|Operator||Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport|
|Elevation AMSL||33 ft / 10 m|
Yao Airport (八尾空港? Yao Kūkō, ICAO: RJOY) is a general aviation airport in Yao, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Located 8.1 NM (15.0 km; 9.3 mi) southeast of Ōsaka Station, it is also an airbase for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.
Yao is the only second class airport in Japan that does not have scheduled airline services.
The airport started as Hanshin Aviation School in 1938. Two years later the airfield was seized by the army as the Taishō Airfield and expanded. After World War II, the occupation forces called it the Hanshin Airfield before it was returned to Japanese control.
- Middle Army Aviation Group (中部方面航空隊?) units (other than 5th Anti-Tank Helicopter Group (第５対戦車ヘリコプター隊?) which is based in Mie Prefecture):
- 3rd Aviation Group (第３飛行隊?) - UH-1 and OH-6 transport/observation helicopters
The Osaka Prefectural Fire Department operates two Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin helicopters from Yao. They are primarily used for firefighting within Osaka, but were dispatched overseas to assist with the 1991 Bangladesh cyclone and the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
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