Country Profile

Cooperative Republic of Guyana
(Cooperative Republic of Guyana)

Key Facts

Date of Independence:
26 May 1966
Capital City:
Total Area Ranking:
85 of 236 in the World
Population Size Ranking:
162 of 242 in the World

The Country


Guyana is situated on the northern coast of South America east of Venezuela, west of Suriname, and north of Brazil. A tropical forest covers more than 80% of the country.
The country is located between 57° to 62° western geographic longitude and 2° to 8° northern geographic latitude and has an area of 217.970 square kilometres (83.000 square miles). The latitude and longitude of the capital Georgetown are about 58°10′ W and 6°49′ N.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Guyana History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Guyana
World Travel Guide – South America – Guyana
wikipedia: Guyana
wikipedia: History of Guyana
Library of Congress / Area Handbook Series / Guyana
Governments on the WWW: Guyana


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


Civil Aircraft Registrations

The registration prefix for British Guiana/Guyana ‘VP-G’ was used from 1929 to 1967; eg:VP-GAA to VP-GZZ.
The registration prefix ‘8R-‘ is used from 1967 to present; eg:8R-AAA to 8R-ZZZ.

All-time Guyana – civil aircraft register (VP-Gaa 8R-aaa).
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Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Defence Aviation (Guyana Defence Force – Air Command)

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation – VIP transport is provided by chartered commercial operators
Coast Guard Aviation – the Coast Guard is the naval component of the GDF – no separate aviation unit

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – Air Services Ltd has a Bell 206 helicopter available for SAR & medical rescue duties
Police Aviation (Guyana Police Force) – Helio Courier 8R-GCJ was used in 1970

Commercial Aviation

Roraima Airways
Trans Guyana Airways
Universal Airlines

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

Private Aviation

None at present.


Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Georgetown / Cheddi Jagan IAP (IATA code: GEO)
Kamarang / Kamarang AP (IATA code: KAR)
Lethem/ Lethem AP (IATA code: LTM)
Mahdia / Mahdia AP (IATA code: MHA)
Airports in Guyana

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing

On Show

Aviation Museums

None at present.

Airshow Dates:
Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

None known.

Aviation Bibliography

Armed Forces of Latin America (Adrian English)
Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)
World Air Forces Directory (Ian Carroll)
Military Balance (IISS)
World Air Power Journal 30, p.142

Web Links

Guyana Defence Force (official homepage)

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