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Marubeni pays for early Vertical VX4 delivery slots

Marubeni pays for early Vertical VX4 delivery slots

20-Jan-2023Source: Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace (Vertical) [NYSE: EVTL], a global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering zero-emissions aviation, announces that it has secured a pre-delivery payment for the reservation of aircraft delivery slots from its existing customer, the leading Japanese trading and investment conglomerate, Marubeni Corporation [Marubeni]. Following the joint working group partnership with Vertical, Marubeni has... Read more

Japan approves BVLOS drone flights in urban areas

Japan approves BVLOS drone flights in urban areas

9-Dec-2022Source: The Japan Times

Japan on Monday lifted its ban on urban drone flights outside visible range over residential areas to allow aerial parcel deliveries and help address the country’s labor shortages amid the graying of the population across the country, particularly in rural areas. See Full Story.... Read more

Skyports expands in Asia-Pacific with new Japan office

Skyports expands in Asia-Pacific with new Japan office

23-Nov-2022Source: Skyports

Skyports, the leading Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) infrastructure developer and drone services provider announced the opening of its branch office in Tokyo, Japan. The formation of a local business entity and team in Japan reflects Skyports’ continued commitment to developing the AAM industry in close collaboration with local partners, businesses, regulators, and end-users. Skyports’ Japan... Read more

Osprey aircraft deployment in Saga Prefecture clears a hurdle

Osprey aircraft deployment in Saga Prefecture clears a hurdle

3-Nov-2022Source: The Asahi Shimbun

The Defense Ministry has cleared a major obstacle in the way of deploying Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft in Saga Prefecture amid stiff opposition from locals worried about environmental damage. See Full Story.... Read more

FAA and Japan to partner on AAM Certification

FAA and Japan to partner on AAM Certification

21-Oct-2022Source: FAA

  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) signed a Declaration of Cooperation to support future Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft development and operation. The declaration continues the safety agencies’ long partnership and formalizes ongoing discussions on certifying and validating new AAM aircraft, production, continued airworthiness, operations, and personnel licensing. “The FAA... Read more

Airbus delivers 100th H135 in Japan

Airbus delivers 100th H135 in Japan

3-Oct-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

  Since the delivery of the country’s first H135 to Toho Air Service in April 1997 for electronic news gathering (ENG) activities, Japanese operators across the country have been tapping into Airbus Helicopters’ H135 operational excellence for a variety of missions spanning utility, emergency medical services, law enforcement, media broadcasting, passenger transportation, and training. Most... Read more

Entrol installs H145 D3 FTD Level 5 simulator in Japan

Entrol installs H145 D3 FTD Level 5 simulator in Japan

9-Sep-2022Source: Entrol

  In collaboration with ANA Trading Corp, Entrol has installed an H145/BK-117 D3 FTD Level 5 simulator in Japan for Aero Asahi, one of the biggest helicopter operators in Japan. The simulator features a replica of the Helionix© integrated avionics, a spherical visual system with six projectors, a vibration system, forward-looking camera based on FLIR©,... Read more

Airbus partners with Hiratagakuen on eVTOL routes in Kansai region

Airbus partners with Hiratagakuen on eVTOL routes in Kansai region

8-Sep-2022Source: Airbus

  Airbus is partnering with Japanese helicopter operator City to develop advanced air mobility services in the Kansai region and beyond. This is a key addition to the company’s strong regional footprint and growing international network to pioneer the future of mobility. Through this agreement, Airbus and Hiratagakuen will tackle crucial aspects required to launch... Read more

Mitsubishi to Conduct the First Manned Flying Car Test in 2024

Mitsubishi to Conduct the First Manned Flying Car Test in 2024

4-Aug-2022Source: Mitsubishi

  Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd., Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., and Kanematsu Corporation submitted a proposal for public offering (Note 1) of “Project for the Social Implementation of Advanced Air Mobility-based Services” by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (project promoter: Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.), which has been selected. The purpose of the project, from FY2022 to FY2024,... Read more

ANA and Seven-Eleven Firm Up Drone Delivery Plan

ANA and Seven-Eleven Firm Up Drone Delivery Plan

2-Aug-2022Source: Akihabara News

All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Seven-Eleven Japan have formed a new agreement to materialize their plan for a nationwide drone delivery service. Under the agreement, ANA’s main responsibilities will be to establishing the drone operation system, including the selection of the drone aircraft which will be used, and to improve communication stability related to drone... Read more

