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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

Japan National Police places order with Bell

Japan National Police places order with Bell

20-Jun-2019Source: Bell

At a ceremony held this week, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and Subaru Corp, announced that the Japan National Police Agency (JPNA) has placed the first order for a Subaru Bell 412EPX. “We thank the National Police Agency for its trust,” said Mitch Snyder, president and chief executive officer. “These aircraft will... Read more

Japan donates UH-1 spares to Philippine Air Force

Japan donates UH-1 spares to Philippine Air Force

9-Apr-2019Source: HeliHub.com

The Japanese Ministry of Defence has recently donated UH-1H Huey spare parts to the Philippine Air Force. The parts as well as maintenance are worth around P2.5 billion. The ceremonial turnover service was held in Clark Air Base in Pampanga, reports GMA Network.... Read more

H135 equipped with the Helionix to Mainichi Shimbun

H135 equipped with the Helionix to Mainichi Shimbun

2-Apr-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters Japan Co., Ltd. has handed over the H135 equipped with Helionix to Mainichi Shimbun. To commemorate this, a new coverage helicopter safety prayer festival and a naming ceremony were held on the 28th in the daily newspaper company Haneda Hangar. The aircraft will be added to three EC135 (now H135) aircraft owned by... Read more

New Heliport at Fukuoka will ease pressure on Airport

New Heliport at Fukuoka will ease pressure on Airport

12-Feb-2019Source: HeliHub.com

A new heliport is to be built in the Japanese city of Fukuoka to help ease pressure on the city’s Airport.  As of 2017, Fukuoka Airport was not only the fourth busiest in Japan, but also the fourth busiest single-runway airport in the world – both measures based on annual passenger numbers, which exceeded 20... Read more

31-Jan-19 JA7980 Robinson R22 Kashiwa, Japan

31-Jan-19 JA7980 Robinson R22 Kashiwa, Japan

31-Jan-2019

Training accident in gusty conditions... Read more

Airbus expands presence in Japan

Airbus expands presence in Japan

5-Dec-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

Riding on its growing business, Airbus Helicopters will be adding a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) complex adjacent to its existing facility in the Kobe Airport Facility in Japan. Construction will commence in June 2019, with the new facility expected to be operational in November 2019. The company’s existing facility is capable of accommodating up... Read more

Hiratagakuen strengthens Japan’s aeromedical operations with Airbus fleet

Hiratagakuen strengthens Japan’s aeromedical operations with Airbus fleet

11-Sep-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

Kansai-based helicopter operator Hiaratagakuen has welcomed its second H145//BK117D-2, following the milestone delivery of its first unit in December 2017. Currently operating 14 H135s and one H145//BK117D-2, this new H145//BK117D-2 will join Hiratagakuen’s growing fleet to support emergency medical service (EMS) missions, and serves as a passenger and material transport. The first H145//BK117D-2 already entered... Read more

Japan resumes talks with local government on V-22 deployment

Japan resumes talks with local government on V-22 deployment

13-Aug-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera met with Saga Gov. Yoshinori Yamaguchi to discuss the planned deployment of V-22 aircraft. The deployment had been put on hold after a GSDF AH-64D attack helicopter crashed into a house in Saga Prefecture in February. The pilot and co-pilot were killed in the crash, while a girl was injured fleeing... Read more

EASA Certified AS350 Retrofittable Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank

EASA Certified AS350 Retrofittable Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank

28-Jun-2018Source: StandardAero

StandardAero announced today the attainment of European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for their retrofittable crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT) system for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 and EC130 family of light single helicopters.  The newly approved CRFT was developed in partnership with Robertson Fuel Systems, the leader in the design and manufacture of fuel containment systems. ... Read more

Oceania Aviation acquires two AS332Ls

Oceania Aviation acquires two AS332Ls

9-Apr-2018Source: HeliHub.com

New Zealand based Oceania Aviation have recently imported a pair of AS332L Super Pumas, with a short YouTube video showing them being craned off a couple of trucks and put into their Ardmore Airport hangar. The helicopters have been acquired from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, where they had been used as VVIP aircraft from... Read more

Airbus Helicopters announces more sales in Japan

Airbus Helicopters announces more sales in Japan

1-Mar-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has secured new contracts for three helicopters from Japanese operators, following its successful start to the New Year with recent contract announcements for one new H135 and an AS365 N3+.  With this new stream of orders, Airbus Helicopters has received orders for a total of five helicopters in the first quarter of 2018,... Read more

Japan Coast Guard acquires four Bell 505s

Japan Coast Guard acquires four Bell 505s

12-Feb-2018Source: HeliHub.com

In the last couple of weeks, three Bell 505s – soon to be joined by a fourth – have been doing initial flight tests at Kagoshima Airport in the south west of Japan.  All are flying in the colours of Japan Coast Guard.  Some photos published on the internet show three of the helicopters already flying,... Read more

