Pilatus PC-9
in Cyprus Air Command service

History

The Pilatus PC-9C is a contemporary, well praised and versatile turboprop aircraft used by Air Forces all over the world. The aircraft is primarily used for lead-in training, surveillance, and light ground-attack.
A total of 2 aircraft were obtained from the manufacturer and delivered in 1989, and both are still in service. Both aircraft were acquired with armaments, though the type is rarely used in active combat role, as this capability is covered by helicopters.
PC-9’s began supporting the Cyprus Police and Coastguard in the early nineties.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
901 174   June 1989 named ‘Kyrenia’
902 175   1989 named ‘Apporous’, w/o 10 Sept 2005

Pictures

None at present.

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References

  • Air Forces Monthly Oct 2003 p56
  • 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.