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Air Units Organization

At unit levels, "Groups" (Grupos) usually consist of one to sixteen consecutively numbered "Squadrons" (Esquadrões), each with varying numbers of aircraft, usually from six to 12. Smaller formations are known as "Flights" (Esquadrilhas). According to its tasks, a group has one of the following designations:

  • Air Defense Group: Grupo de Defesa Aérea (GDA): Air defense fighters. (Fighter Jets)
  • Transport Group: Grupo de Transporte (GT): Transport, Flight refueling
  • Aviation Group: Grupo de Aviação (GAv): Fighter, attack, reconnaissance, SAR, rotary wing
  • Fighter Aviation Group: Grupo de Aviação de Caça (GAvCa); Fighter, attack planes
  • Troop Transport Group: Grupo de Transporte de Tropas (GTT): Transports, troop carrying, parachutist drop
  • Special Flight Inspection Group: Grupo Especial de Inspeção em Vôo (GEIV): Calibration
  • Special Test Flights Group: Grupo Especial de Ensaios de Vôo (GEEV): Test flights
  • Special Transport Group: Grupo de Transporte Especial (GTE): VIP transport

Common used designations for squadrons are:

  • Air Transport Squadron: Esquadrão de Transporte Aéreo (ETA)
  • Air Training Squadron: Esquadrão de Instrução Aérea (EIA)
  • Demonstration flying team: Esquadrão de Demonstração Aérea (EDA) (also called "Esquadrilha da Fumaça")

The air units are organized as follows:

COMGAR sub-formation Air unit Aircraft type Air base
I FAe 1º/5º GAv C-95 Natal
2º/5º GAv A-29B Natal
1º/11º GAv UH-50 Natal
II FAe 1º/7º GAv P-95B, P-3AM Salvador
2º/7º GAv P-95B Florianópolis
3º/7º GAv P-95A Belém
4º/7º GAv P-95A Santa Cruz
1º/8º GAv UH-1H, H-36 Belém
2º/8º GAv AH-2 Porto Velho
3º/8º GAv H-34, UH-55 Afonsos
5º/8º GAv H-60L Santa Maria
7º/8º GAv H-60L Manaus
2º/10º GAv UH-1H, SC-95B, SC105A, SC-130H Campo Grande
III FAe 1º/1º GAvCa F-5EM, AT-27 Santa Cruz
2º/1º GAvCa F-5EM, AT-27 Santa Cruz
1º GDA F-2000, AT-27 Anápolis
1º/3º GAv AT-27, A-29A, A-29B Boa Vista
2º/3º GAv AT-27, A-29A, A-29B Porto Velho
3º/3º GAv AT-27, A-29A, A-29B Campo Grande
1º/4º GAv F-5EM, F-5FM Manaus
1º/6º GAv R-35A, R-95 Recife
2º/6º GAv E-99, R-99, C-98 Anápolis
1º/10º GAv A-1A, A-1B Santa Maria
3º/10º GAv RA-1A, RA-1B Santa Maria
1º/14º GAv F-5EM, F-5FM, AT-27 Canoas
1º/12º GAv RQ-450 (UAV) Santa Maria
1º/16º GAv A-1A, A-1B Santa Cruz
V FAe 1º GTT C-130H Afonsos
1º/1º GT C-130H/KC-130H Galeão
1º/2º GAv C-99 Galeão
2º/2º GAv KC-137 Galeão
1º/9º GAv C-105A Manaus
1º/15º GAv C-105A Campo Grande
I COMAR 1º ETA C-95B, C-98, C-97 Belém
II COMAR 2º ETA C-95A, C-97 Recife
III COMAR 3º ETA C-95B, C-97 Galeão
IV COMAR 4º ETA C-95A, C-97 São Paulo
V COMAR 5º ETA C-95A, C-97 Canoas
VI COMAR 6º ETA C-95C, VU-9, VC-97 Brasília
VII COMAR 7º ETA C-97, C-98 Manaus

Other air units are:

Major component Air unit Aircraft type Air base
DECEA GEIV EC-95B/C,EU-93A Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont
CTA GEEV A-1,XU-93,T-27,CH-55 São José dos Campos
DEPENS 1º EIA T-27 Pirassununga
DEPENS 2º EIA T-25A/C Pirassununga
DEPENS Clube de Vôo a Vela U-19,Z-15,Z-16,TZ-13 Pirassununga
DEPENS Support C-95A,UH-50,U-7 Pirassununga
Reporting direct to Air Force cabinet GTE 1 VC-1A, 2 VC-2, 4 VC-99B, 2 VC-99C, 2 VH-34, 2 VH-55, 2 VH-35, 1 VH-36 Brasília
Reporting direct to Air Force cabinet EDA T-27 Pirassununga

The Air Force Bases of the Brazilian Air Force are:

Location State ICAO IATA Airport name
Anápolis Goiás SBAN Anápolis Air Force Base
Belém Pará SBBE BEL Belém Air Force Base
Boa Vista Roraima SBBV BVB Boa Vista Air Force Base
Brasília Federal District SBBR BRS Brasília Air Force Base
Campo Grande Mato Grosso do Sul SBCG CGR Campo Grande Air Force Base
Canoas Rio Grande do Sul SBCO Canoas Air Force Base
Florianópolis Santa Catarina SBFL FLN Florianópolis Air Force Base
Fortaleza Ceará SBFZ FOR Fortaleza Air Force Base
Guarulhos São Paulo SBGR GRU São Paulo Air Force Base
Manaus Amazonas SBMN PLL Manaus Air Force Base
Natal Rio Grande do Norte SBNT NAT Natal Air Force Base
Porto Velho Rondônia SBPV PVH Porto Velho Air Force Base
Recife Pernambuco SBRF REC Recife Air Force Base
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro SBGL GIG Galeão Air Force Base
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro SBSC SNZ Santa Cruz Air Force Base
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro SBAF Afonsos Air Force Base
Salvador Bahia SBSV SSA Salvador Air Force Base
Santa Maria Rio Grande do Sul SBSM Santa Maria Air Force Base
Santos São Paulo SBST SSZ Santos Air Force Base
Novo Progresso Pará SBCC Brigadeiro Velloso Testing Range Air Base
Pirassununga São Paulo SBYS QPS Air Force Academy

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