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tachikawawaterdropThe crew of the Tokyo Fire Department’s fire attacker Eurocopter (Aérospatiale) AS332L1 Super Puma demonstrates the aircraft’s capabilities at its Tachikawa, Tokyo, base in November 2013.

A nation that is particularly prone to natural disasters, Japan has aviation units in place that conduct the full gamut of emergency, firefighting and relief operations. Including that covering the capital, which comes under the jurisdiction of the Tokyo Fire and Disaster Management Agency, 16 cities and 39 of the country’s 47 prefectural administrations operate these dedicated, helicopter-equipped units.

Unlike the local fire department-controlled municipal units, which are independently operated, most prefectural governments prefer to outsource their aviation units’ operations to private company contractors. Maintaining a high degree of response readiness, units in the same region conduct regular joint training exercises that include the rehearsal and coordination of operations with Self-Defence Force elements.

J-HangarSpace will be winching itself down to delve into some fascinating aspects that will cover the aircraft, personnel, and operations of these units.

Hanamaki airport 110411A typical scene during coordinated disaster response operations. This is Hanamaki airport, Iwate Prefecture, on April 11, 2011, exactly a month after the Great East Japan Earthquake triggered a
tsunami that devastated large areas of the Tohoku region. Closest to the camera is the Kobe City
Air Corps’ then BK117B-2
KOBE-I, which is parked alongside the Shizuoka Prefecture Air Rescue
Team’s BK117C-1
Orange Arrow. Just starting up at the back is the AS332L1 Hakuchō 6 from the
Tokyo Fire & Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) Flying Unit.
(Photo: 402SQC-1 via Wikimedia Commons)

In the meantime, as a temporary measure, tables listing the aircraft operated by each municipal or prefectural aviation unit have been added below. Interspersed with a growing number of photographs, these will eventually be moved to a separate Data File page.

In the case of the prefectural units, J-HangarSpace retains the name derived from the organisation under which each unit operates, officially known in English as a Disaster Prevention Bureau; it would be more accurate to refer to them as something like disaster relief aviation units. A unit’s unofficial English name, if any, appears after the formation date.

Please note that the in service date(s) for aircraft formerly operated are based on registration/cancellation data and are for guidance purposes only.

Tokyo Fire PumaNamed Yurikamome (Black-Headed Gull), Eurocopter (Aérospatiale) AS332L-1 Super Puma JA9676 sported twin nose-mounted hoses for tackling fires in high-rise buildings when operated by the
Tokyo Fire Department Aviation Unit. After 20 years’ service, this aircraft was replaced
by an EC225LP in 2008.

tochigibell
Operated by Honda Airways from Tochigi Heliport in Haga, Bell 412EP JA09TG Ooruri
(Blue-and-White Flycatcher) has been in service with the Tochigi Prefectural
Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit since 1997.

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

Municipal Fire Department Aviation Units

Chiba Municipal Firefighting Aviation Unit
Base Chiba City Disaster Prevention Heliport, Chiba Prefecture
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1992 (Fire Helicopter Corps)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

AS365N2 JA6687 6426 Ootori 1

Jan. 1992 to Feb. 2006

 

AS365N3

JA119C 6543 Ootori 2 Apr. 1, 1999
JA03CF 6722 Ootori Feb. 1, 2006
Last updated: July 24, 2013

chiba03CFNamed Ootori after a legendary bird, Eurocopter (Aérospatiale) AS365N3 JA03CF has been operational with Chiba City’s Fire Helicopter Corps since February 2006.

Fukuoka Municipal Firefighting Aviation Unit
Base Fukuoka Airport, Fukuoka Prefecture
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1975 (Fukuoka City Fire Prevention Bureau [FPB])
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

SA.316B Alouette III JA9136 2214  

Feb. 1975 to April 1996*

AS365N1 JA9966 6328 Yurikamome 1

Jan. 1990 to Feb. 2008

AS365N2 JA119F 6500 Hoojiro Apr. 1, 1997
AS365N3 JA08FC 6790 Yurikamome Apr. 1, 2008
* Alouette III on display at Fukuoka Municipal Disaster Control Centre
** Contract for AS365N3+ announced Oct. 13, 2016 for spring 2018 delivery
Last updated: Nov. 21, 2016

JA119F
The two helicopters currently in service with the Fukuoka City FPB. (Above) AS365N2 Hoojiro (Siberian Meadow Bunting), seen at Fukuoka airport in December 2008, and (below) AS365N3 Yurikamome (Black-headed Gull), at the same location in November 2012.
(Photos: Amayagan via Wikimedia Commons)

JA08FC

Hamamatsu Municipal Firefighting Aviation Unit
Base Hamamatsu Disaster Prevention Heliport, Shizuoka Prefecture
Date Formed Apr. 1, 2009 (Air Rescue Team)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

AS365N3 JA119X 6877 Hamakaze Dec. 16, 2009
Last updated: July 9, 2013

 

