Cessna 208B Grand Caravan

in Royal Bahamas Police Service

History

Used by the Royal Bahamas Police Force for transport duties.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
C6-PFA 208B-2??? nbsp; 2009  


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Royal Bahamas Police

History

Narrative Summary

The Royal Bahamas Police Force first established an ‘Airwing Section’ in 1964, operating chartered private aircraft. Its main role was surveillance and air patrol, to discourage illegal immigrants and poachers from entering Bahamas territorial areas. In the late seventies and early eighties the detection of drug trafficking was added to its mandate.

In 1991 the Section acquired its first owned and operated aircraft, a Piper Navajo. A second Navajo was obtained soon afterwards. These aircraft were retired in 2002 and put into open storage without replacement.

Circa 2009 the Section was reorganised and renamed the Air Support Service Unit. In 2009 a new Cessna 208 Grand Caravan was taken into service. Roles now include VIP Transport, Police personnel transport, Search and Rescue support, prisoner transport and border patrol.

Key Dates

1964 RBPF Police Airwing Section established.
1991 Airwing renamed Air Support Service Unit.
1991 First aircraft delivered.
2009 Cessna 208 Grand Caravan delivered.

Current Status

The aircraft of the RBPF are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

National Insignia

Aircraft carry ‘ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE’ titles on the fuselage sides, a small national flag on the fin and the Police crest under the cockpit.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with RBP originally carried serial numbers prefixed by RBPF, e.g. Piper Navajo RBPF-1, but more recent aircraft carry Bahamas civil registrations, e.g. Grand Caravan C6-PFA.

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
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 1 1 0 Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Piper PA-31 Navajo 2 1991 2002 USA
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 1 2009 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), Nassau, Bahamas.

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 is based at Nassau International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

RBPF Air Support Service Unit
Royal Bahamas Police Force gets new 14-seater Cessna Caravan
Scramble: Bahamas

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

Air Ambulance Services (Bahamas)
use of the Beech Super King Air 200

Aircraft Details

History

One Beech King Air 200 obtained in 1999 and replaced by another in 2006. Used in the Air Ambulance role .


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
N???AA ? ? 1999 replaced in 2006, to ??
N???AA ? ? Oct 2006  


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Air Ambulance Services (Bahamas)

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Air Ambulance Services is a Bahamas based company that provides rapid medical air transport using fixed wing aircraft. It also uses the name ‘AAS LifeFlight’. Operations commenced in March 1999. On 5th October 2006 a new aircraft was dedicated, replacing the previous example.

Key Dates

March 1999 Start of operations.
5 October 2006 New aircraft enters service.

Current Status

The aircraft of Air Ambulance Services are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

National Insignia

Aircraft carry ‘AIR AMBULANCE SERVICES’ titles on the fuselage sides and ‘AAS LIFEFLIGHT’ on the fin.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with Air Ambulance Services carry US civil registrations.

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 200 King Air 2 1 0 Air Ambulance

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Beech 200 King Air 2 1999 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Air Ambulance Services Ltd., Lynden Pindling International Airport, P.O. Box N-1043, Nassau, Bahamas.

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 is based at Nassau International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

Air Ambulance services Ltd

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

National Markings
Royal Bahamas Defence Force

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force since its formation:


                                   

                                        
Fin Flash

1982-Present
The fin flash is displayed on the tailfin. 

Nassau IAP

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

Location

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: to be added.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. S 25° 14′ 23.00″ W 057° 31′ 09.00″
Decimal N 25.044135941944916° E -77.4642562866211°

Elevation: 5 m/16 ft

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History

Name Changes

?? – Present

Narrative Summary

All aircraft of the RBDF Air Wing operate from this base..

Key Dates

??    Formal opening of the base

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
14/32 3358 11018 46 151 Paved
09/27 2537 8324 46 151 Paved

Residents

The following organisations are, or were, permanently based at this location:

Based Military Units

Royal Bahamas Defence Force

Based Civilian Operators

To be added.

Photo Gallery

To be added.

More Information

Books

None known

Magazines

Feature articles to be added.

Websites

To be added.

Disclaimer: Information is provided on this page for historical purposes only, and not for aerial navigation.

Air Wing
Royal Bahamas Defence Force

History

The Air Wing of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force was formed in 1982 and operates today only 5 aircraft. Its roles include Fishery patrol, anti-narcotics and SAR operations.

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Aero Commander 500S 3 1976 – 1990 C6-BEP, C6-DBF, C6-BEM
Cessna 421 1 1988 – 2002 DF-1001/A
Cessna 404 1 1991 – 2008 DF-1002/B
Piper PA-31 Navajo 2 1993 – Present RBDF1-2
Beech King Air 350 1 2005 – Present C6-BDF
Cessna 208 Caravan 1 2007 – Present C6-AWO
Partenavia P-68C Observer 1 2009 – Present C6-CDF


Unit Markings

Air Wing

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Nassau IAP/New Providence Island 1982 – Present


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/2007 (Ian Carroll)

Other Sources

To be added.

Royal Bahamas Defence Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Air Wing was formed in 1982. No further information available.

Key Dates

1982    The Air Wing was formed.

Current Status

The aircraft of the Air Wing are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.

Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

DF is used as a prefix for aircraft of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and RBPF for aircraft of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. From 2000 on the prefix RBDF is used.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Coral Harbour Base, PO Box N3733, Nassau.

Organisational Structure

No information about sub-units of the Air Wing available.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Air Wing / Royal Bahamas Defence Force

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft of the Air Wing are based at the Nassau IAP, New Providence Island.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Military Air Bases Listing

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

None known.

Websites

Royal Bahamas Defence Force

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.