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Doctor-Heli Network

SPIN DOCTORS

Japan has been gradually extending the coverage of the Doctor-Heli emergency medical services (EMS) network since its inauguration at a hospital in Okayama Prefecture in April 2001. In conjunction with the introduction of a varied fleet of helicopters equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, a great deal of investment has been made in infrastructure to support and facilitate the organisation’s highly specialized operations. As at the end of March 2017, the network comprises a total of 51 helicopters that are operational for 56 hospitals in 41 prefectures, the most recent operation being that in Ehime Prefecture, which started operations in February 2017. 

Oita Doctor Heli (1) The NishiNippon Airlines BK117C-2 with which operations revolving around Oita University Hospital’s
Emergency & Critical Care Center were inaugurated in October 2012. (Photo: Takao Kadokami)

Doctor-Heli JA831HThe Hirata Gakuen-operated EC135P2+ assigned to the Hyogo Prefectural Medical Center, Kakogawa, in mid-December 2015. (Kishuji Rapid via Wikimedia Commons)

This section will provide information about Doctor-Heli aircraft and unit case studies.

As will be seen, several operations utilize aircraft from the major Japanese fleet operators, which means that helicopters can be rotated to different locations as required. To compensate for this, the first tables included below attempt to list all the aircraft that have ever been operated in official Doctor-Heli guise by the five main operators.

These are followed by tables showing the participating hospitals by prefecture. The listings for five prefectures (Kagoshima (two), Kochi, Tochigi, Yamagata and Yamanashi), include details of their operators and assigned aircraft.

All these tables will eventually be moved to a separate Data File page.

Doctor-Heli Network
Kawasaki Helicopter System’s MBB/Kawasaki BK117A-4 Doctor-Heli demonstrator JA9699 visited JGSDF Kasumigaura, Ibaraki Prefecture,in April 2002.

tochigidoctor-heli
Based at the Dokkyo Medical University Hospital in Mibu, Tochigi Prefecture, this Eurocopter EC135P2 is a typical example of the equipment currently operated by the Doctor-Heli Network.

Doctor-Heli fanPlastic fans are a popular PR device in the hot summers in Japan, and Doctor-Heli Tochigi adopted this design in 2013. The reverse side includes a request for public cooperation and details about the organization; subjects that will be covered in greater detail on this page of J-HangarSpace.

(All photographs on this website are copyright J-HangarSpace
unless otherwise stated.) 

Doctor-Heli Network: Major Fleet Operator Tables

Aero Asahi Corporation (AAC)
Main Bases: Tokyo Heliport, Yao Airport (Osaka)
Main Maintenance Base: Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n First Registered*/Notes

 

BK117C-2

JA01BK 4001 Nov. 2002
JA117R 4007 Dec. 2010 (KHI**) → AAC/June 2012

 

 

 


MD 902 Explorer

 

JA6790 900-00024 July 1996 (MD 900). To United States for MD 902 upgrade May 2007
Re-registered Oct. 2007 → AAC/June 2012
JA6902 900-00060 July 1999
JA6906 900-00065 June 1998
JA6908 900-00073 Nov. 2000
JA6909 900-00130 Jan. 2009
BK117C-2 JA6910 4002 Oct. 2001

MD 902 Explorer
JA6911 900-00088 Nov. 2001
JA6914 900-00075 Aug. 2002

 

 

 

BK117C-2

JA6916 4005 Feb. 2003

JA6917

JA4006
Mar. 2003
Crashed Aug. 8, 2016 (see Kanagawa)
Reg’n canxd Jan. 2017
JA6924 4015 Mar. 2010 (KHI) → AAC /Apr. 2010
JA6925 4018 Nov. 2010 (KHI) → AAC /Mar. 2011
JA6926 4020 Mar. 2011 (KHI) → AAC /May 2011
JA6933 4033 Nov. 2014
       
* All first registered to AAC unless otherwise stated.
** Kawasaki Heavy Industries (BK117 manufacturer)
Last updated: Feb. 17, 2017