Hiroshima Municipal Firefighting Aviation Unit
Base Hiroshima-Nishi Airfield, Hiroshima Prefecture
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1990
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

AS365N1 JA9978 6336 Hiroshima

Feb. 1990 to July 2006

AS365N3 JA05HC 6728 Hiroshima April 1, 2006
Last updated: July 9, 2013

 

Kawasaki Municipal Firefighting Aviation Unit (Kanagawa Prefecture)
Base Tokyo Heliport
Date Formed July 1, 1985 (Kawasaki Air Rescue)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

BK117B-2 JA9620 1011 Soyokaze 1

May 1985 to May 2005

BK117B-2 JA6730 1098 Soyokaze 2 Apr. 1, 1994
BK117C-2 JA01KF 4008 Soyokaze 1 Apr. 1, 2005
AS365N3+ JA02KF 6999  Soyokaze 2  (See Note)
Note: Signed contract with Airbus Helicopters Japan for AS365N3+ April 30, 2014. Test flown at Kobe mid-July 2015
Last updated: Nov. 19, 2015

kawasakibk117Then named Soyokaze (Zephyr) 2, the Kawasaki Air Rescue MBB/Kawasaki BK117B-2 was on static
display at JMSDF Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture, October 6, 2013. This aircraft was supplemented by
a brand-new AS365N3+ in 2015 and renamed
Soyokaze 1.

Kita-Kyushu Municipal Firefighting Aviation Unit
Base Kita-Kyushu Airport, Fukuoka Prefecture
Date Formed May 14, 1993 (Kita-Kyushu Fire Aviation Corps)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

AS365N2 JA6701 6473 Kitakyuu

1993–2010

AS365N3 JA10KC 6903 Kitakyuu Apr. 12, 2010
Last updated: July 9, 2013

 

Kobe Municipal Firefighting Aviation Unit
Base Kobe Heliport, Hyogo Prefecture
Date Formed Jan. 1972 (Kobe City Air Corps)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

Hughes 368HS JA9069 6619  

Oct. 1971 to Mar. 1988

Bö105S JA9556 S-435  

Jan. 1981 to Nov. 2003

BK117

 

 

JA9608

 

 

1006

 

 

KOBE-II ?

July 1984 to July 1990

BK117A-4 KOBE-II ?

July 1990 to Sept. 1995

BK117B-2 KOBE-III

Sept. 1995 to Nov. 2007

BK117B-2 JA6739 1099 KOBE-I Dec. 1994 to (2015) 

 


BK117C-2

JA28HY* 4009   Mar. 2006
JA02KB 4010 KOBE-II Mar. 2007
JA01HK 4034 HYOGO/KOBE-I Flight tested at Gifu, Sept. 2014**
* JA28HY entrusted to Kobe from Hyogo Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
** Order announced by KHI Oct. 15, 2013, del. Jan. 21, 2015
Last updated: Feb. 24, 2015

 Kobe Fire BK117C-2The Kobe City Air Corps’ BK117C-2 KOBE-II passes over the city’s Port Island in September 2008. The Air Corps is attached to the Keibōtai (literally Civilian Guard Unit) of the city’s Fire Department and operates its helicopters jointly with the Hyogo Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit.
(Photo: “J o” via Wikimedia Commons)

Kyoto Municipal Firefighting Aviation Unit
Base Kyoto Disaster Prevention Heliport, Kyoto Prefecture
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1972
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

SA.316B Alouette III JA9072 1887 Kyoto

Mar. 1972 to June 1992*

SA365N1 Dauphin 2 JA9673 6290 Hiei

Jan. 1998 to Aug. 2005*

AS365N2 JA6688 6428 Atago

Jan. 1992**

 

AS365N3

JA911A 6671 Hiei Apr. 2005
JA02FD 6924 Atago Aug. 2011
* JA9072 displayed at Kyoto City Disaster Prevention Center until replaced by JA9673 Aug. 2005
** JA6688 eventually leased to Miyagi Prefectural DPAU Oct. 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013
Last updated: Oct. 4, 2013

 

Nagoya Municipal Firefighting Aviation Unit
Base Nagoya Airport, Aichi Prefecture
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1973 (Air Rescue Nagoya)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

SA.316B Alouette III JA9093 1988 Nagoya

Feb. 1973 to Sept. 1991
(See photo below)

SA365C1 Dauphin 2 JA9557 5044  

Feb. 1981 to July 1996*

AS365N1 JA9693 6304 Nagoya

Apr. 1988 to July 2007

AS365N2 JA6779 6496 Nagoya 2  Mar. 29, 1996 to 2015?
AS365N3 JA758A 6758 Nagoya →
Nobunaga 
Mar. 16, 2007
Renamed Sept. 2014
AS365N3+ JA08AR  7001   Hideyoshi Apr. 1, 2015**
* JA9557 on display at the Nagoya Municipal Minato Disaster Prevention Center
** JA08AR registered Oct. 27, 2014 and commissioned Mar. 20, 2015 
Last updated: Nov. 19, 2015

nagoyaalouette
(Above) Former Nagoya Municipal Firefighting Aviation Unit Alouette III JA9093 has been on display at the Kakamigahara Aerospace Museum, Gifu Prefecture, since March 1996.
Its successor was AS365N2
Nagoya 2 (below), which was renamed Hideyoshi in September 2014.

