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Universal Jet Aviation, Inc.

OST-2011-0150 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Foreign Passenger Charters

August 15, 2011

Application for Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity

Motion to Withhold Information from Public Disclosure

Universal requests that a certificate of public convenience and necessity be issued in its standard form authorizing Universal to engage in foreign charter air transportation of persons, property and mail so that the Company may provide on-demand single-entity charter service using an executive-configured Boeing 737 aircraft.

By separate application, Universal is concurrently applying for authority to engage in interstate charter air transportation of persons, property and mail.

Upon obtaining DOT certification, Universal will offer on-demand charter flights using one leased Boeing Business Jet aircraft in a 16-seat configuration. Universal will predominately operate the BBJ under a single long-term block charter contract, as well as offer regular on-demand charters to other third party customers.

Counsel: Crowell & Moring, Lorraine Halloway, 202-624-2500


OST-2011-0151 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Interstate Passenger Charters

August 15, 2011

Application for Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity

Universal is seeking authority to engage in interstate charter air transportation of person, property and mail so that it may provide on-demand, single entity charter services using one Boeing Business Jet aircraft.

Counsel: Crowell & Moring, Lorraine Halloway, 202-624-250


OST-2011-0152 - Pendente Lite Exemption - Passenger Charters

August 15, 2011

Application for pendente lite Exemption

Universal respectfully requests that the Department shorten the answer period and promptly issue an expedited exemption pendente lite from the provisions of Part 298 of its Economic Regulations to allow it to operate one executive-configured Boeing Business Jet in on-demand charter operations pending the Department's action on Universal's contemporaneously-filed applications for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to engage in interstate and foreign charter air transportation, and that the answer period be shorted so that answers are due no later than Tuesday, August 16, 2011.

Earlier this year, the Federal Aviation Administration approved Universal's request for addition of one BBJ aircraft, registration number N920DS, to its operations specifications and Part 298 air taxi registration. In reliance on FAA's approval, Universal entered into contracts to provide charter air transportation with the BBJ, including one long-term charter agreement for 500 block charter hours - under which there are several upcoming confirmed charter trips. One such trip is for the return transportation of Universal's long-term charter contract customer from Saudi Arabia, scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, 2011.

Counsel: Crowell & Moring, Lorraine Halloway, 202-624-250



OST-2011-0152 - pendente lite Exemption

Served August 15, 2011

Notice Shortening Answer Period

We have reviewed Universal Jet’s request and find it appropriate to grant the Motion to shorten the answer period in this case to August 16, 2011. Moreover, the air carrier has filed applications requesting certificate authority to engage in interstate and foreign passenger charter air transportation.

Normally, aircraft with only 16 seats would not require certificate authority since such aircraft generally qualify as “small” aircraft that can be operated under the Part 298 air taxi exemption. However, the BBJ, which is a modified B-737, and other similar sized aircraft are “large” aircraft that do not qualify for the air taxi exemption. Thus, Universal Jet has applied for the exemption authority at issue here pending the Department’s action on Universal’s contemporaneously filed applications for certificate authority in Docket OST-2011-0150 and OST-2011-0151.

By: Todd Homan



Order 2011-8-19
OST-2011-0152
- Pendente Lite Exemption - Passenger Charters

Issued and Served August 17, 2011

Order Granting Exemption

We have determined that it is consistent with the public interest to grant a limited exemption to Universal Jet from the provisions of Part 298 so that it may conduct certain on-demand charter operations using the BBJ previously accepted on its FAA Operations Specifications for a limited period, not to exceed November 30, 2011.4 Because Universal Jet’s air taxi registration was inadvertently processed with the addition of the BBJ, Universal Jet reasonably believed that that the BBJ qualified for air taxi service when placed in operation, and thus entered into contracts, including a long-term contract, for the use of this specific aircraft. We find that the grant of this exemption will alleviate, especially for the immediate period, the risk of stranding passengers relying on Universal Jet for return air transportation and inconvenience and possible additional expense for passengers who already have contracted for the use of this aircraft. In addition, we find that since Universal Jet submitted applications for the appropriate economic authority to operate the BBJ immediately upon being notified of the processing error in accepting its registration of the BBJ under Part 298, it has shown a good faith effort to comply with the laws and regulations governing its services, and for this and the other reasons stated above, we find that granting temporary relief is appropriate. We point out the temporary nature of this exemption, the fact that the exemption is limited to the specific aircraft involved, registration number N920DS, and that we expect the air carrier to prosecute is applications for appropriate authority as expeditiously as possible. We also note that Universal Jet should not construe our grant of this limited exemption as a decision to approve the related applications for certificates of public convenience and necessity or any aspect of those applications.

