Presidential Airways (charter)
Presidential Airways (PAW) is a charter cargo and passenger airline formerly based at Melbourne International Airport serving Melbourne, Florida, USA now based out of Camden, North Carolina. Presidential is now a subsidiary of Aviation Worldwide Services.
The Melbourne, Florida office has now shut down and the company's operations are run from Moyock, North Carolina from Xe Corporation's (currently named Academi) "U.S. Training Center".
Incidents and accidents
An aircraft, Blackwater 61, operated by Presidential and owned by its sister company, Blackwater AWS crashed on November 27, 2004 in Afghanistan; it had been a contract flight for the United States Air Force en route from Bagram to Farah. All aboard, three soldiers and three civilian crew members, were killed. Several of their survivors filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Presidential in October 2005. A 60 Minutes investigation reported that the crash was caused by pilot error but that the company tried to avoid responsibility.
Presidential operates CASA C-212 and CASA CN-235 turboprops. Recent contracts have added de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 turboprop aircraft to the fleet. The company also operates turbine powered helicopters including Bell 214ST, Bell 412, MD Helicopters MD-530, Eurocopter/Aerospatiale SA 330J "Puma", and Sikorsky S-61 rotorcraft.
- Wilber, "A Crash's Echoes", Washington Post, October 17, 2007.
- The Flight and Crash of "Blackwater 61" CBS News 60 Minutes (English)
- Blackwater 61 - Cockpit Voice Recording rec.aviation.military (English)
- UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA ORLANDO DIVISION CASE NO: 6:05-cv-1002-ORL-28-JGG SOURCEWATCH (English)
- WElcome Aboard Blackwater Airlines Seattle Weekly News(English)
- Kroft, Steve, "Soldier's Widow Says Firm Was Negligent In Fatal 2004 Flight", 60 Minutes, February 21, 2010.
- Wilber, Del Quentin (October 17, 2007). "A Crash's Echoes, From War Zone To Washington: In 2004, Blackwater Flight 61 Raised Now-Familiar Questions About Contractors and Accountability". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-10-16.-
- Official Site
- Defense Industry Daily: Blackwater Subsidiary's Transport Contracts for the Central Asian Front