EH216 Completes Demo Flight Tour in 4 Japanese Cities

EH216 Completes Demo Flight Tour in 4 Japanese Cities

25-Jul-2022Source: EHang

  EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced that its EH216 AAV has successfully completed a demo flight tour across 4 cities in Japan in July and expanded its footprint for the first time into the Kansai region, Kyushu region and Shikoku region after its... Read more

Enstrom Signs First Sales Representative

Enstrom Signs First Sales Representative

18-Jul-2022Source: Enstrom

  Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is pleased to announce that it has signed Aero Facility Co, Ltd. as their representative for sales in the country of Japan. Aero Facility has the honor of being the first Representative signed back after Enstrom emerged out of Chapter 7 bankruptcy on May 13, 2022. Aero Facility was a long... Read more

Japan’s first SAF helicopter flight with H215

Japan’s first SAF helicopter flight with H215

2-Jun-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

  Airbus Helicopters in Japan and Japan’s leading helicopter operator Nakanihon Air (NNK) have jointly performed the country’s first ever helicopter flight powered with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). NNK’s H215 helicopter conducted a 30-minute flight at Nagoya Airport in Aichi Prefecture today. The aircraft was fueled with 600 litres of “SUSTEO 10”, a renewable jet... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $9M contract to upgrade V-22 Half Wing Part Task Trainer

Bell Boeing awarded $9M contract to upgrade V-22 Half Wing Part Task Trainer

26-May-2022Source: US DoD

  Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $9,508,967 firm-fixed-price order (N6134022F7005) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N0001922G0002). This order provides for the upgrade and delivery of the V-22 Half Wing Part Task Trainer in support of executing training for the government of Japan. Work will be performed in Amarillo,... Read more

SkyDrive and MLIT Agree on Basis for Flying Car Type Certification

SkyDrive and MLIT Agree on Basis for Flying Car Type Certification

9-May-2022Source: SkyDrive

SkyDrive Inc., a leading manufacturer of flying cars1 and cargo drones in Japan, announced that an agreement was reached in March with the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) to base the type certification2 for the company’s flying car on the JCAB Airworthiness Inspection Manual (AIM) Part II... Read more

Dart to certify Fire Attack® System on five-bladed H145

Dart to certify Fire Attack® System on five-bladed H145

13-Apr-2022Source: DART Aerospace

Japan Aerospace Corporation (JAC) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) have signed an agreement with DART Aerospace to design and certify a fire attack® system for the new five-bladed H145//BK117D-3. The partnership came at the request of DART representative JAC to market a fire attack® system for the H145 helicopter in Japan. KHI, who will assemble... Read more

Wingcopter adds Itochu as a strategic partner in Japan

Wingcopter adds Itochu as a strategic partner in Japan

30-Mar-2022Source: Wingcopter

German drone delivery pioneer Wingcopter has announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with ITOCHU Corporation. ITOCHU joins Wingcopter’s Authorized Partnership Program (WAPP) and will act as a dedicated distributor and lessor for the Wingcopter 198, Wingcopter’s new eVTOL delivery drone, in Japan. On top, the Japanese conglomerate also decided to make a strategic... Read more

Eve and Skyports partner for eVTOL ops in Japan

Eve and Skyports partner for eVTOL ops in Japan

18-Feb-2022Source: Eve Urban Air Mobility

Eve UAM, LLC (“Eve”), an Embraer S.A. (“Embraer”) company, and Skyports Pte Ltd (“Skyports”), a leading infrastructure provider for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) passenger and cargo vehicles, today announced a partnership that will support the development of a new Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), including Urban Air Mobility (UAM),... Read more

ANA Holdings and Joby Partner to Bring Air Taxi Service to Japan

ANA Holdings and Joby Partner to Bring Air Taxi Service to Japan

18-Feb-2022Source: Joby Aviation

ANA HOLDINGS, INC. (“ANA”) and Joby Aviation, Inc. (NYSE:JOBY, “Joby”) today announced they are forming a partnership that will see Japan’s largest airline join with Joby to bring aerial ridesharing services to Japan. Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) also joined the partnership, with the intention of exploring opportunities such as ground-based transportation. Joby is a California-based... Read more

