Cyprus Government

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Cyprus Government Aviation Unit
English Title:
Cyprus Government Aviation Unit
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The Cyprus Government Aviation Unit was first established in 1967, when a single helicopter was acquired for VIP transport and liaison duties. The unit ceased to function after the Turkish invasion of the north of the country in 1974. The helicopter was retired and sold off.

In 1986 the Government Aviation Unit was re-established and a new helicopter acquired. A second, larger, helicopter was obtained in 1989. In 1992 this second machine was handed over to the Police Air Wing, and a year later the remaining helicopter was transferred to the Air Force. The Unit was then closed permanently.

Key Dates

1967    Aviation Unit first established.
1974    Government helicopter retired.
1986    Aviation Unit re-established.
1993    Aviation Unit disbanded.

Current Status

The Aviation Unit was disbanded in 1993.

Future Plans

Not applicable.


National Insignia

The national flag is carried as a fin flash. No service titles were carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All Government helicopters carried Cypriot civil registrations in the 5B-xxx series, e.g. 5B-ICL.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Click on aircraft type for more details
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III119861993USA
Bell 412SP119891992USA
Fairchild Hiller FH-1100119671974USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.


Main Headquarters

Cyprus Government Aviation Unit, Nicosia.

Organisational Structure

The Government Aviation Unit had 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

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

All helicopters were based at Nicosia Airport.

More Information


Cyprus Aviation Bibliography – to be added


No feature articles known.


Militair 1982 (Aviation Press) p.52
European Air Forces Directory 2012/13 (Mach III)

Any further photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.

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