Papua New Guinea Government Flying Unit

Operator Profile
 

Key Facts

Current Title:
Papua New Guinea Government Flying Unit
English Title:
Papua New Guinea Government Flying Unit
Abbreviation:
GFU
First Established:
1981
ICAO Code:
(None)
Country:
Papua New Guinea
Status:
Active

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

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

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