FAA revokes Florida airline's certification for passenger service
THE US Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (F) has issued an emergency order to revoke the ability of Universal Flight Services to charge passengers for flights, reports the American Journal of Transportation
09 June 2021 - 19:00
The F also revoked the pilot certificate of the owner of Universal Flight Services for allegedly conducting illegal charter flights.
Universal Flight Services, of Sarasota, Florida, allegedly conducted 26 passenger-carrying flights without an F certificate between October 22, 2015 and February. 17, 2019 between the following airports: Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, Key West International Airport, Florida Keys/Marathon International Airport, and Witham Field.
In March 2019, Universal Flight Services obtained the F certificate required to conduct passenger flights. However, it operated seven subsequent flights using unauthorised pilots and/or aircraft.
On two of the flights, the pilot did not have the medical certificate required to fly paying passengers, did not pass a flight check to fly in instrument conditions, and was not current to fly in instrument conditions. On two different flights, the aircraft that the company used had not undergone required inspections.
On all 33 flights conducted by Universal Flight Services between October 2015 and September 2020, the pilots had not passed required written and oral tests, competency checks, and flight checks in the type of aircraft they operated during this time.
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