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ja14mpThe Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Aviation Unit’s Agusta-Bell AB139 is normally based at
Tokyo Heliport. The aircraft is seen here at the unit’s other base, the JGSDF’s Tachikawa Army Camp.

All 47 of Japan’s prefectural-level administrations operate helicopters in support of their police forces.

This section will ultimately provide information about the aircraft, personnel, and operations of these units. As a temporary measure, tables listing the aircraft operated by each police aviation unit have been added below. Interspersed with a growing number of photographs, these tables will eventually be moved to a separate Data File page.

Police AS365An unmarked AS365 undergoes pre-delivery flight testing at the Airbus Helicopters Japan facility in Kobe. At the end of March 2015, three H155 (formerly designated EC155) and six AS365 helicopters were in service with prefectural police units. (Photo: Airbus Helicopters Japan/Chikako Hirano)  

Please note that the In Service Date(s) are based on registration/cancellation data and are for guidance purposes only. For example, although the Yamagata Prefectural Police Agusta A109E JA80GT was registered in December 2007, the aircraft commenced operational service in February 2008.

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

Aichi Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Nagoya-Komaki Prefectural Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 47G-2 JA7316 220   Sept. 1961 to Mar. 1968
Fuji-Bell 204B JA9216 CH-35   Dec.1974 to Nov. 1980
Bell 206B
JetRanger II
JA9719 2209   Nov. 1977 to Apr. 2000
JA9444 3942 Akatsuki

Sept. 1999 to Apr. 2008*

Bell 412EP** JA21AP 36244 Akebono Dec. 2000 (ex N63901)
BK117B-2 JA6781 1091 Asayake 1 Mar. 1996
BK117C-1 JA6816 1131 Asayake 2 Jan. 2002
A109E Power JA6922 11718 Akatsuki Feb. 2008
BK117C-2 JA11AP 4043 Asayake 1 Flight tested Dec. 2016
* Retired Bell 206B JA9444 previously with Ishikawa Prefectural Police Aviation Unit, 1986–1999

** Bell 412EP equipped for Special Assault Team (SAT) anti-terrorism operations

Last updated: Feb. 2, 2017

JA6816Aichi Police BK117C-1 JA6816 parked at its Nagoya airport home base in August 2013.
(Photo: Alec Wilson via Wikimedia Commons)

Akita Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Akita Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B JA9216 2548   Mar. 1979 to Jan. 2001
BK117C-1 JA6812 1125 Yamadori Feb. 2000
Last updated: July 3, 2013

akita206The Bell 206B formerly operated by Akita Police is now used as an instructional airframe by the Japan Aviation Academy Wajima (JAAW) in its hangar at Noto Airport, Ishikawa Prefecture.
(Photo courtesy Masayuki Sakamoto, JAAW)

Aomori Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Aomori Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B JA9362 3743 Hakuchou Mar. 1979 to Jan. 2001
Bell 412EP JA826A 36350 Hakuchou Jan. 2005
Last updated: July 3, 2013

 

Chiba Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Narita International Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B

JetRanger II

JA9129 1318   July 1974 to Jan. 1976
JA9214 2490   Jan. 1979 to July 2000
AS332L1 JA9680 2228 Katori 1 Mar. 1988 to ??*
Bell 206L-4 JA6170 52135 Katori 3 Sept. 1995
BK117C-1 JA6815 1128 Katori 2 Mar. 2000
AW139 JA91CP 31334 Katori 1 Sept. 2011
BK117C-2 JA93CP 4039  Katori 3 ff Dec. 4, 2015
(to replace JA6170)
Note: Former AS332L1 was in storage awaiting refurbishment in Vancouver, Canada (May 2014)
Last updated: Jan. 26, 2016

JA6170Due for replacement in 2016, the original Katori 3 is seen here in flight in January 2010. All the Chiba unit’s aircraft are named after the shrine city of Katori in the north of the prefecture.
(Photo: Kentaro Iemoto via Wikimedia Commons)

chibapoliceaw139Added to the helicopter ranks of the Chiba Prefectural Police Aviation Unit in 2011 was
AgustaWestland AW139
Katori 1

Ehime Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Matsuyama Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206L-3 JA9708 51226 Ishizushi Nov. 1987 to Aug. 2009
A109E Power JA03EP 11755 Ishizushi Feb. 2009
Last updated: July 3, 2013

 

Fukui Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Fukui Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206L-3 JA6024 51377 Kuzuryuu Sept. 1990 to 2011
EC135T2+ JA110K 0962 Kuzuryuu Jan. 2011
Last updated: July 3, 2013

 