JA6909Aero Asahi-operated MD 902 Explorer JA6909 overflies Nagoya airport in August 2013.
(Photo: Alec Wilson via Wikimedia Commons)

JA117R

MBB/Kawasaki BK117C-2 JA117R was the Aero Asahi aircraft assigned to the Maebashi Red Cross Hospital in Gunma Prefecture in 2013. These photographs show the aircraft in flight at
Nagoya airport in August 2013 and about to depart Gunma Heliport the following month.
(Photos: [above] Alec Wilson via Wikimedia Commons; [below] J-HangarSpace)

JA117R 

Central Helicopter Service Ltd. (CHS, part of Aero Asahi Corporation Group)
Head Office/Main Base: Nagoya Prefectural Airport, Aichi Prefecture
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n First Registered/Notes
BK117C-2 JA117K 4003 Mar. 2002 → CHS/Doctor-Heli Apr. 2012
(BK117B-1) (JA6628) 1064 Oct. 1990 → CHS via KHI Oct. 2007.
Back-up D-H aircraft Apr. 2010.
Sold to NZ June 2011
BK117C-1 JA6659 1079 Mar. 1991 → CHS via KHI Oct. 2007
BK117B-1 JA6662 1083 Mar. 1991 → CHS Oct. 2010.
BK117C-2 JA6923 4015 Aug. 2009 (KHI) → CHS Nov. 2009
BK117C-2 JA6927 4021 Mar. 2011 (KHI) → CHS May 2011
BK117C-1 JA9979 1036 Nov. 1989 (KHI) → CHS Oct. 2007
       
2013 KHI announced that Central had placed orders for BK117C-2s on Feb. 19 (two aircraft) and Oct. 9 (one aircraft). The delivery of a BK117C-2 was announced Sept. 3
Last updated: Nov. 26, 2013

JA9979Seen here at Nagoya airport in August 2013, JA9979 was already 18 years old when acquired
by Central Helicopter Services in 2007.
(Photo: Alec Wilson via Wikimedia Commons) 

CHS BK117C-1 (JA9979)A CHS pilot manoeuvres one of the company’s fleet of BK117s (one again, ‘C-1 JA9979) at dusk at Nagoya in December 2011. (Photo: Kentaro Iemoto via Wikimedia Commons)

Hirata Gakuen, Aviation Operation Division
Main Maintenance Base: Kobe Air Center, Kobe Airport, Hyogo Prefecture
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n First Registered/Notes
EC135T2 JA135E 0443 Dec. 2005 → Hirata/Doctor-Heli July 2006
EC135P1 JA800H 0126 Dec. 1999 → Hirata Mar. 2000, Doctor-Heli Aug. 2002
EC135T1 JA804H 0124 Nov. 2002

 

 


EC135P2+





JA806H 0528 Dec. 2006 → Hirata/Doctor-Heli Mar. 2007
JA809H 0543 Apr. 2007 → Hirata/Doctor-Heli May 2007
JA813H 0616 Nov. 2007 → Hirata/Doctor-Heli Jan. 2008
JA815H 0814 Nov. 2007 → Hirata/Doctor-Heli July 2009
JA818H 0828 Aug. 2009→ Hirata/Doctor-Heli Sept. 2009
JA822H 0872 Apr. 2010 → Hirata/Doctor-Heli May 2010
JA824H 0941 Nov. 2010 → Hirata/Doctor-Heli Dec. 2010
JA827H 1049 Mar. 2013 Hirata/Doctor-Heli
JA831H* 1116  
 EC135P3 (H135) JA840H  1238  Nov. 2016 → Hirata/Doctor-Heli Dec. 2016 (Nara D-H from Feb.) 
BK117D-2
(H145)***
    For 2017 delivery
    For 2017 delivery
       

* Aircraft assigned to newly formed Hyogo Prefecture (Kakogawa) operation in Nov. 2013
** Aircraft assigned to Nara from Feb. 2017

