Jet Linx hosts second annual private aviation safety symposium

By Doug Gollan, October 26, 2020

The top-safety rated operator hosted The Jet Linx Safety Symposium to reinforce its dedication to advancing and maintaining the highest safety standards in private aviation

Private jet management and jet card membership company Jet Linx recently continued its focus on private aviation safety. The operator holds top ratings from Argus (Platinum), Wyvern (Wingman), and IS-BAO (Stage 3).

To assist in continuing education and awareness, Jet Linx held a one-day virtual event featured conversations on Safety Management System (SMS) implementation, best practices and challenges, emergency response planning, and minimizing pilot fatigue, among other critical topics.

The Jet Linx Safety Symposium took place on October 22, 2020, and was led by Sheryl Clarke, Director of Safety & Security for the Omaha-based company.

“It is a privilege to be hosting our second Safety Symposium and further advancing the private aviation industry’s safety standards. We are thrilled to see that so many companies are invested in and committed to making a difference and supporting industry-wide safety initiatives,” said Clarke.

She continued, “This event offers our industry a unique opportunity to learn from each other, gain new insights, and leverage the resources necessary to navigate the current environment and ensure a safer future.”

Clarke holds certifications from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Department of Transportation (DOT) and is certified in Human Factors Analysis (HFACS) and Safety Management Systems (SMS).

At Jet Linx, she is responsible for leading the Safety Department and Jet Linx’s safety programs’ continued enhancement.

Clarke was recognized by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in early October as one of nine recipients to receive the 2020 Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award, which honors aviation industry professionals for outstanding professionalism and leadership in support of aviation safety.

According to a press release received by Private Jet Card Comparisons, the virtual seminar was attended by over 30 leaders in private aviation.

In addition to returning guest speaker Tony Kern of Convergent Performance, the event featured presentations from Jet Linx’s Director of Operations, Michael Kopp; Mark Carroll, Director of Safety at WheelsUp and Delta Private Jets; Ryan Waguepsack, Senior Vice President at NATA; Anne Marie Sollazzo, Director of Safety at Northeastern Aviation; and Annmarie Stasi, Director of Safety at Talon Air.

The symposium discussed the ongoing evolution of safety in Part 135 and Part 91 operations. It raised conversations on SMS priorities, the effective implementation of programs to minimize pilot fatigue, the value of third-party audits, and SMS information sharing initiatives for industry colleagues.

“I am incredibly proud of our team for organizing and hosting such an impactful and successful event,” said Jamie Walker, President and CEO of Jet Linx.

He noted, “The Safety Symposium offers invaluable insights and collaboration, and demonstrates our collective commitment to ensuring the betterment of our industry by developing universal safety standards and best practices for all operators.”

As part of its COVID-19 response, Jet Linx has treated all of its aircraft and 19 private terminals with BIOPROTECTUs. It also launched both a new short-term membership option and introduced a new jet card program targeting corporations.

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