Shelton, Connecticut – Sterling Aviation has once more secured its designation of WYVERN Wingman Certified Operator following a successful Audit, conducted by WYVERN in October 2020. 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.
“We are honored to receive the WYVERN Wingman Certification on behalf of Sterling Aviation as a testament to our dedication to safety and service in the aviation industry,” said Jonathan Scotch, Director of Operations at Sterling Aviation. “The entire Wheels Up Exclusive fleet of over 300 aircraft are all handled by a Wingman Certified Operator reflecting that the safety of our crew and our customers is always the highest priority.”
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.
“We are proud to announce that Sterling Aviation is a Wingman Operator once again. Conforming to the WYVERN Wingman Standard is a testament to an organization’s culture and commitment to safety,” says Sonnie Bates, WYVERN CEO.
About Sterling Aviation
Wheels Up, the leading brand in private aviation and the only company in the industry to offer a total private aviation solution, was founded and is led by renowned entrepreneur Kenny Dichter. Wheels Up delivers world-class safety, service, and flexibility through on-demand flights, membership programs, corporate solutions, aircraft management, whole aircraft sales, and commercial travel benefits through a strategic partnership with Delta Air Lines. Wheels Up Customers and Members have access to over 1,500 safety-vetted and verified aircraft.
Through the Wheels Up App anyone can search, book and fly. Wheels Up Connect, Core, and Business memberships provide enhancements such as flight sharing, empty-leg Hot Flights, Shuttle Flights, Shared Flights, signature Wheels Down events, and exclusive member benefits from preeminent lifestyle brands. The Company’s ongoing Wheels Up Cares program aligns with philanthropic organizations and initiatives that affect and matter to the Company and its customers, members, stakeholders, families, and friends. The Wheels Up Cares fleet is comprised of five custom painted Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft; each plane serves as a flying symbol for a specific cause.
WYVERN Ltd is the leader in manned and unmanned aviation safety risk management and training. Building on its 29-year reputation for delivering value to the aviation community, WYVERN ensures operational excellence through its flagship Wingman Program for manned aircraft operations. WYVERN’s EXACT Program is a comprehensive and professional safety certification program for UAS end users and operators of unmanned air vehicles. WYVERN’s Safety Leader Training Course provides the education and training that enables professionals to skillfully lead and achieve essential safety objectives in any organization.