Bulgaria

Country Profile

The Country

Geography

The Republic of Bulgaria is located in the eastern portion of the Balkan Peninsula in South Eastern Europe. It borders Romania to the north, the Black Sea to the east, Turkey to the south east, Greece to the south, Macedonia to the south west and Serbia to the west. The border with Romania is largely defined by the River Danube which flows through a fertile plain. Crossing the centre of the country east-west lie the Stara Planina mountains which drop steeply to the south into to broad river valley overlooking the broad Plain of Thrace. A range of even higher mountains in the south west reaches up to 2925 m (9600 ft).

Bulgaria occupies an area of 110,994 km2 (42,683 sq miles) and has a population of 8.4 million (2000 data) which comprises 85% Bulgarians, 9% Turkish, 3% Macedonian and 3% Romany. Some 84% of the people are Bulgarian Orthodox, 13% Muslim, 1% Roman Catholic, 1% Jewish and 1% other faiths. The capital city is Sofia.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Bulgarian History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Bulgaria
Yahoo Bulgaria page
wikipedia: Bulgaria
wikipedia: History of Bulgaria
Bulgaria.com History Page

Aviation

Text to be added on the development of aviation in Bulgaria.

Markings

Civil Aircraft Registrations

The registration seqence B-BAAA onwards was used between 1923 and 1929, eg: B-BEPK. The registration sequence LZ-AAA onwards has been used since 1929, eg: LZ-BTX.

An incomplete all-time Bulgarian civil aircraft register listing is here.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (1906-Present)
Naval Aviation (1959-Present)

Historical military air arms-
Naval Aviation (1915-1918)
German Air Units Supporting Bulgaria in the First World War
German Air Units Supporting Bulgaria in the Second World War

Central Government Agencies

Agricultural Aviation Agency
Border Troops
Government Aviation (Bulgarian Government Aviation)
Military Sports Organisation – DOSO
Ministry of Fisheries

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation (Ministry of Health)
Police Aviation (Bulgarian Police Aviation Unit)

Commercial Aviation

Air Sofia
Air VIA
Balkan-Bulgarian Airlines [Wikipedia history]
Bulgaria Air
Heli Air
Hemus Air

wikipedia: Airlines of Bulgaria
The World’s Airlines: Bulgaria

Private Aviation

To be added

Industry

Aircraft Manufacturers

To be added

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.

Airfields

Civil Airports & Airfields

Sofia Airport (ICAO: LBSF)
Krumovo/Plovdiv Airport (ICAO: LBPD)
Burgas Airport (ICAO: LBBG)
Varna Airport (ICAO: LBWN)
Airports in Bulgaria

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing

On Show

Aviation Museums

Krumovo Air and Space Museum

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

Magazines Guide for Bulgaria

Aviation Bibliography

Bulgarian Aviation Bibliography

Web Links

Bulgarian Aviation
(Dedicated Bulgarian aviation website in Bulgarian with cyrillic text.)

Thanks to George Petkov for updating this information.

Austria

Country Profile

The Country

Geography

Located in central Europe, modern Austria was created in 1918 following the collapse of the Hapsburg empire. It is bordered by Germany to the north west, the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia to the north east, Hungary to the south east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland to the west.
About 75% of the land area is covered by the Austrian Alps, which range up to 12,500 ft (3,800 m), while fertile plains to the east include the Danube river valley and the Graz basin. The total land area is 82,732 sq km (31,942 sq miles). The population of 8.4 million (2007 figure) comprises 93% German, 6% Croat/Slovene/Hungarian and 1% other ethnic groups. 78% of the people are Roman Catholic, 5% Protestant, 2% Muslim and 15% other or non-religious. The capital city is Vienna.

National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Austrian History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Austria
Yahoo Austria page
wikipedia: Austria
wikipedia: History of Austria

Markings

Civil Aircraft Registrations

Austrian civil aircraft were registered in the series A-xxxx onwards from 1919, with the registration in numbers not letters. The sequence was ended by the Anchluss with Germany in March 1938. In 1934 a new civil register was established using the prefix OE-xxx, eg: Tiger Moth OE-DAF. After WW2 the OE- register was re-established. State-owned aircraft use the sequence OE-Fxx. Gliders use the same prefix OE-xxxx, but with numerical registrations.

