Flexjet Vertical Lift Renews their WYVERN Wingman Certification! 


Stratford, CT: Associated Aircraft Group, LLC DBA Flexjet Vertical Lift has once more secured its designation of WYVERN Wingman Certified Operator following a successful Audit, conducted by WYVERN in September 2022. The WYVERN Wingman Standard, the first air charter audit standard in the aviation industry, provides a safety benchmark that allows air charter customers to assess performance expectations against recognized industry best operating practices before purchasing air charter services. 

“As a premier fleet operator, Flexjet’s safety culture with focus on SMS is present in everything we do. Our continued work with WYVERN is among the certifications that confirm our commitment to providing a framework for the best procedures and support of our helicopter operations,” said Flexjet Helicopters President, Eli Flint. “We are proud to lead the industry in continuously seeking and achieving the highest safety and compliance standards.” 

WYVERN Wingman Operators are evaluated by the Wingman Standard criteria. The scope of the evaluation includes an assessment of operational activities, review on the company operational history and safety records, Safety Management System (SMS), internal evaluation program, administrative compositions, technical documentation, pilot and aircraft records, training requirements, and maintenance operations including technician training and experience. 

In February 2021, Directional Aviation acquired helicopter charter operator Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) from Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky unit, and in June 2022, Flexjet added AAG’s Sikorsky S-76s to its operations. AAG had a long history of safe operations including as many as six successful audits by WYVERN over the years, which Flexjet is continuing with this successful audit. (Today, Associated Aircraft Group, LLC is doing business as Flexjet.) 

“We congratulate Flexjet Vertical Lift for renewing Wingman certification, which validates their effective safety management system and excellence in managing operations and aircraft maintenance. Wingman Operators stand out among their peers by allowing WYVERN to assess their conformity to best practices and continually monitor their information related to safety,” says Sonnie Bates, WYVERN CEO. 

About Flexjet Vertical Lift 

The former Associated Aircraft Group, LLC now Flexjet Vertical Lift is the premier executive helicopter company serving the Northeastern United States and South Florida. Providing executive travel for more than 20 years, Flexjet occupies flight and maintenance facilities in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Florida and operates the largest fleet of Sikorsky S-76® helicopters in the nation. On demand Charter Services, Fractional Ownership and Leases are available for both regions and also cover London, UK with our sister company Flexjet EU. 

Learn more about Flexjet Helicopters here. 

About WYVERN  

WYVERN Ltd is the leader in aviation safety risk management and training. Building on its 30-year reputation for delivering value to the aviation community, WYVERN ensures operational excellence through its flagship Wingman and Flight Leader Programs. WYVERN’s EXACT Program is a comprehensive and professional safety certification program for UAS end-users and operators. WYVERN’s Safety Leader Training Course™ provides the education and training that enables professionals to skillfully achieve operational excellence in any aviation organization. 

Learn more about WYVERN LTD here.