*** Order for two announced Oct. 14, 2016

Last updated: Mar. 1, 2017

 Okinawa Doctor-HeliThe EC135P2+ JA806H operated by Hirata Gakuen for the local Urasoe General Hospital prepares to land at the U.S. Marine Corps’ Camp Kinser, Okinawa, in late October 2014. The helicopter was being used to ferry in “casualties” during Exercise Constant Vigilance 2014, in which SDF and U.S. military units as well as civilian agencies tested their cooperative procedures in response to a simulated tsunami. (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Matthew Manning)

Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Head Office/Main Maintenance Base: Nagoya Prefectural Airport, Aichi Prefecture
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n First Registered*/Notes
A109K2 JA111D 10028 Built 1996, operated in Italy
Late 1999, sold 2003

Bell 429

JA01DW 57008 Apr. 2011
    Ordered Mar. 2017
    Ordered Mar. 2017
EC135 JA81TT 0153 Aug. 2000

EC135P1
JA112D 0137 June 2000
JA113D 0136 Nov. 2001

 


EC135P2

JA114D 0236 Sept. 2002
JA115D 0248 Nov. 2002 → NN/Doctor-Heli Aug. 2006
JA116D 0410 Nov. 2005 → NN/Doctor-Heli Feb. 2006

 

 

EC135P2+

JA117D 0665 Apr. 2008
JA118D 0822 July 2009
JA119D 0838 Sept. 2009
JA120D 0885 June 2010 → NN/Doctor-Heli July 2010
JA121D 0998 Oct. 2011
JA122D 1021 June 2012
JA124D 1071 Nov. 2012
EC135P2  JA17TV  0226  June 2002 → Ehime Doctor-Heli 2017
* All first registered with Nakanihon (NN) unless otherwise stated
Last updated: June 7, 2017

JA81TTServing the Kushiro City General Hospital and the Kushiro Kojinkai Memorial Hospital, this Nakanihon-operated EC135 was photographed at the Masyuu Kosei Hospital in the town of Teshikaga, Hokkaido, on July 1, 2011. (Photo: Chatama via Wikimedia Commons)

NishiNippon Airlines Co., Ltd.
Head Office/Main Maintenance Base: Fukuoka Airport, Fukuoka Prefecture
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n First Registered*/Notes
BK117C-1 JA005W 1030 Jan. 2001 → NishiNippon/Doctor-Heli May 2006

 


BK117C-2

JA015W 4023 Dec. 2011
JA016W 4024 Jan. 2012
JA017W 4025 Jan. 2012
BK117B-2 JA6667 1081 Mar. 1991 (KHI, ’B-1) → NishiNippon July 1999
after conv’n to ‘B-2
Bell 429 JA429D 57017 Sept. 2013 for Saga Prefecture operation
* All first registered with NishiNippon unless otherwise stated
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 JA016WNishiNippon BK117C-2 JA016W was a present at a rainswept Fukuoka airport on August 30, 2013.
(Photo: Alec Wilson via Wikimedia Commons) 

JA9979

Two Central Helicopter Service BK117s photographed at Kawasaki Medical School Hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture. (Above) BK117C-1 JA9979 in September 2006, and (below)
BK117C-2 JA117K cooling off in September 2007.
(Photos: [above] Nissy-KITAK and [below] tatushin, both via Wikimedia Commons)

JA117K

Doctor-Heli Network by Prefecture

Aichi Prefecture
Network Hospital Aichi Medical University Hospital, Nagakute
Helicopter Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Jan. 1, 2002
 
Last updated: Aug. 23, 2013

 Doctor-Heli (Nagoya)Nakanihon Air Service EC135P1 JA113D is brought in for a landing at Tsurumai Park in Nagoya,
Aichi Prefecture, in January 2008. The imposing building in the background is the Nagoya
University Graduate School of Medicine, which is affiliated with the aircraft’s assigned
base, Aichi Medical University Hospital.
(Photo: KAMUI via Wikimedia Commons)