An incomplete all-time Austrian civil aircraft register listing is here.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Current military air arms-
Air Force (Österreichische Luftstreitkrafte)

Historical military air arms-
Air Force (Deutsch-Oesterreichische Fliegertruppe) [1918-1922]
Air Force (Fliegertruppe) [1935-1938]

Central Government Agencies

Border Guard (Grenzschutz)
Government
Paramilitary Police (Gendarmerie)

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation (OEAMTC)
Medical Aviation (ARA – Air Rescue Austria)
Police Aviation (Polizei)

Commercial Aviation

Austrian Airlines
Lauda Air
Tyrolean Airways
Welcome Air

wikipedia: Airlines of Austria
The World’s Airlines: Austria

Private Aviation

To be added

Industry

Aircraft Manufacturers

Diamond Aircraft
HB Flugtechnik

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.

Airfields

Civil Airports & Airfields

Graz
Innsbruck
Linz
Salzburg
Vienna
Airports in Austria

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

On Show

Aviation Museums

Aviaticum
Fahrzeug-Technik-Luftfahrt Museum
Flying Bulls
Heeresgeschichtliches Museum
Oesterreichisches Luftfahrtmuseum
Technisches Museum, Wien

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

Magazines Guide for Austria

Aviation Bibliography

Austrian Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

The World’s Airlines – Austria
List of all Austrian airlines

SPAA – Seaplane Pilots Association Austria
Flying seaplanes in Austria, including very good history section

Oesterreichischer Aeroclub
Official national aviation organisation

Austria Charter Operators
Information on all charter operators in Austria

Spotterteam Graz
Graz airport based aviation enthusiasts – photos, reports, airport visitors etc

Austrian Aviation Net
Commercial airlines and flying in Austria

Fluglinks.at
Web links for Austrian civil aviation

www.aviator.at
Lots of information about private flying in Austria

Piloten.at
Information for private pilots in Austria

Albania

Country Profile

The Country

Geography

The Republic of Albania is one of the smallest countries on the Balkan Peninsula. It is situated in the western part of the Balkan Peninsula on the south east coast of the Adriatic Sea, opposite the ‘heel’ of Italy. It borders Montenegro to the north, Serbia to the north-east, Macedonia to the east and Greece to the south. The country is very mountainous, with some peaks reaching over 8000 feet (2,500 metres) high, bordered by a narrow coastal plain containing about half the population. Much of the land is covered by scrub forest, broken-up by a number of rivers running east-west. It occupies a land area of 28,749 km2 (11,100 sq. miles) and has a population of 3,249,000 inhabitants (1997 estimate). Its population comprises 95% Albanians, 3% Greeks and 2% others. 70% of the population are Moslem, 20% Christian Orthodox and 10% Roman Catholic. The capital city is Tiranë.

National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Albanian History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Albania
Yahoo Albania page
wikipedia: Albania
wikipedia: History of Albania

Aviation

Text to be added on the development of aviation in Albania.

Markings

Civil Aircraft Registrations

Albania was originally allocated the registration sequence B-Axxx in 1924, but it is not believed to have been used.
After 1945 the registration prefix ‘ZA-‘ was allocated, but under the new communist regime civil aviation was strictly prohibited. There was no national airline and so all flying was done by the air force. Civil registered aircraft did not appear in Albania until the 1990s and the fall of the communist government. An example is Bell 222 ZA-HOV.

No on-line civil aircraft register listing is known.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (Albanian Air Force)

Central Government Agencies

None known.

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation (Ministry of Health Aviation Unit)
Police Aviation (Interior Ministry)

Commercial Aviation

(No civil aviation permitted until after 1990).
Ada Air
Albanian Airlines
BelleAir

wikipedia: Airlines of Albania
The World’s Airlines: Albania

Private Aviation

To be added.

Industry

Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.

