Jet Linx grounds fleet for annual safety summit

By Doug Gollan, June 16, 2022

The 6th Annual Safety Summit underscores Jet Linx’s commitment to safety

Jet Linx Aviation hosted its 6th Annual Safety Summit drawing 550 team members and a host of expert speakers.

Again, Jet Linx paused retail flight operations for the day so employees nationwide could participate in the seminars on safety practices and standards.

Under the theme of “Forward Together,” the agenda encompassed a yearly safety performance review, presentations on emergency preparedness, fatigue and mental health, and featured keynote presentations from renowned aviation and safety professionals.

“Inviting every team member into a company-wide discussion around safety practices is the best way to ensure a healthy and dynamic safety culture – everyone is involved and plays a part. Implementing new safety initiatives that result from the topics explored and the ideas shared by our team members is invaluable,” said Jamie Walker, President and CEO of Jet Linx.

He continued, “At the close of each annual Safety Summit, we sign an updated safety pledge, turning our new initiatives into required practices, and affirming our commitment to advancing safety excellence within our organization and our industry as a whole.”

Safety Experts

Keynote speakers included Darren Ellisor, a Southwest Airlines Captain, and Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., an accomplished and passionate safety professional with more than 30 years of aviation experience.

Captain Ellisor, a former U.S. Air Force pilot with more than 11,000 hours of flight time, was also a member of the April 18, 2018, crew of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 who safely landed the aircraft following an engine incident and explosive cabin decompression.

He was joined by the flight attendants from Flight 1380, who also shared their unique perspectives on the event, as well as how to best care for passengers while managing an onboard emergency.

“Jet Linx has shown extreme dedication to flight safety with the Safety Summit and the pausing of all revenue operations,” said Captain Ellisor. “When I was in the Air Force, we would occasionally shut down operations for a full day to discuss safety, but I’ve never seen it done in the commercial aviation world. Myself and my crew were happy to pass along lessons learned about Crew Resource Management, communication and teamwork while handling unprecedented safety events.”

Dr. Rosekind, who previously served on the National Transportation Safety Board as on-scene board member for seven major transportation accidents, offered the second keynote address of the Summit.

He is a recognized expert on human fatigue and is credited with leading innovative research that has earned awards from the organizations such as NASA and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Sleep Foundation.

“Every aviation professional needs to be alert and at peak performance to ensure safe operations. By using their annual Safety Summit to address the science of sleep, the circadian clock and the management of human fatigue, Jet Linx continues to cement its commitment to a robust Safety Management System (SMS) and safety culture,” said Dr. Rosekind.

Jet Linx was the first operator to receive the new Argus Platinum Elite safety ranking in 2021. It is also Wyvern Wingman and IS-BAO Stage 3, the highest level for each program.

Earlier this year Jet Linx expanded to South Florida opening a private terminal in Miami and a base at Boca Raton after acquiring Southern Jet.

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