Papua New Guinea Government
use of the Beech Super King Air 350

Aircraft Details

History

One Beech Super King Air 350 obtained new from the manufacturer and delivered in July 1993. Used by the Government of PNG for VIP transport.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-PNG FL-79 N8246Q 14 Jul 1993  


Pictures

None at present.

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References

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Papua New Guinea Government
use of the Cessna 421B Golden Eagle

Aircraft Details

History

One Cessna 412B Golden Eagle delivered in 1981. Used by the Government of PNG for VIP transport. Retired later in 1981.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-PNG 421B-0665 N1572G 1981 wfu 1981, to VH-SQV by 1982


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

  • Militair 1982 (John Andrade)

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To be added.

Papua New Guinea Government
use of the Grumman Gulfstream II

Aircraft Details

History

One Grumman G-1159 Gulfstream II obtained in February 1981. Used by the Government of PNG for VIP transport. Retired in 1984.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-PNF 103 N833GA 5 Feb 1981 to P2-PNG Mar 1981, to N833GA Aug 1984


Pictures


Gulfstream II P2-PNG (photo, Greg Kozak)

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References

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Papua New Guinea Government
use of the Dassault Falcon 900EX

Aircraft Details

History

One Dassault Falcon 900EX delivered on 23 November 2009. Operated by Air Nuguini on behalf of the Government of Papua New Guinea for VIP tranport. Carries ‘THE PAPAU NEW GUINEA VISION 2050’ titles on the upper fuselage. Reportedly put up for sale in December 2012, but still in use.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-ANW 218 N606US Nov 2009  


Pictures

None at present.

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References

Other Sources

To be added.

Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Aviation Unit

Operator Profile

History

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.


Markings

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

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.

Organisation

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

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

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

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

Papua New Guinea Police use of the
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter

Aircraft Details

History

One DHC-6 Twin Otter 200 obtained in August 2008. Operated by Goroka Air Services on behalf of the Police. Used for Policing duties. Sold to a commercial operator in October 2008.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-POM 164 P2-MDK Aug 2008 to VH-XFM 16 Oct 2008


Pictures

None at present.

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References

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To be added.

Papua New Guinea Police
use of the Bell 407

Aircraft Details

History

One new-build Bell 407 delivered in Sept 2009. Used for policing duties. Sold to a commercial operator between Jan 2013 and May 2014.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-POL 53338 C-GLZU Sep 2009 Sold to Helifix Operations by May 2014


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

St John Papua New Guinea Rescue Helicopter

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

St John Papua New Guinea is a non-governmental organisation which is part of the international charity known as the Order of St John. The Papua New Guinea branch was first established in the 1960s. St John runs an ambulance service under an agreement with the Department of Health. Between 2007 and 2010, at least, St John PNG operated an emergency rescue helicopter. This now appears to have been withdrawn.

Key Dates

196? St John PNG established.
19?? Ambulance service launched
?? First helicopter delivered
20?? Helicopter withdrawn from use

Current Status

There is no mention of the helicopter on the current St John Papua New Guinea Ambulance service web page.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

National Insignia

It is not clear what special markings the St John PNG helicopter carried.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with St John PNG carry Papua New Guinea civil registrations, i.e. P2-xxx.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

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 206 JetRanger 1 ?? ?? USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

PO Box 6075, Boroko N.C.D, Port Moresby, 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 helciopter was presumably based at Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

St John Papua New Guinea
Facebook St John Ambulance Service PNG
St John Association of Papua New Guinea

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

St John Papua New Guinea Ambulance Service
use of the Bell 206 JetRanger

Aircraft Details

History

One Bell 206 JetRanger obtained at an unknown date. Used by the St John Papua New Guinea Ambulance Service. Believed to be still in service in 2007. Retired at an unknown date. No information appears to be available on the identity of this helicopter.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
P2-0??? n/a   ? wfu ?


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Papua New Guinea Defence Force

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) was first formed in January 1973 from the existing Australian Army land forces units serving in the Territory of Papua New Guinea at that time. These primarily consisted of infantry units of native soldiers with Australian officers and NCOs. An Air Operations Element, (originally called the Air Transport Wing), was created in 1975, shortly before independence was achieved in September 1975. The first aircraft being three C-47 Dakotas donated by Australia.

Key Dates

January 1973    Formation of PNG Defence Force
1975   Formation of Air Transport Wing
19??   Air Transport Wing renamed Air Operations Element

Current Status

The aircraft of the PNG DF Air Operations Element are fully operational.

Future Plans

No information available.

Markings

National Insignia

CurrentHistorical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

PNG military aircraft carry three-digit or four-digit serial numbers commencing with 001, and prefixed by the Papua New Guinea civil aircraft registration prefix, P2. The second digit of the serial indicates the aircraft type: 0 = C-47, 1 = Aztec/Nomad, 2 = Arava, 3 = Bo 105?, 4 = UH-1H, 5 = CN-235. An example is: CN-235 P2-0502.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False Reports of Aircraft in Service

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Papua New Guinea Defence Force, Murray Barracks, Port Moresby.

Organisational Structure

The Air Operations Element currently has no subsidiary units.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

Historical Order of Battle for 1990

All-Time Flying Units List

Air Transport Squadron

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All current PNG DF aircraft and helicopters are based at Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby. The military base is on the other side of the runway to the civilian operators.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The PNG DF has previously used five air bases: Lae, Madang, Port Moresby, Rabaul and Wewak. The main air base was at Lae, with the a secondary base at Port Moresby. After Lae City airport was closed, the main base moved to Port Moresby.

More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added.

Websites

PNG Defence Force
wikipedia: Papua New Guinea Defence Force
Papua New Guinea Defence Force Air Wing

Any photographs illustrating this air arm would be welcome.