California-based charter operator Sun Air Jets has achieved Wyvern’s first Flight Leader certificate, which the aviation safety risk management firm said is a step above its Wingman certification and focuses less on regular auditing and more on SMS effectiveness, as well as human factors and organizational culture.
“It requires discipline and professionalism to become a Wingman, and it takes sound leadership and effective management of human and organizational factors to be a Flight Leader,” said Wyvern CEO Sonnie Bates. “A Flight Leader inspires other Wingman operators to reach higher and attain new levels of excellence.”
According to Wyvern, Flight Leader focuses on continual soft-skills training and monitoring of safety performance indicators related to human and organizational factors, through quarterly self-assessments and recommendations for the achievement of 90-day goals. In the past 12 months, a number of operators have joined the program and Wyvern expects additional Flight Leader certificates to be issued in the coming weeks.
“Sun Air Jets takes great pride in being the first operator to receive this distinctive award and we are grateful to Wyvern for the opportunity,” said Sun Air safety director and v-p of business strategy Andreas Mauritzson. “We feel that it is essential to continue to put safety as our utmost priority.”