AS365N2 Nagoya 2

Okayama Municipal Firefighting Aviation Unit
Base Konan Airport, Okayama Prefecture
Date Formed

Apr. 1, 1997 (Fire Defence & Prevention Div., Aviation Control Office /

Okayama Air Rescue)

 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

BK117C-1 JA6793 1108 Momotarou Nov. 28, 1996
BK117C-2 JA33BK 4035 Momotarou [See Note]
Replacement BK117C-2 order announced Jan. 22, 2014, delivery announced Mar. 27, 2015
Last updated: May 15, 2015

 Okayama BK117C-2 (KHI)Okayama Air Rescue’s BK117C-2 replaced an earlier model ‘C-1 in 2015. (Photo: KHI)

Osaka Municipal Firefighting Aviation Unit
Base Yao Airport, Osaka Prefecture
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1970
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

Hughes 369S JA9040 1090207S  

Mar. 1977 to July 1988

SA.316B Alouette III JA9146 2251 Oosaka 2

Jan. 1976 to June 1993

SA365N Dauphin 2 JA9649 6218 Oosaka

Dec. 1986 to Jul. 2005

AS365N2 JA6700 6438 Naniwa

Feb. 1993 to July 2010

 

AS365N3

JA050F 6695 Oosaka April 1, 2005
JA100F 6897 Naniwa April 1, 2010
Last updated: July 24, 2013

 

Sapporo Municipal Firefighting Aviation Unit
Base Ishikari Heliport, Hokkaido Prefecture
Date Formed Mar. 1, 1991 (Sapporo Air Rescue)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

Bell 412 JA6636 36008 Sapporo 2 March 1, 1991
Bell 412EP JA119L* 36462 Sapporo 1 April 1, 2009
AW139** JA17AR 41519 Sapporo ex-N592SH
* Bell 412EP delivered as N6317X
** AW139 first registered to Mitsui Bussan Aerospace Aug. 2016, fitted out at Toyo Aviation, Chofu Airport from Oct. and test flown Jan./Feb. 2017
Last updated: Mar. 1, 2017

JA6636Sapporo Air Rescue Bell 412EP Sapporo 2 seen at Okadama airport, Hokkaido, in October 2007.
(Photo: “100yen” via Wikimedia Commons)

Sendai Municipal Firefighting Aviation Unit
Base Sendai Airport, Miyagi Prefecture
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1993 (Sendai Fire Aviation)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

BK117B-1

 

JA6698

 

1103

 

Sendai

Oct. 1992 to Sept. 1993

BK117B-2

Sept. 1993 to Sept. 2011*

 

Bell 412EP

JA119T 36372 Keyaki Nov. 2005
JA119J 36538 Sendai Mar. 2011
* JA6698 damaged in tsunami Mar. 11, 2011, registration cancelled Sept. 2011
Last updated: July 24, 2013

 Sendai JA119TOne of the two Bell 412EPs operated by the Sendai Municipal Firefighting Aviation Unit, JA119T is named Keyaki (zelkova) after the tree chosen to symbolize Miyagi Prefecture.
(Photo: Ebiebi2 via Wikimedia Commons)

Shizuoka Municipal Firefighting Aviation Unit
Base Shizuoka Heliport, Shizuoka Prefecture
Date Formed Apr. 1, 2008* (Shizuoka City Fire Bureau Air Rescue)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA119P 36439 Kawasemi Mar. 28, 2008
* Started operations Oct. 1, 2008
Last updated: July 24, 2013

 

Tokyo Fire & Disaster Management Agency Flying Unit
Base Tokyo Heliport and JGSDF Tachikawa, Tokyo
Date Formed Nov. 1, 1966
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

 

SE.3160 Alouette III

JA9020 1376 Chidori

Mar. 1967 to Feb. 1983*

JA9027 1516  

Jan. 1969 to Dec. 1985

SA.316A

Alouette III

JA9071 1877 Kamome

Mar. 1972 to Aug. 1988*

JA9121 2000  

May 1974 to Nov. 1990

 

SA365N Dauphin 2

JA9569 6029 Chidori

Mar. 1982 to June 1997*

JA9610 6138  

Jan. 1985 to June 2001

 

AS365N1

JA9692 6305 Kamome 3

May 1988 to Aug. 2009

JA9980 6334 Tsubame 5

Feb. 1990 to Sept. 2010

SA330F Puma JA9512 1141  

Nov. 1972 to Aug. 1988**

AS332L1 JA9676 2201 Yurikamome 4

Jan. 1988 to Nov. 2008

 

