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Two more AW139s for Japan’s National Police Agency

Two more AW139s for Japan’s National Police Agency

10-Oct-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the signing of a contract for two additional AW139 medium twin helicopters in Japan with its distributor Mitsui Bussan Aerospace. The AW139s will be operated by the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) to perform multi-role law enforcement missions in the Toyama and Osaka Prefectures. These JNPA helicopters... Read more

First Corporate/VIP GrandNew in Japan enters service

First Corporate/VIP GrandNew in Japan enters service

10-Oct-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first corporate/VIP transport configured GrandNew for Japan has now entered service. The GrandNew light twin engine helicopter is already in service in Japan performing electronic news gathering, emergency medical services and will soon enter service in the law enforcement role. This VIP/corporate-configured aircraft features a... Read more

Kaigai Corporation orders a GrandNew

Kaigai Corporation orders a GrandNew

10-Oct-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Kaigai Corporation has signed a contract for the purchase of a GrandNew light twin helicopter. AgustaWestland and Kaigai Corporation have also agreed the renewal of the successful distribution agreement for the sale of AW119Ke single engine as well as AW109 Power and GrandNew light twins for... Read more

Mitsui Bussan Aerospace signs for two more AW139s

Mitsui Bussan Aerospace signs for two more AW139s

10-Oct-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Mitsui Bussan Aerospace has signed a contract for two more AW139 twin engine helicopters in Japan. This latest order brings the number of AW139 helicopters ordered by customers in Japan to 42. AgustaWestland’s Head of Region, NE Asia, Andrew Symonds said “The AW139 has been extremely... Read more

Eurocopter’s takes an EC135 to Japan Aerospace 2012

Eurocopter’s takes an EC135 to Japan Aerospace 2012

9-Oct-2012Source: Eurocopter

The capabilities offered by Eurocopter’s current and future helicopter product lines for Japanese civil and governmental operators will be the company’s focus at the Japan Aerospace 2012 exhibition in Nagoya. Eurocopter’s exhibits will include flight demonstrations by the highly popular EC135 light twin-engine helicopter, as well as scale models of the EC175 and the X3... Read more

Register Update – Japan – September 2012

Register Update – Japan – September 2012

8-Oct-2012Source: 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

Marenco display SKYe helicopter at Japan Aerospace 2012

Marenco display SKYe helicopter at Japan Aerospace 2012

4-Oct-2012Source: Marenco

For the first participation at the Japan Aerospace Exhibition, Marenco Swisshelicopter Ltd. will introduce a brand new concept of helicopter to the Japanese market: the light single-turbine SKYe SH09, the next revolution in rotary aviation industry. Visit us – BOOTH 3F-16 Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2012 On the occasion of the Japan Aerospace, Marenco swisshelicopter... Read more

MV-22B Ospreys arrive at MCAS Futenma

MV-22B Ospreys arrive at MCAS Futenma

3-Oct-2012Source: US Marine Corps

Six MV-22B Osprey aircraft flew from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and arrived at MCAS Futenma. Squadron aircraft will continue arriving to MCAS Futenma over the next few weeks. Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265) is part of Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The MV-22 aircraft, are based at,... Read more

Japan declares V-22 safe

Japan declares V-22 safe

19-Sep-2012

The United States had been seeking to deploy the V-22 to the southern Japanese island of Okinawa despite strong public opposition largely on safety grounds after it crashed twice earlier this year. (see full story)... Read more

Register Update – Japan – August 2012

Register Update – Japan – August 2012

18-Sep-2012Source: 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

Four squadrons at NAF Atsugi to upgrade to MH-60R and MH-60S

Four squadrons at NAF Atsugi to upgrade to MH-60R and MH-60S

17-Sep-2012Source: US Navy

The U.S. Navy announced today that the Navy’s newest helicopters will become part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) and be forward deployed to Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Japan. As part of the Navy’s master aviation plan (MAP) and to provide the most capable maritime forces forward, the Navy will transition from the... Read more

