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.

Gum Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
GUM GUM GUMAIR
FoundedSeptember 16, 1971
Operating basesZorg en Hoop Airport
Fleet size10
HeadquartersParamaribo, Suriname
Key peopleGummels (MD)
WebsiteGum Air

HistoryEdit

Gum Air was founded in 1971 by six brothers of the Gummels family. The company they started in March 1964 was agriculture airspray company named Surinam Sky Farmers and Gum Air its offspring focused more on domestic flights and regional charters.[1] Whereas Surinam Sky Farmers has its base in the rice district of Nickerie at the Wageningen Airstrip together with Overeem Air Service maintaining Grumman Ag Cat aircraft, Gum Air has its base at Zorg en Hoop airfield in the capital city Paramaribo and now mainly flies with single engine Cessna airplanes and twin-engined de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft.

Gum Air also owns dedicated Heliport, Gummels Heliport Paramaribo, built in Suriname at the Gummelsweg in the neighborhood of Kwatta near the city of Paramaribo, Suriname. Privately owned by the Gummels family the heliport is mainly used for helicopter charters and primarily for offshore development activities within the country.

Besides charter flights within Suriname Gum Air also operates scheduled interior services from Paramaribo to places like Benzdorp, Cottica, Gabaka, Drietabbetje and Stoelmanseiland.

Internationally Gum Air has an agreement with Trans Guyana Airways and together they provide regular scheduled flights between Zorg en Hoop Airport, Paramaribo (Suriname) and Ogle Airport of Georgetown (Guyana).[2]

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

 
Gum Air De Havilland Twin Otter

FleetEdit

Gum Air today owns a fleet of 9 aircraft plus a helicopter, consisting of four types of aircraft varying from 5 seats to 19 seats.

Aircraft In Fleet Passengers Notes
Cessna U206B/G Stationair 6/Super Skywagon 3 1 pilot plus 5 passengers
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 4 1-2 pilots plus 8-9 passengers (Max 14 passengers with FAR Part 23 waiver)
De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter 2[3] 2 pilots plus 19 passengers
Robinson R44 Raven I 1 1-pilot plus 3 passengers
Total 10

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • 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.[4]
  • 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.[5]
  • 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.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.nickerie.net/News2014/2014-03-20%20-%20Surinam%20Sky%20Farmers%20bestaat%2050%20jaar.htm
  2. ^ http://www.gumair.com/
  3. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 33.
  4. ^ "2001". Planecrashinfo.com. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  5. ^ "Gewonden bij vliegongeluk in Suriname". Suriname - Waterkant.Net. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  6. ^ "Aircraft database" (TXT). Lanewers.net. Retrieved 2015-10-19.

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