Fukuoka Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Fukuoka Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 47G-2 JA7313 218   Sept. 1961 to Mar. 1978
Hughes 369HS JA9075 6621   Oct. 1972 to Apr. 1974
Fuji-Bell 204B JA9111 CH-32 Tobiume Jan. 1974 to Apr. 1996
Bell 206B JA9140 1529   Aug. 1975 to May 1996
Bell 206L-4 JA6174 52147 Sachikaze Nov. 1995
Bell 412EP* JA01FP 36245 Tobiume 2 Dec. 2000
AS365N2 JA6762 6490 Tobiume 1 Aug. 1995
AS365N3+** JA03FP 7012   Del. Dec. 2016
* Bell 412EP equipped for Special Assault Team (SAT) anti-terrorism operations
** Replacement for JA6762, AS365N3+ order announced March 2015
Last updated: Feb. 2, 2017

fukuoka204Formerly operated by the Fukuoka Prefectural Police Aviation Unit, Fuji-Bell 204B JA9111 is now used as an instructional airframe by Japan Aviation Academy Wajima (JAAW) at its hangar at Noto Airport, Ishikawa Prefecture. (Photo courtesy Masayuki Sakamoto, JAAW)

JA6174
Two of the current Fukuoka Police fleet. (Above) Bell 206L-4 Sachikaze (Happy Wind) and (below) Bell 412EP Tobiume 2, seen at their Fukuoka airport home base in December 2008.
(Photos: Amayagan via Wikimedia Commons)

JA01FP

 

Fukushima Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Fukushima Police Heliport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B JA9329 3648 Bandai July 1982 to May 2004
Bell 412EP JA6773 36112 Azuma Jan. 1996
A109E Power JA110B 11228 Bandai Feb. 2004
Last updated: July 3, 2013

 JA6773Bell 412EP Azuma, October 2010 (Photo: “Cp9asngf” via Wikimedia Commons)

Gifu Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base JASDF Gifu
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B JA9363 3744 Raichou Sept. 1983 to July 2005
Bell 412EP JA110G 36352 Raichou Feb. 2005
Last updated: July 3, 2013

 

Gunma Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Gunma Heliport, Maebashi*
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206L-3 JA9716 51229 Akagi Jan. 1988 to Jan. 2009
A109E Power JA01GP 11715 Akagi Jan. 2008
* See Location Report 2 here
Last updated: Sept. 16, 2013

gunmapoliceGunma Police AgustaWestland A109E Power JA01GP Akagi

Hiroshima Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Hiroshima-Nishi Airfield
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 47G3B-KH4 JA7458 2101   Feb. 1972 to May 1983
Fuji-Bell 204B JA9142 CH-34   Dec. 1975 to Jan. 1996
Bell 206B JA9331 3648 Miyajima July 1982 to Apr. 2004
AS365N2* JA6761 6487 Miyajima 1 Aug. 1995 to ?
A109E Power JA22HP 11227 Miyajima 2 Jan. 2004
AS365N3+ JA11HP 6973   Registered Sept. 2014, del. Mar. 2015
* AS365N2 previously named Miyajima 2
Last updated: Apr. 15, 2015

 

Hokkaido Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Hokkaido Police Heliport, Sapporo-Okadama Airport*
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 47G3B-KH4 JA7375 2015   Oct. 1963 to July 1980

Fuji-Bell 204B

JA9068 CH-26   Nov. 1971 to Mar. 1972
JA9095 CH-29   Mar. 1973 to June 1994

Bell 206B

JetRanger II

JA9178 2205   Nov. 1977 to July 1998
JA9237 2693   July 1979 to Oct. 2001
JA9413 3878 Ginrei 1 July ’98 to Aug. 2007**

Bell 412EP

JA6772 36111 Daisetsu 2 Jan. 1996 (ex N3292X)
JA01HP 36237 Daisetsu 3 Dec. 1999 (ex N60506)
AS365N2 JA6727 6460 Daisetsu 1 Mar. 1994 to ?***
EC135P1 JA02HP 0170 Ginrei 2 Mar. 2001
A109E Power JA03HP 11691 Ginrei 1 Mar. 2007
AW139 JA04HP 31440 Daisetsu 1 Dec. 2012
* Formerly based at JGSDF Okadama

** Retired Bell 206B JA9413 operated by Wakayama Prefectural Police Aviation Unit, 1985–1998
*** JA6727 caught in tsunami when on maintenance at Sendai, Mar. 11, 2011 

Last updated: July 3, 2013

JA6772
(Above and below) Seen here at Okadama airport in October 2007, the oldest aircraft currently in service with the Hokkaido Police is Bell 412EP JA6772. The force has traditionally named aircraft Daisetsu after the group of mountain peaks in Hokkaido’s Daisetsuzan National Park .
(Photos: “100yen” via Wikimedia Commons)

