June 22nd 2021, St  Maarten/Prague; The Sapphire Pegasus Awards for outstanding performances in the field of Business Aviation in the Caribbean were presented at the Caribbean Aviation Meetup, June 15, in Caribbean. The elite Award winners were announced and honored during an Award Dinner on the Tuesday night of the conference.  The award ceremony was moderated by Seth Miller an independent travel journalist from New York. It was the fourth year that Sapphire Pegasus Awards were presented in the Western Hemisphere.

The Sapphire Pegasus Award is an opportunity not only to honor, but also to thank the winners for their excellent performance. Receiving a Sapphire Pegasus Award is a great achievement,” says Cdr. Bud Slabbaert, Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Award organization for the Caribbean. “Our panel of judges takes its mandate very serious. We aim to remove any subjectivity about performance and replace it with a thorough and objective review and validation.”

For the great achievement and recognition of the highest level of excellence, the Awards went to the following award winners:

  • Patricia Ryan, Miami, FL – Outstanding Lifetime Achievement
  • Emma Watson, St.Martin – Outstanding Rising Star
  • Andy Nixon, Dexter, MI  – Outstanding Rising Star
  • Curt Epstein, New York, NY – Outstanding JournalismKristina Tervo
  • Kristina Tervo, Nice, France – Outstanding Passion for Aviation
  • Leif Ytterstad, Tt.Lauderdale/Paris –  Outstanding Trainer

A special award recognition for Passion in Aviation went to professional pilot and trainer Kristina Tervo, who is co-founder of Women in Aviation Middle East Chapter and founder of Wolston Sky. “I was truly honoured to receive the prestigious Sapphire Pegasus Award for Outstanding Passion for Aviation 2021 from the International Business Aviation Awards during the conference. I am genuinely taken by this and cannot thank you enough”, said Kristina Tervo.

“I am truly honored and so humble for receiving the Sapphire Pegasus Award for Outstanding Trainer 2021 from the international Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Awards during the CARIBAVIA conference in St. Maarten. Congratulations once again to Andy, Curt, Kristin, Emma and Dr. Patricia, my fellow award winners for their recognition by our peers”, commented Leif Ytterstad, Executive Majordome and Instructor from Da Vinci Inflight Training Institute when receiving the recognition.

 Antonia Lukacinova, founder of the Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Awards said: “We are delighted to be able to present the fourth annual Sapphire Pegasus Awards at Caribbavia and reward all these stellar companies and individuals on their fine achievements in business aviation.”


The Sapphire Pegasus Award Board of Advisors in the Caribbean identifies and reviews individuals, teams or organizations that deserve to be honored based on the excellent work they did for their clients, the industry or community.

The conception of the Award to honor the elite of Business Aviation, as well as the worldwide organization of the events is handled by Media Tribune marketing and PR agency in Prague, Czech Republic. The Sapphire Pegasus Award trophy is created in hours of handmade work by the glass masters of Moser; Moser Bohemian crystal is worldwide unrivalled, same as the glassworks itself and its designers.