Akita Prefecture
Network Hospital Japanese Red Cross Akita Hospital
Helicopter Operator Aero Asahi Corporation
Start of Operations Jan. 23, 2012*
* Operations inaugurated with MD 902 Explorer JA6790
Last updated: Aug. 23, 2013

 

Aomori Prefecture (Aomori)
Network Hospital Aomori Prefectural Central Hospital, Aomori
Helicopter Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Oct. 1, 2012
 
Last updated: Aug. 23, 2013

 

Aomori Prefecture (Hachinohe)
Network Hospital Hachinohe City Hospital
Helicopter Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Mar. 25, 2009*
* Operations inaugurated with EC135P1 JA113D
Last updated: Aug. 23, 2013

 

Chiba Prefecture (North)
Network Hospital Nippon Medical School, Chiba Hokusoh Hospital, Inzai
Helicopter Operator Aero Asahi Corporation
Start of Operations Oct. 1, 2001
 
Last updated: Aug. 23, 2013

 

Chiba Prefecture (South)
Network Hospital Kimitsu Chuo Hospital, Kisarazu
Helicopter Operator Aero Asahi Corporation
Start of Operations Jan. 19, 2009*
* Operations inaugurated with MD 902 Explorer JA6908
Last updated: Aug. 23, 2013

 

Ehime Prefecture 
Network Hospital Ehime Prefectural Central Hospital, Matsuyama
Helicopter Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd. / Air Ehime Inc.
Start of Operations Feb. 1, 2017
* Operations inaugurated with Nakanihon EC135P2 JA17TV
Last updated: May 23, 2017

 

Fukuoka Prefecture
Network Hospital Kurume University Hospital
Helicopter Operator NishiNippon Airlines Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Feb. 1, 2002
 
Last updated: Aug. 23, 2013

 

Fukushima Prefecture
Network Hospital Fukushima Medical University Hospital, Fukushima
Helicopter Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Jan. 28, 2008
 
Last updated: Aug. 23, 2013

 

Gifu Prefecture
Network Hospital Gifu University Hospital, Gifu
Helicopter Operator Central Helicopter Service Ltd.
Start of Operations Feb. 9, 2011
 
Last updated: Aug. 23, 2013

 

Gunma Prefecture
Network Hospital Maebashi Red Cross Hospital
Helicopter Operator Aero Asahi Corporation
Start of Operations Feb. 18, 2008
* Operations inaugurated with BK117C-2 JA6910
Last updated: Aug. 23, 2013

 

Hiroshima Prefecture
Network Hospital Hiroshima University Hospital
Helicopter Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations May 1, 2013*
* Operations inaugurated with EC135P2+ JA124D
Last updated: Aug. 23, 2013

 

Hokkaido Prefecture (Asahikawa)
Network Hospital Japanese Red Cross Asahikawa Hospital
Helicopter Operator Aero Asahi Corporation
Start of Operations Oct. 12, 2009
 
Last updated: Aug. 23, 2013

 

Hokkaido Prefecture (Hakodate)
Network Hospital Hakodate City Hospital
Helicopter Operator Kagoshima International Aviation Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Feb. 16, 2015
 Operations inaugurated with A109 Grand New JA03KG 
Last updated: Apr. 5, 2015

 

Hokkaido Prefecture (Kushiro)
Network Hospital Kushiro City General Hospital
Helicopter Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Oct. 5, 2009
 
Last updated: Aug. 23, 2013

 

Hokkaido Prefecture (Sapporo)
Network Hospital Teine Keijinkai Hospital, Sapporo
Helicopter Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Apr. 1, 2005
 
Last updated: Aug. 23, 2013

 

Hyogo Prefecture (Himeji)
Network Hospital Steel Memorial Hirohata Hospital,
Himeji Emergency, Tauma & Critical Care Center
Helicopter Operator Hirata Gakuen Aviation, Operation Division
Start of Operations March 22, 2014*
* Operations inaugurated with EC135T2 JA135E
Last updated: Apr. 23, 2014