Airfields

Civil Airports & Airfields

Rinas-Tiranë Airport
Airports in Albania

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing

On Show

Aviation Museums

The National Armoury Museum at Gjirokastra has a USAF Lockheed T-33A which became lost over the Adriatic in the 1950s and was forced to land in Albania.

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

‘Ushtria’ (The Army) is published by the Minstry of Defence for the Albanian armed forces.

Aviation Bibliography

Albania Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

Complete Civil Rotorcraft Register of Albania

Thanks to Andy Cela for updating this information.

Croatia

Country Profile

The Country

Geography

The Republic of Croatia is a cresent-shaped state in south-eastern Europe. It is situated in the western part of the Balkan Peninsula. It borders Slovenia and Hungary to the north, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Serbia to the east, and the Adriatic Sea to the south. It is made up of the territories of Dalmatia, Slavonia and most of Istria. The northeast of the country is mostly flat and fertile, while the southwestern part is more rugged and includes the Dinaric Alps. It occupies a land area of 56,558 sq km (21,829 sq miles) and has a population of 4.5 million inhabitants (in 2000). In the 1991 census the population comprised 78% ethnic Croats, 12% Serbs and 1% Slavic Muslims and 9% others. More than 76% are Catholics, 11% are Orthodox Christians, and 1% are Muslims, with 12% other faiths. The capital city is Zagreb.

National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Croatian History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Croatia
Yahoo Croatia page
wikipedia: Croatia
wikipedia: History of Croatia
Crolinks

Aviation

Text to be added on the development of aviation in Croatia.

Markings

Civil Aircraft Registrations

Upon independence in 1991, the Yugoslav registration prefix ‘YU-‘ was painted out, eg: on An-2 BOW.
An unofficial registration prefix of RC-xxx (for Republic of Croatia) was introduced, with the xxx allocation unchanged.
The formally allocated registration prefix ‘9A-‘ has been used since 1993?, eg: 9A-CTA.
A partial 9A- register listing can be found here.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Current military air arms-
Air Force (Hrvatsko Ratno Zrakoplovsto i Protuzracna Obrana)

Historical military air arms-
Air Force [1941-1945]

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation [1991-2001, now disbanded]

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation (HIKO)
Police Aviation (MUP)

Commercial Aviation

Air Adriatic
Croatia Airlines
Dubrovnik Airline
Trade Air
Zadar Airlines

wikipedia: Airlines of Croatia
The World’s Airlines: Croatia

Private Aviation

No organisations known.

Industry

Aircraft Manufacturers

Zmaj (1927-1941).

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

The former ZMAJ (dragon) overhaul facility at Velika Gorica, near Pleso, is now called ZTZ.

Airfields

Civil Airports & Airfields

Dubrovnik Airport
Pula Airport
Rijeka Airport
Split Airport
Zadar Airport
Zagreb Airport
Airports in Croatia

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing

On Show

Aviation Museums

There is a Republic P-47 in the Zagreb Technical Museum.

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

Magazines Guide for Croatia

Aviation Bibliography

Croatian Aviation Bibliography – to be added.

Web Links

AeroCroatia
Croatian Aviation: Airlines, Airports, Aero Clubs, Accidents etc

Lebanon

Country Profile

The Country

Geography

Lebanon is located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, in the Middle East. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east, Israel to the south, and the Mediterranean to the west. The coastal strip is fertile, but the interior of the country is very mountainous – reaching up to 10,125 ft (3,086) in places. The fertile El Beqaa valley separates the central range of mountains, running roughly north-south through the country, from another mountain range which forms the border with Syria.

The capital city is Beirut, situated on the coast. The country covers an area of about 3950 square miles (10,230 square kilometers), and has a population of 3.2 million (1999 figures). The population is roughly 83% Lebanese Arab, 10% Palestinian Arabs, 5% Armenian and 2% other ethnic groups. 70% of the population is Muslim and 30% Christian.

National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Lebanese History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Lebanon
Yahoo Lebanon page
wikipedia: Lebanon
wikipedia: History of Lebanon

Aviation

Text to be added on the development of aviation in Lebanon.

