UAS Risk Management Firm Wyvern Names Aviation Vet as New CEO

Yardley, Pa.-based Wyvern – a provider of manned and unmanned aviation risk management, safety, quality and training – has appointed Sonnie G. Bates its new CEO. He replaces Art Dawley, who is departing the company to pursue other interests, says Wyvern.

According to the company, Bates’ experience spans the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), CAE, several corporate flight departments, his own company, and 13 years in the United States Air Force in leadership roles.

Prior to forming his own company, Bates spent six years at IBAC, including two years as its director for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations. Previously, he was operations manager, responsible for leading the education and quality programs for IBAC.

Bates has also been the chief pilot, lead captain and safety program manager for several corporate flight departments, where he gained thousands of flight hours in the Gulfstream G-IV, the Falcon 900EX and the Hawker 900XP. He was recruited by Dassault and CAE to build and deliver the Falcon 7X pilot training program prior to aircraft certification, which involved piloting the Falcon 7X experimental aircraft on 15 missions in Europe.

Building on its 26 years of experience in delivering risk management to the aviation community through its Wingman Program, Wyvern recently expanded its offerings to include the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry. Its EXACT Program is a comprehensive safety, quality and risk management program for end-users and operators of drones. The company recently partnered with Women and Drones to offer EXACT UAS Certification assessments to the organization’s members at a discounted rate.


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