SKT and Joby Join Forces to Bring Air Taxi Service to South Korea

SKT and Joby Join Forces to Bring Air Taxi Service to South Korea

9-Feb-2022Source: Joby Aviation

SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM, “SKT”), South Korea’s leading telecommunications company, and Joby Aviation (NYSE:JOBY, “Joby”), a California-based company developing an all-electric, five-seat aircraft that can take off and land vertically (eVTOL), today announced they will work together to introduce emissions-free aerial ridesharing services to cities and communities across South Korea. SKT’s CEO Ryu Young-sang and Joby’s... Read more

EHang Receives Pre-order for 50 Units of EH216 in Japan

EHang Receives Pre-order for 50 Units of EH216 in Japan

26-Jan-2022Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company announced that AirX Inc. (“AirX”), a leading Japanese air mobility digital platform company, has placed a pre-order for 50 units of the EH216 AAV, marking the biggest pre-order EHang has received in Japan. This reflects the... Read more

EHang secures first VT-30 order and Conducts EH216 demo flights in Japan

EHang secures first VT-30 order and Conducts EH216 demo flights in Japan

12-Jan-2022Source: EHang

EHang, the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced that it has secured the first order for its VT-30, a long-range electric passenger-grade AAV. EHang will work with local partners, such as the Okayama Kurashiki Mizushima Aero & Space Industry Cluster Study Group (MASC), to further explore use cases with its EH216... Read more

SECO International Purchases 11th Bell 505

SECO International Purchases 11th Bell 505

11-Jan-2022Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that SECO International has signed a purchase agreement for a Bell 505 helicopter and has been appointed as the first Japan dealer for the Bell 505. This sale follows the letter of intent that SECO International signed in 2015 for 10 Bell 505s, which Bell... Read more

Japan-based Drone Fund invests in Wingcopter

Japan-based Drone Fund invests in Wingcopter

21-Dec-2021Source: Wingcopter

German drone delivery pioneer Wingcopter continues to fly high, announcing that it has received an investment from DRONE FUND. DRONE FUND is a Japan-based venture capital company specializing in drone and air mobility related startups. The investment is made out of DRONE FUND’s JPY 10 billion/USD 90 million strong third fund, called DRONE FUND III... Read more

Airbus delivers world’s first H160 in Japan

Airbus delivers world’s first H160 in Japan

10-Dec-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus has delivered the first ever H160 to Japanese operator All Nippon Helicopter (ANH), heralding a new chapter for this next generation twin-engine helicopter. With 68 patents, the innovative H160 is the world’s most technologically advanced helicopter. The multi-role H160 was delivered from Airbus’ helicopter facility in Kobe, Japan, where flight training and specialised equipment... Read more

US and Japan conduct joint mine warfare exercise

US and Japan conduct joint mine warfare exercise

3-Dec-2021Source: US Navy

The U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), conducted Mine Warfare Exercise (MIWEX) 3JA 2021 off the coast of southeastern Japan. MIWEX 3JA is part of an annual series of exercises between the U.S. Navy and JMSDF designed to increase proficiency in mine countermeasure operations between the two forces. During the six-day, participants work... Read more

US Army vessels and USAF helicopters conduct joint training off Japanese coast

US Army vessels and USAF helicopters conduct joint training off Japanese coast

22-Nov-2021Source: US Air Force

United States Army Vessel crews and Air Force Rescue Squadrons conducted a joint medical evacuation training exercise off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 10. The exercise, which included coordination between United States Army Vessel Landing Craft crews of Landing Craft Utility 2020 (Fort McHenry) and 2009 (Calaboza), the 10th Support Group, and Airmen from... Read more

SkyDrive Signs Supporter Agreement with EY Strategy and Consulting

SkyDrive Signs Supporter Agreement with EY Strategy and Consulting

3-Nov-2021Source: SkyDrive

SkyDrive Inc. (headquartered in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo; Tomohiro FUKUZAWA, CEO), a world-leading developer of urban air mobility solutions employing flying cars1 and cargo drones, is proud to announce that it has signed a Supporter Agreement2 with EY Strategy and Consulting Co., Ltd. (EYSC; headquartered in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo; Akira KONDO, president), under which SkyDrive will... Read more

SkyDrive – MLIT Accepts Application for Flying Car Type Certificate

SkyDrive – MLIT Accepts Application for Flying Car Type Certificate

3-Nov-2021Source: SkyDrive

SkyDrive Inc. (headquartered in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo; Tomohiro FUKUZAWA, CEO), an advanced air mobility solutions employing flying cars1 and cargo drones, is pleased to announce that the company’s application for a type certificate2 for its flying car was accepted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) on October 29, 2021. As such,... Read more

