SAFETY is our number 1 priority

Our commitment to providing each Wheels Up member with an exceptional flight experience begins with the foundation of our business – safety.
No question. No compromise.

Safety Management – The Wheels Up Way

Operators who are serious about safety have implemented Safety Management Systems (SMS) in their operations. SMS is a means to identify hazards, mitigate the risk associated with those hazards, collect safety data, and act on that data to improve the safety of the operation. Not only does Wheels up require the operators it uses to implement SMS, but we have also implemented our own SMS to monitor the safety performance of our operators.

Wheels Up sets the standards that operators must meet to fly our members. This includes the requirement that all pilots must hold an FAA Airline Transport Pilot license (the highest available) and hold a FAA First-Class Medical Certificate. The pilots assigned by Gama Aviation to the Wheels Up program have thousands of hours of experience, fly only one aircraft type, are FAA Type-Rated in their assigned aircraft, and receive full-motion simulator training at FlightSafety International two times per year.

Safety Leadership

Dave Hewitt, Executive Vice President, Safety.

Dave Hewitt, Executive Vice President, Safety.

Dave Hewitt, Executive Vice President, Safety

Wheels Up safety leadership is headed by Dave Hewitt, Executive Vice President, Safety. Dave’s experience includes over 33 years in operational, technical, and executive positions, including 13 years at NetJets where he had executive responsibility for their safety programs at the company. In addition to being an experienced pilot himself, Dave is currently on the Board of the Air Charter Safety Foundation and has served as the Chairman of the Foundation, which focuses on enhancing safety in the on-demand air transportation industry.

Allan L Mann, Senior Director, Safety

Al Mann has over 30 years of aviation experience, including 10 years holding executive positions within the air charter industry. As a pilot, Al has operated in over 70 countries, and has also managed corporate flight departments and general aviation airports. Al has served on various industry committees and is the current Chairman of the National Business Aviation Association’s Domestic Operations Committee.

Allan L Mann, Senior Director, Safety.

Allan L Mann, Senior Director, Safety.

Aircraft Selection

To create the safest program around, we started with one of the safest aircraft in the industry. The Beechcraft King Air 350i is the latest and most advanced version of one of the world’s safest and most reliable airplanes ever produced. Safety features of the King Air 350i include two Pratt and Whitney PT6A turbine engines, renowned for their superior safety, reliability, the Rockwell-Collins Pro-Line 21 Avionics package, an advanced color weather radar system with extended range for tactical weather avoidance, the XM Graphical Weather System, a Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II) and an Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS).

The Cessna Citation Excel/XLS is a legendary business jet known for its comfort, performance and reliability. Powered by Pratt and Whitney PW-545A turbofan engines, the Excel/XLS has the ability to outperform similar mid-size business jets in takeoff, climb, cruise and landing. Additional Safety features of the Citation Excel include the Honeywell Primus-1000 Avionics package with the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), an advanced color weather radar system, a Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) and an Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS).

Gama Aviation

Gama Aviation is the operator of the Wheels Up King Air 350i and Citation Excel/XLS program aircraft. They were selected after an extensive process that involved the assessment of several high quality operators based on their vast experience and pervasive safety culture. They operate a mature Safety Management System, possess numerous third-party audit registrations that include the Air Charter Safety Foundation, ARG/US, Wyvern, IS-BAO, and are designated as a “Global Industry Leader” per both U.S. and U.K. Aviation Authorities.

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