Airbus Releases First H145/BK117D-2 To Japan
Airbus Helicopters just released their first H145/BK117D-2 Helicopter to Hiratagakuen, an Aviation operation company. There was a delivery ceremony held in AHJ Kobe Facility on January 5th for the public to watch the helicopter make its debut. This helicopter is intended to be used for emergency medical services. The H145/BK117D-2 will begin operations in Nagasaki in June 2018.
The delivery of this helicopter highly reinforces the relationship between Airbus Helicopters and Hiratagakuen. Airbus and Hiratagakuen signed the contract for two H145/BK117D-2 Helicopters at the 2016 Japan International Aerospace Exhibition. This helicopter will replace Japans current H135 helicopters, making this move a major upgrade. Airbus is honored that Hiratagakuen has become the first owner of the H145/BK117D-2 because they have shown constant confidence in Airbus products. Hiratagakuen plans to use these helicopter for Doctors, so safety is of utmost importance.
The Airbus H145 will be joining Airbus’ multi-purpose family which, has over 1,000 helicopters in service worldwide. These helicopters have a total of over four million logged flight hours. Improvements to this model include 4 axis autopilot, Helionix avionics suite, Safran Arriel 2E engines, shrouded tail rotor, an upgraded gearbox and an anti-torque system.
The H145 is extremely flexible and has a wide range of applications. It can accommodate up to ten passengers plus one or two piolets. The helicopters upgraded engine allows for premium performance. The new technology means improved flight and ground safety for the helicopter, as well as enhanced control efficient and reduced power demand while in flight. The H145 is considered a maintenance-friendly helicopter, meaning repair costs are few and far between. Hiratagakuen plans to use these helicopter for Doctors, so safety and reliability of these aircrafts are of utmost importance.