Volocopter Joins Osaka Roundtable to Bring UAM to Japan

Volocopter Joins Osaka Roundtable to Bring UAM to Japan

22-Oct-2021Source: Volocopter

Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), has joined the Osaka Roundtable, an institution eager to bring UAM to one of the busiest cities in Asia. As part of the engagement, the German eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) developer also committed to fly during the Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai. Together with long-term partner... Read more

Japan Airlines and Avolon partner on eVTOL ride-share operations

Japan Airlines and Avolon partner on eVTOL ride-share operations

21-Oct-2021Source: Avolon

Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, and Japan Airlines (‘JAL’), announce a partnership to commercialize zero-emissions eVTOL aircraft in Japan. Avolon, through its investment and innovation affiliate Avolon-e, has formed a strategic partnership with JAL to identify and target local partners and customers, infrastructure requirements, certification, and a range of commercial models to introduce one... Read more

US Navy and JMSDF Helicopter Squadrons Conduct Bi-lateral Exercises

US Navy and JMSDF Helicopter Squadrons Conduct Bi-lateral Exercises

13-Oct-2021Source: US Navy

Aircrews from the “Warlords” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51 and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) “Mighty 59” of Air Development Squadron (VX) 51 conducted bi-lateral exercises, Sept. 14. An MH-60R Seahawk assigned to HSM-51 and an SH-60K assigned to VX-51 conducted a bilateral squadron Tactical Formation (TACFORM) flight, and a dual helicopter... Read more

ITC-AeroLeasing reports strong Q3

ITC-AeroLeasing reports strong Q3

5-Oct-2021Source: ITC-AeroLeasing

ITC-AeroLeasing is pleased to announce its aircraft trading division’s successful third quarter of 2021. This follows the strong first half of the year, which included multiple Japanese government projects as well as international brokerage deals involving fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The third quarter of the year was comprised of three sales to overseas customers... Read more

Marubeni Corporation explores eVTOL in Japan with 200 aircraft option

Marubeni Corporation explores eVTOL in Japan with 200 aircraft option

27-Sep-2021Source: Vertical Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace (“Vertical”), a leading British eVTOL manufacturer which is pioneering the transition to carbon free aviation, announced that Vertical and Marubeni Corporation (“Marubeni”), a leading Japanese integrated trading and investment business conglomerate have reached an agreement to explore sustainable, emissions free Advanced Aerial Mobility (AAM) travel solutions, focused on the application of Vertical’s flagship... Read more

SkyDrive partners with Osaka Prefecture on eVTOL in Japan

SkyDrive partners with Osaka Prefecture on eVTOL in Japan

14-Sep-2021Source: SkyDrive

SkyDrive Inc. (headquartered in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo; Tomohiro FUKUZAWA, CEO) is proud to announce that it has signed a partnership agreement with the Osaka Prefectural Government (Governor: Hirofumi YOSHIMURA) and the Osaka City Government (Mayor: Ichiro MATSUI) for the practical application of its flying cars1 in Osaka. Together we will promote the development of science... Read more

Embraer’s Eve and Ascent extend partnership

Embraer’s Eve and Ascent extend partnership

24-Aug-2021Source: Eve Air Mobility

Eve Urban Air Mobility, LLC, an Embraer company, and Ascent Flights Global Ltd. announced a deepening of their partnership aimed at developing a robust Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem in the Asia Pacific region. Beginning in 2026, Eve will provide Ascent with up to 100,000 hours of flight time per year on its electrical vertical... Read more

First H145 D3 from Japanese production line delivered

First H145 D3 from Japanese production line delivered

23-Aug-2021Source: Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today its first domestic delivery in Japan of its latest-model helicopter, the H145//BK117 D-3 (“D-3”). The delivery was made to Central Helicopter Service Ltd. on August 20, 2021, and the new aircraft is slated for use in emergency medical services, crew training and other applications. The D-3 is an improved... Read more

Shizuoka Air Commuter orders another AW109SP GrandNew

Shizuoka Air Commuter orders another AW109SP GrandNew

16-Jul-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Shizuoka Air Commuter Corp yesterday announced that they have ordered another Leonardo AW109SP Grand New.  The company’s fleet already includes four GrandNew helicopters operated on the Doctor Heli EMS network, alongside an Airbus EC130 and three EC135s – one of which has been dedicated to a contract with Shizuoka Broadcasting System for over 12 years.... Read more

