Presidential Airways (charter)

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Presidential Airways
CN-235 Presidential Airways.jpg
Presidential Airways CASA/IPTN CN-235
IATA ICAO Callsign
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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.


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]


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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ The Flight and Crash of "Blackwater 61" CBS News 60 Minutes
  3. ^ Blackwater 61 - Cockpit Voice Recording rec.aviation.militar
  4. ^ McMahon v. Aviation Worldwide Services, No: 6:05-cv-1002-ORL-28-JGG, Amended Complaint October 6, 2005
  5. ^ Anderson, Rick (November 13, 2010). "Welcome Aboard Blackwater Airlines". Seattle Weekly News. 
  6. ^ Kroft, Steve (February 21, 2010), "Soldier's Widow Says Firm Was Negligent In Fatal 2004 Flight", 60 Minutes.

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