AS332L1

JA6720 2397 Hakuchou 6 Mar. 14, 1994***
JA119B 2540 Hibari 2 June 9, 2001

EC225LP
JA119Y 2678 Yurikamome 4 Mar. 27, 2008
JA71KT 2885 Konotori 7 Delivered Sept. 2013
JA62HC 2901 Hakuchou 6  Arr. Kobe Mar. 3, 2014
AS365N2 JA119A 6508 Chidori 1 Mar. 28., 1997 (ex N6288S)
AW139 JA05FD 41324   (See Note*)

 

 

AS365N3

JA01FD 6691 Ootaka Dec. 22, 2005
JA119E 6839 Kamome 3 Mar. 27, 2009
JA119G 6893 Tsubame 5 Mar. 25, 2010
* On display at Tokyo Fire Museum, Yotsuya 3-10, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004
** On outdoor display at Museum of Aeronautical Sciences, 111-3, Iwayama, Shibayama-machi,
Sanbu-gun, Chiba Prefecture 289-1608 (www.aeromuseum.or.jp)

*** ex F-WYMA
* Initially reg’d to Mitsui Bussan May 2013, changed to FDMA Aug. 2013
Last updated: Jan. 26, 2016

JA9512Formerly operated from Tokyo heliport, this SA330F was put out to grass at the Museum of Aeronautical Sciences in August 1989. (Photo [Sept. 2013]: Alec Wilson via Wikimedia Commons)

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(Above and below) Taken at Tachikawa in November 2013, these two views are of JA119E Kamome (Seagull), one of the three Eurocopter (Aérospatiale) AS365N3s operated by the
Tokyo Fire Department.

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Yokohama Municipal Firefighting Aviation Unit
Base Yokohama Heliport, Kanagawa Prefecture
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1980
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

SA365C1 Dauphin 2 JA9544 5064  

Feb. 1980 to July 1995

AS365N JA9585 6069  

Feb. 1983 to July 1998

AS365N2 JA6740* 6477 Hamachidori 1

Mar. 1995 to ?

AS365N2 JA98YH** 6528 Hamachidori 2 Apr. 1, 1998

 

AW139

JA131Y 41315 Hamachidori 1 Apr. 1, 2013
JA152Y***   Himachidori 2  
* Formerly G-BYUR; ** N6400J; *** Being test flown at FHI Utsunomiya late Feb. 2015 to replace JA6740
Last updated: Apr. 5, 2015

 Yokohama AS365N2 (JA6740)Yokohama heliport-based AS365N2 Hamachidori 1 (Plover 1) seen giving an air rescue demonstration during the Yokohama Fire Department’s New Year Parade in January 2013.
(Photo: Toshinori Baba via Wikimedia Commons)

Yokohama AS365N2 (JA98YH)A fine action shot of sister aircraft AS365N2 Hamachidori 2 in August 2014. The Yokohama unit now flies a pair of AW139s, for which the tradition of naming the aircraft Plover 1 and 2 has been maintained. (Photo: Mj-bird via Wikimedia Commons)

Prefectural Disaster Prevention Bureau Aviation Units

Aichi Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Base Nagoya Airfield
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1996
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA6792 36117 Wakashachi Oct. 1, 1996*
Bell 412EPI**        

* Aircraft first registered June 1996 (ex N92115)
**  Ordered to replace 412EP, announced March 2016

Last updated: Apr. 29, 2016

 

Akita Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator (Independently operated*)
Base Akita Airport
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1999 (Akita Air Rescue)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

BK117C-1 JA6848 1123 Namahage Mar. 30, 1999
BK117C-2** JA05AR 4042 Namahage Flight tested at Gifu late Nov. 2016
* Pilots loaned from Akita Prefectural Police
** KHI announced order for replacement BK117C-2 Dec. 28, 2015
Last updated: Dec. 26, 2016

 

Aomori Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Base Aomori Airport
Date Formed Jan. 1, 1995 (Shirakami Disaster Relief Aviation Unit)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA6750 36090 Shirakami Mar. 22, 1995*
Bell 412EPI JA16AM 37003 Shirakami (See note**)
* Date of handover ceremony. Aircraft first registered Feb. 1995 (ex N2186H)
** First Bell 412EPI order from Japan placed with Bell Helicopter Textron May 12, 2015,
      ff of type in Japan Mar. 15, 2016, at Nagoya Airport 
Last updated: Apr. 29, 2016

 

Ehime Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Air Ehime, Inc.
Base Matsuyama Airport
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1993 (Ehime Air Rescue Team)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

BK117C-1 JA6679 1106 Ehime 21 Apr. 1, 1996
BK117C-2 JA117E 4037 Ehime 21 (First flew Sept. 29, 2015)
Last updated: Nov. 19, 2015

 

Fukui Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Central Helicopter Service Ltd.
Base Fukui Airport
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1996 (Fukui Air Rescue)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