Kawasaki scores first firefighting order for five-blade H145

Kawasaki scores first firefighting order for five-blade H145

1-Jul-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has announced that they have received an order from Fukuoka City for the five-bladed H145 (aka BK117 D3) for firefighting and disaster prevention . This is the Japanese manufacturer’s first order for a D3 in the firefighting / disaster prevention role, something Japan is well known for. Fukuoka City Fire Department Fire... Read more

EHang 216 AAV Conducted Trial Flights in Japan

EHang 216 AAV Conducted Trial Flights in Japan

8-Jun-2021Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced today its flagship passenger-grade AAV EHang 216 successfully performed its maiden Japan unmanned and autonomous trial flight to showcase safe, autonomous, eco-friendly urban air mobility (“UAM”) solutions. Ahead of the trial flight, the EHang 216... Read more

Japan approves Airbus H160

Japan approves Airbus H160

18-May-2021

The Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) has granted its type certification for Airbus Helicopters’ multi-role twin-engine H160, heralding a new chapter for helicopter operations in Japan. “It is an honour to receive the H160 type certification from the JCAB. This certification, following the recent completion of Japan’s H160 first flight in France, paves the way... Read more

Japanese forces join US Marine Corps on SAR exercise

Japanese forces join US Marine Corps on SAR exercise

17-May-2021

U.S. Marines and Japan Self-Defense Force personnel conducted a bilateral search and rescue exercise at the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Hijyudai Training Area, 27 April, 2021. The participating units included: Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232, Marine Aircraft Group 12 and Ashiya Air Rescue Squadron, Air Rescue Wing (Ashiya). The bilateral exercise allowed U.S. and Japanese... Read more

HMLA-267 Demonstrates Offensive Air Support

HMLA-267 Demonstrates Offensive Air Support

29-Apr-2021

As hostile forces seized nearby islands, isolating western portions of the III Marine Expeditionary Force Area of Responsibility, they cut off vital sea lines of communication to the east. In response, during the hours of darkness, “STINGER 45” and “STINGER 46” departed a small island airfield and struck enemy outposts on northern and southern islands... Read more

ANA partners with Wingcopter to develop drone delivery infrastructure

ANA partners with Wingcopter to develop drone delivery infrastructure

19-Apr-2021Source: Wingcopter

ANA HOLDINGS INC. (hereinafter “ANA HD”) is collaborating with German drone manufacturer and service provider Wingcopter to accelerate the delivery of vital pharmaceuticals and other consumer products via unmanned aircraft. The two aviation innovators is conducting comprehensive trials with the electrical fixed-wing VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircraft developed by Wingcopter, with the aim of... Read more

First Two Bell 407GXi Delivered in Japan

First Two Bell 407GXi Delivered in Japan

16-Apr-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, recently delivered two Bell 407GXi helicopters to Shin-Nihon Helicopters in Japan. With this delivery, Shin-Nihon Helicopters becomes the first Japanese company to purchase and operate the 407GXi aircraft. A longstanding Bell customer since its establishment in 1960, Shin-Nihon Helicopters will use both helicopters to conduct power-line patrol... Read more

Japan Coast Guard to add two more Airbus H225s

Japan Coast Guard to add two more Airbus H225s

5-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Japan Coast Guard (JCG) will expand its fleet with two new H225 helicopters, taking its total Super Puma fleet up to 17, comprising two AS332s and 15 H225s. The largest Super Puma operator in Japan received its tenth H225 in February this year. The new helicopters will join its growing fleet to support territorial coastal... Read more

Eagle Copters Maintenance Ltd. gains Japanese MRO approval

Eagle Copters Maintenance Ltd. gains Japanese MRO approval

5-Apr-2021Source: Eagle Copters

Eagle Copters Maintenance Ltd. has received approval from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) as an approved maintenance organization for Japanese registered helicopters. The full complement of Eagle services is now available to owners and operators alike. With the help of Transport Canada and K-R Aircraft, Eagle successfully demonstrated our abilities in the global environment.... Read more

