Baltia Air Lines Inc (OTCMKTS:BLTA) has seen a drop and then a recent surge of volume after the Company announced it has received notification from the Federal Aviation Administration stating the notice of proposed denial, dated November 16, 2015 will not be withdrawn. Baltia intends to request a formal hearing with the assigned hearing officer from the FAA within the next 10 days.
BLTA is one stock that has got everyone’s attention attraction legions of shareholders and was regularly placing among the top volume movers on the exchange. The stock has been around for years and traded well over $0.15 a share in 2007; of course it was a different stock back then with just 58,315,009 shares outstanding compared to the 6.6 billion that are out now.
Baltia Air Lines Inc (OTCMKTS:BLTA) is America’s newest airline, currently undergoing Air Carrier Certification. Baltia’s principal base of operations is at Willow Run Airport, Michigan. Upon Certification, Baltia will operate Boeing 747 aircraft across the Atlantic, from the U.S. nonstop to Europe. This service is subject to receipt of government operating authority.
The Company recently entered into Stage 3 of FAA Air Carrier Certification, which is the final stage and consist of demonstration flights. Upon completion of the Air Carrier Certification, Baltia will commence scheduled non-stop service from its Base of Operations at Terminal 4, JFK Int’l Airport in New York to Pulkovo II Int’l Airport of St. Petersburg, Russia.
Back in 2010 BLTA purchased a Boeing 747 aircraft from Kalitta Air. Baltia carries $100,000,000 aircraft liability insurance, ground only, of which $10 million is through State National Insurance Co. and $90 million through Lloyds of London. Baltia is in the process of adding flight risk insurance of one billion dollars US ($1,000,000,000) prior to initiating flight.
BLTA seems to be quickly moving through Phase III of the FAA Air Carrier Certification entered into on October 10. Phase III consists of the Table Top Exercise, Mini-Evacuation Demonstration, and Proving Flights. “Passing through Phase II was a major accomplishment in the Certification Process,” stated Sheryle Milligan, Chief of Operations.
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The Company soon entered into the Performance Assessment Phase consisting of the Table Top Exercise, Mini-Evacuation Demonstration, and Proving Flights. A few days later Kalitta Maintenance signed off on the C4 Check of BLTA B747 Aircraft. The C4 check, sometimes referred to as a D Check, is the most comprehensive inspection that an airliner undergoes, occurring every six years. The inspection involves structural and systems testing using X-ray, ultrasound, and other methods.
Last year BLTA said it has contracted MIS Choice, Inc. for Departure Control System (DCS) service. The DCS handles passenger check-in and boarding functions which includes Secure Flight, Global API, APP, APIS for passengers and crew. The DCS interfaces with relevant government agencies and company operations control.
On February 18 BLTA announced it has received notification from the Federal Aviation Administration stating the notice of proposed denial, dated November 16, 2015 will not be withdrawn. Baltia intends to request a formal hearing with the assigned hearing officer from the FAA within the next 10 days.
Mr. Russell Thal, President of Baltia Air Lines, stated, “We will request a formal hearing with the FAA in the allotted time frame. It is our position that we have sufficient proof that we should have passed the mini evacuation phase and moved on to obtain our certification as a 121 carrier. The notice we received moves the process along. Waiting for months for a response from the FAA has been a stressful experience. We are eager to move the project forward and being able to present Baltia’s position at the hearing will expedite Baltia’s Air Carrier Certification.” Mr. Thal further stated, “Baltia’s staff and FAA counsel remain positive about obtaining a favorable outcome in regards to the Air Carrier Certification.”
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Currently trading at a $10 million market valuation BLTA has minimal asset, no revenues and a fast developing debt problem with well over $4 million in liabilities that has led to significant dilution. But BLTA is an exciting story developing in small caps; the Company is currently undergoing FAA Air Carrier certification and is in the final stages of preparation after which the Company hopes to operate non-stop service between JFK Int’l Airport in New York to Pulkovo II Int’l Airport of St. Petersburg, Russia. BLTA benefits from a loyal shareholder base that swears this one goes higher. We will be updating on BLTA when more details emerge so make sure you are subscribed to Microcapdaily so you know what’s going on with BLTA.
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