Markings

Civil Aircraft Registrations

Prior to independence, aircraft based in Lebanon were registered in the F-Oxxx series for ‘France Outre-mer’ aircraft. After independence, the sequence LR-xxx was used 1944-54. In 1952 the registration prefix OD-xxx was adopted, eg: OD-AHD.

An all-time Civil Rotorcraft Register of Lebanon listing is here.
An incomplete all-time Lebanon civil aircraft register listing is here.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (Lebanese Air Force)

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation (Lebanese Government)

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – no helicopter EMS/Rescue service available
Police Aviation – the Air Force performs public security duties.

Commercial Aviation

Middle East Airlines
Menajet.com

wikipedia: Airlines of Lebanon
The World’s Airlines: Lebanon

Private Aviation

To be added

Industry

Aircraft Manufacturers:

Small numbers of a locally built aircraft called the Rayak were produced in the 1930s.

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.

Airfields

Civil Airports & Airfields

Beirut International Airport
Airports in Lebanon

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added

On Show

Aviation Museums

Lebanon Air Force Museum

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

Magazines Guide for Lebanon

Aviation Bibliography

Lebanon Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

Flying Carpet

Beirut Spotters Forum

Oman

Country Profile

The Country

Geography

Formerly called ‘Muscat and Oman’ until 1970, the country of Oman is located at the tip of the Arabian peninsular, in a strategic position overlooking the entrance to the Arabian Gulf (also known as the Persian Gulf). It is bordered by the UAE to the north west, Saudi Arabia to the west, Yemen to the south west, the Indian Ocean to the south east and the Gulf of Oman to the north east.

A chain of high mountains runs east-west in the north of the country. To the north lies the densely populated region of Batinah, a fertile coastal plain that includes the city of Muscat. To the south is a largely unpopulated desert plateau. In the far south is the Dhofar region, which is lower and much more fertile. The total land area is 212,460 sq km (82,050 sq miles). The Population of 2.5 million (2000 figure) comprises 75% Ibadhi Muslims, with 25% other Muslim and Hindu ethnic groups. The capital city is Muscat, situated on the northern coast.

National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Omani History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Oman
Yahoo Oman page
wikipedia: Oman
wikipedia: History of Oman

Aviation

Text to be added on the development of aviation in Oman.

Markings

Civil Aircraft Registrations

Aircraft in Muscat and Oman used the registration sequence G-Axxx 1929-1973. In 1973, the registration prefix A4O-xx (later A40-xxx) was adopted, eg: A40-GK.

An all-time Civil Rotorcraft Register of Oman listing is here.
An incomplete all-time Oman civil aircraft register listing is here.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (Royal Air Force of Oman)

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation (Oman Royal Flight)
Coast Guard Aviation – Coast Guard duties are performed by the Police

Public Service Aviation:

Medical Aviation – a Flying Doctor service is operated by the RAFO.
Police Aviation (Royal Oman Police Air Wing)

Commercial Aviation

Oman Air

wikipedia: Airlines of Oman
The World’s Airlines: Oman

Private Aviation

To be added

Industry

Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.

Airfields

Civil Airports & Airfields

Oman Airports
Airports in Oman

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added

On Show

Aviation Museums

The Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum, Muscat

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

Magazines Guide for Oman

Aviation Bibliography

Oman Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

None found

Jordan

Country Profile

The Country

Geography

The Kingdom of Jordan is located on the river in the Middle East. It has borders with Syria to the north, Iraq to the north east, Saudi Arabia to the south east and Israel to the west. Jordan also has a short coastline on the Gulf of Aqaba in the far south. Jordanian territory legally includes the West Bank of the Jordan river and East Jerusalem, but Israel has occupied these areas since 1967. Jordan ceded its claim to the West Bank to the PLO in 1988.

The present border with Israel is defined by the rift valley which includes the river Jordan and the Dead Sea, the latter being some 395 m (1,2976 ft) below the level of the Meditterranean. East of the rift valley is a range of mountains that can rise up to 1754 m (5,755 ft). Much of the remaining territory is desert, comprising some 87% of the total land area.