15-Sep-12 JA120H Eurocopter EC120 Kujukuri, Japan

15-Sep-12 JA120H Eurocopter EC120 Kujukuri, Japan

15-Sep-2012

Skid caught ground on take-off – helicopter rolled-over onto its side... Read more

HMM-265 redesignated, awaits Ospreys

HMM-265 redesignated, awaits Ospreys

14-Sep-2012Source: US Marine Corps

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 held a redesignation ceremony here Sept. 7. HMM-265, part of Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, became Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265) in preparation to receive its first MV-22B Ospreys, currently located at MCAS Iwakuni. “Since the activation of the squadron almost 50... Read more

Register Update – Japan – July 2012

Register Update – Japan – July 2012

8-Aug-2012Source: 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

MV-22 Osprey arrives in MCAS Iwakuni

MV-22 Osprey arrives in MCAS Iwakuni

24-Jul-2012Source: US Marine Corps

Twelve MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft were off-loaded from a civilian cargo ship at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, July 23. This marks the first deployment of the MV-22 to Japan. The aircraft will be stationed aboard Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan, as part of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (HMM-265). MCAS... Read more

Tokyo Fire Department orders second EC225

Tokyo Fire Department orders second EC225

17-Jul-2012Source: Eurocopter

The Tokyo Fire Department has signed on another EC225 this month, adding to its Eurocopter fleet of fire-fighting, emergency medical services as well as search & rescue helicopters. This affirms Eurocopter’s leading position in Japan as the preferred choice for such missions, and proves its capability in meeting high expectations. Following the purchase of an... Read more

Naka Nihon to operate Japan’s first EC135P2e for Doctor Heli

Naka Nihon to operate Japan’s first EC135P2e for Doctor Heli

13-Jul-2012Source: Eurocopter

(elctronic translation from Japanese) Nakanihonkoku Inc., the machine operating 11 EC135 helicopters for the doctor, has been quick to provide a means of fast-moving medical institutions from the scene of the accident. Other, made ​​by Eurocopter helicopters operated 30 aircraft, news gathering, has been engaged in the mission, such as disaster prevention. President Mikio Kunimitsu... Read more

All Nippon Helicopter orders third AW139

All Nippon Helicopter orders third AW139

11-Jul-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, the official distributor for the AW139 medium twin helicopter in Japan, are pleased to announce that All Nippon Helicopter (ANH) has signed a contract for a third AW139 to perform electronic news gathering (ENG) missions. ANH is conducting ENG operations exclusively for Nippon Housou Kyoukai (NHK), Japanese... Read more

Two more firefighting AW139s for Japan

Two more firefighting AW139s for Japan

10-Jul-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that two additional AW139 intermediate twin helicopters have been ordered in Japan to perform fire fighting missions. Contracts have been signed by the Fire Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) and Yokohama City respectively. These latest orders bring to five the number of fire fighting-configured... Read more

Register Update – Japan – June 2012

Register Update – Japan – June 2012

8-Jul-2012Source: 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

29-Jun-12 JA6817 Bell 412 Kawane, Japan

29-Jun-12 JA6817 Bell 412 Kawane, Japan

29-Jun-2012

Landing accident.   2 POB injured... Read more

Japan – over 5,000 protest over V-22 deployment

Japan – over 5,000 protest over V-22 deployment

19-Jun-2012Source: Japan Times

Around 5,200 people in Okinawa staged a rally against the planned deployment of MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma later this year, ramping up opposition to the move after an MV-22’s recent crash in Florida. (see full story)... Read more

Register Update – Japan – May 2012

Register Update – Japan – May 2012

8-Jun-2012Source: 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

HMM-262 receives new Venoms

HMM-262 receives new Venoms

1-Jun-2012Source: US Marine Corps

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (Reinforced) received three UH-1Y Venom helicopters at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma May 21 and 25. The squadron, a part of Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, received the new helicopters as part of a Corpswide transition of the UH-1N to the UH-1Y helicopter,... Read more

