Presidential Airways (charter)

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For the 1980s startup airline, see Presidential Airways (scheduled).
Presidential Airways CASA/IPTN CN-235.

Presidential Airways (PAW) is a charter cargo and passenger airline currently based at Melbourne International Airport serving Melbourne, Florida, USA. Presidential is now a subsidiary of Aviation Worldwide Services.

History[edit]

Its parent company, Aviation Worldwide Services, Inc. is owned by AAR Corp. AAR Corp purchased the company from Blackwater USA (currently named Academi) in April 2010.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

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.[1][2][3][4][5] A 60 Minutes investigation reported that the crash was caused by pilot error but that the company tried to avoid responsibility.[6]

Fleet[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilber, "A Crash's Echoes", Washington Post, October 17, 2007.
  2. ^ The Flight and Crash of "Blackwater 61" CBS News 60 Minutes (English)
  3. ^ Blackwater 61 - Cockpit Voice Recording rec.aviation.military (English)
  4. ^ UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA ORLANDO DIVISION CASE NO: 6:05-cv-1002-ORL-28-JGG SOURCEWATCH (English)
  5. ^ WElcome Aboard Blackwater Airlines Seattle Weekly News(English)
  6. ^ Kroft, Steve, "Soldier's Widow Says Firm Was Negligent In Fatal 2004 Flight", 60 Minutes, February 21, 2010.

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