Daisetsu 2

JA01HPSister aircraft Daisetsu 3 parked in front of the Hokkaido Police hangar at Okadama in September 2008.
(Photo: “100yen” via Wikimedia Commons)

JA03HP

Also seen at Okadama in September 2008 were the later additions to the force’s helicopter fleet. The A109E Power (above) and EC135P1 (below) are called Ginrei 1 and Ginrei 2, respectively.
The word
ginrei refers to the silver-white snow on top of a mountain.
(Photos: “100yen” via Wikimedia Commons)

JA02HP

 

Hyogo Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Osaka Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B

JetRanger II

JA9157 1998   Sept. 1976 to Nov. 1997
JA9388 3797 Hiyodori Dec. 1996 to May 2006*
Bell 222 JA9548 47022   Apr. 1980 to May 1989
S-76B JA6765 760439 Fuenikkusu Feb. 1996
A109E Power JA110H 11661 Hiyodori Jan. 2006
H155       Delivered Mar. 2015
* Bell 206B JA9388 previously operated by Kagoshima Police, 1984–1996
Last updated: Apr. 15, 2015

JA6765The Hyogo Police S-76B during a visit to Osaka International Airport in April 2010
(Photo: “J o” via Wikimedia Commons)

Ibaraki Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base JASDF Hyakuri
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B JA9217 2552   Mar. 1979 to Aug. 2000
Bell 206L-3 JA6144 52090 Shihou Oct. 1994 (ex N22888)
BK117C-1 JA6813 1126 Hibari Feb. 2000
Last updated: July 8, 2013

 

Ishikawa Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Ishikawa Prefectural Police Heliport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B JA9444 3942 Inuwashi Sept. 1986 to Sept. 1999*
BK117C-1 JA6811 1122 Inuwashi Mar. 1999
* Bell 206B transferred to Aichi Prefectural Police
Last updated: July 8, 2013

 

Iwate Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Hanamaki Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B JA9414 3879   Aug. 1985 to Aug. 1999*
BK117C-1 JA6809 1120 Iwate Mar. 1993
* Bell 206B transferred to Miyagi Prefectural Police
Last updated: July 8, 2013

 

Kagawa Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Takamatsu Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206L-3 JA9778 51262   Dec. 1988 to Oct. 1998*
S-76B JA6766 760447 Sanuki Mar. 1996
H155B1** JA110U 6995   Del. Dec. 2016
* Bell 206L-3 transferred to Mie Prefectural Police
** Replacement H155 order announced March 2015; fourth in Japan (after Tokyo [2] and Hyogo)
     ‘U’ in registration reportedly a reference to udon (noodles), a Kagawa speciality.
Last updated: Mar. 1, 2017

 

Kagoshima Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Kagoshima Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B JA9388 3797   Oct. 1984 to Dec. 1996*
Bell 412EP JA6771 36110 Hayato Jan. 1996 (ex N3292R)
AW139 JA15KP  41402 Hayato Test flown Nov. 2015
 (to replace JA6771)
* Bell 206B transferred to Hyogo Prefectural Police
Last updated: Jan. 26, 2016

 

Kanagawa Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Yokohama Heliport and JMSDF Atsugi
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 47G3B-KH4 JA7457 2065   Mar. 1967 to Sept. 1982
Hughes 369HS JA9050 6610   July 1970 to Dec. 1985
Bell 47G-2 JA7065 178   Mar. 1972 to Apr. 1977
Bell 206B

JetRanger II

JA9130 1343   Nov. 1974 to June 1996
JA9330 3643 Kamome July 1982 to Mar. 2007
Bell 222 JA9568 47074   Nov. 1981 to Apr. 2003

Bell 206L-4

JA6173 52145 Hamakaze Nov. 1995 (ex N64050)
JA07KP 52337 Kamome Jan. 2007
BK-117

 

JA9626*

 

 

 

1012

 

Sagami II

July 1985
BK-117A-3 May 1990
BK-117B-1 Mar. 1993

BK-117B-2

Mar. 1996 to July 2011
JA6780 1086 Ooyama Mar. 1996
AS365N3 JA03KP 6640 Tanzawa Jan. 2003
AW109SP** JA14KP 22319 Sagami ?  
BK117C-2 JA16KP  4038 Ooyama Test flown Oct. 2015
  (to replace JA6780)
* Progressively upgraded BK117 JA9626 was operated as prefectural government aircraft.
** Due to enter service by the end of March 2014, AW109SP made first flight in Japan Dec. 6, 2013.
Last updated: Jan. 26, 2016

 JA6780Kanagawa Prefectural Police BK117B-2 Ooyama, August 2014
(Photo: “Mj-bird” via Wikimedia Commons)

