Guyana Defence Force receives two aircrafts (August 10, 2018)

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Guyana Defence Force receives two aircrafts (August 10, 2018)

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GDF receives two aircrafts (August 10, 2018)
August 10, 2018

Chief of Staff of the GDF, Brigadier Patrick West [centre], Commander of the Air Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Courtney Byrne [second right] and Major Mohinder Ramjag, Officer in Command at the Flight Operations Department [second left] among other GDF officials pose in front one of the Islanders

Commander of the GDF’s Air Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Courtney Byrne, explained to the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the planes will be able to effectively perform 10 out of the 13 Air Corps tasks.

Byrne said the aircraft is best suited for Guyana’s rough, mountainous terrain, high altitudes and short hinterland airstrips. “These aircrafts can perform these missions well. They are adapted for this kind of terrain.” Earlier this year, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had sought supplementary provision of $484Million in the National Assembly to procure two Islanders and two Sky vans.

The Islanders that arrived on Wednesday were bought in Brazil and flown across the border by a team of GDF pilots. Major Mohinder Ramjag, Officer in Command at the Flight Operations Department, led the team that flew the planes to Guyana.

The GDF will now have the planes certified and registered by the Guyana Civil Aviation

Authority (GCAA). “We already have highly qualified pilots to fly these aircrafts and we have engineers who are also qualified to maintain these aircrafts,” Byrne said. Lieutenant Colonel Byrne assured that the refurbished planes can provide more than 30 years of service to the Air Corps. Chief of Staff of the GDF, Brigadier Patrick West, and other GDF officials were on hand to witness the arrival of the aircrafts. There will be an official handing over ceremony for the aircrafts today.

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“Airworthy” GDF islanders to arrive in Guyana shortly” – Min. Harmon
– Sky vans to arrive by year end
– the four aircraft were “tried and tested” and are in suitable condition for use by the GDF
Jul 19, 2018

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, July 19, 2018

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon today, on the sidelines of the 92nd Sitting of the National Assembly, said the two islanders purchased by the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) will be arriving in Guyana shortly from Brazil.

As it relates to the two sky vans, Minister Harmon said additional work is ongoing with the contract, however, the aircraft, he anticipates will be here before the end of the year.

Minister Harmon rejected claims that there are problems related to the airworthiness of the aircraft.

During a press conference in May, the minister said the four aircraft were “tried and tested” and are in suitable condition for use by the GDF.

An inspection was also carried out by a team of personnel who provided a positive report on their condition.

Supplementary funding of $484, 239, 000 was sought from the National Assembly for the purchase of the four, fixed-wing aircraft. Some $213, 885,000 from within the GDF’s 2018 capital programme was utilised to meet the initial payments for the aircraft.

The procurement of the four aircraft is to ensure the safe transport of patients and other resources and will also be used for conducting search and rescue exercises in the hinterland.

By: Stacy Carmichael

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