ABOUT AIR TRANSPORT WING:

Brief History

Air Transport Wing was officially formed on the 12th of August 1975. PNG gained Independence on the 16th of September 1975 a month and four (4) days after the formation of Air Transport Wing. The Unit was based out of Lae Airport (now decommissioned) until 1991 when it moved to current location.

The Air Element is part of the other two elements that make up PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) and has only one unit, the Air transport Wing. Air Element is part of the Force Preparation Branch (FPB) and is headed by the Director Air Preparatory (DAP) and has Air Staff officers that worked under him.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITY

Director Air Preparatory is responsible for all Air Element Operation and Administration, involve in policy making at HQPNGDF regarding Air and also advice Commander PNGDF through Chief of Force Preparation in all aspects and status of all PNGDF aircraft mobility. He is also responsible for the administrative requirements of all personnel under him as their sponsor director.

AIR TRANSPORT WING (ATW)

Air Transport Wing is the only Unit of PNGDF Air Element and is currently located at Jacksons Airbase, Port Moresby after moving from Lae in 1991. The Air Wing operates medium airlift transport aircraft like CN 235 (Casa) and two lease helicopter from Commonwealth Government of Australia as tactical airlift aircraft to support PNGDF task and assistance to other government agencies.

The Wing is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel as the Commanding Officer and has four (4) Squadrons serving under his command. The Squadrons are made up of Flights (as per the structure attached) and are commanded by Squadron Leader (major in rank). The four Squadrons are; Operation, Maintenance, Training and Support.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITY

Commanding Officer: The Commanding Officer has the command responsibility for administration and managing the Unit. The CO is also responsible to advice Commander PNGDF on all aspects and status of all PNGDF Air Transport Mobility to Director Air through Chief of Force Preparation.

Operations Squadron Commander is second in command and responsible to Commanding Officer for advice on all operational flights, liaison with maintenance and training squadron commanders for efficient utilization of ATW aircraft, maintenance of operation board, task records inclusion authorization book and amending and up-dating of all Unit flying Order Book (UFOB) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Maintenance Squadron Commander is the Senior Engineering Officer (SENGO) and is responsible for providing advice on all engineering and maintenance matters, provision of aircraft as required to carry out task, maintenance of Standard Operation Procedures Maintenance (SOPM), Safety Compliance Officer (SCO), recommending training and administration requirement for all maintenance personnel and flights under his control.

Training Squadron Commander is qualified flying instructor (pilot) and is responsible for providing advice on all matters relating to aircrew flying and ground training, engineering training, apprentice training and administrative training both military and civil for all squadrons and flights and personnel under his control.

Support Squadron Commander is a logistic officer and is responsible for providing advice on all matters relating to unit administration that support unit operations. He is also responsible for the processing of all administrative requirements of flights and personnel under his control.

ROLES AND FUNCTION

The roles and function of Air Transport Wing is to provide credible air capability to GoPNG through PNGDF for:

• Surveillance;
• Border Operations;
• Nation Building;
• Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR)
• Contribution to Regional Peace Keeping; and
• As tasked by GoPNG.

STRENGTH

The current Air Wing strength is 125 personnel (proposed strength is 350):

Officers 12 (7xPilots)
Senior Non Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) 55
Non commissioned Officers (NCO) 17 17
Other Ranks (ORS) 41
Personnel 125

 

AIRCRAFT TYPES (1975 AND PRESENT)

DC 3

Five ex-RAAF C-47B Dakotas were donated to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force. During overhaul the aircraft were recertified to civil DC-3 standard.
One other C-47B was donated to be used as a training aid.

GAF N22 NOMAD

Three GAF N22B Nomads were provided by the Australian Government in 1977/78. These were supplemented with three N22SB Search masters in 1982/84


IAI ARAVA

Three Israel Aircraft Industries Arava 201 transport aircraft were delivered in March 1985.


BELL UH-1 IROQUOIS

Four ex-RAAF UH-1H Iroquois helicopters were donated to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force under Project Wit Koki.
A fifth example was purchased as an attrition replacement in 1992.

 


CASA CN-235M

Two CASA built CN-235M were purchased in 1991 from Spain. P2 502 is operational and P2 501 require major overhaul.

 

2 x CASA CN-235 100M Series (1992)

BELL 212


In 04/2012 under the PNG-Australia Defence Cooperation Program a contract was signed between the Australian Government and Hevilift Helicopters (PNG) to provide the PNGDF with two twin-engine medium-lift helicopters and one light training helicopter for a period of two years.

AIR ELEMENT AND AIR TRANSPORT WING STRUCTURE

AIR ELEMENT STRUCTURE

ATW CURRENT STRUCTURE