CharterX, one of the largest online charter facilitators, disclosed today that it has acquired air charter audit firm Wyvern Consulting of Palmyra, N.J. Together the companies will offer a new service called Safety Intelligence, “an information system intended for charter buyers,” to include accident/incident data and operational standards of charter providers compared with those of other operators, as well as Wyvern’s recommended standards.
After 15 years of auditing charter operators only at the behest of the companies or individuals who hire them, Wyvern Consulting, on Tuesday, announced that Part 135 operators can now request audits of their own operations. “It’s about time we did so,” Wyvern founder and president Walter Lamon told AIN.
A North Carolina judge issued an injunction recently against charter facilitator CharterX, its new Wyvern Consulting charter audit unit and a former ARG/US employee for allegedly using proprietary information from ARG/US computers without the company's permission.
Two leading providers of charter industry information are embroiled in a heated legal dispute focused on the alleged acquisition and misuse of proprietary data. A North Carolina judge issued an injunction in July against charter facilitator CharterX, its new Wyvern Consulting charter audit unit and a former ARG/US employee, Cliff Maurer, for allegedly using proprietary information from ARG/US computers without the company’s permission.
CharterX, a large online charter facilitator, has acquired air charter audit firm Wyvern Consulting of Palmyra, N.J. Through Portland, Ore.-based CharterX, charter operators and brokers can market aircraft and trips. CharterX founder and president Jim Betlyon said Wyvern will continue to perform “separate” and “unbiased” safety evaluations. He told AIN that non-Wyvern-recommended operators will not be excluded from the CharterX network.
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