Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security

Operator Profile
 

Key Facts

Current Title:
Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea
English Title:
Air Surveillance Service
Abbreviation:
SVA
First Established:
1957
ICAO Code:
(None)
Country:
Costa Rica
Status:
Active

History

Narrative Summary

The Sección Aérea de la Guardia Civil (Air Section of the Costa Rica Guardia Civil) was established in 1957. During the next years Costa Rica bought a handful of fixed-wing aircraft and three helicopters for surveillance and liaison duties. In 1994 the service was renamed Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea and became part of the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública.

Key Dates

1957    Formation of the Air Section of the Guardia Civil
1994    The service was renamed Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea.

Current Status

Aircraft and helicopters of the Air Surveillance Service are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.

Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The civilian registration prefix TI was used until 1994. MSP is used for helicopters and fixed wing aircraft as a prefix from 1994 on. New registration numbers are given were available.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service.

Organisation

Main Headquarters:
San Jose

Organisational Structure

The Air Surveillance Service has no subordinated units.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Order of Battle (as at 1985)

All-Time Flying Units List

Escuadrilla de Comunicaciones
Escuadrilla de Helicópteros
Escuadrilla de Apoyo de Guardia Costera

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The Costa Rican Air Surveillance Service currently operates from one major airbase and two secondary airfields.
Military Air Bases Listing

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Military Air Bases Listing

More Information

Books

None.

Magazines:

World Air Power Journal No.32 p. 142-143

Websites:

Ministerio Seguridad Pública

Scramble: Costa Rica Air Arm

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