Japan – Kawasaki delivers EC145 to Aero Asahi

Japan – Kawasaki delivers EC145 to Aero Asahi

7-May-2012Source: Kawasaki

(electronic translation) 7 May 2012 – Kawasaki Heavy Industries has delivered a state-of-the-art “type helicopter BK117C-2 expression Kawasaki” Aero Asahi Co., Ltd. for. This matter, as the helicopter type “C-2” is the first delivery of 23 domestic machine will be operated as a doctor for emergency helicopters. “BK117 helicopter formula Kawasaki” is a helicopter company helicopter... Read more

Japan – HMM-265 Dragons return to Atsugi

Japan – HMM-265 Dragons return to Atsugi

30-Apr-2012Source: US Marine Corps

One year after rendering assistance to Japanese tsunami victims during Operation Tomadachi from a base of operations in Atsugi, the Dragons of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (Reinforced) returned for an encore. Three CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters and 16 Marines, part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Air Combat Element, conducted a humanitarian assistance and... Read more

Japan – UH-60J ditches – six rescued, one fatal

Japan – UH-60J ditches – six rescued, one fatal

16-Apr-2012Source: HeliHub.com

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,... Read more

Japanese Police orders two GrandNew Helicopters

Japanese Police orders two GrandNew Helicopters

15-Apr-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Kanematsu Corporation are pleased to announce they have been awarded a contract by the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) to supply two GrandNew law enforcement light twin helicopters as part of an on-going programme to modernise the Police helicopter fleet. The two aircraft will be operated in Saga  and Tottori... Read more

15-Apr-12 Sikorsky UH-60J Mutsu Bay, Japan (1F)

15-Apr-12 Sikorsky UH-60J Mutsu Bay, Japan (1F)

15-Apr-2012

Crashed into the water after main blades struck the side of destroyer Matsuyuki. 6 rescued, 1 fatal  – named as 37-year-old captain, Lt. Cmdr. Masahiko Miyanaga.... Read more

Japan approves Simplex Fire Attack system for AW139

Japan approves Simplex Fire Attack system for AW139

11-Apr-2012Source: Simplex Aerospace

Simplex Aerospace has received a Japanese STC for its Fire Attack system on an AgustaWestland AW139. The STC, No. STC-380-TYO, was issued on March 12, 2012. The STC will be used to install the new Simplex Aerospace Fire Attack system on three firefighting helicopters in Japan. The Simplex Aerospace tanks are the first Japanese installations... Read more

Register Update – Japan – April 2012

Register Update – Japan – April 2012

8-Apr-2012Source: 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 – March 2012

Register Update – Japan – March 2012

8-Apr-2012Source: 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

ANH adds two AS365N3+ Dauphins for newsgathering

ANH adds two AS365N3+ Dauphins for newsgathering

22-Mar-2012Source: Eurocopter

Eurocopter Japan has received an order for two new AS365 N3+ Dauphins from All Nippon Helicopter (ANH) to replace two rotary-wing aircraft from its existing fleet for use in electronic newsgathering missions on behalf of Japanese national broadcaster, NHK. ANH, which is an operator for NHK in news missions, owns a fleet of 12 Eurocopter... Read more

Sandel avionics chosen for Enstrom 480 fleet in Japan

Sandel avionics chosen for Enstrom 480 fleet in Japan

20-Mar-2012Source: Sandel Avionics

Sandel Avionics has announced it has been chosen by the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) to provide its 3-ATI SN3500 Primary Navigation Display and SG102 Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) with unique Reversionary Attitude Display mode for a fleet of 30 new Enstrom 480B turbine helicopters purchased by the JGSDF. A representative of the... Read more

Japan acquires a Eurocopter EC225 for passenger transportation

Japan acquires a Eurocopter EC225 for passenger transportation

15-Mar-2012Source: Eurocopter Japan

Eurocopter Japan, a subsidiary of Eurocopter Group, will supply one EC225 to the Japan Ministry of Defense, to be operated by the Japanese ground self defense force for passenger transport. It is a replacement for the same helicopter model which was submerged during the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March last year. The... Read more

