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.

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After numerous delays, most notably with the helicopter’s gear box, the Sikorsky CH-53K program looks to be back on track.

The King Stallion helicopter made its first flight approximately six months ago at a test facility in West Palm Beach, Florida. A number of problems with the gearbox delayed this maiden flight – once in the summer of 2014, and then again one year later. Low-rate production is set to begin in February of next year due to the previous testing difficulties. United States Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is assuring that the gearbox problems have been completely resolved.

“The redesigned components are flying in the test aircraft and are performing well,”

NAVAIR stated in an email.

“The redesigned components are flying in both test assets currently flying, and no further changes are anticipated. There has been no impact to the flight schedule because the changes were made prior to first flight.”

Other than the gearbox, the part they referenced that is crucial to the success of the tests is the helicopter’s seven anhedral swept-tip composite main rotor blades. Both are now fully operational and being used on the first two engineering design model aircraft. Those working with the program have been using unnamed suppliers to find more efficient parts, as well as testing redesigned components on the ground before using them for flight.

The helicopter should be ready for the Marines to use sometime in 2019. It will replace the heavy-lift CH-53E, and should provide a big lift for our forces.

"When you look at the future of joint war-fighting concepts the US military has put together, the 53K is viewed as one of the very key enablers of those war-fighting concepts,"

said Col. Hank Vanderborght, the heavy-lift helicopters program manager of the Marine Corps.

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Robinson Helicopter’s new R44 Cadet will provide better training to student pilots without being too costly. The company’s R22 and R44 Raven helicopters have been the chopper of choice for most civilian flight trainers. True to their name, the 22 is a two-seater, and the 44 seat four. A balance of cost-effective training was hard to find between these two helicopters, considering the 44’s price tag and the 22’s lack of proper instrument training.

The solution to this is the R44 Cadet, which is like a watered down version of the R44 Raven. This newer model will have two seats (just like the 22), but offer enhanced comfort, performance, and flexibility that is comparable to the normal 44. The smoothness and handling will be on par with the It will also be significantly cheaper.

For example, the seats in the newer helicopter will be able to accommodate 300 pounds of weight, as opposed to the 240-pound limit in the R22. This will give the plus sized pilots a better opportunity to learn. There is also extra space for cargo where the back seats used to be.

“We wanted to have a helicopter with more weight capacity and performance than the R22,” said flight test engineer Dale Taft.

“We saw operators max out the R22’s gross weight.We also saw that an IFR panel added so much weight to the R22 that the helicopter would need to carry less fuel to fly a training flight. With the Cadet we can have the heavier IFR panel, additional radios, big pilots, and a reasonable fuel load, and still have the performance to operate at higher altitudes on warmer days. This gives schools in the desert and mountain locations the performance to get the job done.”

The only difference on the outside between the Cadet and the Raven is a rear tinted window that is slightly smaller.

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The Boeing Company is planning to assemble either their Chinook heavy-lift helicopters or Apache attack choppers in India, as they also explore the possibility to manufacture a fighter jet in the country.

India already plays a part in the construction of these, as the fuselage is manufactured in the country. They have already signed a contract worth approximately $3 billion for 15 Chinooks and 22 Apaches, and discussions continue with Indian suppliers to make Apache parts.“We are much closer to have assembly (of) one of those aeroplanes (choppers) here. That will play out and that’s our strategy. This market is too important, capability is too high and commitment is significant and that kind of commitment is important for us,” said Boeing chairman Jim McNerney. Just due to the ever-growing population of India, the sheer volume of people in the country lead some to believe it is a market with massive potential to grow. Various foreign aircraft manufacturers have already offered to build fighter planes there. In the coming years, McNerney hopes India will take part in bidding for a fighter aircraft. Quantity and delivery is uncertain, but they are determined to have the plane built in India sometime down the road. The CH-47F Chinook is an aircraft that can be used in multiple roles. It is used by the US Army and defense forces all over the world. Some key features are the digital cockpit management system, Common Aviation Architecture Cockpit and advanced cargo-handling capabilities - all of which help it perform in different types of missions. The AH-64 Apache is an even more advanced multi-role helicopter used primarily for defense purposes.

Boeing has delivered over 2,000 Apaches since it first entered production. The US Army alone has logged nearly four million flight hours over the past thirty years with this model. Via our proprietary website ASAP AM Spares, ASAP Semiconductor is a leading distributor of Boeing products. Prospective customers can browse our inclusive inventory of hard-to-find obsolete and current aircraft parts at If you are interested in a part, please feel free to contact our knowledgeable sales staff at or 1-702-919-1616 for a quote.

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