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AAR buys former aircraft contractor of what was Blackwater

Washington Post Staff Writer

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Chicago area aircraft service company said Thursday that it will pay $200 million to buy the aviation unit of the security contractor company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide.

AAR Corp. is buying Aviation Worldwide Services, one of the units in the collection of companies owned by Xe Services, as Blackwater is now called. With annual sales of $1.4 billion, the 55-year-old AAR has about 6,000 employees in 13 countries. It maintains and repairs aircraft and handles logistics related to spare parts for commercial airlines and the U.S. military. It also makes pallets, containers and mobile hospitals.

Executives at AAR said they hope the purchase will boost the firm’s government business. Aviation Worldwide Services has several contracts with the U.S. government, including some to move personnel and cargo in Afghanistan, another to move supplies between ships in Guam, and a deal to handle transportation logistics and casualty evacuation services in Africa. The aviation unit also has a deal to modify Blackhawk helicopters for the United Arab Emirates.

AAR’s agreement to buy the unit is expected to close in the next few weeks.

“This acquisition represents a significant milestone in the expansion of AAR’s value-added capabilities for government customers,” said David P. Storch, AAR’s chief executive.

Blackwater was started by Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL who inherited an industrial fortune in the mid-1990s. It grew into a collection of companies under Prince and his McLean-based holding company, the Prince Group, and it developed a niche in doing a range of security work, from naval training and aviation services to building special armored vehicles. It also became widely known for training local, state and federal enforcement officers and for providing security and training in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Xe has come under increased scrutiny for some of its contract work in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Storch said he plans to move Xe’s aviation unit out of Moyock, N.C., but gave no specifics, saying he was exploring locations.   Read the Original Article here at The Washington Post

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  1. I am intersted in looking into something after i get out of the army, im currently a 15j, im intersted in finding out information on what this company does and if i were able to qualify for a place in it. also I was wondering what the pay, uniform, and living arrangements were like. i understand if you can not give much information out to people but im not sure where i want to go, with the army or civilian contractor side. please respond with any helkpful information your able to. thank you

    Comment by Richard Neuin | June 17, 2011 | Reply

  2. Be VERY careful when considering getting in bed with AAR…they are one of a growing list of Companies that want very much to get into Aviation Contracting, but whhen you scratch the surface, you find out very quickly, it’s all smoke and mirrors, and just not much substance. Many of their Recruiters have no earthly idea about Aviation, or what it takes to function as a Pilot Contractor overseas. They ask a lot of potential candidates, but when you press them for job postings, Pay, or assignment info, its then they in a round about way say “Yeah, uh, we want these Contracts, but we dont actually have them, so let us put you on our “Qualified candidate” list for contact in the future. I’ve been to AFG twice since 2009 and just got back a month ago, and I didnt see a single AAR aircraft in the sky. Be cautious. The real movers and shakers in (Gringo)Aviation are Dyncorp, and to a much lesser degree Evergreen, rest are poorly run/led mixed bag outfits that fill their cockpits with drunk Russki’s and Bulgarians that work for Vodka and cigs.

    Comment by BigSky | November 19, 2011 | Reply

  3. BigSky, apparently is not as well versed in the aviation contracting world as he might lead one to believe. AAR is/has been operating in Afghanistan for more than a couple of years, they operate under the “Presidential” certificate (formerly a Blackwater affiliated company). They are operating helicopters and airplanes at various FOBs.

    I do not work for AAR, but they are not a bad company. I have several friends in their employ and they all are happy with the company. Like all aviation companies, especially DoD contracts, there are times when it appears to be a race to the bottom of the barrel for just about everything.

    Comment by A real pilot | November 27, 2011 | Reply

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