Kinston, North Carolina-based Part 135 operator flyExclusive has appointed Byron Silkett-Irvine as senior director of safety. In this role, he will focus on managing the safety-sensitive functions of the company's business divisions.
Silkett-Irvine previously served as the senior manager, regulatory standards at Spirit Airlines. He brings more than 15 years of experience leading teams to meet operational, training and corporate goals. Prior to Spirit, he was a director of maintenance for the US Air Force at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.
“Byron Silkett-Irvine is a true professional, and having him join the flyExclusive family helps us continue providing superb private jet experiences to our customers,” says president and COO Tommy Sowers. “Flight safety is our highest priority, and Byron's expertise allows us to uphold and excel in secure travel for passengers and crew as our business grows.”
“I am honoured to be part of the flyExclusive team and bring my experience to its world-class services,” says Silkett-Irvine. “The safety of both passengers and team members on every step of their journey is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I look forward to working with a team that holds this principle in such high regard.”
Safety is paramount to flyExclusive's culture. Every flyExclusive pilot undergoes rigorous training and testing at facilities operated by CAE Simuflite and FlightSafety International. Customers can trust flyExclusive jets are maintained to the highest standard, as the company operates fully vetted SMS technology and guarantees on-premises maintenance.
The company also proudly exceeds all FAA standards and operates an ARG/US Platinum rated fleet of over 80 aircraft, each of which is routinely examined by aviation safety consultants. flyExclusive is among the select five per cent of US operators that have both ARG/US Platinum and Wyvern Wingman certifications, achieved through annual independent audits. These good standings affirm flyExclusive's commitment to delivering high-quality aircraft safety and reliability.
flyExclusive is dedicated to continuing to grow its corporate family. It has recently onboarded more than 100 new pilots who have joined the rapidly growing flight crew roster.