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.
|1957||Formation of the Air Section of the Guardia Civil|
|1994||The service was renamed Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea.|
Aircraft and helicopters of the Air Surveillance Service are fully operational.
No information available.
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.
Coding system not used.
Current Aircraft Inventory
All-Time Aircraft Used List
Aircraft NOT Used
The Air Surveillance Service has no subordinated units.
Current Order of Battle
Historical Orders of Battle
Historical Order of Battle (as at 1985)
All-Time Flying Units List
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
World Air Power Journal No.32 p. 142-143