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Bulgarian Tu-154M registration LZ-BTZ.
(photo, Vlatko Ilievski)

Current Title: Pravitelstven Aviootryad 28
Title in English: Aviation Unit 28
Abbreviation: Not applicable

History

Narrative Summary:
A small VIP transport unit (Unit 28) operates for the use of Government officials. All aircraft carry civilian markings.

Key Dates:
199?    Establishment of Bulgarian Government Aviation unit.

Current Status:
Bulgarian Government Aviation aircraft are used primarily for VIP transport.

Future Plans:
To be added

Markings

National Insignia:

        Fuselage sidesFin Flash
The national flag is carried as a fin flash on fixed wing aircraft, or on the rear fuselage of helicopters. The service titles REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA may be carried on the upper fuselage sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
All Bulgarian Government Aviation aircraft carry civilian registrations in the LZ-xxx series. The Bell 430 is an exception, carrying Air Force roundels and an Air Force serial number.

Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory:
Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Total
Del'd
Total
Now
Role Origin
Bell 430 1 1 VIP Transport USA
Boeing 737-500 1 1 VIP Transport USA
Dassault Falcon 2000 1 1 VIP Transport France
Mil Mi-8/Mi-17 Hip 8/1 1/1 VIP Transport USSR
Tupolev Tu-134A 2 1 VIP Transport USSR
Tupolev Tu-154M 2 1 VIP Transport USSR

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Bell 430 1 2000 current USA
Boeing 737-500 1 2005 current USA
Dassault Falcon 50 1 1999 Aug 2001 France
Dassault Falcon 2000 1 Dec 2001 current France
Ilyushin Il-18 1 ? 1997 USSR
Mil Mi-8/Mi-17 Hip 8/1 ? current USSR
Tupolev Tu-134A 2 ? current USSR
Tupolev Tu-154M 2 1999 current USSR

Organisation

Main Headquarters:
Sofia.

Current Organisational Structure:
Both aircraft and the helicopters are operated by Pravitelstven Aviootryad 28 from Sofia Airport, except for the Bell 430, which is based at Krumovo.

Current Order of Battle:
Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle:
Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List:
Not applicable.

The VIP Bell 430 serial 430.
(photo, George Petkov)

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
Both aircraft and the helicopters are operated by Pravitelstven Aviootryad 28 from Sofia Airport, except for the Bell 430, which is based at Krumovo.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
To be added

More Information

No specific sources known.


Thanks to Constantine Pehlivanov & George Petkov for updating this information.

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First Created: 30 November 2001 - Last Revised: 7 August 2005
Copyright 2001 John Hayles.    e-mail: john@aeroflight.co.uk