Flight operations support group Nexus has acquired aviation risk management and safety audit provider Wyvern Consulting. Online charter portal Avinode (Booth 2279), which sold the company for an undisclosed sum, will continue to provide technological support for its former subsidiary and is also retaining control of Wyvern’s pilot and aircraft data division. Wyvern operator ratings, Wyvern Wingman and Wyvern Registered audits will continue to be available through the Avinode Marketplace.
Hong Kong-based L’Voyage has become the first independent air charter broker in Asia to uphold the Wyvern Broker Pledge and the Wingman Standard for air charter operations. Wyvern brokers are committed to having a safety program as part of their organization, and to promoting their commitment through the use of Wyvern data programs such as The Wingman Report, Safety Intelligence Report market intelligence and by running trip due-diligence reports on every trip.
The FAA last week issued oil company BP and unmanned aircraft manufacturer AeroVironment its first official approval for commercial operations over land in the U.S. using unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Flights using AeroVironment’s 13.5-pound Puma AE began immediately on June 8, performing aerial surveillance of BP’s pipelines and other facilities in support of the Prudhoe Bay oilfield in Alaska.
Last summer, the FAA issued restricted-category type certificates to the Puma for limited aerial surveillance but only over Arctic waters.
Athens-based VIP charter operator GainJet Aviation (Booth 5218) announced at EBACE 2014 it is opening GainJet Africa, a new charter base in Kigali, Rwanda next month. Offering the African market ultra-long-range VIP charter service, GainJet will base a 14-passenger Gulfstream 550 equipped with satellite TV and high speed broadband in Kigali. The G550 is capable of nonstop flights to the East Coast of the U.S. or Southeast Asia, from many African capitals.
FlyMex of Mexico has successfully completed a Wyvern standard audit to earn the Wingman status, which the Trenton, New Jersey-based auditor says demonstrates when a charter operation meets “the highest safety standard.”
Istanbul-based Turkish Technic and 328 (Booth 388) of Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, part of the 328 Group, has announced the completion of their first joint conversion project, an extensive interior refurbishment of a Gulfstream GIV for the Turkish government. This was the first project under a wider agreement signed in 2012 between 328 and Turkish Technic under which they will collaborate on design and certification projects.
XOJet appointed Shari Jones as its new senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Based at the company’s Bay Area headquarters, she will be responsible for the development of integrated brand strategies and their execution across the company’s product offerings and consumer communication channels. Jones will report directly to XOJet president and CEO Bradley Stewart. She comes from Levi Strauss, where she led consumer marketing for Levi’s and Dockers clothing in the Americas.
The lingering effects from sequestration have taken a heavy toll on the 2013 military airshow and demonstration season, as multiple public outreach events and at least one high-profile team have seen their entire schedule scrubbed due to budget cuts.
For the third year in a row, NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers committee is sponsoring “Pay It Forward,” a charity drive centered around the annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which is taking place this week in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees were asked to bring gently used business attire to the show, which will then be donated to this year’s charity, Dress for Success San Antonio.
Wyvern, a global aviation safety auditing, consulting and information services company, recently announced that its Wingman portfolio–flight departments that have undergone the Wyvern audit process–has now grown to more than 120 companies in 29 countries. “Our standards far exceed government regulatory requirements,” according to the company. This mean, Wyvern added, that only companies with a demonstrated commitment to safety make the effort to become a Wyvern Wingman.
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