Lightweight Dart bearpaws certified for B206L, B407 and B429

Lightweight Dart bearpaws certified for B206L, B407 and B429

13-Mar-2012Source: DART Helicopter Services

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce Transport Canada, FAA, and EASA approval (Brazilian & Japanese approval for 206L and 407 Series) of DART Aerospace Ltd.’s (DAS) Lightweight Bearpaws for Bell 206L and 407 Series and 429 aircraft. DART has developed a new lightweight UHMW Bearpaw that has a larger footprint for additional support... Read more

Register Update – Japan – February 2012

Register Update – Japan – February 2012

8-Mar-2012Source: 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

19-Feb-12 JA710H Eurocopter EC120 Minamifurano, Japan

19-Feb-12 JA710H Eurocopter EC120 Minamifurano, Japan

19-Feb-2012

“Damaged the aircraft during takeoff after the transport skiers to the summit Karifuridake, the aircraft is rolling to the right”... Read more

Four more AW139s for Japan, including two for Police

Four more AW139s for Japan, including two for Police

14-Feb-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the signing of contracts for four additional AW139 medium twin helicopters in Japan through its distributor Mitsui Bussan Aerospace. Two of the AW139s will be designated for the civil market and two will be operated by the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) to perform multi-role law enforcement... Read more

Japan Coast Guard selects S-76D for SAR

Japan Coast Guard selects S-76D for SAR

14-Feb-2012Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and Mitsubishi Corporation have announced a contract with the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for four S-76Dâ„¢ helicopters, which will replace several JCG helicopters that were damaged in the tsunami of 2011. The Japan Coast Guard has flown various legacy models of the Sikorsky S-76® helicopter... Read more

Japan signs for another 28 Enstrom TH-480s

Japan signs for another 28 Enstrom TH-480s

13-Feb-2012Source: Enstrom

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation signed a contract today for the follow on 28 aircraft contract with their Representative, Aero Facility Co. Ltd., of Japan, at the HAI convention.   This signing, which took place on Feb. 13, 2012 at the Enstrom display, follows a contract awarding the aircraft between the Japanese government and Enstrom’s Japanese representative.  The... Read more

GrandNew enters Japan’s Corporate/VIP market

GrandNew enters Japan’s Corporate/VIP market

13-Feb-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Kaigai Aviotech Corporation are pleased to announce the first sale of a GrandNew light twin helicopter for corporate/VIP transport in the Japanese market. The aircraft is scheduled to be delivered to its customer in late 2012. The GrandNew in addition to having now been selected for VIP/corporate transport role in... Read more

Register Update – Japan – January 2012

Register Update – Japan – January 2012

8-Feb-2012Source: 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

Japan orders Northrop Grumman’s Airborne Laser Mine Detection Systems

Japan orders Northrop Grumman’s Airborne Laser Mine Detection Systems

3-Feb-2012Source: Northrop Grumman

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force has purchased four helicopter-mountable, laser mine detection systems to help protect its coastline and the daily maritime traffic coming in and out of the country’s ports. This is the first direct commercial sale of Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE:NOC) Airborne Laser Mine Detection System (ALMDS) to an international navy. “ALMDS will... Read more

NEST buys tsunami-wrecked S76 for parts reclaim

NEST buys tsunami-wrecked S76 for parts reclaim

31-Jan-2012Source: HeliHub.com

New Zealand based Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST) has bought a de-registered Sikorsky S76 from Japan which was damaged beyond repair in the tsunami of 11th March 2011.  Chief pilot Peter Turnbull confirmed to local press that it had been acquired for an undisclosed sum for parts use only at a price significantly lower than... Read more

Register Update – Japan – December 2011

Register Update – Japan – December 2011

16-Jan-2012Source: 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

Doctor Heli adds a GrandNew

Doctor Heli adds a GrandNew

10-Jan-2012Source: AgustaWestland

Editor note – HeliHub.com broke the story of new AgustaWestland AW109SP for Doctor Heli back in August 2011  – see story AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Kaigai Aviotech Corporation are pleased to announce that Kagoshima International Aviation of Japan has taken delivery of a GrandNew light twin helicopter. This aircraft will be used to perform... Read more

