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Leonardo firefighting helicopters to be deployed by prefectures&agencies of Tokyo, Shizuoka, Fukushima,Yamaguchi

Expanding presence in Japan includes first AW189 for a Japanese customer and the first firefighting configured AW169   • The AW189 and AW169, with two additional AW139s, will add to a fleet of 120 Leonardo helicopters operated in Japan also for government, medical emergency and first response missions • Tokyo, Shizuoka, Fukushima and Yamaguchi agencies will replace older he...

Airbus Ventures makes investment in Japanese space communications start-up Infostellar

Space communications infrastructure innovator Is Airbus Ventures’ first move in Asia Airbus Ventures announced its lead investment in the $7.3 million Series A round for Infostellar, a Japanese developer of a cloud-based satellite antenna sharing platform. This financing funds the launch of Infostellar’s flagship platform StellarStation, expands its network of partner antennas,...

First Japanese-Built F-35A Officially Unveiled at Nagoya Facility

The first Japanese-assembled F-35A was unveiled at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Komaki South F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility here today. The Japan F-35 FACO is operated by MHI with technical assistance from Lockheed Martin and oversight from the U.S. Government. Approximately 200 people attended the ceremony including Japanese and United States government an...

Frasca International sells Airbus H125 helicopter flight simulator to Aero Asahi Corporation

Frasca International has sold a Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) for the Airbus H125 AStar (350B3) single-engine helicopter to Aero Asahi Corporation (AAC), Japan’s leading civil helicopter company. The new Frasca Level 5 FTD will be used by Aero Asahi for H125 pilot training as well as to provide operational training for offshore, emergency medical service (EMS), search and rescue (S...

JAL and Dassault Falcon Service to offer private jet service

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Dassault Falcon Service (DFS), a subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, have agreed to launch a private jet service that will provide airline passengers flying from Tokyo to Paris with seamless interconnection to onward destinations in Europe and Africa. The JAL Falcon Business Jet Service, which includes ground transport between the JAL terminal at Charles de Gaulle Airport...

MRJ's FTA-3 Completes Ferry Flight to the U.S.

We are excited to announce that flight test aircraft #3 (FTA-3) of our Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) program touched down at Grant County International Airport in Washington State, USA, at 11:24 am on April 1 (JST) (7:24 pm on March 31 in local time). FTA-3 took off from Nagoya Airfield at 9:23 am on March 13 (JST), and arrived at the Airport, via Guam International Airport, Majuro Interna...

Honda faces long haul to recoup jet costs

After three decades building an airplane from scratch, Michimasa Fujino, 56, chief engineer of the Hondajet, might have to reach a ripe old age to see Honda Motor Co's pet aviation project recoup its development costs. Honda has declined to reveal the costs, but the automaker has been researching aircraft development since 1986, and Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at aero...

Mitsubishi MRJ’s Latest Development Status

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announced that MHI and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation will adjust the first delivery of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) from mid-2018 to mid-2020. The change is due to revisions of certain systems and electrical configurations on the aircraft to meet the latest requirements for certification. MHI recently established the MRJ Bu...

MRJ first delivery expected to be delayed again

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is expected to announce a further delay to the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) program on Jan. 23. Japanese newspaper The Nikkei reported that Mitsubishi Aircraft parent Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has confirmed the delay of first delivery of the MRJ90 to Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) to mid-2020. Mitsubishi Aircraft, which has called a press conference for Jan....

Japan’s drone sector flying high

From high-street playthings to sophisticated commercial and military aircraft, drones are seen as being at the sharp end of technology. Yet, paradoxically, traditionally low-tech countries such as India and Pakistan are now churning out their own models. The commercial drone business is driven by advances in key components such as sensors, lenses and radio control devices – and manufactur...

HondaJet to debut in Middle East

The world’s most advanced light jet will be showcased at MEBAA 2016 Honda Aircraft Company announced that it will showcase the HondaJet at the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) Conference Dec. 6-8 in Dubai, the region’s premier business aviation event. The appearance at the Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport will mark the first tim...

Honda plans to produce 80 business jets annually by March 2019

Honda Motor Co expects to ramp up production of business jets as part of its plan to expand in the growing industry, the head of the Japanese automaker's aircraft operations said in the United States. The firm hoped to produce 80 business jets annually by March 2019, from up to 36 currently, Honda Aircraft Company CEO Michimasa Fujino told reporters at its plant in Greensboro, North Carolin...