US Navy Recovers MH-60S from Record Depth

US Navy Recovers MH-60S from Record Depth

29-Mar-2021Source: US Navy

NAVSEA’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) recovered a downed Navy MH-60S helicopter from a depth of 19,075 feet off the coast of Okinawa, Japan Thursday. The helicopter, a twin engine Sikorsky Seahawk, crashed into the Pacific Ocean last year while operating from the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19). The air crew was... Read more

Two Japanese prefectures sign helicopter cooperation agreement

Two Japanese prefectures sign helicopter cooperation agreement

5-Mar-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The prefectures of Ehime and Yamaguchi have this week signed a Mutual Support Agreement regarding their helicopter operations. Under the agreement, each prefecture will be able to request support from the other for their firefighting and disaster prevention requirements. Ehime Prefecture operates a Kawasaki built EC145, while Yamaguchi Prefecture has a Leonardo AW169. Under the... Read more

First flight for Airbus H160 for All Nippon Helicopter

First flight for Airbus H160 for All Nippon Helicopter

14-Jan-2021Source: Airbus

All Nippon Helicopter’s (ANH) H160 has performed its first flight test, a 95-minute flight at the Marseille Provence Airport. This successful maiden flight paves the way for the aircraft’s entry into service in Japan. ANH deploys a helicopter fleet comprising six AS365s and five H135s for electronic news gathering for the TV stations across Japan. This H160... Read more

30-Dec-20 JA77AR Robinson R66 Ojiro, Japan (1F)

30-Dec-20 JA77AR Robinson R66 Ojiro, Japan (1F)

30-Dec-2020

Helicopter had taken off from the Isewan Helipad in Tsu City.  Circumstances of accident unclear but it is noted that high winds were recorded around that time and a local weather observatory had issued a gale advisory.  Pilot named here as Kotaro Demura, 46, was taken to a hospital but died later the same day Accident... Read more

04-Dec-20 JA504D Airbus AS350 Higashi Matsuyama, Japan

04-Dec-20 JA504D Airbus AS350 Higashi Matsuyama, Japan

4-Dec-2020

Take off from a temporary helipad in Higashi Matsuyama, Miyagi Prefecture at 10:50 (JST). The flight was for carrying trees with a sling (total weight of about 380 kg), and at an altitude of about 90 m near Miyato Kokegaura in Higashi Matsuyama, one of the trees (about 30 kg) fall in a paddy field.  No... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $12M contract to modify the V-22 of Japan

Bell Boeing awarded $12M contract to modify the V-22 of Japan

27-Nov-2020Source: US DoD

Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $12,861,992 modification (P00004) to cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price order N00019-20-F-0315 against previously issued basic ordering agreement N00019-17-G-0002.  This modification exercises options to modify the V-22 aircraft to the government of Japan’s unique configuration requirements.  Additionally, the modification exercises options for the production and delivery of nine... Read more

Bell Boeing awarded $188M contract for logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform

Bell Boeing awarded $188M contract for logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform

27-Nov-2020Source: US DoD

The Bell Boeing Joint Project Office, California, Maryland, has been awarded a maximum $188,572,655 modification (P00010) exercising the second one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPRPA1-17-D-009U) with four one-year option periods for performance-based logistics and engineering support for the V-22 platform.  This is a firm-fixed-price requirements contract.  Locations of performance are Maryland, Texas... Read more

V-22 Flights Begin at Japan’s Kisarazu Air Field

V-22 Flights Begin at Japan’s Kisarazu Air Field

20-Nov-2020Source: NAVAIR

Japanese Self-Defense Forces began V-22 flight operations at Kisarazu Air Field Nov.6, marking the first international partner to fly the U.S. military aircraft. “The JGSDF [Japan Ground Self Defense Force] is taking a big step toward integrating the V-22’s unique capabilities into its mission,” said Col. Matthew Kelly, program manager for the V-22 Joint Program... Read more

V-22 Flights Begin at Japan’s Kisarazu Air Field

V-22 Flights Begin at Japan’s Kisarazu Air Field

16-Nov-2020Source: NAVAIR

Japanese Self-Defense Forces began V-22 flight operations at Kisarazu Air Field Nov.6, marking the first international partner to fly the U.S. military aircraft. “The JGSDF [Japan Ground Self Defense Force] is taking a big step toward integrating the V-22’s unique capabilities into its mission,” said Col. Matthew Kelly, program manager for the V-22 Joint Program... Read more