Airbus starts 2018 with orders and deliveries in Japan

Airbus starts 2018 with orders and deliveries in Japan

9-Feb-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters’ business in Japan gains traction with two new orders and two new deliveries at the start of the year, reaffirming the company’s strong presence in the country. Currently leading the Japanese civil and parapublic helicopter market with more than 50% market share, Airbus Helicopters plans to increase its position in tandem with the... Read more

Leonardo approves fifth Service Centre in Japan

Leonardo approves fifth Service Centre in Japan

6-Feb-2018Source: Leonardo

Leonardo and Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation (SACC) of Japan announced the signing of a Service Centre Agreement to set up helicopter MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) capabilities in Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport. The agreement foresees the construction and completion of a new dedicated hangar in 2018, with operational readiness by spring 2019. The MRO centre... Read more

Airbus H145 enters the Japanese market

Airbus H145 enters the Japanese market

5-Jan-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters Japan (AHJ) has successfully handed over the first H145//BK117D-2 to Hiratagakuen, at a delivery ceremony held in AHJ Kobe facility today. The aircraft will enter into service for the emergency medical service (EMS) operations in Nagasaki prefecture in June 2018. This new delivery reinforces the partnership between Hiratagakuen and AHJ. Hiratagakuen signed the... Read more

08-Nov-17 JA9672 Airbus AS332L Ueno, Japan (4F)

08-Nov-17 JA9672 Airbus AS332L Ueno, Japan (4F)

8-Nov-2017

Helicopter crashed and burnt out on a road bridge.  Scene photo shows part of tail on river bank below bridge.  All four POB received fatal injuries.  Local power cuts indicate a wire strike but unclear if that was cause of accident or result of the flight altitude at the time... Read more

Leonardo’s Japanese helicopter market grows

Leonardo’s Japanese helicopter market grows

18-Oct-2017Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today that it has significantly grown its market share in the Japanese helicopter market by securing orders for AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopters in firefighting configuration following highly competitive tenders. Leonardo and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, the Japanese distributor for the AW169 and AW139 types, have signed contracts with the Yamaguchi Prefecture Fire Fighting... Read more

Uber-like helicopter taxi launches in Tokyo

Uber-like helicopter taxi launches in Tokyo

16-Oct-2017Source: HeliHub.com

AirX has announced that their new helicopter taxi service, CodeShare, is now officially available. Flights go from the Tokyo Heliport in Shinkiba to Hakone, Narita Airport and Hatsushima. A flight from Tokyo to Narita Airport comes to 59, 800 yen, reports Asiaventurepedia.  ... Read more

Japan wants to stop US CH-53E ops indefinitely

Japan wants to stop US CH-53E ops indefinitely

13-Oct-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Japanese Defense Minister, Itsunori Onodera, announced last Friday that he has expectations that the US Military will suspend all CH-53E flights in Okinawa for an indefinite period. This was after the crash that occurred on Wednesday, where the aircraft caught alight during flight, reports Kyodo News.  ... Read more

Japan approves R44 cargo hook from Onboard Systems

Japan approves R44 cargo hook from Onboard Systems

14-Jul-2017Source: Onboard Systems

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook kit for the Robinson R44 Raven II aircraft has been certified for use in Japan by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB). This featherweight cargo hook kit is built around Onboard’s TALON® LC Keeperless Cargo Hook... Read more

Japanese operator Akagi Helicopter acquires one H125

Japanese operator Akagi Helicopter acquires one H125

28-Jun-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters Japan has secured a contract for one H125 with Akagi Helicopter Co., Ltd. The proven helicopter from the Ecureuil family will join the company’s fleet for various transportation missions, in June 2018. Akagi Helicopter currently operates two SA315s and four AS350s. This will be the first H125 to be operated by the Japanese... Read more

Japan Coast Guard orders three more H225s

Japan Coast Guard orders three more H225s

26-Jun-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for the purchase of three additional H225s. This new order will bring the JCG’s total H225 fleet to nine units by February 2020. The JCG already placed an order for a sixth H225 in 2016, which will be delivered in 2018. Under... Read more

Tokyo Police becomes first Japanese H215 operator

Tokyo Police becomes first Japanese H215 operator

22-Jun-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has signed a contract for one H215, making it the first operator in Japan to operate the rotorcraft when it is delivered in 2020.  Currently operating a fleet of 14 helicopters, the largest police air corps in Japan plans to enhance its law enforcement activities with this new H215.... Read more

14-May-17 Tabayama, Japan (1F)

14-May-17 Tabayama, Japan (1F)

14-May-2017

When the rescue helicopter — which was hovering over the scene — moved its position, rocks and tree branches suddenly tumbled down the slope over the patient (who had fallen and summoned help) and the two rescue workers on the ground. The man was airlifted to a hospital in Kofu where he was confirmed dead.... Read more

