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Helicopter Flight Services, Inc.
OST-2019-0063 - Scheduled Commuter Authority - Downtown Manhattan Heliport-East Hampton
April 5, 2019
Helicopter Flight Services submits this application for authority to operate scheduled passenger service as a commuter air carrier. Applicant is a current 135 on-demand operator. We intend to offer scheduled services between our base in Downtown Manhattan Heliport, Pier 6 to East Hampton Airport HTO. The scheduled service will be daily.
By: Michael Origel, 310-951-1471
May 6, 2019
HFS’s application should be denied because it has not demonstrated that it is fit, willing, and able to provide commuter air carrier service. HFS’s application is deficient under applicable regulations for myriad of reasons. In fact, given how many glaring errors are present in the application, it is easier to highlight the aspects of 14 CFR § 204.3 that HFS complied with than it is to discuss the aspects of § 204.3 that were ignored. Simply put, nearly every showing that is required to be made under the applicable regulations has material deficiencies.
Moreover, HFS states that it complied with the Department’s “How to Become a Commuter Air Carrier” packet. But HFS makes several of the “common mistakes” listed in the DOT Guide, many of which are dispositive. HFS also seeks confidential treatment of information that the Department expressly states must be presented for public review and comment, such as the applicant’s current and historical financial statements, expense forecasts, and the identity of and resumes for key personnel. HFS’s application is incomplete, fails to comply with Department guidance, and fails to provide the public with a meaningful opportunity to comment on its fitness to conduct commuter air service.
There are a plethora of independent reasons that HFS’s application fails to show that it is fit, willing, and able to provide commuter air carrier service. At a minimum, HFS has filed an incomplete and deficient application. HFS should not be permitted to conduct the contemplated operations.
Counsel: Cooley, Parker Erkmann, 202-776-2036
July 2, 2019
By: Lauralyn Remo
July 31, 2019
We are requesting an extension of 30 days to prepare the requested files per the specifications of the attached letter. The request stems from working with the companies attorney and accountants requesting more time to address the Ownership and specifically the financial documents. Various individuals had scheduled vacation times in July.
By: Michael Origel
August 1, 2019
This letter references to your letter dated July 31, 2019, wherein you submitted a request to the Department on behalf of Helicopter Flight Services, Inc., requesting a 30-day extension to file a response to our additional information request dated July 2, 2019. We grant HFS a 30-day extension, that is, by September 3, 2019, to file response to the additional information that were requested by letter dated July 2, 2019.
By: Lauralyn Remo