Luxury fleet operator Flexjet has secured its designation of WYVERN Wingman Certified Operator for its European operation, following a successful audit, conducted by WYVERN in February 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.
“Flexjet’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.
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.
Clive Richardson, Flexjet Executive Vice President of Flight Operations in Europe said, “We are very proud to receive the Wingman Standard certification from Wyvern for our European Operation. Having worked relentlessly to build Flexjet in Europe around a framework of excellence since we launched in 2019, this is very welcome recognition for our team and, along with our existing IS-BAO accreditation, an important demonstration of our focus on continuous operational and safety improvement.”
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.
Flexjet is one of the world’s leading providers of private jet travel and a member of the Directional Aviation family of companies. Long-established in the U.S. fractional jet ownership market since 1995, its European operation launched in 2019 based in London’s Mayfair, with a Tactical Control Centre in St Albans, and a second Operational Centre in Malta.
In Europe Flexjet offers shared ownership of its premium fleet of business jets, including the Embraer Legacy 500 and Praetor 600. Internationally the exclusive fleet includes the Embraer Phenom 300, Legacy 450 and Praetor 500, Bombardier Challenger 350, the Gulfstream G450 and G650.
Flexjet’s European operation is compliant with the International Standard for Business Aviation Operators (IS-BAO) and is a Wyvern Wingman Certified Operator. In the U.S. its fractional aircraft programme was the first in the world to be recognised as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Industry Audit Standard, is the first and only company to be honoured with 23 FAA Diamond Awards for Excellence, upholds an ARG/US Platinum Safety Rating, and is IS-BAO compliant at Level 2.
In Europe Flexjet holds a 4AIR Silver Rating, recognising its leading approach to sustainability. This includes offsetting 300% of carbon emissions for every flight, with Owners also able to commit to Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) or credits; and invest in the Aviation Climate Fund (ACF) to support future flight research and development projects.