Florianópolis Air Force Base
|Florianópois Air Force Base
Base Aérea de Florianópolis
|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|
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.
- March 13, 1979: Brazilian Air Force, a Grumman SA-16 Albatross registration FAB-6540, belonging to the Pelican Squadron (2°/10° GAv) crashed in the neighbourhood of Costeira do Pirajuba, near Florianópolis Air Force Base. Five crew members died. The pilot was rescued alive but died a few days later.
The base is located 14 km from downtown Florianópolis.
- 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 October 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