27-Aug-2011 Source: HeliHub.com
Japan’s Doctor Heli organisation currently flies a fleet of 15 Eurocopter EC135s and 5 MD Explorers on EMS work across Japan.Â The EC135s are operated for them by Aero Hirata, and the Explorers by Aero Asahi.
Doctor Heli is on the point of adding a third type – the AgustaWestland AW109.Â There have at least one GrandNew on order for delivere close to the year end, and industry sources are suggesting more will follow after that.Â To get the organisation up to speed with 109s, a pre-owned 109E Power is being acquired from the UK – previously flown by Sloane Helicopters for the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance as G-WNAA.Â The aircraft has this week completed a respray by Kinch Aviation Services at Doncaster Airport in full Doctor Heli colours, and is undergoing some avionics modifications which are expected to be completed in October ready for export to Japan.
This is not the first time that Doctor Heli have operated 109s.Â Between 1999 and 2003, Nakanihon Airlines flew an A109K2 for them, serial 10028 carrying registration JA111D.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com
Photo credit David Hedges