Government and Industry Affairs

Government and Industry Affairs

At Universal, we understand that a strong business aviation industry is important not just for our company but for the global economies we serve. Whether opposing onerous legislation, such as user fees for private aviation, helping attract aviation’s future generation, or working with authorities to make the world more business aviation-friendly, our Government and Industry Affairs team was created to lobby for and influence positive change for business aviation across the globe.

Establishing relationships with authorities.

We leverage our vast Global Community of experts and contacts around the world to help strengthen and develop key relationships with government agencies both in the United States and internationally, with a primary focus on Civil Aviation and related authorities. We participate in key business aviation industry associations and foster ongoing communication and collaboration with various governing bodies, industry partners, and business aviation associations regarding regulations, policies, and best practices affecting our industry. Additionally, we are tasked with developing professional relationships with officials and their representative staff to pursue operational and functional improvements for the business aviation industry. As new regulations arise, this team will also work very closely with our Global Regulatory Services Team to educate and communicate changes to our client base and partners.

Making a difference for our industry.

By working closely and collaborating with various governing bodies, industry partners, and business aviation associations, we’ve been able to influence change such as, defeating damaging user fee legislation, easing permit lead times in India, streamlining U.S. Pre-clearance requirements, and adding additional slots for business aviation in high risk, high stress locations like Hong Kong. We also address challenges the industry faces like the upcoming shortage of trained aviation professionals by supporting individuals and organizations that create awareness of the opportunities available within business aviation.

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      Special quarantine and health inspection procedures have been enforced in China and other locations in Asia and around the world in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Extra planning and precaution is required if you are planning a trip to China and Asia. The post How the coronavirus outbreak is impacting business aviation appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.

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      by Robert Moya on April 2, 2020 at 22:54

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    • Business Aircraft Ops to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games and Paralympics
      by Hiroshi Higashiyama on March 30, 2020 at 12:28

      The 2020 Tokyo Summer Games and Paralympics are still a year away, but the time to begin planning is now. Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) has just released guidelines for non-scheduled aircraft operating to Japan for the Games. The post Business Aircraft Ops to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games and Paralympics appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.

    • Helping Humanitarian Medical Supply Missions During the COVID-19 Crisis
      by Greg Evans on March 26, 2020 at 18:22

      Effective immediately, Universal Trip Support is waiving its fees on trip feasibility and consultation services and ground handling setup charges for any mission classified as a humanitarian medical supply flight to help ensure the success of these critical flights. The post Helping Humanitarian Medical Supply Missions During the COVID-19 Crisis appeared first on Universal® Operational Insight Blog.