The view of northern Yokohama from a helicopter

 (Northern Yokohama, the Tomei expressway and its Yokohama-Aoba interchange,

 looking towards the west in the direction of Mt. Fuji.)

 

On a sunny day, January 23, 2019, I had the rare occasion of riding in a helicopter that

flew over northern Yokohama. The Yokohama fire department invited some local

residents for the ride. First, we went to the fire department’s heliport, which is located in

southernmost Yokohama on the seafront. One of the two helicopters belonging to the fire

department was waiting for us. It was a twin-engine craft, called Agusta AW 139 made

by AgustaWestland Co. of Italy.

 

The take-off was so smooth that I could hardly notice. It was a big surprise for me as

compared with my previous ride in a helicopter more than 30 years or so ago: when I felt

tremendous vibrations and roaring! The flight took about eight minutes to reach northern

Yokohama. While we were there, the pilot announced that he had taken took evasive

action to avoid an incoming aircraft that was going to land at Chofu airport nearby. I was

trying hard to find the location of my house, but it didn’t pay off. After making a big

turn, our helicopter started the return flight. Just before landing, the pilot made an

announcement that he had taken evasive action again, but this time for birds. Then, we

landed. The final part of the tour took us to the helicopter hanger where we were briefed

about the helicopter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking off from the heliport

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Augusta AW 139

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the port of Yokohama

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                            Northern Yokohama, Tokyo in the background

 

 

 

 

                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Yokohama, the Tomei 

 

expressway on the right, Tokyo in the 

background                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the Minato Mirai district,  

Yokohama

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another helicopter in the hanger

 

 

 

 

 

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