BK117C-1 JA291F 1112 Blue Arrow Mar. 31, 1997
BK117C-2 JA291A 4036 Blue Arrow (See Note)
Replacement BK117C-2 order announced by KHI Oct. 16, 2014, test flown early May 2015,
handed over at Yao Sept. 11, delivery announced Oct. 19, 2015
Last updated: Jan. 26, 2016

 

Fukushima Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Base Fukushima Airport
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1998 (Fukushima Air Rescue)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA821F 36174 Fukushima Apr. 1, 1998*
* Aircraft first registered Dec. 1997 (ex N5609J)
Last updated: Aug. 7, 2013

 

Gifu Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Independently operated (Bell 412EP);
Central Helicopter Service Ltd. (BK117)
Base JASDF Gifu
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1994 (Gifu Air Rescue)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

BK117C-1 JA6724 1094 Wakaayu I

Jan. 31, 1994* to ?

Bell 412EP JA96GF 36124 Wakaayu II

Sept. 1996 (ex N6266T)**

Bell 412EP JA119V 36537 Wakaayu III

Mar. 23, 2011***

BK117C-2 JA21AR 4032 Wakaayu I

See Note (+) below

* Emergency operations from April 1, 1994 ** Written off in tragic accident when on rescue mission in mountains near Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, Sept. 11, 2009

*** Emergency operations from No. 17, 2011 (joint use with Gifu Prefectural Police)
+ Order announced by KHI June 28, 2013. Aircraft was being flight tested August 2014 for delivery in September and full operations from December.

Last updated: Oct. 25, 2014

 

Gunma Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator (Independently operated)
Base Gunma Heliport, Maebashi*
Date Formed Jan. 1, 1997
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA200G 36132 Haruna May 20, 1997**
* See Location Report 2
* Aircraft first registered Dec. 1996 (ex N1164R) and officially handed over May 20, 1997
Last updated: Sept. 16, 2013

gunmaheloLong-serving Bell 412EP JA200G Haruna overflies its home base of Gunma Heliport in Maebashi.

Hiroshima Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Base Hiroshima Airport
Date Formed July 11, 1996 (Hiroshima Maple)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA6774 36113 Meipuru

Feb. 1996 to ? (ex N32929)

AW139 JA12HP 41279 Meipuru Jan. 1, 2013
Last updated: Aug. 8, 2013

 

Hokkaido Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Aero Asahi Corporation
Base Sapporo-Okadama Airport
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1996 (Hokkaido Government Air Rescue)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

Bell 412 JA9986 33198 Suzuran

Dec. 2005*

Bell 412EP JA6775 36109 Hamanasu 2 Apr. 1, 1996**

* JA9986 originally registered Feb. 1990, returned to Aero Asahi circa Oct. 2012

** JA6775 orginally registered Feb. 1996 (ex N3292N)

Last updated: Aug. 8, 2013

JA6775A crewman keeps watch from a side window as the pilot manoeuvres Hamanasu (Sweet Briar) 2 at Okadama airport in October 2007. (Photo: “100 yen” via Wikimedia Commons)

Hyogo Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator (Independently operated)*
Base Kobe Heliport
Date Formed July 8, 1980* (Air Rescue Hyogo-Kobe)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

BK117A-4

 

 

JA9909

 

 

 

 

1019

 

 

Hyogo

 

 

Aug. 1988 to July 1989**

BK117B-1

July 1989 to July 1996**

BK117B-2

July 1996 to May 2007**

BK117C-2 JA28HY 4009 Hyogo Mar. 31, 2006

* Commenced with Hyogo Prefetural Police Bell 222, operations now undertaken in conjunction with Kobe Municipal Disaster Prevention Bureau Aviation Unit

** First deployment dates for JA9909: Oct. 13, 1988 (as BK117A-4); July 14, 1989 (‘B-1); July 30, 1996 (‘B-2)

Last updated: Aug. 9, 2013

 

Ibaraki Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Tsukuba Aviation Co., Ltd. (TKB)
Base Tsukuba Heliport, Tsukuba
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1995 (Tsukuba Air Rescue)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

BK117B-1 JA6743 1101 Tsukuba

Mar. 1995 to Mar. 2011

BK117C-2 JA298R 4016 Tsukuba Nov. 15, 2010*
* JA298R first registered Aug. 2010
Last updated: Aug. 8, 2013

 

Ishikawa Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Base Komatsu Airport
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1997 (Ishikawa Air Rescue)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA893F 36134 Hakusan Apr. 1, 1997*
* Aircraft first registered Dec. 1996 (ex N34957)
Last updated: Aug. 8, 2013

 

Iwate Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Toho Air Service Co., Ltd.
Base Hanamaki Airport
Date Formed Aug. 1, 1996 (Iwate Air Rescue)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA6776 36114 Himekami Mar. 1996*
AW139  JA10TE  41506  Himekami  Flt tested Jan. 2016 
* Aircraft first registered Feb. 1996 (ex N3293A), to be replaced by AW139
Last updated: Mar. 24, 2016

