Dave Hewitt is the Executive Vice President, Safety for Wheels Up, a membership-based private aviation company formed in 2013.
Before joining Wheels Up, he was President of Hewitt and Company LLC, a business and aviation consulting firm formed in 2011. He has over 40 years of aviation experience, including over 35 years of involvement in Part 135 operations in operational, technical, and executive positions.
Prior to the formation of Hewitt and Company, Dave held various positions within NetJets spanning a 13-year career. These roles included Senior Vice President, Safety and Compliance for NetJets North America and Senior Vice President for NetJets International. Before assuming those positions, Dave served as Vice President, Safety and Government Relations for NetJets Aviation; Vice President, Government Relations for NetJets, Inc.; and Vice President, Operations for Executive Jet Management (where he started as a Citation First Officer in 1996). He has also worked as an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector at the Cincinnati Flight Standards District Office and a Chief Pilot/Check Airman/Instructor for a Part 135 certificate holder located in the Midwest.
Dave has been a part of many industry associations, safety, and regulatory groups over the course of his career. He is the past Chairman and remains a current Board member of the Air Charter Safety Foundation; he also previously served as Chair of the NBAA Part 135 Committee. Dave has presented at the Air Charter Safety Foundation Safety Symposium, the NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, and the NATA Air Charter Summit.
Dave received national recognition as the founding Industry Co-Chairman of the FAA Turbine Aircraft Operations Subgroup (part of the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee) that studied turbine aircraft safety and made recommendations to the FAA to improve it. Additionally, he served on the FAA Section 206 Aviation Rulemaking Committee and was the Operations Working Group Chairman for the FAA Part 125/135 Aviation Rulemaking Committee. Dave was also a member of the FAA Operations Specifications Working Group, as well as a participant on the FAA Weight and Balance Aviation Rulemaking Committee and the FAA Part 91, Subpart K Guidance Development Team.
Dave is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and has over 7200 hours of flight time. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot license with type ratings in the Cessna Citation, Lear Jet, and Douglas DC-3, and was previously a Certificated Flight Instructor in airplanes and gliders.