Secretaría Nacional Antidrogas (SENAD)

History

Narrative Summary

Under the dictatorship of President Alfredo Stroessner (1954 – 1989), Paraguay became a haven for drug smugglers and arms dealers. The trade in illegal drugs soared spectacularly and corruption amongst law enforcement officials was common. Since the overthrow of Stroessner in 1989, the government has been working to clamp down on illegal drugs. In 1991 a central authority called the Secretaría Nacional Antidrogas (SENAD) was established to coordinate the areas of demand reduction, supply reduction, control measures and the information center. SENAD is funded separately from the Police and Armed Forces and reports directly to the office of the President. It works with the Anti-Narcotics Police (DINAR) and the Policia Nacional (PNP) in carrying out drug seizure operations.

In 1996 an aviation unit was established, to operate three UH-1 heiicopters specifically obtained from Argentina. The aviation unit was disbanded in March 2004 and air support is now provided by the Air Force.

Key Dates

1991    SENAD first established.
1996    SENAD Aviation Unit established.
2004    Aviation Unit disbanded.

Current Status

The SENAD Aviation Unit was disbanded in 2004.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

No information available on aircraft markings.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

SENAD helicopters carried military-syle serials in the range PR-H-00x.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

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Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Bell UH-1B Iroquois319962004Argentina

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Secretaría Nacional Antidrogas, Asuncion, Paraguay.

Organisational Structure

All helicopters were operated by the Aviation Unit of the SENAD.

Current Unit Allocations

No units.

Historical Unit Allocations

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The SENAD Aviation Unit used Silvio Pettirossi International Airport?

More Information

Books

Paraguay Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Official SENAD website

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

Bell UH-1B Iroquois

History

Three ex-military UH-1B converted to civilian standard by Garlick Helicopters Inc of Hamilton, Montana and supplied by Servicios Especiales SA of Argentina. Used by SENAD.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
PR-H-003 833 63-8611, LV-WMS 1996 wfu Mar 2004, stored Nu Guazu 2010
PR-H-004 1157 64-14033, LV-WIX 1982 wfu Mar 2004, stored Nu Guazu 2010
PR-H-005 426 62-1906, LV-WED 1982 62-1906, TI-SPP, N4242T, LV-WED. Preserved Asuncion 2010


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Cessna 208 Grand Caravan

History

Two Cessna 208B Caravan ordered March 2011 and delivered from December 2011. Used by the Grupo Aéreo de Transporte Especiales.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
0250 208B-2306 N51444, ZP-BDO 2 Dec 2011  
0251 ? ZP-BBN 28 Jun 2012  


Pictures



More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Bell 427

History

One Bell 427 donated by Taiwan on 4 May 2011. Used by the Presidential Flight.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
H-0401 56011 N367ND May 2011 n/a


Pictures


MyAviation.net:
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Photographer © JerryE


More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2013/2014 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia

History

Narrative Summary

The first Paraguayan Ministerio de Agricultura was established in 1936. In 1950 a re-organisation led to the establishment of the present Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia (MAG – Ministry of Agriculture and Livesock). Circa 1998 an aviation unit was estabished, to operate light aircraft in support of ministry operations.

Key Dates

1950    MAG formed from previous Ministerio de Agricultura.
1998?    MAG Aviation Unit established.

Current Status

The MAG aircraft are used primarily for transporting officials around the country, in support of various agricultural programmes.

Future Plans

No further aquisitions are planned.

Markings

National Insignia

MAG aircraft are very plain, with just the national flag on the tail fin. No MAG insignia or service titles are carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All MAG aircraft carry civilian registrations.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Total
Del'd
Total
Now
Stored Still On
Order
Role
Beech 55 Baron1100Transport
Cessna 210 Centurion1100Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Beech 55 Baron1?current?
Cessna 210 Centurion1?current?

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia, Av Mariscal José Félix Estigarribia, San Lorenzo, Paraguay.

Organisational Structure

All sircraft are operated by the Aviation Unit of the MAG.

Current Unit Allocations

No units.

Historical Unit Allocations

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All MAG aircraft are based at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport, Asuncion.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The MAG Aviation Unit has used Silvio Pettirossi International Airport since its establishment.

More Information

Books

Paraguay Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Official MAG website

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Cessna 210 Centurion

History

At least one Cessna 210L Centurion used by the Aviation Unit of the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia. Operated between 2005 and 2013 at least.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
ZP-TIG 210-60524 ? ?  


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Beech 55 Baron

History

At least one Beech 55 Baron used by the Aviation Unit of the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia. Operated between 1998 and 2011 at least. This particular machine experienced forced landings on 2 July 1998 and 5 August 2008, but was still in service in 2011.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
ZP-TET TE630 n/a ?  


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2013/2014 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

CASA C.212

History

One C.212 obtained secondhand from Spain and delivered in 2012.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A-21 77 T.12C-59 Jan 2012  


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Nyt Fra Flysamlingen & Flyvemuseets Venner

‘Nyt Fra Flysamlingen & Flyvemuseets Venner’ is the official magazine of Foreningen Flyvemuseets Venner (Association of Flight Museum’s Friends), an organisation that supports several aviation museums in Denmark. The Association was founded on 25 August 1975 and has over the years supported numerous projects for the collection, preservation and dissemination of Danish Aviation’s proud history. Members receive NYT magazine three times a year.

Each issue has 6 pages, of A4 size, with news and short articles on activities at Danish aviation museums. Early issues were illustrated in b+w only, but later copies have colour photos. All back issues are available as free PDFs.

Further information:
Index 1-65
Back issues in PDF
Foreningen Flyvemuseets Venner

Tinbox magazine

Tinbox was a group united by a common interest in Danish military aviation. The group started in 1975 at the release of the magazine of the same name. The group composition varied over the years, but the focus was always on publishing information about Danish military aviation.

The magazine ‘Tinbox’ was born in 1975 as the first Danish magazine that focused exclusively on military aviation. The magazine was quickly recognized as a well-written and serious magazine, so it was for many a great regret that the editors had to shut down after only four and a half years, in 1979. The magazine had been produced purely as a hobby, and eventually proved too much of a task to continue. Each issue of the A4-size magazine had 4-6 feature articles within its 24 pages, and was illustrated with b+w photos.

With official RDanAF assistance, the magazine was revived in late 1981 under the title ‘Tinbox-tillaegget’ (Tinbox Supplement). This was a lower-cost publication, produced as a supplement within the offical RDanAF magaine ‘FlyNyt’. The quarterly production rate began to slow down in 1993 and ceased altogether in 1995. Each issue had 6-14 pages printed on newsprint quality paper, illustrated with b+w photos.

The group also produced 3 books in the “-1½” series, between 1982 and 1998, covering the F-100, F-104 and F-35 Draken and an updated F-100 title in 2000.

Further information:
Tinbox

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