All-Time Aircraft Used List
Angolan National Police

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale SA 316B Alouette III 6 2005 2010 Swiss AF
Aerospatiale SA 341F Gazelle ? 2006 current ALAT?
Aerospatiale AS 350 Ecureuil 3 2005 2011 France
Aerospatiale AS 350B3 Ecureuil 10 2009 current France
Aerospatiale AS 365N2 Dauphin 2 5 19?? current France

French National Police Aviation

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The civilian French National Police Force is known as the Police Nationale. Air support is normally provided by the Securite Civile or Gendarmerie. In 2006 a helicopter was borrowed from the Securite Civile, and a Cessna aircraft obtained on lease, to evaluate the usefulness of direct air support. The evaluation was carried out by the Police aux Frontières (PAF, Border Police) directorate of the Police Nationale. Both the aircraft and helicopter were later returned.

Key Dates

9 July 1966    Police Nationale formed from Sûreté Nationale
12 July 2006    First helicopter received – AS.350B
? 2006    First fixed-wing aircraft delivered – Cessna Caravan
mid 2008    Helicopter returned to previous owner

Current Status

The Police Nationale no longer use any aircraft.

Future Plans

No plan known.

Markings

Special Markings

PN aircraft operated in civil markings with no national insignia. Additionally, the title POLICE was also carried on the fuselage sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

French Police helicopters and aircraft carried civil registrations in the sequence assigned to the Securite Civile, eg: AS.350 F-ZBEA.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS.350B Ecureuil 1 July 2006 2008 Securite Civile
Cessna F406 Caravan II 1 2006 2007 leased

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service: None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Direction Générale de la Police Nationale, Place Beauvau, 75008 Paris, France.

Organisational Structure

A bureau de la police aéronautique (Office of Police Aviation) oversaw the evaluation within the PAF of the Police Nationale.

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

The helicopter was based at Toussus le Noble for the evaluation.

More Information

Books

French Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Official French Police webpage
wikipedia: National Police(France)
airliners.net
Les hélicoptères de la POLICE

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

Cyprus Police

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Cyprus Police operates a small fleet of Bell helicopters, together with a Britten-Norman Islander fixed-wing aircraft. Unlike the National Guard, the police force contains no mainland Greeks.

The Cyprus Police Aviation Unit (C.P.A.U) was established on the 10th June 2008, having previously operated as the ‘Cyprus Police Air Wing’ from 1989.

Key Dates

1960    Cyprus Police first established.
June 1989    Police Air Wing first established.
10 June 2008    CPAW renamed Cyprus Police Aviation Unit.

Current Status

Cyprus Police aircraft and helicopters are primarily used by the Ministry of the Interior for various tasks: VIP transport, transport of various cargo and special police units, border monitoring, SAR missions, medevac and traffic surveillance.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

Special Markings

The CPAU aircraft and helicopters initially flew in a white, yellow and azure blue colour scheme, with the national flag carried as a fin flash. The service titles ‘POLICE’ were carried on the fuselage sides. The AW139s were delivered in 2010 in a new white and dark blue colour scheme, which is more police-like, with the Cyprus Police logo on the fin and POLICE titles on the fuselage sides. The existing fleet is gradually being repainted to match these colours.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All police aircraft carry serial numbers with the prefix ‘CP’, for Cyprus Police, eg: CP-4.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

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Aircraft Type Total
Del'd
Total
Now
Still On
Order
Role
AgustaWestland AW139220Utility
Bell 412220Policing

All-Time Aircraft Used List

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Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
AgustaWestland AW13922010currentItaly
Bell 41221992currentUSA
Britten-Norman BN-2T Islander119902012UK

Aircraft NOT Used

Four more Bell 412EP/SP helicopters were ordered in 2000 but were embargoed.
Two Mil Mi-172 were reportedly due for delivery in 2007. One was photographed pre-delivery coded CP-08. These helicopters were not delivered.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Cyprus Police, Nicosia.

Organisational Structure

The Police Aviation Unit has 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

All aircraft and helicopters are based at Larnaca Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information

Books

Cyprus Aviation Bibliography – to be added
Aerospace Encyclopedia of World Air Forces (Aerospace, 1999) p.170

Magazines

World Air Power Journal No.5 p.142
Air Forces Monthly August 1996

Websites

Wikipedia: Cyprus Police
Official Website
wikipedia: Cyprus Police Aviation Unit
Jetphotos.net

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

AgustaWestland AW139

in Cyprus Police service

History

Two AW139 ordered in January 2009. Delivered on 26 November 2010.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
CP-6 31323 I-RIAR 26 Nov 2010  
CP-8 31325 I-RIAU 26 Nov 2010  

Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Britten-Norman BN-2T Islander

in Cyprus Police service

History

The BN-2T (BN.2B-20) Turbine Islander is a robust maritime surveillance aircraft used by the Cyprus Police and armed forces to perform airborne recon and command roles. Only one aircraft of this specific type was in use, acquired in 1990, and was regularly observed performing anti-terrorist and anti-smuggling operations. It was retired in March 2012.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
CP-1 2207 5B-CPA 16 June 1990 ex G-BPLO, G-CYPP. Wfu Mar 2012.

Pictures

Cypriot Police Islander
Britten-Norman BN-2T Islander serial CP-1
(photo, richnan@ntlworld.com)

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.

Bell 412

in Cyprus Police service

History

The Bell 412EP is the most technologically modern rotor aircraft in Cypriot service. It has greatly increased range and performance over the Bell UH-1H, is equipped with twin-engines instead of one, and can carry up to 14 passengers or 2 patient litters.
One Bell 412SP was obtained in 1992, followed by one Bell 412EP in 1997. Both aircraft operate in the SAR role and are equipped with a rescue hoist, a Loud Hailer, emergency floats and other items for police work.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
CP-2 33202 5B-CPB Feb 1992 Bell 412SP, ex-Cyprus Govt, ex N3216P
CP-4 36155 N72335 4 June 1997 Bell 412EP, not ex-N395AL

Pictures

Cypriot Police Bell 412
Bell 412SP serial CP-4
(photo, richnan@ntlworld.com)

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)
  • Rotorspot

Other Sources

To be added.