  In addition to the United States, Phoenix Air holds explosives carriage licenses in six other countries, with general worldwide operating authority.

Examples of explosives which Phoenix Air transports regularly include:

  • Class 1.1D Shaped Charges for the commercial blasting industry
  • Class 1.1F Projectile with Bursting Charge for the defense industry
  • Class 1.1B Detonators for the oil industry
  • Class 1.3C Rockets for the defense industry
  • Explosive pyrotechnics for the motion picture industry

A Phoenix Air Hazardous Materials Specialist can discuss your individual needs and regulations concerning the type of hazardous material requiring transport.  If your company needs to move any type of explosive either within the United States or internationally, then Phoenix Air is your solution.

Phoenix Air is a member in good standing of the International Society of Explosives Engineers (www.isee.org) and frequently markets its transportation services at ISEE conventions and in ISEE publications, as well as international mining and blasting industry magazines.

General Hazardous Materials Transport by Air  

Although explosives are a type of Hazardous Material, there are many other commodities which are prohibited for air transport except under special license.  Phoenix Air is authorized to transport by air many of these items, including:

  • Class 2 Flammable, Non-flammable and Toxic Gases
  • Class 3 Flammable Liquids
  • Class 4 Flammable Solids
  • Class 5 Oxidizing Substances
  • Class 6 Toxic and Infectious Substances
  • Class 7 Radioactive Material
  • Class 8 Corrosives

When all other modes of transport of hazardous materials are unavailable either due to the nature of the commodity or time constraints, Phoenix Air will likely be your company’s ultimate transport solution.