Cyprus Department of Forests

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Cyprus Department of Forests
English Title:
Cyprus Department of Forests
First Established:
ICAO Code:

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Narrative Summary

The Department of Forests is one of the oldest government departments in Cyprus, being established in 1879 in the colonial era. After independence in 1960, Greek Cypriots assumed control of the Department. Circa 1975 the Department began using aircraft for spraying and fire spotting. The aircraft were not equipped for actual firefighting duties. In 2009 orders were placed for a new generation of modern aircraft to perform firefighting duties. It is not clear if any aircraft were operated between 2007 and 2009. For additional firefighting support, the Department also places short-term contracts for other aircraft and helicopters each fire season.

Key Dates

1879    Department of Forests first established.
1961    Greek Cypriots assume control of the former colonial department.
1975?    First aircraft obtained.
2009    New aircraft delivered for firefighting role.

Current Status

The CFD aircraft are used for fire spotting and aerial fire fighting.

Future Plans

No plan known.


Special Markings

CDF aircraft have an overall yellow colour scheme with a blue or red fuselage cheatline. The radio call i.d. number is displayed in red on white in the fin. The aircraft appear to have individual names painted on the engine cowling in Greek lettering.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

CDF aircraft carry special registrations in the sequence FD-x, e.g. AT-802 FD-1.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

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Aircraft Type Total
Still On
Air Tractor AT-802F Fire Boss110Firefighting
Ayres S2R T660 Turbo-Thrush110Firefighting

All-Time Aircraft Used List

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Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Air Tractor AT-802F Fire Boss12009currentUSA
Ayres S2R T660 Turbo-Thrush12010currentUSA
Piper PA-25 Pawnee219752007USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.


Main Headquarters

Department of Forests, 1414 Nicosia, Cyprus.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft are operated by the Flight Unit of the Department of Forests.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are based at Nicosia IAP.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


Cyprus Aviation Bibliography – to be added


No feature articles known.


Official Website
Scramble: Cyprus – Department of Forests
Flight Global

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

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