Corporate Responsibility

Our community is global.
Our community support is too.

Whether lending our aircraft and support by transporting evacuees and delivering critical supplies in the wake of disasters like hurricanes and tsunamis, or providing flight support services for charitable organizations, we believe in giving back to our community. It just so happens that our community is the entire world.

Helping our wounded veterans.

Through its support of non-profit Impact A Hero, Universal helps severely wounded veterans heal emotionally and physically by soliciting and coordinating the donation of business aircraft or resources to help them attend life-changing events in their honor as well as medical appointments throughout the year.

Keeping our industry strong.

As a responsible corporate partner, we believe it’s vital to give back, to help business aviation continue to make strides and grow, and to ensure the future of an industry which supports so many livelihoods. Educating the public about the benefits of business aviation is essential to the industry’s future success. We are dedicated to helping business aviation prosper, and that’s why we have a team dedicated to Government and Industry Affairs. We believe that to stay strong and vital, and to do the right thing for others, we must also actively support initiatives such as the National Business Aviation Industry’s No Plane No Gain campaign.

Supporting the future of our industry.

Retaining and growing talent within business aviation can be challenging, as individuals work full-time jobs and have increasing workloads. We recognize the importance of preparing the next generation of business aviation professionals and support ongoing professional development and training through scholarships and monetary contributions, including those offered through NBAA, WAI, and WCA.

Employees giving back to the community.

What makes our community support initiatives stand out is the dedication of our employees. Inspired by a company culture that has always valued community responsibility, our employees – whether holding a backpack drive at our world headquarters in Houston, supporting orphans in Delhi, or providing aid to flood victims in Mexico – volunteer thousands of hours in their communities annually.

Mobilizing resources for humanitarian relief.

When disaster strikes, we mobilize our global resources to help. From tsunamis, to hurricanes and earthquakes, we donate our resources and services to do what it takes to support those in need.

Using our expertise to help the public.

Universal is proud to be a National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) Ambassador. The purpose of the WRN Ambassador program is to save lives and property by helping creating awareness of the weather events that impact our employees and community.

As a WRN Ambassador, we share critical environmental intelligence, including weather forecasts and warnings, to our partners and the general public. WRN Ambassadors are formally recognized by NOAA as organizations committed to collaborating with NOAA, sharing preparedness messaging in outreach to the public, and serving as examples themselves by implementing resilience best practices.

  • Explore operational insights from our blog.

    • Ops Update: New Random Ramp Checks in Mexico – What you need to know
      by Juan Muniz on December 4, 2019 at 14:42

      As part of a crackdown on illegal charter flights in Mexico from N-Registerd Part 91 operators, AFAC has implemented random ramp checks of all foreign flights. The ramp checks are taking place ramdomly at every airport in Mexico. The complete list of documentation required for the ramp check has been published by AFAC and if operators have all documents available, the entire process should last around 30 minutes. The post Ops Update: New Random Ramp Checks in Mexico – What you need to know appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.

    • Business Aviation Destination Guide: San Jose, Costa Rica
      by Delmark Muir on November 30, 2019 at 20:21

      ALERT: New GAT at MROC now open Costa Rica’s first-ever general aviation terminal, exclusively available to international private operations at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO/MROC), will officially open in December 2019. Visit GAT-SJO.com for more details. For business aircraft operators, setting up a flight to San Jose (SJO/MROC) is not a difficult proposition, and there’s nothing onerous from the regulatory perspective. With the opening of Costa Rica’s first-ever general aviation terminal in December 2019, the experience and security for business aviation operators is now significantly enhanced. It’s essential to work with your trip support provider and the local ground handler The post Business Aviation Destination Guide: San Jose, Costa Rica appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.

    • Everything you need to know about Costa Rica’s first-ever GAT at MROC
      by Delmark Muir on November 24, 2019 at 15:08

      In mid-December 2019, Costa Rica’s first-ever general aviation terminal (GAT) will officially open for business aviation traffic at San Jose (MROC) Juan Santamaría International Airport (MROC/SJO). The opening of the GAT will have a significant and positive enhancement on private operators’ experience in Costa Rica by drastically reducing their time on the ground. The post Everything you need to know about Costa Rica’s first-ever GAT at MROC appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.

    • UPDATE: How the new GAT at SBGR in Sao Paulo impacts business aviation
      by Adonis Bastos on November 23, 2019 at 14:40

      A new general aviation terminal recently opened at Description at São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (SBGR). Since the opening, there has been confusion among operators on whether they are required to use the GAT, if they still need a ground handler, and how pricing of the GAT is charged. Here’s what you need to know. The post UPDATE: How the new GAT at SBGR in Sao Paulo impacts business aviation appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.