Papua New Guinea Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Until independence in 1975, civil aviation in Papua New Guinea was the responsibility of the Australian Department of Civil Aviation, or more specifically, the DCA Papua New Guinea Region. In 1975 the DCA regional office became the Papau New Guinea Department of Civil Aviation.

In 1979 the PNG DCA obtained its own aircraft, a Beech Super King Air 200. Unfortunately, in 1981 this aircraft was transferred to the Government Flying Unit. As a replacement, a Beech C90 was delivered in 1982, and this served until the Super King air was returned to DCA use in 1994.

The two decades from 1990 saw an appalling decline in aviation safety in Papua New Guinea. In 2010 the DCA was completely reorganised and renamed the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), with a mission to restore flight safety in civil aviation.

Key Dates

1975 Papua New Guinea Department of Civil Aviation established.
1979 First aircraft delivered – King Air 200.
2010 DCA reorganised and renamed CASA.

Current Status

The aircraft of CASA are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

National Insignia

Aircraft carry the insignia of the Department of Civil Aviation (before 2010), or Civil Aviation Safety Authority (from 2010), on the fuselage just aft of the cockpit, and a small national flag on the fin.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with DCA or CASA carry Papua New Guinea civil registrations, e.g. Super King Air P2-CAA.

Complete all-time aircraft fleet list.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Beech Super King Air 200 1 1 0 Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Beech C90 King Air 1 1982 1994 USA
Beech Super King Air 200 1 1979 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

CASA PNG, P O Box 1941, Boroko, National Capital District 111, Papua New Guinea.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The aircraft are based at Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: Civil Aviation Authority of Papua New Guinea
CASA PNG official website
The Fatal Sky
Stormy Passage

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

Papua New Guinea Government Flying Unit

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Papua New Guinea government first established a Flying Unit in ealy 1981. Its main role is to transport government officials around the huge country of Papua New Guinea, but overseas flights are also undertaken. In 1981 the unit acquired its first owned and operated aircraft, a Cessna 421. This was soon supplemented by a Beech King Air 200 transferred from the Department for Civil Aviation (DCA). The Cessna proved to be too small and was quickly replaced by a larger Gulfstream II business jet.

The Gulfstream was retired in 1984, leaving the King Air 200 to soldier on until 1993, when it was replaced by a new King Air 350, and returned to DCA service. In 2009 a new Falcon 900 was taken into service.

Key Dates

1981 Government Aviation Unit established.
1981 First aircraft delivered – a Cessna 421.
1981 First jet delivered – a Gulfstream II.

Current Status

The aircraft of the Aviation Unit are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

National Insignia

PNG Government aircraft normally operate without any titles on the fuselage sides, and only a small national flag on the fin.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operated by the GFU carry PNG civil registrations, e.g. King Air 350 P2-PNG.

Complete all-time aircraft fleet list.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Beech Super King Air 350 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Dassault Falcon 900EX 1 1 0 VIP Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Beech Super King Air 200 1 1981 1993? DCA
Beech Super King Air 350 1 1993 current USA
Cessna 421B Golden Eagle 1 1981 1981 USA
Dassault Falcon 900EX 1 2009 current France
Grumman Gulfstream II 1 1981 1984 USA

Aircraft NOT Used

The “Gulfstream 3” reported in service is actually a mis-identification of the Gulfstream II actually used.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The aircraft are based at Jacksons International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

PNG Gossip Newsletter: Government Jet
Government Flying Unit

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

Papua New Guinea Aviation Authority
use of the Beech C90A King Air

Aircraft Details

History

One Beech King Air 65-C90 delivered in 1982. Used by the Department of Civil Aviation. Retired in 1994.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-DCA LJ-552 P2-PNB Oct 1982 to VH-AMH 15 Feb 1994


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Papua New Guinea Government
use of the Beech Super King Air 200

Aircraft Details

History

One Beech Super King Air 200 transferred from the PNG Department of Civil Aviation for VIP transport in Apr 1981 as P2-PNH, but later returned to the DCA as P2-CAA.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-PNH BB-415 P2-PNG Apr 1981 to P2-CAA ? date


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Papua New Guinea Government
use of the Beech Super King Air 350

Aircraft Details

History

One Beech Super King Air 350 obtained new from the manufacturer and delivered in July 1993. Used by the Government of PNG for VIP transport.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-PNG FL-79 N8246Q 14 Jul 1993  


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Papua New Guinea Government
use of the Cessna 421B Golden Eagle

Aircraft Details

History

One Cessna 412B Golden Eagle delivered in 1981. Used by the Government of PNG for VIP transport. Retired later in 1981.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-PNG 421B-0665 N1572G 1981 wfu 1981, to VH-SQV by 1982


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

  • Militair 1982 (John Andrade)

Other Sources

To be added.

Papua New Guinea Government
use of the Grumman Gulfstream II

Aircraft Details

History

One Grumman G-1159 Gulfstream II obtained in February 1981. Used by the Government of PNG for VIP transport. Retired in 1984.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-PNF 103 N833GA 5 Feb 1981 to P2-PNG Mar 1981, to N833GA Aug 1984


Pictures


Gulfstream II P2-PNG (photo, Greg Kozak)

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Papua New Guinea Government
use of the Dassault Falcon 900EX

Aircraft Details

History

One Dassault Falcon 900EX delivered on 23 November 2009. Operated by Air Nuguini on behalf of the Government of Papua New Guinea for VIP tranport. Carries ‘THE PAPAU NEW GUINEA VISION 2050’ titles on the upper fuselage. Reportedly put up for sale in December 2012, but still in use.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-ANW 218 N606US Nov 2009  


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.