Cyprus Government

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Cyprus Government Aviation Unit was first established in 1967, when a single helicopter was acquired for VIP transport and liaison duties. The unit ceased to function after the Turkish invasion of the north of the country in 1974. The helicopter was retired and sold off.

In 1986 the Government Aviation Unit was re-established and a new helicopter acquired. A second, larger, helicopter was obtained in 1989. In 1992 this second machine was handed over to the Police Air Wing, and a year later the remaining helicopter was transferred to the Air Force. The Unit was then closed permanently.

Key Dates

1967    Aviation Unit first established.
1974    Government helicopter retired.
1986    Aviation Unit re-established.
1993    Aviation Unit disbanded.

Current Status

The Aviation Unit was disbanded in 1993.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

The national flag is carried as a fin flash. No service titles were carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All Government helicopters carried Cypriot civil registrations in the 5B-xxx series, e.g. 5B-ICL.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III119861993USA
Bell 412SP119891992USA
Fairchild Hiller FH-1100119671974USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Cyprus Government Aviation Unit, Nicosia.

Organisational Structure

The Government Aviation Unit had no sub-ordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

All helicopters were based at Nicosia Airport.

More Information

Books

Cyprus Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Militair 1982 (Aviation Press) p.52
European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Bell 412SP

in Cyprus Government service

History

One Bell 412SP delivered in 1989. Used for VIP transport duties. Transferred to Cyprus Police in 1992.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
5B-CPB 33202 N3216P 1989 to Cyprus Police 1992 as CP-2

Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Fairchild Hiller FH-1100

in Cyprus Government service

History

In 1967 the Cyprus Government acquired a single Fairchild Hiller FH-1100 helicopter for official transport and liaison purposes. It was operated by military personnel for obvious logistic reasons, and was the predecessor to the Bell-206L. Light, cheap to operate and easy to maintain. The aircraft was sold to a private buyer after its service ended, and broken up for spares sometime after 1974.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
5B-CAN 039   June 1967 wfu ? date

Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

  • Militair 1982 (Aviation Press) p.52

Other Sources

To be added.

Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III

in Cyprus Government service

History

One Bell 206L-3 delivered circa 1986. Used for VIP transport duties.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
5B-ICL 51148 N101UH 1986 last noted 1993, to 110 CypAF

Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

  • European Air Forces Directory 2003/04 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2005/06 (Mach III)
  • European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.