Tokyo Fire Department orders second EC225

Tokyo Fire Department orders second EC225

23-Dec-2011Source: Eurocopter

The Tokyo Fire Department has ordered a second EC225 helicopter to further expand its Eurocopter-built rotary-wing fleet, which already has seen significant operational service in Japan – including rescue and recovery efforts following the country’s earthquake and tsunami in March. This latest order was placed after an open competition, and will lead to delivery of... Read more

Register Update – Japan – November 2011

Register Update – Japan – November 2011

19-Dec-2011Source: 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

Nishi Nippon Airlines orders Kawasaki-built EC145

Nishi Nippon Airlines orders Kawasaki-built EC145

16-Dec-2011Source: Kawasaki

Kawasaki Heavy Industries announced that it has received an order for a BK117C-2 helicopter from Nishi Nippon Airlines Co., Ltd. The helicopter, to be used as medevacs in Oita prefectures, is slated for delivery starting in May 2012 . The Kawasaki BK117 helicopter was developed jointly by Kawasaki and European helicopter manufacturer, Eurocopter Deutschland (ECD),... Read more

Japan selects AQS-24A Airborne Mine-Hunting System for AW101s

Japan selects AQS-24A Airborne Mine-Hunting System for AW101s

22-Nov-2011Source: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been competitively selected to supply the AQS-24A airborne mine-hunting system to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. Under the initial contract, Northrop Grumman’s Undersea Systems business unit will deliver the airborne mine-hunting system to Kawasaki Heavy Industries for integration into Japan’s new Airborne Mine Countermeasures MCH-101 helicopter. “The combination of our... Read more

Register Update – Japan – October 2011

Register Update – Japan – October 2011

8-Nov-2011Source: 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 2011

Register Update – Japan – September 2011

10-Oct-2011Source: 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

Enstrom expects Japanese signature by January

Enstrom expects Japanese signature by January

8-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Enstrom has recently shipped the second of two 480Bs to the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force.  It will now go through some local configuration and Enstrom’s Sales Director Tracy Beigler expects it in service around February 2012. The first aircraft has been operating very successfully, and Mr Beigler told HeliHub.com at Helitech that he expects... Read more

03-Oct-11 JA508A Eurocopter AS350B3 Kioykawa, Japan (1F)

03-Oct-11 JA508A Eurocopter AS350B3 Kioykawa, Japan (1F)

3-Oct-2011

Two serious injuries, post crash fire.  Pilot later died from his injuries... Read more

20-Sep-11 JA6522 Eurocopter AS350B3 Higashi Kagawa, Japan

20-Sep-11 JA6522 Eurocopter AS350B3 Higashi Kagawa, Japan

20-Sep-2011

Helicopter was already well on fire before landing – fast emergency landing made on a sports arena and soon burnt out.... Read more

Three more AW139s for Japanese Police

Three more AW139s for Japanese Police

7-Sep-2011Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) has signed contracts for three AW139 medium twin helicopters. These helicopters will be used by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Nagaono Prefectural Police and Hokkaido Prefectural Police to perform multi-role law enforcement missions. The helicopters will enter... Read more

New Director for Turbomeca Japan

New Director for Turbomeca Japan

7-Sep-2011Source: Turbomeca

From 1 September, Guy Bonaudi became Director of Turbomeca Japan to replace Marc Lacoue , called to other duties within Turbomeca.  Guy Bonaudi graduated from university in aeronautical engineering. He has extensive experience in the helicopter industry for 35 years: he served in the French Air Force and became a field representative for Turbomeca before... Read more

Register Update – Japan – August 2011

Register Update – Japan – August 2011

6-Sep-2011Source: 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 – July 2011

Register Update – Japan – July 2011

6-Sep-2011Source: 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

How popular is Eurocopter’s EC135 Hermes edition?

