On May 2, 1933, the modern myth of the Loch Ness Monster was born with a local couple’s report of a sighting published in the Inverness Courier. According to the article, the couple claimed to have seen a massive creature thrashing about on the surface of the water. Dubbed the “monster” by the Courier editor, the story quickly gained national attention, with London newspapers sending journalists to Scotland and a circus offering a £20,000 reward for capturing the beast.
Similarly, in the world of private aviation, there were persistent concerns about safety and compliance. Although many companies claimed to offer exceptional safety standards, it was difficult to determine whether they were actually adhering to best practices. That all changed in 1991 with the advent of WYVERN, the first private aviation auditing company.
WYVERN’s industry-leading safety audits democratized transparency in private aviation. Now, operators had access to concrete evidence of their standard of operations, and the market was able to reward the safest and most compliant operators with increased business.
In the years following its founding, WYVERN’s reputation continued to grow, just as the legend of the Loch Ness Monster captivated the world’s imagination. With the ability to demonstrate their commitment to safety and compliance, WYVERN-certified operators were able to gain an edge over their competition and become leaders in the industry. And just as the legend of the Loch Ness Monster endures, so does WYVERN remain at the forefront of aviation safety and compliance.