Lockheed Martin to Upgrade and Support Sensors for Japanese Apache Fleet

Lockheed Martin to Upgrade and Support Sensors for Japanese Apache Fleet

5-May-2017Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has received contracts to upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M‑TADS/PNVS) system for Japan’s fleet of AH-64DJP Apache attack helicopters and provide Performance Based Logistics (PBL) support. Under the M-TADS/PNVS contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver 14 laser designation kits through 2020 to upgrade Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) M-TADS systems. The Modernized... Read more

Japanese real estate company takes delivery of H125

Japanese real estate company takes delivery of H125

11-Apr-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

Mikikanko Company, a real estate firm based in Chiba, Japan, has enjoyed multiple successes venturing into various businesses such as amusement and recreation services. To support its existing and expanding businesses, Mikikanko has selected the Airbus light single H125 helicopter to perform any mission it requires. The reason why the H125 was selected is simple.... Read more

Osprey Distribution to Japan Delayed

Osprey Distribution to Japan Delayed

20-Mar-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Recently, the US Department of Defence revealed that their plans to station a special squadron of US Air Force’s CV-22 Ospreys in Japan have been delayed. The arrival of the CV-22s was expected at the end of 2017, but the DoD is now expected to be in the Fiscal Year 2020, reports Air Forces Monthly.... Read more

Leonardo expands presence of the bestselling AW139 in Japan with first VIP helicopter sale

Leonardo expands presence of the bestselling AW139 in Japan with first VIP helicopter sale

9-Mar-2017Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today a further expansion of its already significant presence in the Japan’s helicopter market with new contracts and deliveries, bringing total orders close to 160 units and aircraft fleet to nearly 120 units to date. A private customer has signed a contract for an AgustaWestland AW139 in VIP configuration marking the entrance of... Read more

Japan Ground Self-Defence Force. Stendhal H225 support contract

Japan Ground Self-Defence Force. Stendhal H225 support contract

21-Feb-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters in Japan has secured a contract extension with Japan’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA), to provide performance-based logistics (PBL) for its H225 (previously known as EC-225 LP) fleet over the next five years, benefitting from Airbus’ new customer fleet availability service offer ‘HCare Infinite’. “We are delighted with the contract renewal by... Read more

Hiratagakuen takes delivery of Airbus H135 helicopter

Hiratagakuen takes delivery of Airbus H135 helicopter

17-Jan-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus has delivered a brand new H135 to Hiratagakuen. Upon delivery, the helicopter will be deployed for emergency medical service (EMS) operations for the Nara Prefecture from February onwards. It will be the first time that the H135 is used for such EMS operations in Japan. “We have been operating an earlier version of the... Read more

Japanese Police orders two H135s

Japanese Police orders two H135s

12-Jan-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

The National Police Agency of Japan has placed an order for two H135 light-twin helicopters, making it the first in Japan to operate the Helionix-equipped helicopters, when these are delivered in 2019. The H135 will be deployed by the Wakayama Prefectural Police and the Kumamoto Prefectural Police for law enforcement missions. At the same time,... Read more

MSDF Chief Admonished for Improper Influence

MSDF Chief Admonished for Improper Influence

21-Dec-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The Defence Ministry had to reprimand its Maritime Self-Defence Force Chief, Adm. Tomohisa Takei, for diminishing the procurement procedure of new helicopters. A whistle-blower has reported that the MSDF’s decision to buy nine multipurpose helicopters took an improper change when Takei expressed pressure to rather purchase a large-sized MCH-101 helicopter. It was said that the... Read more

MV-22 Ospreys in Japan continue flight operations

MV-22 Ospreys in Japan continue flight operations

20-Dec-2016Source: US Marine Corps

MV-22 Ospreys with 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force will continue flight operations today. “We have conducted a thorough, careful and exhaustive review of MV-22 aviation safety procedures and briefed Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials,” said U.S. Forces, Japan Commander Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez. “While the investigation is... Read more

Helipad Construction for le Jima Auxiliary Airfield

Helipad Construction for le Jima Auxiliary Airfield

12-Dec-2016Source: HeliHub.com

le Jima Auxiliary Airfield tendered land in 2013 for four quadrilateral helipads, as well as two unpaved helipads. Construction on the project began in August this year. As reported by Ryukyu Shimpo, the construction plans were laid out in the 2015 U.S Marine Corps Aviation Plan. The U.S Military hopes to have the project completed... Read more

HNZ Group announces joint venture in Australia to support INPEX contract

HNZ Group announces joint venture in Australia to support INPEX contract

6-Dec-2016Source: HNZ Group

HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today that it has entered into a joint venture with PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) to provide offshore helicopter transportation services for the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG Project. INPEX is Japan’s largest oil and gas exploration and production company, and... Read more

Register Update – Japan – October 2016

Register Update – Japan – October 2016

21-Nov-2016Source: HeliHub.com

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some... Read more

Register Update – Japan – September 2016

Register Update – Japan – September 2016

21-Nov-2016Source: HeliHub.com

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some... Read more

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