By: Susan Kurland



 

OST-1996-1960 - Family Assistance Plans

August 16, 2011

Family Assistance Plan

Counsel: Crowell & Moring, Lorraine Halloway, 202-508-8855


OST-1998-3305 - Passenger Manifest Information Plans

August 16, 2011

Passenger Manifest Information Plan

Counsel: Crowell & Moring, Lorraine Halloway, 202-508-8855


 

OST-2011-0150 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Foreign Passenger Charters
OST-2011-0151 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Interstate Passenger Charters

August 30, 2011

Supplement No. 1

  • Historical Financial Information
  • Current Balance Sheet & Income Statement
  • Forecast Balance Sheet & Income Statement
  • Operation Forecast
  • Aged Payable Report
  • Line of Credit Verification
  • Title 18 Certification

Counsel: Crowell & Moring, Lorraine Halloway, 202-624-2500



OST-1995-236 - Warsaw Agreements

September 1, 2011

Warsaw Agreement

By: Universal Jet, Michael McCauley



OST-2011-0150 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Foreign Passenger Charters

October 7, 2011

Supplement No. 2 - Bookmarked

In response to the Department's Information Request dated September 30, 2011, Universal Jet Aviation, Inc. hereby submits the following additional information in support of its application and asks that the Department promptly grant Universal a final order and certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing it to provide foreign charter air transportation of persons, property and mail.

  • Resume
  • Forecast Income
  • Statement of Financial Advisor
  • Title 18 Certification

Counsel: Crowell & Moring, Lorraine Halloway, 202-624-2500


OST-2011-0151 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Interstate Passenger Charters

October 7, 2011

Supplement No. 2

On September 30, 2011, the Department sent Universal Jet Aviation, Inc. an Information Request regarding this application. The information required to be provided by Universal in response to the Department's Information Request has been filed in Docket OST-2011-0150 and is herein incorporated by reference.

Counsel: Crowell & Moring, Lorraine Halloway, 202-624-2500



OST-2011-0152 - Pendente Lite Exemption - Passenger Charters


November 20, 2011

Application for Renewal of Pendente Lite Exemption and Motion to Shorten Answer Period

Universal Jet Aviation, Inc. requests a renewal of its exemption pendente lite from Part 298 of the Department’s Economic Regulations granted by the Department pursuant to Order 2011-8-19, allowing Universal to operate one executiveconfigured Boeing 737 aircraft in on-demand charter operations. Absent renewal, Universal’s exemption will expire on November 30, 2011. Extending the relief provided to Universal is in the public interests of preserving contract sanctity and providing service options for passengers, and under the unique circumstances presented. Indeed, the same compelling reasons supporting the Department’s initial grant of Universal’s exemption just three short months ago continue today and justify the requested renewal.

Counsel: Crowell & Moring, Lorraine Halloway, 202-624-2500



November 21, 2011

Re: Polling Results

We have polled and received non-objections from each of the carriers on the attached service list for the above-referenced application. Prompt approval of the application is requested so that Universal's services may continue without interruption.

Counsel: Crowell & Moring, Gerald Murphy, 202-508-8855


Served November 22, 2011

Notice Shortening Answer Period

On November 20, 2011, Universal Jet Aviation, Inc. filed a request for an extension of its existing exemption 1 from Part 298 of the Department’s regulations to operate one executive-configured Boeing 737, or Boeing Business Jet, along with a Motion to shorten the answer period in this case to November 28, 2011. Under the Department’s regulations, answers to the exemption application would normally be due by December 6, 2011.

In support of its request, Universal Jet states that a shortened answer period will enable Universal to continue to provide the charter transportation it has been authorized to operate. In support of its extension request, Universal also states it is seeking temporary relief to continue operating its contracted charter air service until such time as the Department has taken action on its pending certificate applications for interstate and foreign passenger charter authority.

