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Kansai-based helicopter operator Hiratagakuen has taken delivery of its second Airbus Helicopters H145/ BK117D-2, and is now operating fourteen H135s and two H145// BK117D-2S which provide emergency medical and transport services.
“With Japan’s full-scale deployment of air ambulances in 2001, EMS helicopters, otherwise known as ‘Doctor Helicopters’, have taken on more prominent roles in the country, enabling rapid evacuation of casualties from affected sites, and providing critical care without delay aboard medically equipped helicopters while in transit to the medical facility,” says Airbus. “In 2010, the Kansai Government implemented region-wide EMS support network and Hiratagakuen became its main operator of these life-saving missions. Today, there are over fifty helicopters EMS missions in 42 prefectures across Japan.”
More than 1,400 H145//BK117D-2 helicopters have been delivered worldwide, and have jointly logged nearly five million flight hours.
EMS machines are known as ‘Doctor Helicopters’ in Japan