 

Kagawa Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Shikoku Air Service Co., Ltd.
Base Takamatsu Airport
Date Formed Jan. 20, 1994 (Kagawa Air Rescue)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

BK117B-2 JA6729 1095 Olive

Mar. 1994 to Dec. 2008

BK117C-2 JA119K 4013 Olive II Feb. 1, 2009*
* Aircraft first registered Oct. 2008
Last updated: Aug. 8, 2013

 

Kagoshima Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Kagoshima International Aviation Co., Ltd.
Base Makurazaki Airfield
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1998 (Air Rescue Crew)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA97KG 36175 Satsuma June 1, 1998*
* Aircraft first registered Dec. 1997 (ex N6317X)
Last updated: Aug. 8, 2013

 

Kochi Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator (Independently operated)
Base Kochi-Ryoma Airport
Date Formed Feb. 1, 1996
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

S-76B JA6759 760428 Ryoma Apr. 22. 1996* (Kochi Air Rescue)
AW139 JA05FD 41324   April 1, 2014**
* Start of operations. Aircraft first registered Nov. 1995
** JA05FD operated by Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA)
Last updated: July 11, 2014

 

Kumamoto Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Amakusa Airlines Co., Ltd.
Base Kumamoto Airport
Date Formed Apr. 1, 2001 (Air Rescue Kumamoto)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

AS365N3 JA15KM 6585 Hibari Feb. 13, 2001*

* Aircraft first registered Feb. 2001
Note: Airbus Helicopters Japan announced order for replacement AS365N3+ Dec. 22, 2016, for delivery in spring 2018

Last updated: Feb. 2, 2017

 

Mie Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Nakanihon Air Service Co., Ltd.
Base Tsushi Isewan Heliport
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1993 (Mie Disaster Prevention Unit)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA6703 36045 Mie Mar. 17, 1993*
AW139 JA119M 41515 Mie Flt tests early 2017
* Aircraft first registered Jan. 1993 (ex N31409)
Last updated: Mar. 31, 2017

 Mie Bell412 (JA6767)Part of the fleet belonging to Nakanihon Air Service, the Mie Disaster Prevention Unit’s aircraft operator, Bell 412 JA6767 Mie plays a key role during a rescue mission on Mount Gozaisho in November 2010. On occasion, prefectures operating just one helicopter are provided with a
temporary replacement to cover their usual aircraft’s extended maintenance absences.
This same aircraft has also seen service with the Aichi Prefecture unit.
(Photo: Alpsdake via Wikimedia Commons)

Miyagi Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Tohoku Air Service, Inc.
Base Sendai Airport
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1991 (Miyagi Disaster Prevention Aviation Corps)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

BK117B-1

 

JA6654

 

1102

 

 

 

 

Miyagi

 

 

 

1991 to Feb. 1996

BK117B-2

Feb. 1996 to circa 2010

BK117C-2 JA612M 4011

 

 

(See Notes)

 

 

BK117C-1 JA6708 1104
AS365N2 JA6688 6428
AS365N3+ JA04FD 6960 Miyagi Aug. 6, 2013 (See Notes)

Notes:

JA612M first registered Jan. 2008, commenced operations Mar. 1 same year. Damaged beyond repair by tsunami at Sendai Airport, Mar. 11, 2011

JA6708 formerly Nagasaki Prefectural Disaster Prevention aircraft, in service bearing full markings Aug. 2012 (unmarked in Sept. 2012), eventually passed to private air ambulance service

JA6688 formerly Kyoto Municipal Disaster Prevention aircraft, unmarked in Mar. 2012 prior to receiving Miyagi/Eurocopter markings, leased from Oct. 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013

(Also, besides three longer BK117 leases 2011–2012, leased BK117B-1 JA6662 for a month Feb. 2012)

JA04FD loaned from Fire and Disaster Management Agency (part of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications) since Jan. 2012. Announced as new Miyagi Aug. 2013.

Last updated: Aug. 9, 2013

 Miyagi BK117C-1Formerly operated by the Nagasaki Air Rescue, BK117C-1 JA6708 was drafted in to replace a Miyagi aircraft damaged beyond economic repair by the tsunami of March 11, 2011, and was one of the three BK117s to bear the prefecture’s name. Photographed when flying over its base at Sendai airport in August 2012, the aircraft was later sold to a private air ambulance service.
(Photo: Tettoumania2358 via Wikimedia Commons)

Miyazaki Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Kagoshima International Aviation Co., Ltd.
Base Miyazaki Airport
Date Formed Oct. 1, 2004 (Miyazaki Air Rescue Team)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA99MZ 36328 Aozora Oct. 1, 2004*
* Aircraft first registered July 2004
Last updated: Aug. 9, 2013

 

