Universal Weather and Aviation is celebrating its 60th anniversary and sharing its vision for how it will continue supporting operators into the future.
Founded in a one-room weather station in 1959 by US Air Force meteorologist and former TV weatherman Tom Evans, Universal pioneered the global international service provider industry for business aviation. Since its founding, the company has continued to grow and evolve with the ever-changing needs of the market, adding new solutions to improve overall service levels for business aircraft operators, reduce third-party handoffs and drive down operating risk.
Today, Universal is still a family-owned and privately operated company run by chairman Greg Evans, CEO Ralph Vasami and its executive and management team worldwide. It can directly manage the logistics of all core phases of the mission, including trip support, regulatory consultation, fuel, ground support, in-flight catering and ground transportation.
“What's driven our 60 years of success – anticipating the future needs of our clients and providing solutions to fit those needs – is what will drive our success tomorrow,” states Evans. “We believe in our high-touch approach across all phases of the missions. It reduces operating risk and ensures our customers' mission are successful. This is where we'll continue to invest and grow, we're interconnecting it all through our uvGO digital platform.”
Vasami adds: “We envision a future where technology and service delivery are intertwined seamlessly. We're building a future where the challenges we face as an industry are a thing of the past and our customers' experience is first in everything we do. We'll do this by continuing to elevate service levels on the ground globally, fighting to improve GA access, embracing digital innovation, and maintaining the most reliable consultative knowledge base.
“This is how we're moving organisations that move the world, now in the years to come. Sixty years is a great run, but we're focused on the next 60. The best is yet to come.”