We have reviewed Universal Jet’s request and find it appropriate to grant the Motion to shorten the answer period in this case to November 28, 2011. Additionally, the Department received a letter from Universal stating that it had polled and received non-objections from interested parties regarding the shortened answer period.

By: Todd Homan



Order 2011-11-34
OST-2011-0152
- Pendente Lite Exemption - Passenger Charters

Issued and Served November 30, 2011

Order Granting Exemption

By this order, we grant a renewal of the limited exemption to Universal Jet Aviation Inc. from the provisions of 14 CFR Part 298 of the Department’s Economic Regulations, to the extent necessary to allow the air carrier to operate through February 29, 2012, a certain executive-configured Boeing 737 aircraft, commonly called a Boeing Business Jet, in on-demand air transportation as an air taxi.

Because Universal Jet’s air taxi registration was inadvertently processed with the addition of the BBJ, Universal Jet reasonably believed that that the BBJ qualified for air taxi service when placed in operation, and thus entered into contracts, including a long-term contract, for the use of this specific aircraft. We find that since Universal Jet submitted applications for the appropriate economic authority to operate the BBJ immediately upon being notified of the processing error in accepting its registration of the BBJ under Part 298, it has shown a good faith effort to comply with the laws and regulations governing its services, and for this and the other reasons stated above, we find that granting additional temporary relief is appropriate. We point out the temporary nature of this exemption and the fact that the exemption is limited to the specific aircraft involved, registration number N920DS. We also note that Universal Jet should not construe our grant of this extension of its exemption as a decision to approve the related applications for certificates of public convenience and necessity or any aspect of those applications.

By: Susan Kurland



Order 2012-1-11
OST-2011-0151
- Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Interstate Passenger Charters

Issued and Served January 17, 2012

Order to Show Cause Proposing Issuance of Certificates

By this order, we tentatively conclude that Universal Jet Aviation, Inc. is fit, willing, and able to provide interstate and foreign charter air transportation of persons, property and mail using one large aircraft, and should be issued certificates of public convenience and necessity authorizing such operations, subject to conditions.

We direct all interested persons to show cause why we should not issue orders making final our tentative findings and conclusions stated above and award certificates to Universal Jet Aviation, Inc., authorizing it to engage in interstate and foreign charter air transportation of persons, property and mail using one large aircraft.

By: Susan Kurland


 

Order 2012-1-35
OST-2011-0150 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Foreign Passenger Charters
OST-2011-0151 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Interstate Passenger Charters

Issued and Served January 31, 2012

Final Order

By Order 2012-1-11, issued January 13, 2012, we directed all interested persons to show cause why we should not make final our tentative findings and conclusions stated in it and award certificates of public convenience and necessity to Universal Jet Aviation, Inc., authorizing it to engage in interstate and foreign charter air transportation of persons, property, and mail using one large aircraft.

By this order, we issue only the interstate charter certificate to Universal Jet Aviation, Inc. Issuance of a foreign charter certificate to the company is subject to Presidential review under 49 U.S.C. 41307 and will be handled in a separate order.

By: Susan Kurland


 

OST-2011-0152 - Pendente Lite Exemption - Passenger Charters

February 21, 2012

Application for Renewal of Pendente Lite Exemption and Motion to Shorten Answer Period

Although the Department has already granted Universal’s application for certificate of public convenience and necessity to engage in the interstate charter air transportation of persons, property and mail, and also tentatively determined that Universal is fit, willing, and able to conduct foreign charter air transportation, the issuance of a final order granting Universal’s application for a corresponding foreign charter certificate is subject to a statutory 60-day Presidential review period. Universal anticipates that the Department will issue a final order granting its foreign charter certificate on or before March 31, 2012; however, absent renewal, Universal’s exemption authority to conduct foreign charter operations will expire
on February 29, 2012.

The Company has operated the 16-seat BBJ as part of its extensive and worldwide charter operations, involving nearly a dozen other large cabin business jet aircraft with essentially the same characteristics, capability, and operational profile, and provided safe and reliable air transportation to its customers in doing so. Universal has a proven track record of more than 10 years of providing global air transportation solutions to private individuals and corporate personnel. As the Department concluded after reviewing Universal’s applications for interstate and foreign charter certificates, there is no question that the Company possesses the necessary experience and expertise to offer foreign charter service with the BBJ as part of its fleet. Universal has 11 large cabin Gulfstream business jets, 1 mid-size Learjet and a Bell 430 executive helicopter listed on its FAA certificate.