Nagano Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator (Independently operated)
Base Matsumoto Airport
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1997 (Nagano Air Rescue Team)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA97NA 36135 Arupusu (Alps) Apr. 1, 1997*
Bell 412HP** JA412V 30618   Aug. 2014 to Dec. 2015
* Aircraft first registered Jan. 1997 (ex N34961)
     Written off in crash during training exercise Mar. 5, 2017
** Kagoshima International Aviation Co., Ltd. aircraft used as temporary cover.
Last updated: Mar.. 5, 2017

JA97NA NaganoThe Nagano Air Rescue Team’s distinctively coloured Bell 412EP at rest amid the disappearing snow at
Matsumoto Airport in April 2010. This aircraft was lost in a tragic accident in March 2017.
(Photo: contri via Wikimedia Commons)

Nagano Bell 412 (2)Alps (Nagano Air Rescue Team website photo gallery)

Bell 412 Fast FinAlps was the first helicopter in Japan to be modified with a Fast Fin or Dual Tailboom Strakes (DTS)
system, a modification designed to improve handling at low speed and in the hover. The fin bore the
logo that appears on the Nagano Prefecture flag, a stylized ナ (‘na’) for
Nagano that has the
appearance of a bird in flight. 
(Nagano Air Rescue Team website photo gallery)

Nagasaki Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Oriental Air Bridge Co., Ltd (ORC)
Base JMSDF Ohmura
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1996 (Nagasaki Air Rescue)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

BK117B-1

 

 

JA6708

 

 

 

 

1104

 

 

Nagasaki

(Mar. 1993) to Feb. 1995

BK117B-2

Feb. 1995 to Feb. 2001

BK117C-1

Feb. 2001 to ?

AS365N3 JA119Z 6939 Nagasaki Apr. 1, 2012*
* First registered March 2012, test flights conducted at Osaka-Itami Airport same month
Last updated: Aug. 10, 2013

 

Nara Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Toho Air Service Co., Ltd.
Base Nara Prefectural Heliport, Nara
Date Formed Oct. 1, 1998 (Nara Air Rescue)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA99NA 36214   Oct. 1, 1998?*
Bell 412EP JA20NA 36243 Yamato 2000 Aug. 22, 2000**

* (Ex C-GBUB, N4446M). Written off in non-fatal accident at Totsukawa, Nara Prefecture, July 13, 1999

** Aircraft first registered May 2000 (ex N6400J)

Last updated: Aug. 10, 2013

 

Niigata Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Aero Asahi Corporation
Base Niigata Airport
Date Formed Jan. 20, 1995 (Niigata Air Rescue Crew)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

S-76B JA6747 760414 Hakuchou Feb. 28, 1995*
AW139 JA15AR 41386 Hakuchou**  

* Aircraft first registered Dec. 1994 (ex N3292N), started operations April 1, 1995

** Registered to Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, Mar. 5, 2015

Last updated: Sept. 1, 2015

JA6747The Niigata Air Rescue S-76B passes low over its home base in August 2011.
(Photo: “Cp9asngf” via Wikimedia Commons)

Oita Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Kyushu Airways Co., Ltd.
Base Ou Airfield, Bungo-Ono
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1997 (Air Rescue Oita)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

BK117C-1 JA01TA 1111 Toyokaze June 1, 1997*
BK117C-2 JA104W 4041   Flt tested Aug. 2016**
* Aircraft first registered Mar. 1997
** KHI announced replacement BK117C-2 order Nov. 4, 2015, due for delivery by end Feb. 2017 
Last updated: Sept. 26, 2016

Oita BK117Air Rescue Oita’s BK-117C-1 is due to be replaced by a ‘C-2 in 2016. (Photo: Takao Kadokami)

Okayama Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Shikoku Air Service Co., Ltd.
Base Okayama Airport
Date Formed Apr. 1, 2009 (Okayama Pref. Fire Aviation Corps)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA119H 36503 Kibi June 8, 2009*
* Aircraft first registered in Mar. 2009
Last updated: Aug. 10, 2013

 

Saitama Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Honda Airways Co., Ltd.
Base Honda Airport, Kawajima
Date Formed Jan. 1, 1991 (Saitama Disaster Prevention Air Squadron [DPAS])
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

AS365N2 JA6644 6386 Arakawa 1 Jan. 1991 to July 2007
SA365N JA9557 6051   Aug. 1996 to Sept. 2004
AS365N3 JA31TM 6729   Jan. 2006*
AS365N3 JA31KN 6587 Arakawa 2 Apr. 1, 2001

 

AW139**

JA31AR 41275 Arakawa 3  
JA03FD 41274 Arakawa 4  

* JA31TM written off in tragic accident during mountain rescue mission near Otaki, Saitama Prefecture, July 25, 2010

** Both AW139s first registered in Dec. 2011; JA03FD operated by Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA)

Last updated: Aug. 9, 2013

Arakawa 2Arakawa 2 being put through its paces on a hazy day at Honda Airport in Saitama.

