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Rotorcraft Asia 2019: H135 deployed in Japan for electronic news gathering

29th March 2019 - 14:09 GMT | by Lukasz Furmaniak in London


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The Mainichi Newspapers Company, publisher of the Mainichi Shimbun (one of Japan’s major newspapers), has recently received a new H135 from Airbus Helicopters. The aircraft arrived at the company’s base in Haneda, Tokyo, in an entry-into-service ceremony on the 28 March 2019.

This is the fourth H135 to be added to Mainichi Newspapers air fleet and it will be replacing an Airbus AS350B. The helicopter will be jointly operated by Kyodo News from April 2019, taking part in electronic news gathering missions in Japan, as well as supporting the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the Paralympic Games.

The H135 has been in service since 1996, with more than 1,350 H135’s having been delivered globally to nearly 300 customers. To date the H135 has amassed a total of over five million flight hours, mainly as an EMS vehicle.

The twin-engine helicopter is capable of carrying a payload of 1,455kg over 600km, and is equipped with the Helionix avionics system, which was first introduced in 2014. The Helionix suite compromises of two CPUs with up to four displays to improve a pilot’s situational awareness whilst flying, and includes a four-axis autopilot, GPS navigation and communication system, a First Limit Indicator as well as a Helicopter Terrain Avoidance System.

Japan currently has 91 H135s, their operation is supported further by Airbus Helicopters’ Kobe-based H135 full flight simulator centre. 

See Airbus at Rotorcraft Asia at Stand UM1.

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