Counsel: Crowell & Moring, Gerald Murphy, 202-508-8855

 

February 23, 2012

Re: Polling Results

We have polled and received non-objections from each of the carriers on the attached service list for the above-referenced application. Prompt approval of the application is requested so that Universal's services may continue without interruption.

Counsel: Crowell & Moring, Gerald Murphy, 202-508-8855


 

Order 2012-2-22
OST-2011-0152
- Pendente Lite Exemption - Passenger Charters

Issued and Served February 29, 2012

Order Granting Exemption Renewal

By this order, we grant a renewal of the limited exemption to Universal Jet Aviation Inc. from the provisions of 14 CFR Part 298 of the Department’s Economic Regulations, to the extent necessary to allow the air carrier to operate through April 3, 2012, a certain executive-configured Boeing 737 aircraft, commonly called a Boeing Business Jet in foreign on-demand air transportation.

On November 20, 2011, Universal Jet applied for a renewal to the above mentioned exemption in order to continue to meet ongoing commitments to its charter customers while its application for certificate authority was pending Department approval.4 The Department renewed the 90-day exemption on November 30, 2011, allowing the air carrier to operate until February 29, 2012.

By: Susan Kurland



OST-2011-0150 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Foreign Passenger Charters

April 2, 2012

Supplement No. 3

  • Operations Specifications
  • Certificate of Insurance
  • Ownership/Key Personnel Update

Counsel: Crowell & Moring, Lorraine Halloway, 202-624-2500



Order 2012-4-2
OST-2011-0150 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Foreign Passenger Charters

Issued January 31, 2012 | Served April 3, 2012

Order Issuing Foreign Certificate

By Order 2012-1-35, issued January 31, 2012, the Department found Universal Jet Aviation, Inc. fit, willing, and able to engage in interstate and foreign charter air transportation of persons, property, and mail using one large aircraft.1 By that order, we issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity authorizing Universal Jet to engage in interstate charter air transportation.

By this order, we are issuing a companion certificate authorizing Universal Jet to engage in foreign charter air transportation. Instead of repeating our findings and conclusions in Order 2012-1-35, we incorporate them here by reference.

By: Susan Kurland


 

Order 2012-4-23
OST-2011-0150
- Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Foreign Passenger Charters
OST-2011-0151
- Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Interstate Passenger Charters

Issued and Served April 16, 2012

Order Confirming Oral Action and Issuing Effective Certificates

We confirm our oral action of April 3, 2012, making the authority contained in the interstate charter and foreign charter certificates issued to Universal Jet Aviation, Inc., by Order 2012-1-35, effective using one large aircraft, and reissue the certificates in the attached form to reflect their effective date.

By: Todd Homan




Order 2015-7-16
OST-2011-0150
- Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Foreign Passenger Charters
OST-2011-0151 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Interstate Passenger Charters

Issued July 28, 2015

Order Revoking Certificate Authority

By this order, we revoke the certificate authority issued to Universal Jet Aviation, Inc., authorizing it to engage in interstate charter air transportation of persons, property and mail, for reason of dormancy.

By letter dated June 11, 2014, the Department advised Universal that, pursuant to section 204.7, its authority was suspended and it could not resume air transportation operations until the Department had redetermined the air carrier’s fitness to do so. We further stated that if Universal did not resume operations by January 10, 2015, its authority would be revoked for dormancy. It has now been more than one year since Universal ceased operations and we have not received an application from the air carrier to have its fitness redetermined.

Under these circumstances, and in accordance with section 204.7 of our rules, we find it appropriate to revoke the interstate charter certificate issued to Universal. This action is without prejudice to the company’s filing for new authority in the future.

By: Susan Kurland


 

Order 2015-9-24
OST-2011-0150
- Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Foreign Passenger Charters
OST-2011-0151 - Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity - Interstate Passenger Charters

Issued and Served September 29, 2015

Order Revoking Foreign Certificate

By Order 2015-7-16, issued July 28, 2015, the Department revoked the interstate certificate of public convenience and necessity issued to Universal Jet Aviation, Inc. by Order 2012-1-35.

By this order, we are revoking Universal’s companion foreign certificate authority. Instead of repeating our findings and conclusions in Order 2015-7-16, we incorporate them here by reference.

By: Susan Kurland


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