 

Hyogo Prefecture (Kakogawa)
Network Hospital Prefectural Medical Center, Kakogawa
Helicopter Operator Hirata Gakuen Aviation, Operation Division
Start of Operations Nov. 30, 2013
* Operations inaugurated with EC135P2+ JA831H
Last updated: Feb. 28, 2014

 

Hyogo Prefecture (Toyooka)
Network Hospital Toyooka Public Hospital,
Tajima Emergency & Critical Care Medical Center (TECCMC)
Helicopter Operator Hirata Gakuen Aviation, Operation Division
Start of Operations Apr. 17, 2010
 
Last updated: Aug. 23, 2013

 

Ibaraki Prefecture
Network Hospitals

Mito Medical Center (Sun. to Wed.)
Mito Saiseikai General Hospital (Thurs. to Sat.)

Helicopter Operator Aero Asahi Corporation
Start of Operations July 1, 2010
 
Last updated: Aug. 23, 2013

 

Iwate Prefecture
Network Hospital Iwate Medical University, Morioka
Helicopter Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations May 8, 2012*
* Operations inaugurated with EC135P2+ JA121D
Last updated: Aug. 23, 2013

 

Kagoshima Prefecture (Kagoshima)
Network Hospital Kagoshima City Hospital
Helicopter Operator Kagoshima International Aviation Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Dec. 26, 2011
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n First Reg’d  
A109SP Grand New JA01KG 22256 Dec. 2011 Ex I-PTFG
A109E Power JA02KG 11090 Nov. 2011 Built 2000. Ex G-TVAC, G-WNAA
Last updated: Aug. 17, 2013

 

Kagoshima Prefecture (Amami-Oshima)
Network Hospital Kagoshima Prefectural Hospital, Amami-Oshima
Helicopter Operator Kagoshima International Aviation Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Dec. 29, 2016
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n First Reg’d  
A109SP Grand New JA07KG 22362 Sept. 2016  
Last updated: Mar. 17, 2017

 

Kanagawa Prefecture
Network Hospital Tokai University Hospital, Isehara
Helicopter Operator Aero Asahi Corporation
Start of Operations July 1, 2002
 The aircraft assigned to this operation,  JA6917, lost its tail boom during a landing accident at a
 factory in Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Aug. 8, 2016. Though none of the crew members
 were harmed, the victim of a road traffic accident they were due to transport to hospital
 succumbed to his injuries.
Last updated: Aug. 26, 2016

 JA6917Basking in the sun on the Tokai Universiry Hospital helipad on July 25, 2008, was Aero Asahi-operated
BK117C-2 JA6917. This aircraft was involved in an accident when landing at Hadano,
Kanagawa Prefecture on Aug. 8, 2016.

(Photo: Cassiopeia_sweet via Wikimedia Commons)

Kochi Prefecture
Network Hospital Kochi Health Sciences Center (Critical Care Center), Kochi
Helicopter Operator Shikoku Air Service Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Mar. 16, 2011
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n First Reg’d  
BK117C-1 JA6844 1133 June 2006  
BK117B-1 JA9984 1039 Feb. 1990 In partial Doctor-Heli markings 2012-13, covering JA6844’s absence on maintenance checks Aug. 2013
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Kumamoto Prefecture
Network Hospital Japanese Red Cross Kumamoto Hospital
Helicopter Operator Aero Asahi Corporation
Start of Operations Jan. 16, 2012*
* Operations inaugurated with BK117C-2 JA01BK
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Mie Prefecture
Network Hospitals Mie University Hospital and Ise Red Cross Hospital
Helicopter Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Feb. 1, 2012*
* Operations inaugurated with EC135P2 JA115D
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Miyagi Prefecture
Network Hospitals Tohoku University Hospital, Sendai and Sendai Medical Center
Helicopter Operator Tohoku Air Service Inc. and Shikoku Air Servce Co., Ltd. joint operation
Start of Operations Oct. 28, 2016
Designated aircraft,  BK117C-2 JA117T (c/n 4040) of Tohoku Air Service, first flew at Gifu Apr. 22, 2016
Last updated: Jan. 24, 2017