How popular is Eurocopter’s EC135 Hermes edition?

6-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Significant effort has been put into promoting the Hermes Edition of the Eurocopter EC135.  Eurocopter aimed this project at the high-end corporate market where they partnered with the French couture house to come up with a distinctive design, mainly in the aircraft’s interior – see below.  Some external features were also added, particularly the skid... Read more

Doctor Heli loses helicopter(s) to nuclear contamination

Doctor Heli loses helicopter(s) to nuclear contamination

2-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com has heard that one or more of the current Doctor Heli fleet have become contaminated by radioactive material as a result of flying too close to the Fukushima nuclear plant which had the devastating failure resulting from March’s tsunami.  After being passed as fit-to-fly by the authorities, Doctor Heli (or possibly one of their... Read more

Doctor Heli expands fleet with AW109s

Doctor Heli expands fleet with AW109s

27-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Japan’s Doctor Heli organisation currently flies a fleet of 15 Eurocopter EC135s and 5 MD Explorers on EMS work across Japan.  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.  There have at least... Read more

Hiroshima Prefecture orders an AW139

Hiroshima Prefecture orders an AW139

25-Aug-2011Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that the Hiroshima Prefecture of Japan has signed a contract for an AW139 medium twin helicopter. This aircraft will be used by the Hiroshima Prefecture Disaster Relief Department to perform fire fighting and disaster relief missions. The helicopter is due to enter operational... Read more

Japan Coast Guard orders three more EC225s

Japan Coast Guard orders three more EC225s

21-Aug-2011Source: Eurocopter

Following intensive relief operations after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March, the Japan Coast Guard, Eurocopter Group and Eurocopter Japan have signed a tripartite contract for the supply of three additional EC225 helicopters to the Japan Coast Guard. These aircraft will be the first civilian helicopters to be equipped with the most advanced mission... Read more

Register Update – Japan – June 2011

Register Update – Japan – June 2011

3-Aug-2011

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

Japan Maritime Self Defense Force takes delivery of two EC135s

Japan Maritime Self Defense Force takes delivery of two EC135s

2-Aug-2011Source: Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics is pleased to announce the recent delivery of two more TH-135 aircraft to the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) with the Becker digital audio system (DVCS6100) installed. Brett Gardner, Director of Sales and Marketing remarked, “The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force is purchasing a total of 15 new TH-135 (EC135) training helicopters.... Read more

14-Jul-11 JA007J Robinson R22B Sabaekoizumi, Japan

14-Jul-11 JA007J Robinson R22B Sabaekoizumi, Japan

14-Jul-2011

Fell off side of helipad after landing... Read more

24-Jun-11 Honeywell RQ-16 Fukushima, Japan

24-Jun-11 Honeywell RQ-16 Fukushima, Japan

24-Jun-2011

A Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk drone amde an emergency landing on the remains of the #2 reactor at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power station while taking air samples to measure radiation levels.... Read more

Dragons join 31st MEU as air combat element

Dragons join 31st MEU as air combat element

23-Jun-2011Source: US Marine Corps

CAMP HANSEN, Japan — Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (Reinforced), known as the “Dragons,” became attached to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force, June 13, as the MEU’s air combat element. “Our mission will be to provide the best possible service for 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, and the 31st MEU,” said Sgt.... Read more

Register Update – Japan – May 2011

Register Update – Japan – May 2011

7-Jun-2011Source: 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 – April 2011

Register Update – Japan – April 2011

17-May-2011Source: 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

US and Japanese responders make history

US and Japanese responders make history

9-May-2011Source: US Navy

OKINAWA, Japan – U.S. military and local and national Japanese emergency response services conducted a bilateral field training exercise, where for the first time Japanese emergency response helicopters performed patient transports to U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa April 27. The exercise was part of an emergency preparedness exercise conducted between the U.S. military and Japanese emergency... Read more

Register Update – Japan – March 2011

Register Update – Japan – March 2011

6-May-2011Source: 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 – February 2011

Register Update – Japan – February 2011

6-May-2011Source: 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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