Kochi Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Kochi-Ryoma Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206L-3 JA6025 51385 Kuroshio Oct. 1990 to 2011*
EC135T2+ JA02KP 0966 Kuroshio Feb. 2011
* Registration JA6025 cancelled Nov. 2011. Aircraft passed to Japan Coast Guard School at Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, for use as instructional airframe.
Last updated: Jan. 10, 2014

 

Kumamoto Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Kumamoto Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B JA9180 2211   Nov. 1977 to Apr. 1999
BK117B-2 JA6807 1188 Ooaso Mar. 1998
Note: Signed contract with Airbus Helicopters Japan for H135 Dec. 26, 2016, for delivery in 2019 
Last updated: Feb. 2, 2017

 

Kyoto Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Kyoto Prefectural Heliport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B

JetRanger II

JA9299 3371   Sept. 1981 to Apr. 2003
JA9092 898 Heian 2  Mar. 1994 to May 1996*
Bell 206L-4 JA6148 52096 Miyako Dec. 1994 (ex N41062)
BK117C-1 JA6188 1132 Heian Dec. 2002
AW109E Power JA6004 11826 Miyako (Flt tested Jan. 2016)
* Now used at Gunma Heliport for ground instruction purposes (See Location Report 2 here)
Last updated: Sept. 16, 2016

 Kyoto Bell 206In service with the Kyoto Prefectural Police for only two years in the mid-1990s, Heian 2 is now a star attraction at Gunma Heliport’s educational resource centre.

Mie Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Isewan Airport, Tsu
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B JA9382 3796 Ise Oct. 1984 to Apr. 2006
Bell 206L-3 JA9778 51262 Suzuka Oct. 1998 to Mar. 2010

A109E Power

JA06ME 11662 Ise Feb. 2006
JA10ME 11779 Suzuka Dec. 2009
Note: Bell 206L-3 formerly with Kagawa Prefectural Police, 1988–1998
Last updated: July 8, 2013

JA06MEOne of two A109Es currently in service with Mie Prefectural Police, Ise was on display at JGSDF Akeno Army Camp in November 2010. The location of an important Shinto shrine, the city of Ise lies in central Mie Prefecture. (Photo: Xjm91587 via Wikimedia Commons)

Miyagi Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base JGSDF Kasuminome
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B

JetRanger II

JA9092 898   Jan. 1973 to Mar. 1994*
JA9414 3879 Kuirikoma Aug. 1999 to Apr. 2007**
Bell 206L-4 JA6134 52031 Aoba Dec. 1993 (ex N7059H)
Bell 412EP JA6710 36055 Matsushima Oct. 1993*** (ex N6162C)
A109E Power JA109M 11687 Kurikoma Jan. 2007
AW139 JA139M 31490   Flight tested late 2013
* Passed to Kyoto Prefectural Police
** Retired Bell 206B JA9414 formerly with Iwate Prefectural Police, 1985–1999

*** Bell 412EP registered to National Police Agency Mar.-Oct. 1993

Last updated: Mar. 1, 2014

 

Miyazaki Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Miyazaki Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206L-3 JA9849 51315 Himuka Dec. 1989 to ?
EC135T2+ JA110M 0961 Himuka Dec. 2010
Last updated: July 8, 2013

 

Nagano Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Matsumoto Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 222 JA9553 47038   Nov. 1980 to Dec. 2002
Bell 206L-3 JA9776 51263 Shinshuu Jan. 1989 to March 2014*
AS365N3 JA110E 6614 Yamabiko 1 Jan. 2002
AW139 JA220E 31436 Yamabiko 2 Oct. 2012
(*) JA9776 made last flight on March 31, 2014, sold to Australia Sept. 2014
Last updated: Oct. 24, 2014

 

Nagasaki Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Prefectural Police HQ, Omura*
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B JA9218 2553   Mar. 1979 to Mar. 1993
Bell 206L-3 JA6114 51543 Saikai Mar. 1992 to ?**
Bell 429 JA03NP 57016 Saikai Feb. 2012
* Previously based at Nagasaki Airport. ** Bell 206L-3 reportedly on display at Police HQ, Omura
Last updated: July 8, 2013

 

Nara Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Nara Prefectural Heliport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206L-3 JA9707 51225 Asuka Nov. 1987 to Oct. 2009*
A109E Power JA110A 11753 Asuka Jan. 2009
* Registration JA9707 cancelled Oct. 2009. Passed to Japan Coast Guard School at Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, for use as instructional airframe, removed after damaged beyond economical repair in tsunami of March 11, 2011.
Last updated: Jan. 10, 2014

 