The capital city is Amman, situated in the north west of the country. Jordan covers an area of about 34,336 square miles (88,930 square kilometers), and has a population of 6 million (1999 figures). The population is roughly 98% Arab (including 40% Palestinians), 1% Armenian and 1% Circassian. 80% of the population is Muslim, 6% Christian and 14% other faiths.

National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Jordanian History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Jordan
Yahoo Jordan page
wikipedia: Jordan
wikipedia: History of Jordan

Aviation

Text to be added on the development of aviation in Jordan.

Markings

Civil Aircraft Registrations

In 1952, the registration prefix JY-xxx was adopted, eg: JY-AJO. Transjordan used the registration sequence TJ-xxx 1946-1955. The Arab Federation of Iraq and Jordan (Feb 1958-Aug 1958) used the prefix 4YB-xxx. Prior to 1946, Jordanian civil aircraft used the registration sequence G-Axxx.

An all-time Civil Rotorcraft Register of Jordan listing is here.
An incomplete all-time Jordan civil aircraft register listing is here.
An incomplete all-time Jordan-Iraq Confederation civil aircraft register listing is here.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (Royal Jordanian Air Force)

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation (Jordanian Government)
Royal Flight (Jordanian Royal Flight)
Aerobatic Flight (Royal Jordanian Falcons)
Flying School (Royal Jordanian Air Academy)

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – JAMS
Police Aviation (Jordanian Gendarmerie Air Wing)

Commercial Aviation

Alia – Royal Jordanian Airlines
Jordan Aviation

wikipedia: Airlines of Jordan
The World’s Airlines: Jordan

Private Aviation

To be added

Industry

Aircraft Manufacturers

Seabird Aviation Jordan

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.

Airfields

Civil Airports & Airfields

Amman – Queen Alia International Airport
Airports in Jordan

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added

On Show

Aviation Museums

Martyr’s Memorial and Military Museum
Royal Jordanian Air Force Historic Flight (not public)

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

None known.

Aviation Bibliography

Jordan Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

Civil Aviation Regulatory Comission

Kuwait

Country Profile

The Country

Geography

Kuwait is located at the northwestern end of the Arabian Gulf, (also known as the Persian Gulf). To the south and southwest is Saudi Arabia, to the northwest and north is Iraq and to the east is the Persian Gulf. Since the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi occupation in 1991, the border with Iraq has been defined by a permanent wall. Much of the landscape is low undulating desert, with salt marshes fringing the coast. Huge oil and gas reserves made Kuwait the world’s first oil-rich state.

The capital is Kuwait City, situated on coast. The country covers an area of about 6880 square miles (17,820 square kilometers), and has a population of 1.8 million (1993 figures), of which 97% live in towns and cities. The population is made up of 45% Kuwaiti, 35% other Arab, 9% South Asian, 4% Iranian and 7% other minorities. Most of the population is Sunni Muslim.

National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Kuwaiti History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Kuwait
Yahoo Kuwait page
wikipedia: Kuwait
wikipedia: History of Kuwait


Aviation

Text to be added on the development of aviation in Kuwait.

Markings

Civil Aircraft Registrations

Upon independence in 1961, the registration prefix 9K-xxx was adopted, eg: 9K-AKA. The sequence K-Axxx was also used temporarily 1967-68. Prior to 1961, aircraft used the registration sequence G-Axxx.

An all-time Civil Rotorcraft Register of Kuwait listing is here.
An incomplete all-time Kuwait civil aircraft register listing is here.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (Kuwait Air Force)

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation (Kuwaiti Government)

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – no helicopter EMS/Rescue service available
Police Aviation (Kuwait Police Helicopter Wing)

Commercial Aviation

Jazeera Airways
Kuwait Airways

wikipedia: Airlines of Kuwait
The World’s Airlines: Kuwait

Private Aviation

To be added

Industry

Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.

Airfields

Civil Airports & Airfields

Kuwait International Airport
Airports in Kuwait

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added

On Show

Aviation Museums

Educational Science Museum

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

None known.

