Appendix A - Rendition Aircraft Operated
by Aero Contractors, Ltd.
N313P-N4476S-N720MM - Boeing Business Jet
Aero Contractors, Ltd. operated a 737 Boeing Business Jet registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as N313P; a jet which “flew for the CIA for more than four years.”A1 A review of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records and other reporting reveals numerous sales and registrations of the aircraft that would make it more difficult to trace the its use. The shifting ownership and registration information is outlined below:
In terms of the plane’s ownership, FAA records show that on November 30, 2001, Aero Contractors requested of the FAA that the U.S. registration number of N313P that it had reserved be “relinquished to the owner of the aircraft,” PETS.A2 FAA records and other reporting indicate that:
On December 20, 2001, PETS purchased the aircraft.A3
On November 10, 2004, PETS sold the aircraft to Keeler & Tate Management, LLC.A4 Keeler & Tate Management, LLC has been identified by the ACLU as the “corporate successor” to PETS A5 and also as a shell company.A6 The Rendition Project states that as of September 2003 “the aircraft was registered to Stevens Express Leasing, a CIA shell company” and “the ownership of the aircraft had been transferred to Premier Executive Transport Services” by January 2004.A7
On July 6, 2006 Keeler & Tate Management, LLC sold the plane to MGM Mirage (which then sold it to MGM Mirage Aircraft Holdings, LLC on July 7, 2006).A8
With this last sale, the CIA shell company ownership ended: “[i]ts time with The Company ended in 2006.” A9
On November 30, 2016, MGM Resorts Aircraft Holdings, LLC sold the plane to Embraer Executive Aircraft, Inc. A10
The plane was on the market again in April 2017. A11
FAA records show the aircraft was:
Registered as N313P on May 1, 2002 on application by PETS on December 20, 2001.A12 Amnesty International reports that the plane was “[f]irst registered by Stevens Express Leasing Inc., and then re-registered on
1 May 2002 by Premier Executive Transport Services.” A13
Registered as N4476S on December 1, 2004 on application by Keeler & Tate Management, LLC. A14
Registered as N4476S on August 8, 2006 on application by MGM Mirage Aircraft Holdings, LLC on July 7, 2006.A15
Registered as N720MM on August 24, 2006 on application by MGM Mirage Aircraft Holdings, LLC.A16
N379P-N8068V-N44982-N126CHM - Gulfstream V Jet
Aero Contractors also operated a Gulfstream V aircraft registered with the FAA as N379P and then subsequently re-registered as N8068V, N44982, and N126CH.A17 Aero Contractors operated N379P during the RDI program from October 2001 onward.A18 The shifting ownership and registration information is as follows:
In 1998, PETS “ordered a new Gulfstream V . . .
It was delivered in November 1999 with
tail number N581GA.” A19
It was then registered as N379P in March 2000 A20
and “began flights in June 2000.” A21
It was re-registered in December 2003
with tail number N8068V. A22
Gulfstream V N379P was owned by the CIA shell company PETS until December 1, 2004. A23
On December 1, 2004, the plane was transferred to a new owner, Bayard Foreign Marketing, LLC., A24
identified as another CIA shell company, which registered the plane as N44982. A25 Reportedly the ownership transfer occurred after N379P was
used to move “detainees to Guantánamo and
other US military bases.” A26
It was re-registered again in January 2006 as N126CH. A27
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The following documents are available for direct download:
a) Compendium of Torture Laws: Torture Laws, Statutes, and Treaties. UNC Chapel Hill Human Rights Policy Lab.
b) Compendium of Law Relevant to Acts Associated with the Process of Extraordinary Rendition. UNC Chapel Hill Human Rights Policy Lab. Spring 2018.
c) Extraordinary Rendition and Torture Victim Narratives. UNC School of Law Human Rights Policy Lab. December 2017.
d) NCCIT Witness Testimony. November 30 – December 1, 2017.
(External link to NCCIT.org)
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The NCCIT Detainee Spreadsheet was sourced from the following
(clickable links below):
a) Extraordinary Rendition and Torture Victim Narratives. UNC School of Law:
Human Rights Policy Lab. December 2017.
b) “The Guantánamo Docket.” The New York Times.
Last Updated May 2, 2018.
c) The Rendition Project.
Rendition Research Team, University of Kent.
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