DynCorp, which has a location in Goose Creek, is one of the many entities that has voiced concerns with AAR, which holds a valuable contract for the transportation of U.S. diplomats, cabinet members and representatives to high-security parts of the world.
AAR secured an 11-year, $10 billion contract in 2015 with the U.S. State Department to provide transportation services to influential individuals who are on diplomatic missions.
AAR beat the competing DynCorp for the contract; DynCorp has alleged that AAR committed corporate espionage to secure the $10 billion contract. The original complaint from DynCorp was that AAR had stolen employees to gain valuable trade secrets. DynCorp also has called AAR out for its alleged impropriety, claiming that the contractor's recklessness should be met with disqualification.
Multiple members of Congress have reached out to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, asking that he investigate the safety records held by the controversial AAR Airlift Group through the Worldwide Aviation Support Service (WASS) contract.
The recent news has publicized several actions by AAR, such as the Department of Defense's claim that a helicopter pilot flew too close to soccer goal posts after taking off this summer, thus endangering the flight; However, DynCorp alleges AAR's "poor choices" and "sloppy execution of missions" date back further and share a connection to the Blackwater group.
After Blackwater changed its name to EP Aviation, it sold its assets to AAR, the Illinois-based company that continues to operate flights in the Middle East, according to The Daily Beast.
Another complaint against AAR came after reports of its repeated safety violations at an undisclosed airfield in Afghanistan, which DynCorp officials say resulted in their indefinite ban from that airfield.
Palmetto Business Daily reached out to Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) who did not respond to comment on the situation. Wilson serves on the House Committee on Armed Services, chairs the House Subcommittee on Readiness, and serves on the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities.
Currently, DynCorp is flying for the State Department and may continue to do so until the lawsuit against AAR is settled.
As of 2011, DynCorp had 27,000 employees worldwide.