Niigata Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Niigata Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B JA9141 1530 Koshikaze 2 Aug. 1978 to June 1996*
Bell 206L-4 JA6172 52144   Nov. 1995 to July 2002
Bell 412 JA6711 36056 Koshikaze Oct. 1993** to early 2014
Bell 412EP JA01NP 36247 Tokikaze Dec. 2000 (ex N6379E)
A109E Power JA02NP 11221 Yukikaze Dec. 2003
AW139 JA13NP 31486 Koshikaze By end Mar. 2014
* Aircraft placed on open-air display at Niigata Science Museum, Niigata
** Bell 412 JA6711 formerly operated by Tokyo Police Mar. to Oct. 1993.
Last updated: Mar. 1, 2014

JA02NPNiigata Prefectural Police A109E Power Yukikaze (literally Snow Wind) overflies Niigata airport in January 2013. (Photo: “Cp9asngf” via Wikimedia Commons)

JA6711The arrival of the A109E signalled the end of the 21-year police career of Bell 412 JA6711.
(Photo: “Cp9asngf” via Wikimedia Commons)

JA01NPBell 412EP Tokikaze swoops over Niigata airport in May 2012.
(Photo: “Cp9asngf” via Wikimedia Commons)

Oita Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Oita Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206L-3 JA9715 51128 Bungo Feb. 1998 to Mar. 2009
A109E Power JA971V 11752 Bungo Jan. 2009
Last updated: July 8, 2013

JA9715Seen on a visit to Fukuoka airport in December 2008, Bell 206L-3 JA9715 was replaced by an
A109E Power the following year. 
(Photo: Amayagan via Wikimedia Commons)

Oita Police A109Oita Police’s current equipment is this A109E Power., seen here at an Aviation Day event at Oita Airport
 in September 2014. Like its predecessor, the aircraft is named 
Bungo, after the Bungo Channel
that separates Oita Prefecture on Kyushu from Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku.
(Photo: Takao Kadokami)

Okayama Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Okayama Police HQ/Okayama Airfield
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206L-3 JA9706 51224 Washuu Nov. 1987 to Jan. 2009
A109E Power JA110W 11717 Washuu Feb. 2008
Last updated: July 8, 2013

 

Okinawa Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Naha Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 222 JA9547 47017   Feb. 1980 to Sept. 2000
Bell 206L-3 JA9499 51214 Shimamori 2 Dec. 1996 to Apr. 2009*
AS365N3 JA21RP 6548 Shimamori 1 Feb. 2000
A109E Power JA22RP 11751 Nanpuu Jan. 2009
* Retired Bell 206L-3 formerly with Toyama Prefectural Police, 1987–1996
Last updated: July 8, 2013

 

Osaka Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Yao Airport and Osaka International Airport*
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)

Bell 47G-2

JA7062 174   July 1960 to Nov. 1966

(Written off)

JA7353 260   Mar. 1963 to Jan. 1979
Bell 47G3B-KH4 JA7458 2101   Mar. 1967 to Feb. 1972
Fuji-Bell 204B JA9085 CH-30   Oct. 1972 to Nov. 1995
Bell 206B

JetRanger II

JA9103 1013   Aug. 1973 to July 1996
JA9206 2414   Sept. 1978 to Aug. 2001
AS332L1 JA9679 2240 Oowashi Mar. 1998 to June 2012*
Bell 206L-3 JA9774 51259 Sennari Nov. 1998 (ex N911SB) to ?
AS365N2 JA6751 6481 Hayakaze Feb. 1995 to June 2014
Bell 206L-4 JA6171 521336 Tsubasa Sept. 1995 (ex N2123E) to ?
Bell 412EP* JA6868 36211 Maishima Jan. 1999 (ex N4445Y)
EC135P1 JA6803 0172 Chihaya Mar. 2001
A109E Power** JA110H 11661 Hiyodori Jan. 2006
AW139 JA6196 31371 Oowashi Nov. 2011
Bell 206L-4 JA6956 52422 Sennari Jan. 2012
AW139 JA6523 41349 Hayakaze (First reg’d Dec. 2013)
EC135P2i JA10PD 1131 Tsubasa Feb. 2014
* After period in storage, AS332L1 sold and now (May 2014) with HeliHarvest in New Zealand

* Bell 412EP equipped for Special Assault Team (SAT) anti-terrorism operations
** A109E normally based at Osaka International Airport

Last updated: July 11, 2014

JA6751Osaka Police’s long-serving AS365N2 at Kansai International Airport in November 2008. Following the entry into service of the AW139, this aircraft’s registration was cancelled in mid-2014.
(Photo: Alec Wilson via Wikimedia Commons)

