Aviation Worldwide Services, LLC

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Aviation Worldwide Services LLC (AWS) is a sister company to Presidential Airways, Inc., both of which are owned by Blackwater USA, Melbourne, FL. AWS owns the planes, and Presidential Airways operates them.[1]

The company appears to provide air services to the CIA - flight records show that its N964BW has made at least two trips to the agency's Camp Peary training facility,[2], N963BW went there in March and April 2009[3] and N962BW went there in May 2006.[4] Another plane it owns, N968BW, flew from Washington Dulles International Airport to Camp Peary on March 13, 2007. [5]

In October 2005, the Washington Post reported that AWS is a defendant in a wrongful death suit in the U.S. District Court in Florida, brought by the families of the three soldiers killed when the company's N960BW (Blackwater 63) crashed in Afghanistan. The co-defendants are Presidential Airways Inc., STI Aviation Inc. and Air Quest Inc. The suit alleges negligence.[6][1]

Planes Registered to AWS

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AWS is the registered owner of the following planes (this is an incomplete list):

Contact details

1371 General Aviation Drive,
Melbourne, Brevard County,
Florida 32935-6310, United States

SourceWatch resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Trevor Aaronson, "Err America: A plane crash in Afghanistan has a Florida company defending its mercenary profits in court", Broward-Palm Beach New Times, October 27, 2005.
  2. Tracking data for N964BW, flightaware.com. Accessed June 9, 2006. Registration req'd to view historical data. (Saved 161KB PDF)
  3. Tracking data for N963BW, flightaware.com. Accessed April 16, 2009. Registration req'd to view historical data.
  4. Tracking data for N962BW, flightaware.com. Accessed June 13, 2006. Registration req'd to view historical data. (Saved 163KB PDF)
  5. Tracking data for N968BW, flightaware.com. Accessed June 21, 2007. Registration req'd to view historical data. (Saved 166KB PDF)
  6. Griff Witte, "Blackwater Broke Rules, Report Says: Army Probed Deadly Crash in Afghanistan", Washington Post, October 5, 2005.
  7. FAA records for N962BW. Undated, accessed June 23, 2007.
  8. FAA records for N963BW. Undated, accessed April 16, 2009.
  9. FAA records for N964BW. Undated, accessed June 23, 2007.
  10. FAA records for N968BW. Undated, accessed June 23, 2007.
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