Florianópolis Air Force Base
|Florianópois Air Force Base
Base Aérea de Florianópolis
|IATA: FLN – ICAO: SBFL|
|Airport type||Military: Air Force Base|
|Operator||Brazilian Air Force|
|In use||1941 – present|
|Commander||Cel. Av. Paulo Roberto de Barros Chã|
|Elevation AMSL||6 m / 19 ft|
|Sources: Air Force Base Website, Brazilian Air Force|
It shares some facilities with Florianópolis-Hercílio Luz International Airport.
Between 1927 and 1932, the then known as Campeche Field was also used by the French aviators of the Compagnie Générale Aéropostale for its operations in Florianópolis. Among them were Jean Mermoz, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Henri Guillaumet.
The Air Naval base existed until 1941, when the government changed its jurisdiction to the Brazilian Air Force. It was then that it received its present name.
During World War II the base was dedicated to missions of anti-submarine surveillance in the southern coast of Brazil.
The following unit is based at Florianópolis Air Force Base:
Subordinated to the command of the 2nd Air Force (II FAe), which is dedicated to Search and Rescue, Rotorary Wings, and Maritime Patrol:
- 2nd Squadron of the 7th Aviation Group (2º/7ºGAv), the Phoenix Squadron, using P-95A (Embraer EMB 111 Bandeirante Patrulha) aircraft for Maritime Patrol Missions.
The base also has a Cessna 208 Caravan for administrative functions.
Accidents and incidents
- June 6, 1949: Brazilian Air Force, a Douglas C-47B-50-DK registration FAB-2023 flying from Florianópolis to Canoas Air Force Base flew into the side of a mountain shortly after take-off and flying into heavy overcast. All 28 passengers and crew died.
- December 26, 2002: Brazilian Air Force, an Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante registration FAB-2292 en route from São Paulo-Campo de Marte to Florianópolis Air Force Base, crashed while trying to carry out an emergency landing at Curitiba-Afonso Pena. Reportedly, both engines had quit. The airplane had taken off with insufficient fuel on board to complete the flight to Florianópolis. Three passengers and crew of the 16 aboard died.
The base is located 14 km from downtown Florianópolis.
- Air Force Base Official Website
- Brazilian Air Force Official Website
- "2º/7ºGAv – Esquadrão Phoenix" (in Portuguese). Spotter. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
- "Accident description FAB-2023". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved May 12, 2011.
- "Accident description FAB-2292". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
- Airport information for SBFL at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for SBFL at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Current weather for SBFL at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for FLN at Aviation Safety Network
- Florianópolis Air Force Base Photo Archive at airliners.net
- Photos of the P-95A used by Phoenix Squadron at spotters.com.br