JA6751
(Above) In service with Osaka Police from 1995 to 2014, AS365N2 Hayakaze
was photographed in December 2008 from close to a reservoir alongside the north end of Runway B at Yao.
(Below) Also no longer in service, AS332L1 Oowashi is seen here at Yao airport in October 2009. The photo was taken from the path outside the airport, on the south side of Runway A.
(Photos: “J o” via Wikimedia Commons)

JA9679

Saga Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Saga Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206L-3 JA6100 51483 Kasasagi Sept. 1991* to ?
AW109SP JA023G 22289 Kasasagi Dec. 2012
* Bell 206L-3 was formerly C-FKPU
Last updated: July 9, 2013

JA6100Both helicopters operated by the Saga Prefectural Police have borne the name Kasasagi (Magpie). The first was this Bell 206L-3 acquired from Canada in 1991 and replaced by an
AW109SP in the course of 2013.
(Photo: Amayagan via Wikimedia Commons)

Saitama Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base JASDF Iruma
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B JA9205 2411   Sept. 1978 to May 2000
Bell 206L-3 JA9440 51182 Sakitama Oct. 1986 to Aug. 2010*
BK117C-1 JA6814 1127 Musashi Mar. 2000
EC135P2+ JA310A 868 Sakitama Mar. 2010
A109E Power JA323N 11758 Mitsumine Mar. 2009
* JA9440 ex N3212K
Last updated: July 9, 2013

saitamapoliceThe Saitama Police BK117C-1 parked at a wet Iruma AB in November 2000, a few months after
its entry into service.

Shiga Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Shiga Prefectural Police HQ, Otsu
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206L-3 JA9709 51227 Ibuki Jan. 1988 to Apr. 2008
A109E Power JA110P 11716 Ibuki Jan. 2008
Last updated: July 9, 2013

 

Shimane Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Izumo Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B JA9443 3941 Chidori Aug. 1986 to Oct. 2007
A109E Power JA02PC 11690 Chidori Feb. 2007
Last updated: July 9, 2013

 

Shizuoka Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Shizuoka Helipad (JASDF Shizuhama)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B JA9207 2417 Fuji Sept. 1978 to Jan. 2007
Bell 222 JA9552 47035 Fuji 2 Sept. 1980 to May 2002
A109K2 JA11PC 10038 Fuji 1 Feb. 2001 (see Note)
AS365N3 JA22PC 6612 Fuji 2 Jan. 2002
A109E Power JA13PC 11686 Fuji 3 Dec. 2006
Note: A109K2 JA11PC written off in tragic accident, Shizuoka City, May 3, 2005
Last updated: Jan. 25, 2014

shizuokaas365Shizuoka Police Eurocopter (Aérospatiale) AS365N3 Fuji 2

The following four photos provide an interesting walkround of the former Shizuoka Prefectural Police Bell 206B. The aircraft is now used as an instructional airframe by Japan Aviation Academy Wajima (JAAW) at its hangar at Noto Airport, Ishikawa Prefecture.
(Photos courtesy Masayuki Sakamoto, JAAW)

shizuoka2061
jaaw206
jaaw2062
jaaw2063

Tochigi Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base JGSDF Utsunomiya
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B JA9424 3922   Mar. 1986 to Aug. 1998*
BK117C-1 JA6810 1121 Nantai Mar. 1999
* Bell 206B (ex N3194J) transferred to Tokyo Police
Last updated: July 9, 2013

tochigibk117Named Nantai after a local mountain, the Tochigi Police BK-117C-1 is seen at
its home base in May 2013.

Tokushima Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Tokushima Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206L-3 JA9844 51302 Shirasagi Nov. 1998 to July 2011
EC135T2+ JA110T 0967 Shirasagi Feb. 2011
Last updated: July 9, 2013

 

Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (TMPD) Aviation Unit
Bases Tokyo Heliport and JGSDF Tachikawa (see Notes)
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 47G-2

JA7047 166
  Oct. 1959 to Nov. 1976
JA7065 178
  Aug. 1960 to Mar. 1972
Bell 47G3-KH JA7341 2001   Dec. 1962 to Jan. 1975
KV-107-IIA-5 JA9511 4085   Feb. 1973 to Feb. 2000
Fuji-Bell 204B JA9023 CH-12   Mar. 1968 to May 1984
JA9051 CH-21   Sept. 1970 to Apr. 1994
JA9068 CH-26   Mar. 1972 to Nov. 1993
Hughes 369 JA9065 6617   July 1971 to Nov. 1987
Bell 206B
Longranger II
JA9094 922   Mar. 1973 to Nov. 1993
JA9133 1476   Oct. 1974 to Oct. 1998
JA9158 2002   Sept. 1976 to Apr. 2000
JA9159 2006   Sept. 1976 to ?
JA9178 2205   July 1998 to Apr. 2000
JA9424 3922 Hayabusa 4 Aug. 1999* to Aug. 2006
Bell 206L-3 JA6125 51574 Hayabusa 2 Mar. 1993 to Dec. 2013
Bell 206L-4 JA31MP 52209 Hayabusa 1 Nov. 1998 (ex N44319)
JA33MP 52197 Hayabusa 3 Nov. 1997 (ex N7251K)

