Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Aviation Unit

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Aviation Unit
English Title:
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Aviation Unit
First Established:
ICAO Code:
Papua New Guinea


Narrative Summary

The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) is the national police force of Papua New Guinea. The force was formally established circa 1950 with the merger of two former colonial police forces, to form the Royal Papua and New Guinea Constabulary. In 1972 the ‘and’ was dropped from the title.

The huge size of Papua New Guinea, and the limited road network makes air support a very useful tool in law enforcement. A small Aviation Unit was established around 2008. A DHC-6 Twin Otter was obtained on lease from a commercial operator for a few months in 2008. The following year a new Bell 407 helicopter was delivered. In 2013 the helicopter was sold, with no replacement.

Key Dates

2008 RPNGC Aviation Unit established.
Aug 2008 First aircraft delivered – DHC-6 Twin Otter.
2009 First helicopter delivered.
2013 Helicopter withdrawn from use.

Current Status

The RPNGC currently has no aircraft or helicopters.

Future Plans

No plans known.


National Insignia

Aircraft carry ‘POLICE’ titles on the fuselage sides, and the Constabulary crest near the cockpit.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with RPNGC carried Papua New Guinea civil registrations, e.g. Bell 407 P2-POL.

Complete all-time aircraft fleet list.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Bell 407 1 2009 2013 Canada
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 1 2008 2008 ex-civil

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

Spring Gardens Road, 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

All aircraft are or were based at Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


To be added


wikipedia: Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary

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