Japan Airlines and Volocopter Sign Agreement

Japan Airlines and Volocopter Sign Agreement

2-Oct-2020Source: Volocopter

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Volocopter GmbH (Volocopter) entered into a cooperation agreement to promote the development of the Urban Air Mobility industry for next generation air transportation options of passengers and goods. In February 2020, Japan Airlines Innovation Fund invested in Volocopter, which is aiming to create and bring next-generation electrically powered air taxis and... Read more

Tokyo Metropolitan Government evaluates the AW609 tiltrotor’s unique capabilities to revolutionize connections with Ogasawara island

Tokyo Metropolitan Government evaluates the AW609 tiltrotor’s unique capabilities to revolutionize connections with Ogasawara island

4-Sep-2020Source: Leonardo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government recently announced the intention to evaluate the AW609 multirole commercial tiltrotor’s unique capabilities to deliver unprecedented levels of transport to Ogasawara island in the future. The distinguished characteristics of the world’s first commercial tiltrotor, combining turboprop-like performance (speed, range, altitude) and rotorcraft versatility (vertical take-off / landing and hovering) would deliver... Read more

SkyDrive makes first manned flight of SD-03 eVTOL

SkyDrive makes first manned flight of SD-03 eVTOL

4-Sep-2020Source: SkyDrive

SkyDrive Inc., a world-leading developer of urban air mobility solutions, is proud to announce that it conducted a public demonstration flight of its new SD-03 flying car model on August 25, 2020. It was the first public demonstration of a flying car in Japan. The flight took place at the 10,000-square-meter (approximately 2.5-acre) Toyota Test... Read more

Tokyo to evaluate AW609 for Ogasawara link

Tokyo to evaluate AW609 for Ogasawara link

2-Sep-2020Source: Leonardo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government recently announced the intention to evaluate the AW609 multirole commercial tiltrotor’s unique capabilities to deliver unprecedented levels of transport to Ogasawara island in the future. The distinguished characteristics of the world’s first commercial tiltrotor, combining turboprop-like performance (speed, range, altitude) and rotorcraft versatility (vertical take-off / landing and hovering) would deliver... Read more

28-Aug-30 JA332T Airbus AS332L1 Nagaoka, Japan

28-Aug-30 JA332T Airbus AS332L1 Nagaoka, Japan

28-Aug-2020

The aircraft took off from the temporary helipad, and was transporting a cargo, and unintentionally dropped the cargo (about 790kg, construction materials) on a grass field near the temporary helipad from a height of about 25m around 9:50 JST. Cargo was old steel tower members, weight: about 790 kilograms.... Read more

First Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey delivered to Japan

First Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey delivered to Japan

15-Jul-2020Source: Bell

The United States government has delivered the first Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey to Camp Kisarazu on July 10. The Osprey is built by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Boeing [NYSE: BA]. The Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) is the first operator of the V-22 outside of the U.S. military.... Read more

Airbus marks 60 years of long-standing partnership with Japan

Airbus marks 60 years of long-standing partnership with Japan

14-Jul-2020Source: Airbus Heliopters

Airbus Helicopters marks 60 years of long-standing partnership with Japan this year. Since its predecessor Sud Aviation entered into an exclusive distributorship agreement with Nozaki & Co., Ltd. in Japan in 1960, followed by the company’s first helicopter delivery – an Alouette II – in 1961, there are over 370 Airbus helicopters flying in the... Read more

Japan’s National Police Agency orders five new helicopters

Japan’s National Police Agency orders five new helicopters

25-Jun-2020Source: Airbus Helicopters

Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) has ordered one new H225 and four H135 helicopters as part of its fleet modernisation programme. Currently operating 12 H135, four H155 and six AS365 helicopters, with one H215 and two H225 already on order, NPA deploys its growing fleet for missions including law enforcement, personnel and VIP transport, goods... Read more

Japan Coast Guard orders two more H225

Japan Coast Guard orders two more H225

6-Apr-2020Source: Airbus Helicopters

Japan’s largest Super Puma operator, Japan Coast Guard (JCG), has placed a new order of two H225 helicopters. This follow-on order brings JCG’s Super Puma fleet to 15, comprising two AS332s and 13 H225s. The new helicopters will be utilised for territorial coastal activities, security enforcement, as well as disaster relief missions in Japan. “We... Read more

