Wheels Up plans to add Cessna Citation Excels and Sovereigns to its private aviation membership program, the company announced on Friday. The first Citations are set to become available to Wheels Up members around the end of the first quarter. Cessna is currently outfitting the first of these with Wheels Up’s blue-and-white livery and with revamped cabins providing Wi-Fi connectivity.
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Prism, a subsidiary of aviation services firm Argus, is sponsoring the first year of corporate membership in the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) for each new Prism SMS Professional or Enterprise subscriber. Prism SMS is a “comprehensive package of products and services that can be customized to meet the specific SMS requirements of any operation, and is completely IS-BAO compliant.”
FAA enforcers are pondering whether to press charges in the wake of a November 7 incident in which some Dallas-area TV stations apparently bent (but, they maintain, did not break) the new rules against newscopter operation in enhanced Class B (ECB) airspace during a police chase of a runaway truck.
While broadcasting a police chase on July 27 over Phoenix, a pair of Eurocopter AS350-B2 helicopters collided when their pilots apparently lost sight of each other, killing both pilot/reporters and their cameramen. The dead were identified as KNXV Channel 15 pilot/reporter Craig Smith and his cameraman, Rick Krolak, and KTVK Channel 3 pilot/reporter Scott Bowerbank and his cameraman, Jim Cox.