 

Miyazaki Prefecture
Network Hospital University of Miyazaki Hospital
(Trauma & Critical Care Center, Faculty of Medicine)
Helicopter Operator NishiNippon Airlines Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Apr. 1, 2012*
* Operations inaugurated with BK117C-2 JA016W
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Nagano Prefecture (Matsumoto)
Network Hospital Shinshu University Hospital, Matsumoto
(Advanced Emergency & Critical Care Center)
Helicopter Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Oct. 1, 2011
 
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Nagano Prefecture (Saku)

Network Hospital

Saku Central Hospital
(Nagano Prefectural Federation of
Agricultural Cooperatives for Health & Welfare)

Helicopter Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations July 1, 2005
 
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Nagasaki Prefecture
Network Hospital National Hospital Organization, Nagasaki Medical Center
Helicopter Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Dec. 1, 2006
 
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Niigata Prefecture
Network Hospital Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital
Helicopter Operator Aero Asahi Corporation
Start of Operations Oct. 30, 2012
  At a press conference on Jan. 14, 2015, the Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida announced a plan to start a two-aircraft operation from around autumn 2016, as the town of Yuzawa and the city of Itoigawa are more than 30 mins flight time away from the current base hospital.
Last updated: Feb. 24, 2015

 

Oita Prefecture
Network Hospital Oita University Hospital, Yufu
(Emergency & Critical Care Center)
Helicopter Operator NishiNippon Airlines Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Oct. 1, 2012*
* Operations inaugurated with BK117C-2 JA017W
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

Oita Doctor-Heli (2)A detail from of the NishiNippon Airlines BK117C-2 JA017W photo that appears at the top of this page.
(Photo: Takao Kadokami)

Okayama Prefecture
Network Hospital Kawasaki Medical School Hospital, Kurashiki
Helicopter Operator Central Helicopter Service Ltd.
Start of Operations Apr. 1, 2001
 
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Okinawa Prefecture
Network Hospital Urasoe General Hospital
Helicopter Operator Hirata Gakuen Aviation, Operation Division
Start of Operations Dec. 1. 2008
 
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Osaka Prefecture
Network Hospital Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Suita
(Trauma & Acute Critical Care Center [TACCC])
Helicopter Operator Hirata Gakuen Aviation Operation Division
Start of Operations Jan. 17, 2008
 
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Saga Prefecture
Network Hospitals
Saga Prefectural Medical Center Koseikan, Saga
Saga University Hospital, Saga
Helicopter Operator NishiNippon Airlines Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Jan. 17, 2014*
* Operations inaugurated with Bell 429 JA429D
Last updated: Jan. 28, 2014

 

Saitama Prefecture
Network Hospital Saitama Medical Center, Kawagoe
(Saitama Medical Air Rescue Team [SMART])
Helicopter Operator Aero Asahi Corporation
Start of Operations Oct. 26, 2007
 
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Shimane Prefecture
Network Hospital Shimane Prefectural Central Hospital, Izumo
Helicopter Operator Central Helicopter Service Ltd.
Start of Operations June 13, 2011
 
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Shizuoka Prefecture (East)
Network Hospital Juntendo University Shizuoka Hospital, Izunokuni
Helicopter Operator Central Helicopter Service Ltd.
Start of Operations Mar. 15, 2004
 
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Shizuoka Prefecture (West)
Network Hospital Seirei Mikatahara General Hospital, Hamamatsu
Helicopter Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Oct. 1, 2001
 