Bell-Boeing awarded $68M Japanese MV-22 contract

Bell-Boeing awarded $68M Japanese MV-22 contract

16-Mar-2020Source: US-DoD

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is awarded a $68,189,550 cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price order (N0001920F0315) against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-17-G-0002). This order provides non-recurring and recurring engineering associated with the development, qualification test, integration, airworthiness substantiation, flight test demonstration and validation/verification of the government of Japan unique configuration into MV-22B Block C aircraft... Read more

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $10M Japanese V-22 contract

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $10M Japanese V-22 contract

16-Mar-2020Source: US DoD

Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., Rockford, Illinois, is awarded a $10,075,122 modification (P00003) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-19-C-0006). This modification exercises an option to procure non-recurring engineering and equipment for system integration lab activities in support of the V-22 aircraft Constant Frequency Generator Control Unit design improvement effort for the Navy, Air Force and the... Read more

Japan Airlines completes successful UAV cargo trial

Japan Airlines completes successful UAV cargo trial

28-Feb-2020Source: Japan Airlines

Under the mutual cooperation with the government of Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan Airlines (JAL) conducted a trial transporting freight for approximately 46km within the local islands in Nagasaki with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) helicopter. On February 19, in conjunction with JAL Cargo`s transport service, fresh fish from the city of Shinkamigoto in Nagasaki was successfully transported on... Read more

Bell teams with Sumitomo Corp and Japan Airlines to explore Air Mobility

Bell teams with Sumitomo Corp and Japan Airlines to explore Air Mobility

12-Feb-2020Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a signed memorandum of understanding today with Sumitomo Corporation and Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., to explore Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and to foster the required infrastructure and regulatory environment. This collaboration will inform the development of an on-demand air mobility ecosystem utilizing Bell’s air mobility solutions including... Read more

Leonardo announces  the purchase of an AW139 Level D FF)S by Suzuyo & Co of Japan.

Leonardo announces the purchase of an AW139 Level D FF)S by Suzuyo & Co of Japan.

30-Jan-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced  the purchase of an AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulator (FFS) by Suzuyo & Co of Japan. The AW139 FFS will be manufactured by Leonardo in collaboration with CAE and installed at Suzuyo & Co facilities located in Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport and will be operated by its subsidiary Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation... Read more

AirX proposes new tourist flights from Tokyo Heliport

AirX proposes new tourist flights from Tokyo Heliport

23-Jan-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Japanese operator AirX has set up a project in association with with Keikyu Corporation which will result in tourist flights by helicopter to a newly developed resort known as “Sky Resort Miura”. The venue on the Miura Peninsula is a popular get-away destination for Tokyo residents, but suffers from slow ground transport. The peninsula is in... Read more

Leonardo at DSEI Japan 2019

Leonardo at DSEI Japan 2019

25-Nov-2019Source: Leonardo

Leonardo is attending the inaugural DSEI Japan 2019 and will be highlighting its electronics and helicopters products in-country at stand A680 on 18- 20 November in Makuhari Messe. At the nation’s first tri-service defence exhibition & conference, the Company is looking to grow its presence in Japan, where Leonardo’s helicopters have been in operation since... Read more

AirX starts new link between Tokyo Heliport and Tokyo Narita Airport

AirX starts new link between Tokyo Heliport and Tokyo Narita Airport

21-Nov-2019Source: HeliHub.com

Helicopter operator AirX has begun a new helicopter link between Japan’s capital city and its main airport. Flights depart from Tokyo Heliport to Narita International Airport Flights in a Robinson R44 will take 18 minutes, a big time-saving over road transport (50-55 minutes) or public transport (80-85 minutes). Bookings are taken on a seat basis,... Read more

Osaka Municipal Fire Department enhances operations with H155

Osaka Municipal Fire Department enhances operations with H155

28-Oct-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

Japan’s second largest fire department, the Osaka Municipal Fire Department (OMFD), has placed an order for one H155 helicopter for firefighting and rescue missions. Equipped with emergency medical service equipment, floodlighting and a helicopter video transmission system, this new addition will join the operator’s existing fleet in serving the entire Osaka prefecture, with a population... Read more

Japanese Prefectures Place Orders for Bell 412EPI

Japanese Prefectures Place Orders for Bell 412EPI

17-Oct-2019Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced that two Japanese prefectures have placed orders for two Bell 412EPI helicopters. The orders came from the Wakayama and Ishikawa Prefectures, through Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG) and EuroTec Japan Corporation. Each Prefecture has ordered one Bell 412EPI, and the aircraft will be operated by their respective... Read more

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