Gum Air

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Gum Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
GUM GUMAIR
Founded September 16, 1971
Operating bases Zorg en Hoop Airport
Fleet size 12
Headquarters Paramaribo, Suriname
Key people Gummels (MD)
Website Gum Air

Gum Air is a Surinamese airline based at Zorg en Hoop Airport in Paramaribo, Suriname. Gum Air cooperates with Trans Guyana Airways to provide daily flights between Zorg en Hoop Airport (ORG) in Paramaribo, Suriname and Ogle Airport (OGL) in Georgetown, Guyana).

History[edit]

Gum Air was founded in 1971 by six brothers of the Gummels family. The company they started was named Sky Farmers and focused on national flights.

Gum Air has flown various unique types of STOL Short Take Off & Landing aircraft from Suriname in the past such as Dornier DO 28D-1 Skyservant, GAF Nomad, Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander and also helicopter types such as Agusta-Bell 204B & Bell 206B Jet Ranger II

Fleet[edit]

Gum Air today owns a fleet of 11 aircraft plus a helicopter, consisting of four types of aircraft varying from 5 seats to 19 seats.

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Aircraft In Fleet Passengers Notes
Cessna U206B/G Stationair 6/Super Skywagon 4 1 pilot plus 5 passengers
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 5 1-2 pilots plus 8-9 passengers (Max 14 passengers with FAR Part 23 waiver)
De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter 2[1] 2 pilots plus 19 passengers
Robinson R44 Raven I 1 1-pilot plus 3 passengers
Total 12

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 10 February 2001 Gum Air’s GAF Nomad N24A, registered PZ-TBP was written-off when it crashed on a flight from Paramaribo – Zanderij Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport (PBM/SMJP) to Njoeng Jacob Kondre Airstrip (ICAO: SMJK). The Nomad plane had lost radio contact. According to personnel at the airstrip in Jacob Kondre it was flying low and crashed into a mountain. All 9 passengers plus the pilot died.[2]
  • On 21 August 2008 a Gum Air's Cessna 206 Stationair 6 ran off the airstrip at Poesoegroenoe Airstrip (ICAO: SMPG) during take-off when engine failure occurred. All 6 people on board survived, with only two slightly injured.[3]
  • On 22 November 2008 Gum Air’s Cessna 404 Titan, registered PZ-TVC made a forced landing on the road near Gusterie, Suriname, after engine failures. The aircraft came to rest in the bushes and was reported destroyed. No injuries or fatalities occurred in this accident.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 33. 
  2. ^ "2001". Planecrashinfo.com. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  3. ^ "Gewonden bij vliegongeluk in Suriname". Suriname - Waterkant.Net. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Aircraft database" (TXT). Lanewers.net. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 

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