Bell 412
(See Note)

JA9602 33108   Dec. 1983 to Jan. 2004
JA6635 33208 Ootori 2 Dec. ’90 (ex N3180G)
to June 2009
JA6710 36055   Mar.-Oct. ’93**
JA6711 36056   Mar.-Oct. ’93***
JA6704 36054 Ootori 3 Jan. 1993 (ex N5135Y)
JA6726 36064 Ootori 5 Dec. 1993 (ex N6199A)

Bell 412EP

JA6786 36118 Ootori 6 Mar. 1996 (ex N92130)
  to June 2016
JA17MP 36210 Ootori 7 Jan. 1999 (ex N44454)
JA18MP 36238 Ootori 8 Dec. 1999 (ex N6039U)
AS365N JA9648 6205 Ootori 4 Oct. 1986 to Oct. 2006
AS332L1 JA9678 2231 Oozora 1 Mar. 1998 to ??*
EH101-510 JA01MP 510-002 Oozora 1 Mar. 1999
EC155B1 JA11MP 6670 Ootori 1  Jan. 2004
H155 JA15MP 6989 Ootori 5 Delivered Aug. 18, 2014
A109E Power JA34MP 11659 Hayabusa 4 Jan. 2006

AW109 Trekker
(See Note)
JA??MP      
JA??MP      
AB139 JA14MP 31026 Ootori 4 Feb. 2006

 

 

AW139

JA12MP 31157 Ootori 2 Dec. 2008
JA13MP 31435 Ootori 3 Oct. 2012
JA16MP 41408 Ootori 6 c. Feb. 2016
S-92 JA02MP 920314 Oozora 2 Nov. 2011 (See Note)
EC135T2+ JA32MP 1080 Hayabusa 5 Nov. 2012
* JA9424 formerly operated by Tochigi Prefectural Police, 1986-1999
** JA6710 transferred to Miyagi Prefectural Police
*** JA6711 (ex N6162L) transferred to Niigata Prefectural Police
The registrations of the last Bell 412s, JA6704 and JA6726, were cancelled in Dec. 2013 and Oct. 2014, respectively 
* Former AS332L1 due to return to service with Aero Asahi after refurbishment in Canada July 2014
Formerly equipped for Special Assault Team (SAT) anti-terrorism operations, AB139 JA14MP normally based at Tokyo Heliport
S-92 JA02MP first registered Nov. 2011 to Mitsubishi Corporation
Order for two AW109 Trekker helicopters announced June 2016 for 2017 delivery 
Last updated: Feb. 17, 2017

 JA14MP (2)
(Above and below) Two shots of TMPD AB139 Ootori 4 departing Tokyo Heliport in June 2010. The photos were taken from Shin-Kiba Rokudo Park, which is located directly to the east of the heliport. (Photos: “J o” via Wikimedia Commons)

JA14MP  

ja17mpOne of the two Bell 412EPs that remain in service with the TMPD.

ja13mpAmong the newest equipment to join the ranks of the TMPD is this AgustaWestland AW139.
Many of the force’s helicopters are named
Ootori after a legendary bird.

JA34MPPresent at the Tachikawa airshow in September 2007 was Hayabusa 4, the TMPD’s sole A109E Power. (Photo: “Ypy31” via Wikimedia Commons)

EH101 JA01MPAgustaWestland EH-101 JA01MP Oozora (The Heavens) 1 was first registered with the
TMPD’s Aviation Unit in March 1999.

tachikawaprepsMorning flight preparations get under way in front of the TMPD hangar at Tachikawa.. On the left is the unit’s Eurocopter EC135T2+ that arrived in late 2012, on the right the
same Bell 412EP as illustrated above.

