Portugal is located on the western side of the Iberian peninsula, in western Europe. It is bordered to the north and east by Spain, and to the south and west by the Atlantic Ocean. The river Tagus neatly divides the country into the more mountainous north and the lower, undulating terrain to the south. Two island groups in the Atlantic also belong the Portugal: the Azores and Madeira. The total land area is 91,950 sq km (35,502 sq miles).
The Population of 9.8 million (2000 figure) is 99% Portuguese and 1% African immigrants from the former colonies. 97% of the population is Roman Catholic, 1% Protestant and 2% other faiths. The capital city is Lisbon.
Former overseas territories include: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde Islands, Goa (in India), Guinea, Macau (in China), Mozambique, Timor.
Summary Narrative History
Timeline – Key Dates in Portuguese History
Further National Information
BBC News Profile: Portugal
Yahoo Portugal page
wikipedia: History of Portugal
Text to be added on the development of aviation in Portugal.
Civil Aircraft Registrations
Portuguese civil aircraft were registered in the series C-PAAA onwards from 1919, but this changed to CS-AAA onwards in 1929. The sequence CS-UAA onwards is reserved for microlights.
An incomplete all-time Portuguese civil aircraft register listing is here.
Military Air Arms
Current military air arms-
Air Force (Forca Aerea Portuguesa)
Naval Aviation (Marinha Portuguesa)
Historical military air arms-
Naval Aviation [1917-1952]
Army Aviation [1914-1952]
Army Aviation (Exercito Portuguesa) [2000-2015]
National Guard Aviation [1984-1991]
Irregular Forces Aviation [1962-1975]
Central Government Agencies
Government Aviation – government aviation unit
Civil Defence Aviation (Protecao Civil)
Public Service Aviation
Medical Aviation (INEM)
Police Aviation – no aviation unit
Air Luxor (1988-2006)
SATA Air Acores
wikipedia: Airlines of Portugal
The World’s Airlines: Portugal
To be added
Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots
Civil Airports & Airfields
Airports in Portugal
Military Air Bases & Airfields
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.
Museu do Ar
Museu de Marinha
Key Airshow Dates
Magazines Guide for Portugal
Portuguese Aviation Bibliography – to be added
wikipedia: Aviation in Portugal
Links to relevant pages
Aeromodelling and Aviation in Portugal
Some info on Portuguese aircraft, famous flights, aviation museums
Aviation Photography at Faro
Civil and military photo galleries plus spotters guide to Faro airport
The Luso Pages: Lisbon Aviation
Airport and airline information.
Portuguese helicopter operator