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Japan Raises the Profile of its Business Aviation Sector

Japanese exhibitors are kicking into high gear here at ABACE this week as they seek to promote Japan’s burgeoning business aviation sector. The growing expo–now in its fifth year at Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre–features a lineup of aviation officials from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) and the Japanese Business Aviation Association (JB...

Professional negligence suspected in fatal plane crash in Osaka

The Osaka Prefectural Police and the transport ministry are investigating Saturday’s fatal plane crash at Yao Airport as a case of professional negligence resulting in death. According to the ministry and the airport, a four-seater Mooney M20C bound for Yao left Kobe Airport at 4:03 p.m. but crashed while attempting to land at about 4:20 p.m., killing all four occupants. The plane went...

RJ to start regular route to Guangzhou

Royal Jordanian will start operating its new regular route to the Chinese city of Guangzhou on March 21, 2016 with three weekly flights. The frequency of the flights will be increased to meet future passenger demand.  RJ’s Boeing 787 will depart tomorrow early in the morning. On board the inaugural flight will be a RJ delegation headed by RJ’s Chief Commercial Officer Dr. Ma...

Japan Air Self-Defense Force highlights Kawasaki C-2 next-gen airlifter

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) unveiled its C-2 next-generation transport aircraft, currently under development, at its base in Kakamigahara, Gifu Prefecture, on Tuesday March 15, the local daily Japan Times said. The C-2, the successor to the existing C-1 transport plane, is capable of carrying the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) surface-to-air missile system and the Ground Sel...

Japan Coast Guard orders an additional H225

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for the purchase of an additional H225. JCG, which already operates five H225s, has ordered this additional aircraft as part of its fleet renewal plans. The helicopter is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2018. This H225 will be equipped with the most advanced search and rescue mission systems and operated in security enfo...

Bell Helicopter signs agreement with Aichi Prefecture for Bell 412EPI

Bell Helicopter, announced a signed purchase agreement with Aichi Prefecture for a Bell 412EPI configured for parapublic operations and used specifically for firefighting missions and disaster relief. “The selection of the Bell 412EPI will enhance Aichi’s capability and help ensure the safety and security of citizens throughout the region,” said Richard Thornley...

Japan tests indigenous stealth fighter jet X-2

Japan is developing an indigenous stealth fighter jet, the X-2, which completed a ground test Wednesday, according to local reports. The X-2, a tactical fighter aircraft, went through two ground tests, speeding at about 100 kilometers per hour across 500 meters of runway at an airport in Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, NHK reported. The fighter jet is scheduled for a flight test in March. Jap...

Engine smoke forces evacuation of JAL plane in snow

More than 160 passengers and crew slid down emergency chutes in swirling snow Tuesday after engine smoke forced a Japan Airlines domestic flight to abort takeoff and smoke entered the cabin, Japanese media reported. National broadcaster NHK showed video of the passengers evacuating and then gathering on the snow-covered tarmac at New Chitose Airport, which serves the city of Sapporo in Hokkaido...

ANA Dreamliner Bound for Tokyo Turns Back on Engine Problem

An ANA Holdings Inc. Dreamliner bound for Tokyo returned to Kuala Lumpur because of an engine issue. The plane had 203 passengers and 11 crew members, ANA spokesman Ryosei Nomura said by phone in Tokyo, where the carrier is based. The cause is yet to be determined. The Boeing Co. 787 plane is powered by Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc engines. The enginemaker and the planemaker said they are aware...

Mitsubishi Regional Jet to resume flight test program

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation says says its Regional Jet program has resumed flight tests. The test flight conducted on Wednesday afternoon is the fourth test flight of the MRJ. The first flight took place on November 12. “Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation today resumed flight tests of the FTA-1 for the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet),” the company said in a statement on Wedne...

HondaJet Nominated for 2015 Collier Trophy

Honda Aircraft’s HA-420 HondaJet is one of nine nominees—and the only business jet contender—selected by a National Aeronautic Association (NAA) committee to vie for the 2015 Robert J. Collier Trophy, the NAAannounced on Tuesday. The Collier Trophy is awarded annually “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America.” While the&nbs...

In 2001, Two JAL planes carrying 677 in total narrowly avoids disaster

15 years ago, two Japan Airlines jetliners narrowly avoided a mid-air collision near Yaizu, Shizuoka, Japan.   Japan Airlines Flight 907, a Boeing 747-446D (JA8904)  was en-route from Haneda International Airport to Naha International Airport with 411 passengers & 16 crew members on board.   Japan Airlines Flight 958, a McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-40 (JA8546) was...