Tottori Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Tottori Prefectural Police HQ, Tottori
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206L-3 JA6099 51482 Sakyuu Sept. 1991* to ?
A109SP JA39GE 22288 Sakyuu Dec. 2012
* Bell 206L-3 ex C-FPKY
Last updated: July 9, 2013

 

Toyama Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Toyama Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206L-3 JA9499 51214 Tsurugi Oct. 1987 to Dec. 1996*
A109K2 JA6769 10019 Tsurugi Nov. 1995**
AW139 JA139T 41345 Tsurugi By end Mar. 2014
* Bell 206L-3 transferred to Okinawa Prefectural Police
** A109K2 still present Oct. 2014
Last updated: Nov. 8, 2014

 

Wakayama Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Nanki-Shirahama Airport
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206B JA9413 3878   Aug. 1985 to July 1998*
BK-117B-2 JA6808 1117 Kinokuni Mar. 1998

* Bell 206B transferred to Hokkaido Prefectural Police

 Signed contract with Airbus Helicopters Japan for H135 Dec. 26, 2016, for delivery in 2019

Last updated: Feb. 2, 2017

 

Yamagata Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Yamagata Prefectural Police HQ, Yamagata
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206L-3 JA9717 51230 Gassan Jan. 1988 to Mar. 2009
A109E Power JA80GT 11714 Gassan Dec. 2007*
* A109E entered operational service Feb. 2008
Last updated: July 9, 2013

 JA80GTYamagata Police A109E Power Gassan, photographed in May 2008, three months after its service entry.
(Photo: contri via Wikimedia Commons) 

Yamaguchi Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Yamaguchi Prefectural Police HQ, Yamaguchi
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 206L-3 JA9767 51245 Akiyoshi Oct. 1998 to July 2010
A109E Power JA10YP 11778 Akiyoshi Dec. 2009
Last updated: July 9, 2013

 

Yamanashi Prefectural Police Aviation Unit
Base Nishiyatsushiro, Yamanashi Prefecture
 
Helicopter Type Reg’n c/n Name In Service Date(s)
Bell 222 JA9582 47082 Hayate Dec. 1982 to Aug. 2004
Bell 412EP JA110Y 36321 Hayate Jan. 2004
Last updated: July 9, 2013

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Notices

Announcements

JASDF
2016 Airshow Dates
Mar. 13  Komaki

Kumagaya AB 2016

Apr. 3  Kumagaya

Hofu-Kita leaflet 2016

May 22  Hofu-Kita

Miho poster 2016

May 29  Miho
Aug. 7  Chitose
Sept. 11  Misawa
Sept. 19  Komatsu
Sept. 25  Akita
        (Airport event)
Sept. 25  Shizuhama
Oct. 9  Ashiya
Oct. 16  Hamamatsu
Oct. 30  Gifu
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov. 26  Kasuga
Nov. 27  Hyakuri
Nov. 27  Tsuiki
Dec. 4  Nyutabaru
Dec. 11  Naha

2017 Airshow Dates
Mar. 5  Komaki
Apr. 2  Kumagaya
May 21  Hofu-Kita
May 21  Shizuhama
May 28  Miho
July*  Chitose
Oct.*  Ashiya
Oct.*  Gifu
Oct.* Hamamatsu
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov.*  Tsuiki
Sept.*  Komatsu
Sept.*  Misawa
Oct.*  Hyakuri
  (SDF Review)
Dec.*  Naha
Dec.*  Nyutabaru

2018 Airshow Dates
Nov. 3  Iruma
Nov. *  Hyakuri

JGSDF
2016 Airshow Dates
Apr. 9  Somagahara
Apr. 10  Takayubaru

Metabaru 2016

Apr. 16  Metabaru
Apr. 17  Kasuminome
Apr. 23  Hachinohe
Apr. 24  Narashino
June 5  Kasumigaura
June 19  Asahikawa
June 19  Kita-
          Utsunomiya
June 19  Okadama
Sept. 10  Obihiro
Oct. 1  Tachikawa
Oct. 2  Akeno
Oct. 16  Yao
Nov. 20  Naha

2017 Airshow Dates

Kisarazu 170225

Feb. 25  Kisarazu

Metabaru 2017

Apr. 1  Metabaru
(Cherry Blossom
    Festival on Apr. 2)
Apr. 8  Somagahara
Apr. 16  Kasuminome
   (60th anniversary)
Apr. 16  Utsunomiya
May 28
    Kita-Utsunomiya
June 25  Obihiro

JMSDF
2016 Airshow Dates
Apr. 24  Kanoya
             (Cancelled)
April 30  NAF Atsugi
May 5  Iwakuni
  (+ Friendship Day)
May 22  Omura
             (Cancelled)
June 4  Ohminato
July 16  Maizuru

July 17 Komatsushima
July 18  Kobe-Hanshin
July 30  Tateyama
Sept. 4  Hachinohe
Sept. 25  Tokushima
Oct. 16    Ozuki
  (“Swell Festival”)
Oct. 29  Shimofusa

2017 Airshow Dates
Apr. 29  Kanoya
Apr. 29  NAF Atsugi
May 5  Iwakuni
(joint Friendship Day)

(*) Date to be confirmed

(Please note that air show dates are subject to change/cancellation.)


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