Planet Nine (Planet 9), the leading US aircraft charter and management company, headquartered in Van Nuys, CA, is celebrating the award of Wyvern’s new ‘Wingman Pro’ Certification, the highest safety standard accolade for a Part 135 operator from the revered business aviation industry safety audit provider.
The new Wingman Pro Certification verifies an operator’s safety culture using advanced safety culture tools recognized by safety experts and regulatory agencies. Pro is an enhanced Wingman certification, demonstrating that Planet 9 has excelled in all areas of safety management systems; has shown excellence in addressing human factors and organizational safety culture, and continuous conformity to international standards through an internal audit program.
Congratulating Planet 9 on its new status Wyvern CEO Sonnie Bates commented: “The award of new Wingman Pro validates Planet 9’s commitment to attaining and maintaining an enduring safety culture.”
“We are delighted to be one of the first Part 135 operators to attain Wyvern Wingman Pro certification,” said Co founder Matt Walter. “The Wingman Pro rating is the culmination of several years’ hard work by the entire Planet 9 family. Since our inception, we’ve invested significant resources into hiring the best employees, building an elite leadership team, and implementing state-of-the-art safety management tools. This has facilitated a strong safety culture which has been instrumental for process improvement, providing valuable safety insights, and reducing organizational risk. I am incredibly proud of our team. We look forward to a long partnership with Wyvern as we continue to grow and cultivate our Safety Management System (SMS).”
Global 6000 is sixth Ultra Long-Range private jet to join managed charter fleet this year
Planet 9, which marked its third birthday in June 2021, recently added another Ultra Long-Range aircraft – a Bombardier Global 6000 – to its managed charter fleet. Its newest aircraft (N555DT), powered by Rolls-Royce BR700 engines, with a 6,000 nm range, is the sixth business jet to join its growing aircraft management division since the start of 2021. Configured for 16 passengers, the aircraft presents in a stylish, flexible seating layout – for dining, relaxation and work.
Seating is soft ‘putty’ Townsend leather, complemented by luxury Tai Ping carpet, upholstered with satin nickel and wood veneer cabinetry. There is a generous galley for food and drink preparation. Inflight entertainment is via Collins’ FCMS, (flight cabin management system) featuring Blu-Ray disc players.
About Planet Nine
Planet 9 is headquartered at the iconic Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles, California and maintains a presence in New York, London and Lisbon. It flies corporations, family offices and UHNWs from the West and East Coasts of the USA to destinations including Europe, Russia and the Middle East. It is led by a highly experienced team of aviation professionals and its business plan utilizes a ‘floating fleet’ model. Planet 9’s aircraft all feature sparklingly refurbished cabin interiors, including high-speed WiFi.
Its managed aircraft fleet includes: Three Global Express’; one Global 6000; a Dassault Falcon 7X; three Gulfstream GV; two Gulfstream GIV SP; one Gulfstream G650 and one Gulfstream G550.
Planet 9 holds ARGUS Platinum safety certification, closely followed by the endorsement of IS-BAO Stage 1 (International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), duly satisfying IBAC it is consistently delivering high operational standards in all aspects of its business. Planet 9 first obtained Wyvern Wingman status under its onsite flight leader program in October 2018. Now it is a Wingman Pro.