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Tochigi Prefecture
Network Hospital Dokkyo Medical University Hospital, Mibu
Helicopter Operator Honda Airways Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Jan. 20, 2010
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n First Reg’d  
EC135P2 JA02HA 0190 Sept. 2005  
EC135P2+ JA03HA 0879 Apr. 2010  
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Tokushima Prefecture
Network Hospital Tokushima Prefectural Central Hospital
Helicopter Operator Hirata Gakuen Aviation Operation Division
Start of Operations Oct. 9, 2012*
* Operations inaugurated with EC135P2+ JA824H
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Toyama Prefecture
Network Hospital Toyama Prefectural Central Hospital, Toyama
Helicopter Operators Shizuoka Air Commuter Corp. (SACC) and
Kagoshima International Aviation Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations August 2015
 AW109SP JA10YM (c/n 22341) registered July 2015, to SACC Aug. 2015. Operation covers Toyama and northern Gifu Prefecture.
Last updated: Nov. 24, 2015

 Doctor-Heli ToyamaThe image that accompanied the March 4, 2015, AgustaWestland press release announcing the
selection of the Grand New for the Toyama operation, which commenced in
August 2015.
(Photo: AgustaWestland)

Wakayama Prefecture
Network Hospital Wakayama Medical University, Wakayama
Emergency & Critical Care Center
Helicopter Operator Hirata Gakuen Aviation, Operation Division
Start of Operations Jan. 1, 2003
 
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Yamagata Prefecture
Network Hospital Critical Care Center, Yamagata Prefectural Central Hospital, Yamagata
Helicopter Operator Toho Air Service Co., Ltd.
Start of Operations Nov. 15, 2012
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n First Reg’d  
EC135T2 JA32KC 0468 Apr. 2006 → Toho/Doctor-Heli Sept. 2011
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Yamaguchi Prefecture
Network Hospital Yamaguchi University Hospital AMEC3,* Ube
Helicopter Operator Aero Asahi Corporation
Start of Operations Jan. 21, 2011
*Advanced Medical Emergency & Critical Care Center
Last updated: Aug. 24, 2013

 

Yamanashi Prefecture
Network Hospital Yamanashi Prefectural Central Hospital, Kofu
Helicopter Operator Japan Aviation Academy Network [JANET] Corporation
Start of Operations Apr. 1, 2012
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n First Reg’d  
EC135P2+ JA88DH 0963 Apr. 2011 → JANET/Doctor-Heli June 2011
Note: EC135T2+ JA555H (c/n 1092) operated by SGC Saga Aviation Co., Ltd. was providing cover
in 2016. First registered to Eurocopter Japan July-Oct. 2013, registered to SGC from Oct. 2013
Last updated: June 7, 2017

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JASDF
2017 Airshow Dates
Mar. 5  Komaki
Apr. 2  Kumagaya

JASDF Hofu-Kita

May 21  Hofu-Kita
May 21  Shizuhama

Miho poster 2017

May 28  Miho
July 23  Chitose
Aug. 27  Matsushima
Sept. 10  Misawa
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Oct. 15  Hamamatsu
Oct. 29  Hyakuri
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Nov. 25  Kasuga
Nov. 26  Tsuiki
Dec. 3  Nyutabaru
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2018 Airshow Dates
Feb. 18  Ashiya
Mar. 3  Komaki
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov. *  Hyakuri

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2017 Airshow Dates

Kisarazu 170225

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Metabaru 2017

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(Cherry Blossom
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Somagahara 170408

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Kisarazu poster 2017

Sept. 10  Kisarazu
Oct. 15  Yao
Nov. 4  Akeno
Nov. 19  Naha
Nov. 23  Tachikawa

2018 Airshow Dates
Jan. 7  Kisarazu
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JMSDF
2017 Airshow Dates
Apr. 29  NAF Atsugi
Apr. 30  Kanoya
May 5  Iwakuni
(joint Friendship Day)
May 21  Omura
June 10  Ohminato
July 16 Komatsushima

Ozuki event July 2017

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July 29  Maizuru
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Sept. 30  Tokushima
Oct. 7  Shimofusa

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Oct. 22  Ozuki
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(*) Date to be confirmed

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