Japanese civil aviation authorities have issued type certification for the Airbus Helicopters H160 medium-twin, as the type makes steady progress towards service entry.
The Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) certification comes after the country’s initial H160 completed its first flight in France. Airbus Helicopters adds that technical training is underway in the Japanese city of Kobe, with a H160 Helionix avionics trainer already deployed at the facility.
Cirium fleets data indicates there is currently one order for the H160 by Japanese operator All Nippon Helicopters.
Airbus Helicopters managing director for Japan Guillaume Leprince says: “This achievement reflects the strong commitment and collaboration between Airbus Helicopters teams in France and Japan, working in tandem with the JCAB to ensure thorough assessment complying with the highest safety standards.”
The H160 is powered by twin Safran Helicopter Engines Arrano turboshafts, and is touted as a multi-role helicopter for missions such as offshore transportation, emergency medical services, private and business aviation, as well as public services.
While the rotorcraft has clinched JCAB and European certification, it has yet to receive approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration.
The latest development comes a day after Airbus Helicopters disclosed that it was gearing up for the delivery of the first H160 – an example in a VIP configuration destined for a private operator in the New York area.
There are currently 30 orders for the H160, according to Cirium fleets data.