French Polynesia is a group of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It comprises about 130 islands divided into six groups, namely the Marquesas Islands, Society Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago, Gambier Islands, Austral Islands and the Bass Islands. The largest and most populated island is Tahiti, in the Society Islands.
The islands are of volcanic or mixed volcanic and coral origin with little ground suitable for agriculture. The total land area is 4,167 sq km (1609 sq miles).
The population of 267,000 (2010 figure) is 66.5% Polynesian, 7.1% Mixed Polynesian, 11.9% European, 9.3% Demis (mixed French and Polynesian) and 4.7% East Asian (mainly Chinese). Some 54% of the population is Protestant, 30% Roman Catholic and 16% other. The capital city is Papeete on Tahiti.
Further National Information
Text to be added on the development of aviation in French Polynesia.
Civil Aircraft Registrations
Civil aircraft in French Polynesia use the standard French registration prefix F-. This prefix is still in use.
Military Air Arms
The defence of French Polynesia is the responsibility of France. The French Air Force has had a base on Tahiti since the 1930s.
Central Government Agencies
Government Aviation – not applicable
Public Service Aviation
Medical Aviation – Helicopter rescue services are provided by the French Air Force.
Police Aviation (Police Nationale) – no aviation unit
Police Aviation (Gendarmerie) – helicopter detachment
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Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots
Civil Airports & Airfields
Military Air Bases & Airfields
The French Air Force uses Faa’a Airport as BA 190.
French Polynesia Aviation Bibliography – to be added
To be added.