L.J. Aviation Renews their Wingman Certification!


Latrobe, Pennsylvania – L.J. Aviation has once more secured its designation of WYVERN Wingman Certified Operator following a successful Audit, conducted by WYVERN in June 2021. 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.

“L.J. Aviation has committed itself to the journey of being an industry leading aircraft management company. The high value customer experience we strive to achieve is not only rooted in our passengers feeling safe, but in being safe,” says Duane Crumrine, Director of Safety at L.J Aviation. “Realizing that safety can be relative, we take pride in achieving the WYVERN Wingman Standard. This benchmark standard demonstrates the desire we have at L.J. Aviation to continue on this never-ending journey of improvement.”

WYVERN Wingman Operators are evaluated by the Wingman Standard criteria. The scope of the evaluation includes an evaluation 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.

“L.J. Aviation’s certification as a WYVERN Wingman Operator sets them apart from other operators in the air charter industry. This achievement validates their commitment to attaining and maintaining an enduring safety culture that elevates their performance above other operators who are just beginning to embrace the value of formal safety risk management,” says Sonnie Bates, WYVERN CEO.

About L.J. Aviation

Founded in 1980 by Edward M. Kilkeary Sr. and Mary Ann Kilkeary, L.J. Aviation currently manages and operates a fleet of thirty (30) aircraft ranging in size from the Boeing Business Jet, Gulfstreams, Bombardier models including the Global and Challenger 300/350, Textron products, to a Bell Helicopter.  As a widely acclaimed, industry leading aircraft management company headquartered at Arnold Palmer Regional (KLBE) and Pittsburgh International (KPIT) Airports, they provide a variety of diversified aircraft services tailored to the individual needs of their clients including aircraft charter, aircraft maintenance, aircraft storage services, FBO, and consulting services.  In support of their core business, one very important key to their success and profitable growth is their devoted workforce of highly trained, tenured, and experienced employees who are uniquely committed to the adherence of our underlying principles. Truthfulness, transparency, and a sense of urgency about customer service. 

Learn more about L.J. Aviation here.


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.