Aviation Bibliography

Kuwait Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

Kuwait Aviation Central

Royal Aviation Kuwait

Qatar

Country Profile

The Country

Geography

The State of Qatar is located on a small peninsula projecting from the Arabian peninsula into the Arabian Gulf, (also known as the Persian Gulf). The country has land borders with Saudi Arabia to the south west and the UAE to the south east. To the west is a disputed sea border with Bahrain. Most of the country is flat, semi arid desert, lying about 200 m (1640 ft) above sea level. Plentiful oil and natural gas reserves make it one of the richest states in the region.

The capital city is Doha, a major port situated in the east of Qatar. The country covers an area of about 4247 square miles (11,000 square kilometers). With a population of 600,000 (1999 figures), almost 90% live in Doha and its suburbs. Some 80% of the people are migrant workers, and the population comprises 40% Arab, 18% Pakistani, 18% Indian, 10% Iranian and 14% other minorities. Nearly all Qataris are Sunni Muslims.

National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Qatari History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Qatar
Yahoo Qatar page
wikipedia: Qatar
wikipedia: History of Qatar

Aviation

Text to be added on the development of aviation in Qatar.

Markings

Civil Aircraft Registrations:

In 1973, the registration prefix A7-xxx was adopted, eg: A7-ABK. Prior to this date, it appears that aircraft used the registration sequence G-Axxx.

An all-time Civil Rotorcraft Register of Qatar listing is here.
An incomplete all-time Qatar civil aircraft register listing is here.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (Qatar Emiri Air Force)

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation (Qatar Amiri Flight)

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation (Lifeflight)
Police Aviation (Qatar Police Air Wing) [1974-1983]

Commercial Aviation

Qatar Airways

wikipedia: Airlines of Qatar
The World’s Airlines: Qatar

Private Aviation

To be added

Industry

Aircraft Manufacturers:

None at present

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.

Airfields

Civil Airports & Airfields

Doha International Airport
Airports in Qatar

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added

On Show

Aviation Museums

None at present

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

None known.

Aviation Bibliography

Qatar Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

Qatar Aviation Services

Qatar Aviation

Gulf Helicopters

Bahrain

Country Profile

The Country

Geography

The small Arab sheikhdom of Bahrain consists of a group of 33 low lying sandy islands located in the Arabian Gulf (also known as the Persian Gulf) between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Bahrain Island is by far the largest and gives its name to the archipelago. A causeway joins Bahrain to the next largest island, Al Muharraq. The third largest island is Sitrah. The capital is Manama (Al Manamah), situated in the north east part of Bahrain island.

The terrain is mainly a low desert plain, rising to a central escarpment only 134 m (440 ft) high. Only about 3% of the land is cultivatable. The archipelago covers an area of about 270 square miles (692 square kilometers), and with a population of 1.23 million (2010 figures) Bahrain is the most densely populated Gulf state. The population is roughly 63% Bahraini, 13% Asian, 10% other Arab and 8% Iranian. 70% of the population is Shi’a Muslim and 30% Sunni Muslim.

National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Bahraini History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Bahrain
Yahoo Bahrain page
wikipedia: Bahrain
wikipedia: History of Bahrain

Aviation

Text to be added on the development of aviation in Bahrain.

Markings

Civil Aircraft Registrations

Upon independence in 1971, the registration prefix A9C-xx (later expanded to A9C-xxx) was adopted, eg: A9C-BAH.

An incomplete all-time Bahrain civil aircraft register listing is here.
An all-time Civil Rotorcraft Register of Bahrain listing is here.

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (Royal Bahraini Air Force)
Naval Aviation (Royal Bahraini Navy Air Arm)

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation (Bahrain Royal Flight)

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – a helicopter EMS service is currently being established
Police Aviation (Bahrain Public Security Flying Wing)

Commercial Aviation

Gulf Air (Headquarters in Bahrain, aircraft registered in Oman)

wikipedia: Airlines of Bahrain
The World’s Airlines: Bahrain

Private Aviation

To be added

Industry

Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.

Airfields

Civil Airports & Airfields

Bahrain International Airport
Airports in Bahrain

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added

On Show

Aviation Museums

Al-Mahatta Museum

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

None known.

Aviation Bibliography

Bahrain Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

Civil Aviation Affairs Bahrain