About Us
Universal Air Service began as a vision in 1983, by owner Roy Henley, and has evolved to become the premier helicopter service provider in Florida. A passion for flying and helicopters, combined with an unwavering focus on the client, has resulted in the growth of the business to a fleet of helicopters and airplanes.


Roy started flying in the U.S. Army Flight School, graduated in 1968, and after a year in sunny Southeast Asia (Vietnam), was assigned to Fort Rucker, Alabama as a flight instructor for the remaining one and a half years spent in the Army.  He received his degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University in 1975.  Roy flew offshore for PHI as well as mountain flying in Colorado.  He is an A&P mechanic, check airman, and dual-rated pilot with 20,000+ hours logged.  Roy has performed virtually every job at every level within aviation. His experience and leadership led him to open Universal Air Service. 


Key Staff
Our staff is committed to providing our clients with efficient, convenient and safe responses to their transportation needs. Our pilots are FAA certified Airline Transport and Commercial Pilots with instrument and flight instructor ratings. Our pilots have gained their aviation experience in civilian, military and law enforcement operations and have logged over several thousand hours of flight time.

VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
Chris Johnson











CHIEF PILOT
Rick Raysik



 





DIRECTOR OF MAINTENANCE

Chris Johnson

Chris started flying at the age of 15 while working after school as an airport ‘gopher’, and line man.  He has a reputation of being a dedicated, hard worker who often works "shoulder to shoulder" with employees to demonstrate his commitment to teamwork and to keep his finger on the pulse of Universal Air Service’s customers' needs and desires.  Additionally, he holds an A&P Certificate and IA Certification (Inspector’s Authorization).  As VP of Operations, Chris oversees all aspects of day-to-day operations and ensures that Universal Air Service’s aviation services are of the highest possible quality.



Rick is a retired Army Warrant Officer. Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross, 3 Bronze Stars, and 14 other medals which were earned in Vietnam and Operation Desert-Storm. He was a Senior Instructor Pilot for 220 pilots in the Army. In his aviation career, he has accumulated 12,000+ flight hours. Evaluated and blessed by US Forestry for aerial delivery of water on wild fires. As our film pilot, Rick has been on several movies and numerous commercials. Many night hours accumulated as medical donor pilot for Universal Air Service. As Chief pilot he is responsible for Universal Air Service's flight operations, both in the air and on the ground.





Known for his precision in aviation engineering and extensive hands-on experience, Chris oversees all maintenance and engineering activities as well as the airworthiness and operational readiness of the Universal Air Service fleet and customers' aircraft. With nearly 15 years of experience working for Universal Air Servuce and possessing both an A&P and Inspection Authorization License, Chris leads Universal Air Service’s team of A&P maintenance engineers in their pursuit of aviation excellence.
   
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