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Hiratagakuen receives H145/BK117D-2

22nd December 2017 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Airbus Helicopters Japan has delivered the first of two H145/BK117D-2 helicopters to Hiratagakuen in Japan, the company announced on 19 December.

The helicopter will be deployed for emergency medical service (EMS) operations in Nagasaki Prefecture from June 2018.

The second H145 is scheduled for delivery in September 2018. Hiratagakuen currently operates 14 H135 helicopters.

Developed in co-operation with KHI, the H145/BK117D-2 is designed to deliver excellent performance throughout the flight envelope. The helicopter comes with the Helionix avionics suite and designed-in mission capability and flexibility, especially in high and hot operating conditions.

With a large cabin, a compact airframe and powerful engines, the H145//BK117D-2 can be used for a variety of missions including EMS, air rescue, law enforcement and aerial work.

Isamu Hirata, president of Hiratagakuen, said: ‘We are delighted to introduce the first H145/BK117D-2 for EMS operations in Japan. The aircraft meets our needs perfectly, and it will replace the H135 currently in operation for the Nagasaki prefecture. As the EMS market continues to grow in Japan, we stay committed to supporting the safe deployment of Doctor Helicopters in the country.’

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