Papua New Guinea Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

Until independence in 1975, civil aviation in Papua New Guinea was the responsibility of the Australian Department of Civil Aviation, or more specifically, the DCA Papua New Guinea Region. In 1975 the DCA regional office became the Papau New Guinea Department of Civil Aviation.

In 1979 the PNG DCA obtained its own aircraft, a Beech Super King Air 200. Unfortunately, in 1981 this aircraft was transferred to the Government Flying Unit. As a replacement, a Beech C90 was delivered in 1982, and this served until the Super King air was returned to DCA use in 1994.

The two decades from 1990 saw an appalling decline in aviation safety in Papua New Guinea. In 2010 the DCA was completely reorganised and renamed the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), with a mission to restore flight safety in civil aviation.

Key Dates

1975 Papua New Guinea Department of Civil Aviation established.
1979 First aircraft delivered – King Air 200.
2010 DCA reorganised and renamed CASA.

Current Status

The aircraft of CASA are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


National Insignia

Aircraft carry the insignia of the Department of Civil Aviation (before 2010), or Civil Aviation Safety Authority (from 2010), on the fuselage just aft of the cockpit, and a small national flag on the fin.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with DCA or CASA carry Papua New Guinea civil registrations, e.g. Super King Air P2-CAA.

Complete all-time aircraft fleet list.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Beech Super King Air 200 1 1 0 Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Beech C90 King Air 1 1982 1994 USA
Beech Super King Air 200 1 1979 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

CASA PNG, P O Box 1941, Boroko, National Capital District 111, Papua New Guinea.

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, Port Moresby.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


To be added


wikipedia: Civil Aviation Authority of Papua New Guinea
CASA PNG official website
The Fatal Sky
Stormy Passage

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