Fleet List
Papua New Guinea Government Flying Unit

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Serial/Reg’n c/no. Type Fate
P2-ANW 218 Dassault Falcon 900EX current
P2-PNF 103 Gulfstream II to N833GA
P2-PNG 421B-0665 Cessna 412B Golden Eagle to VH-SQV
P2-PNG FL-79 Beech Super King Air 350 current
P2-PNH BB-415 Beech Super King Air 200 to P2-CAA

Fleet List
Papua New Guinea Aviation Authority

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Serial/Reg’n c/no. Type Fate
P2-CAA BB-415 Beech Super King Air 200 current
P2-DCA LJ-552 Beech C90A King Air VH-AMH
P2-PNG BB-415 Beech Super King Air 200 to P2-PNH

Papua New Guinea Aviation Authority
use of the Beech Super King Air 200

Aircraft Details

History

One Beech Super King Air 200 delivered in January 1979. Used by the PNG Department of Civil Aviation. Transferred to the PNG Government Aviation Unit for VIP transport in Apr 1981 as P2-PNH, but later returned to the DCA as P2-CAA.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-PNG BB-415 N2067M 1 Jan 1979 to P2-PNH Apr 1981, to P2-CAA ? date


Pictures

None at present.

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References

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National Markings
Papua New Guinea Defence Force

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Papua New Guinea Defence Force since its formation:


                                  
                               Main Marking                              Fin Flash

1975-Present
The main marking is displayed in the standard 6 positions, above and below each wing and on the fuselage sides of aircraft and helicopters. A fin flash comprising a golden bird flying almost head-on is displayed on the tailfin – the green background is omitted on camouflaged aircraft. The service titles PAPUA NEW GUINEA DEFENCE FORCE are displayed on the fuselage sides.

Papua New Guinea Defence Force |Air Transport Squadron

of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force

History

The Air Transport Squadron of the PNG Defence Force was formed circa 1985, when sufficent aircraft had been obtained to establish a dedicated unit. In 1988 the arrival of the IAI Arava allowed the squadron to be sub-divided into two flights – ‘A’ Flight operating the Arava and ‘B’ Flight operating the N.22 Nomad.

A serious decline in aircraft serviceability during the 1990s led to the two flights being merged back into the squadron command structure and eventually the squadron itself being merged back into Air Operations Element.

Subordinate Units

‘A’ Flight [1988-1995]
‘B’ Flight [1988-1995]

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Douglas C-47B 6 1975 – 1988 P2-001, P2-005
Piper PA-23 Aztec 1 197? – 198? P2-010
GAF N22B Nomad 6 1977 – 1998 P2-011, P2-015
IAI Arava 201 3 1985 – 2008 P2-021, P2-023
Bell UH-1H Iroquois 5 1989 – 1998 P2-0401, P2-0405
CASA CN235M 2 1991 – 1998 P2-0501, P2-0502


Unit Markings

Air Transport Squadron

 


Main Bases

Base Duration
Jacksons International Airport 1985 – 1998


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Papua New Guinea Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Until independence in 1975, civil aviation in Papua New Guinea was the responsibility of the Australian Department of Civil Aviation, or more specifically, the DCA Papua New Guinea Region. In 1975 the DCA regional office became the Papau New Guinea Department of Civil Aviation.

In 1979 the PNG DCA obtained its own aircraft, a Beech Super King Air 200. Unfortunately, in 1981 this aircraft was transferred to the Government Flying Unit. As a replacement, a Beech C90 was delivered in 1982, and this served until the Super King air was returned to DCA use in 1994.

The two decades from 1990 saw an appalling decline in aviation safety in Papua New Guinea. In 2010 the DCA was completely reorganised and renamed the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), with a mission to restore flight safety in civil aviation.

Key Dates

1975 Papua New Guinea Department of Civil Aviation established.
1979 First aircraft delivered – King Air 200.
2010 DCA reorganised and renamed CASA.

Current Status

The aircraft of CASA are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

National Insignia

Aircraft carry the insignia of the Department of Civil Aviation (before 2010), or Civil Aviation Safety Authority (from 2010), on the fuselage just aft of the cockpit, and a small national flag on the fin.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with DCA or CASA carry Papua New Guinea civil registrations, e.g. Super King Air P2-CAA.

Complete all-time aircraft fleet list.

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 Super King Air 200 1 1 0 Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Beech C90 King Air 1 1982 1994 USA
Beech Super King Air 200 1 1979 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

CASA PNG, P O Box 1941, Boroko, National Capital District 111, Papua New Guinea.

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 are based at Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: Civil Aviation Authority of Papua New Guinea
CASA PNG official website
The Fatal Sky
Stormy Passage

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

Papua New Guinea Government Flying Unit

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Papua New Guinea government first established a Flying Unit in ealy 1981. Its main role is to transport government officials around the huge country of Papua New Guinea, but overseas flights are also undertaken. In 1981 the unit acquired its first owned and operated aircraft, a Cessna 421. This was soon supplemented by a Beech King Air 200 transferred from the Department for Civil Aviation (DCA). The Cessna proved to be too small and was quickly replaced by a larger Gulfstream II business jet.

The Gulfstream was retired in 1984, leaving the King Air 200 to soldier on until 1993, when it was replaced by a new King Air 350, and returned to DCA service. In 2009 a new Falcon 900 was taken into service.

Key Dates

1981 Government Aviation Unit established.
1981 First aircraft delivered – a Cessna 421.
1981 First jet delivered – a Gulfstream II.

Current Status

The aircraft of the Aviation Unit are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

National Insignia

PNG Government aircraft normally operate without any titles on the fuselage sides, and only a small national flag on the fin.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operated by the GFU carry PNG civil registrations, e.g. King Air 350 P2-PNG.

Complete all-time aircraft fleet list.

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 Super King Air 350 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Dassault Falcon 900EX 1 1 0 VIP Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Beech Super King Air 200 1 1981 1993? DCA
Beech Super King Air 350 1 1993 current USA
Cessna 421B Golden Eagle 1 1981 1981 USA
Dassault Falcon 900EX 1 2009 current France
Grumman Gulfstream II 1 1981 1984 USA

Aircraft NOT Used

The “Gulfstream 3” reported in service is actually a mis-identification of the Gulfstream II actually used.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.

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 are based at Jacksons International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

PNG Gossip Newsletter: Government Jet
Government Flying Unit

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Papua New Guinea Aviation Authority
use of the Beech C90A King Air

Aircraft Details

History

One Beech King Air 65-C90 delivered in 1982. Used by the Department of Civil Aviation. Retired in 1994.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-DCA LJ-552 P2-PNB Oct 1982 to VH-AMH 15 Feb 1994


Pictures

None at present.

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Papua New Guinea Government
use of the Beech Super King Air 200

Aircraft Details

History

One Beech Super King Air 200 transferred from the PNG Department of Civil Aviation for VIP transport in Apr 1981 as P2-PNH, but later returned to the DCA as P2-CAA.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-PNH BB-415 P2-PNG Apr 1981 to P2-CAA ? date


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

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