Government Flying Service

The Government Flying Service (GFS) is a disciplined unit of the Government of Hong Kong.

Government Flying Service
Agency overview
Formed1 April 1993; 28 years ago (1993-04-01)
Preceding agency
Jurisdiction Hong Kong
HeadquartersHong Kong International Airport
Motto
  • Semper Paratus
  • Always ready
Employees225
Annual budgetHKD 577.6 million (2016-17)[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Captain West WU, Controller
Parent departmentSecurity Bureau
Websitewww.gfs.gov.hk
Government Flying Service
Traditional Chinese政府飛行服務隊
Simplified Chinese政府飞行服务队
For the Slovak state carrier, see Slovak Government Flying Service.
Head office at Hong Kong International Airport

The service has its head office in,[2] and operates from, the southwestern end of Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok. Before the opening of the Chek Lap Kok airport in 1998, it operated from the old Kai Tak Airport (i.e. the former Hong Kong International Airport). GFS patrols a 400-nautical-mile (740 km) radius of Hong Kong's Maritime Search and Rescue Region, which covers most of the South China Sea basin, as well as the Hong Kong Flight Information Region.