Presidential Airways (charter)
Presidential Airways CASA/IPTN CN-235
|Operating bases||Melbourne International Airport|
|Fleet size||See Fleet below|
|Parent company||Aviation Worldwide Services|
|Headquarters||Melbourne, Florida, United States|
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.
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, 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.
- The Flight and Crash of "Blackwater 61" CBS News 60 Minutes
- Blackwater 61 - Cockpit Voice Recording rec.aviation.militar
- McMahon v. Aviation Worldwide Services, No: 6:05-cv-1002-ORL-28-JGG, Amended Complaint October 6, 2005
- Anderson, Rick (November 13, 2010). "Welcome Aboard Blackwater Airlines". Seattle Weekly News.
- Kroft, Steve (February 21, 2010), "Soldier's Widow Says Firm Was Negligent In Fatal 2004 Flight", 60 Minutes.
- AAR Fleet and Capabilities: Fixed Wing, copyright 2015
- "USA: Fixed-Wing Contracts for the Central Asian Front". Defense Industry Daily. June 15, 2014.