Shiga Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Osaka Aviation Inc.
Base Hino Heliport, Osaka Airport
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1996 (Air Rescue Shiga)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

BK117B-2 JA6763 1105 Aha-umi Dec. 1995 to 2012*
AS365N3 JA25LB 6926 Aha-umi Sept. 20, 2011**

* Sold to Australian operator April 2012 ** First registered Dec. 2010

Last updated: Aug. 10, 2013

 JA25LBA fine shot of Air Rescue Shiga’s distinctive AS365N3 in action on Mount Ibuki, Maibara, in
February 2014.
(Photo: Alpsdake via Wikimedia Commons)

Shimane Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Central Helicopter Service Ltd.
Base Izumo Airport
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1994 (Shimane Air Rescue Team [SART])
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

BK117B-2 JA6723 1092 Hakuchou Jan. 1995 to 2013*
BK117C-2 JA32AR 4022 Hakuchou Nov. 29, 2012**
* New U.S. registration N521KK pending May 2013 ** First registered July 2012
Last updated: Aug. 10, 2013

 

Shizuoka Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation
Base Shizuoka Heliport, Shizuoka
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1997 (Air Rescue Team)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

In Service Date(s)/

First Deployment Date

AS365N1 JA9933 6314   Mar. 1989* to 2009
BK117C-1 JA119R 1110 Orange Arrow Apr. 1, 1997**
* Operations date back to 1989, but were consigned to Shizuoka Prefectural Police until 1997.
** First registered Feb. 1997
Last updated: Aug. 10, 2013

 

Tochigi Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Honda Airways Co., Ltd.
Base Tochigi Heliport, Haga
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1997 (Tochigi Flying Corps)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA09TG 36130 Ooruri Feb. 18, 1997*
AW139 JA09TR 41514 Ooruri Mar. 24, 2017**
* Aircraft first registered Nov. 1996 (ex N6267J)
** Mitsui Bussan Aerospace had announced order for AW139 Dec. 17, 2015
Last updated: Apr. 14, 2017

 

Tokushima Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Shikoku Air Service Co., Ltd.
Base Tokushima Airport
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1998
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

BK117C-1 JA109R 1116 Uzushio June 10, 1998*
BK117C-2** JA109A   Uzushio Flt test Jan. 2017
* Aircraft first registered Mar. 1998
** KHI announced order for replacement BK117C-2 Jan. 6, 2016
Last updated: Mar. 1, 2017

 

Tottori Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Aero Asahi Corporation
Base Tottori Airport
Date Formed July 6, 1998 (Tottori Air Rescue Team)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA31TT 36167 Tottori Feb. 2, 1998*
* Aircraft first registered in Nov. 1997 (ex N7224Q)
Last updated: Aug. 10, 2013

 

Toyama Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Toho Air Service Co., Ltd.
Base Toyama Airport
Date Formed

Apr. 1, 1996

(Toyama Fire & Disaster Prevention Aviation)

 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA6768 36107 Toyama Jan. 12, 1996
* Aircraft first registered in Nov. 1995 (ex N82627)
Last updated: Aug. 10, 2013

 

Wakayama Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Toho Air Service Co., Ltd.
Base Nanki Shirahama Airport
Date Formed Oct. 1, 1995
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

Bell 412EP JA6760 36094 Kishuu Mar. 9, 1996*
* Aircraft first registered in July 1995
Last updated: Aug. 10, 2013

 

Yamagata Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Tohoku Air Service Inc.
Base Yamagata Airport
Date Formed Apr. 1, 1998
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

AS365N2 JA98YA 6533 Mogami Apr. 1, 1998*
AW139 JA15YA 41390 Mogami Reg’d Oct. 2014 to Mitsui Bussan.
Test flown Sendai, late March 2015
*Aircraft first registered Jan. 1998 (ex G-BXLL)
Last updated: Apr. 22, 2015

 Yamagata AS365N2 (JA98YARetracting the undercarriage, the pilot of AS365N2 Mogami (the name of a local river) increases airspeed on takeoff from Yamagata airport in May 2011. After 27 years’ sterling service,
this aircraft is being replaced by an AW139.
(Photo: contri via Wikimedia Commons)

Yamaguchi Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Asahi Helicopter Co., Ltd.
Base Yamaguchi-Ube Airport
Date Formed Jan. 1, 2000
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

BK117C-1 JA21YA 1124 Kirara May 1, 2000*
* Aircraft first registered Feb. 2000
Last updated: Aug. 10, 2013

 

Yamanashi Prefectural Disaster Prevention Aviation Unit
Operator Japan Aviation Academy Network (JANET) Corporation
Base Japan Aviation Academy, Futaba Heliport
Date Formed Apr. 26, 1995
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name

First Deployment Date

S-76B JA6748 760429 Akafuji Apr. 26, 1995*
* Aircraft first registered Jan. 1995
Last updated: Aug. 10, 2013

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