Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security

Operator Profile

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

Golfito Airport

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: ?, Costa Rica.

Operator Identity Code:
Not applicable.

Location

Country Region Sub-Region
Costa Rica

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: Manama – airfield is 11 miles (18 km) south.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. N 8 39′ 13.56″ E 83 10′ 53.62″
Decimal N 8.6537685° E 83.1815623°

Elevation: 15 m/49 ft

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History

Name Changes

Airfield name 1987 – Present

Narrative Summary

General narrative history of the airfield. The Escuadrilla de Apoyo de Guardia Costera operated from this base.

Key Dates

date 1    Work starts on constructing airfield
date 2    Formal opening of the airfield
date 3    First aircraft arrives

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
13/31 1400 4593 20 65 Paved

Residents

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

Based Military Units

Unit Operator Arrived Departed Activity
SVA CR Public Force 19?? Current Various

Based Civilian Operators

Not applicable.

Photo Gallery

To be added.

More Information

Books

To be added.

Magazines

Feature articles to be added.

Websites

wikipedia: Golfito Airport

Pilot Information

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

Daniel Oduber IAP

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Dirección General de Aviación Civil, Costa Rica.

Operator Identity Code:

Code Operator
n/a RBAF

Not applicable.

Location

Country Region Sub-Region
Costa Rica

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: Manama – airfield is 11 miles (18 km) south.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. N 10 35′ 58.64″ E 85 32′ 17.9″
Decimal N 10.5996227° E 85.5383072°

Elevation: 82 m/270 ft

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History

Name Changes

Airfield name 1987 – Present

Narrative Summary

General narrative history of the airfield. Part of the SVA Escuadrilla de Communicaciones operated from this base.

Key Dates

date 1    Work starts on constructing airfield
date 2    Formal opening of the airfield
date 3    First aircraft arrives

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
07/25 2750 9022 45 148 Paved

Residents

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

Based Military Units

Unit Operator Arrived Departed Activity
SVA CR Public Force 19?? Current Various

Based Civilian Operators

Not applicable.

Photo Gallery

To be added.

More Information

Books

To be added.

Magazines

Feature articles to be added.

Websites

Official Airport Website

wikipedia: Daniel Oduber Quir%C3%B3s International Airport

Pilot Information

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

Juan Santamaria IAP

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Aeris Holdings Costa Rica.

Operator Identity Code:
Not applicable.

Location

Country Region Sub-Region
Costa Rica

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: Alajuela – airfield is x miles (y km) xxx.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. N 9 59′ 53.65″ E 84 12′ 14.68″
Decimal N 9.99823799999° E -84.204079999°

Elevation: 921 m/3021 ft

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History

Name Changes

Airfield name 19?? – Present

Narrative Summary

All current Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea fixed wing aircraft and helicopters operate from this base. The Escuadrilla de Communicaciones and the Escuadrilla de Helicópteros used to operate from this base.

Key Dates

date 1    Work starts on constructing airfield
date 2    Formal opening of the airfield
date 3    First aircraft arrives

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
07/25 3042 9882 46 151 Paved
25/07 2412 7913 46 151 Paved

Residents

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

Based Military Units

Unit Operator Arrived Departed Activity
SVA CR Public Force 19?? Current Various

Based Civilian Operators

To be added.

Photo Gallery

To be added.

More Information

Books

To be added.

Magazines

Feature articles to be added.

Websites

Official airport website

wikipedia: Juan Santamaría International Airport

Pilot Information

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

Air Surveillance Service

of the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security

History

No unit history available.

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Cessna 206G Stationair 4 1985 – Present MSP-004,005,006,007
De Havilland C-7A Caribou 3 1990 – Present MSP-001,002,010(2)
Piper PA-31T Cheyenne 2 1990 – Present MSP-003,019
Cessna 337 (O-2A) Skymaster 3 1986 – n/a MSP-010(1),TI-SPF,TI-SPG
Hughes 500 (369D) 1 1985 – 1996 MSP-010(3)
McDonnell Douglas MD.500E 2 1985 – Present MSP-012,018
Mil Mi-17 Hip-H 1 1994 – 2002 MSP-016(1)
Piper PA-34 Seneca 2 1980 – Present MSP-016(2),017
Cessna T210N Centurion 5 2006 – Present MSP-008,009,010(4),011,014


Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added


Main Bases

Base Duration
Base Aérea 2 San José/Juan Santa Maria IAP 1994 – Present


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)
  • World Air Power Journal 32, p.143-144

Other Sources

To be added.

Air Bases and Airfields

of the Costa Rican Air Force & Security Force

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This page gives details of the air bases and airfields which were or are used by the Costa Rican Air Force and its successors.

Hughes 269C

in Costa Rican Civil Guard service

History

Used by the Escuadrilla de Helicópteros.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
TI-SPL 97-0631   11.1977 w/o 11.3.1978
TI-SPM 97-0632   11.1977 n/a


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

  • Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)

Other Sources

To be added.

Douglas A-24B Dauntless

in Costa Rican Air Force service

History

No unit allocation is known.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
GCR-3 n/a n/a 1948 crashed 1948


Pictures

None available at present.

More Information

References

  • Central American and Caribbean Air Forces (Daniel Hagedorn)

Other Sources

To be added.