Blackwater USA Completes Acquisition of Aviation Worldwide Services

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Melbourne, Florida based Aviation Worldwide Services owns and operates STI Aviation, Inc. Air Quest, Inc. and Presidential Airways, Inc. which specialize in military training operations and aviation transport.

Moyock, North Carolina (PRWEB) April 28, 2003 – Blackwater USA (“Blackwater”) announced today that its parent company has successfully completed the acquisition of Aviation Worldwide Services and its affiliated companies (“AWS”).

AWS is an aviation services company founded by Richard Pere and Tim Childrey focused on military training operations and aviation transport for the U.S. Government. AWS supports U.S. and other government agencies worldwide. AWS conducts business under three operating subsidiaries: STI Aviation, Inc. Air Quest, Inc. and Presidential Airways, Inc. Presidential Airways is an FAA Part 135 operation and STI Aviation is an FAA/JAA 145 repair station.

“AWS favorably complements our strategic goal of providing a “one stop” solution for all of our customer’s security and tactical training needs,” says Gary Jackson, President and CEO of Blackwater USA. “In addition to offering solutions for firearms training, steel targets and range construction and security needs, Blackwater now offers aviation and logistical solutions for its customers.” he says.

AWS will remain based in Florida and retain its current management, led by Richard Pere and Tim Childrey. “Richard and Tim lead a great team at AWS. We look forward to many synergies and cooperative ventures that will stem from this acquisition,” adds Jackson.

Pere states, “We at AWS are pleased to join the Blackwater team. We feel that we have been successful in the past few years, but we very much look forward to growing and expanding our business as well as Blackwater’s business."

Blackwater USA consists of Blackwater Training Center, Blackwater Target Systems, Blackwater Security Consulting and Blackwater Canine. Blackwater has set the standard for firearms and related training to the U.S. military, Federal agencies, Federal, State and local law enforcement as well as foreign military and law enforcement. Blackwater's 5,200 square acre facility located in Moyock, NC (35 miles South of Norfolk, VA) is the largest privately-owned firearms training facility in the nation and contains state of the art firearms ranges and training apparatus.

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