In 2017 the 38th GA was reorganized into 82nd GA with 8th LH Regiment becoming 82nd LH Brigade.
December 2017 the Mi-171/Mi-171E were transferred to the 161st Assault Brigade. Also the serials of the Brigade changed from LH98cyy into LH952cxx.
In 2017 the 13th GA was reorganized into 77th GA with 2nd LH Regiment becoming 77th LH Brigade with a serial change from LH92cyy into LH972cxx.
Use of the new Z-20 (since June 2017) needs confirmation.
It is believed that the unit will move to the new location at Aopingzhen in 2022.
The Sikorsky S-70 remains the workhorse at high altitudes, although the Z-20 started to arrive in mountainous regions end 2020. At least 13 S-70s are in use by the 77th Brigade.
The 76th Brigade was activated at Dalachi mid 2017, initially using helicopters from 3rd Brigade (LH93cxx). It is expected to move to a new location near Golmut.
By 2019 Z-19 had arrived from Xinjiang LH Brigade.
At the start of 2022 the first Z-20s were noted.
RWY (water) POS 45°15'31"N 132°00'36"E ELEV 233 ft
Daqing Air Rescue Detachment was established on 22 July 2009 and officially changed its name to "Daqing Air Rescue Detachment of Forest Fire Bureau of Emergency Management Department" on 31 December 2019.
In 2013 the serials used by the Z-8WJS changed from WJS9100x into WJ56080x.
In 2021 Z-8AWJS were added (WJ56030x) and the helicopters were repainted with China Emergency titles and new serials in the CFR-013xx/CFR-018xx ranges.
The detachment is based on a separate part of the airfield on the North-Eastern side.
RWY 03/21, HEL POS 30°50'46"N 104°40'47"E ELEV 1602 ft
Early 2017 the 2nd LH Regiment detachment at downtown Lhasa/Dongguan was reorganized in the new Tibet/Xizang LH Brigade, which became better known as the 85th LH Brigade.
Also it moved to Lhasa/Gonggar in 2017 while expanding.
In 2018 85th LH Brigade moved to the new heliport southwest of Lhasa.
In 2020 Z-8G, Z-10 and Z-20s were added to the Mi-17V-7 and Mi-171E helicopter fleet.
The Mi-17V-7 is used for high altitude operations due to its more powerful engines.
RWY 02/20, HEL POS 36°26'58"N 116°05'44"E ELEV 112 ft
In 2017 the 26th GA was reorganized into 80th GA with 7th LH Regiment becoming 80th LH Brigade with a serial change from LH97cyy into LH963cxx.
The Mi-17V-5s were transferred to 78th Brigade (LH9617xx)
By 2020 Z-8Gs arrived (from 161st Brigade).
About all Brigades like 80th Brigade have seen the Mi-17/Z-9 augmented by dedicated Z-10 attack helicopters.
The Brigade relocated from Shenyang-Dongta.
Liaoyang is also used by Harbin Flying Academy/5th Brigade (PLAAF)
In 2017 the 39th GA was reorganized into 79th GA with 9th LH Brigade becoming 79th LH Brigade with a serial change from LH99cyy into LH962cxx.
It is believed that by 2022 the Z-20 had arrived.
This Z-10A is operated by the 79th Army Aviation Brigade.
In 2010 this new Army Regiment started using this Air Force (J-6) airbase. It can still be used for Air Force deployments however.
In 2017 the 31st GA was reorganized into 73rd GA with 10th LH Regiment becoming 73rd LH Brigade with a serial change from LH910cyy into LH993cxx.
By 2022 the Z-20 was added.
In addition to the Mi-171Es the 72nd LH Brigade oerates a few special mission Mi-171s like this one with a battle field radar mounted on the afte fuselage.
The Kunming Air Rescue Detachment of the Forest Fire Bureau of the Ministry of Emergency Management was officially established on 31 December 2019. It was formerly known as the Second Flight Brigade of the Helicopter Detachment of the former Armed Police Forest Command. On 29 September 2018, the unit was transferred to the Emergency Management Department.
In 2021 the helicopters were repainted with China Emergency titles and the serials were changed from WJ5603xx into the CFR-023xx range.
At Machang the Helicopter Detachment Yunnan of the Forest Fire Bureau is based flying Z-8AWJS.
RWY 14/32, HEL POS 37°52'25"N 110°04'17"E ELEV 2943 ft
Y-7 Y-8 Y-9 Mi-171 Mi-171E Mi-171E Salon Mi-17V-5 Mi-17V-7 Salon Z-8G Z-9WA Z-10A Z-19
In 2011 the SA342s of the Brigade were transferred to a Training Brigade.
In 2017 the 65th GA was reorganized into 81st GA with 4th LH Regiment becoming 81st LH Brigade with a serial change from LH94cyy into LH951cxx.
The 81st (ex 4th) Brigade also uses the cargo version of the Y-7, the Y-7H
The Mi-171E is the utility transport helicopter workhorse for the China Army. A few Salon versions were acquired for the VIP role.
Until July 1999 this airbase was home of PLAAF H6 bombers of 8th Div/24th Reg.
In 2017 the Flight Training Base was reorganised into an Academy with the serials LH904xx/LH908xx changed into 6-digit serials.
Helicopter training starts with the PLA on the Z-11 helicopter.
In 2017 the 3rd LH Regiment (Xinjing MD) was reorganized into Xinjiang LH Brigade with a serial change from LH93cyy into LH911cxx.
It is believed that early 2019 Z-19s had left and gone to 76th Brigade and also Mi-17V-7 had left.
The 161st Air Assault Brigade is one of the few units to operate the latest Z-8 versions, including the Z-8G.
RWY 05/23, HEL POS 35°17'37"N 113°50'19"E ELEV 231 ft
In 2017 the 54th GA was reorganized into 83rd GA with 1st LH Regiment becoming 161st Air Assault Brigade with a serial change from LH91cxx into LH953cxx. Also Mi-171/Mi-171E from 82nd Brigade were received.
In 2019 the Brigade was the first operational unit to receive the Z-20 and in 2020 it was the first unit to start operating the Z-8L, replacing Mi-171s. At the same time it seems the Z-8G left the Brigade, many of them to 80th Brigade. Also in 2021 Z-19s arrived replacing Z-9.
It is expected that around 2023 the Brigade will relocate to a new Army Base 5 miles south-west of the current base.
Until 2021 the 161st LH Brigade operated a wide variety of Mil helicopters including the Mi-17
Early 2020 the 161st LH Assault Brigade became the first unit to operate the wide-body Z-8L.
RWY 04/22, HEL POS 35°14'18"N 113°44'43"E ELEV 249 ft
The 12th LH Regiment was established in 2002 and became operational in 2012 on this former Air Force airbase.
In 2017 the 41st GA was reorganized into 75th GA with 12th LH Regiment becoming 121st Air Assault Brigade with a serial change from LH912cyy into LH982cxx.
By 2022 the Mi-171E, Z-8B and Z-8G seem to have left the Brigade.
The Z-20 became operational in 2018. The number of units operating this multi purpose helicopter is slowly increasing.
121st Air Assault Brigade is one of the operators of the Z-8B.
RWY 08/26, HEL POS 28°48'02"N 104°32'42"E ELEV 923 ft
In 2017 the Flight Training Base was reorganised into an Academy with the serials LH90cxx changed into LH905cxx series.
December 2019 Yibin/Wuliangye was inaugurated and the unit moved from downtown Yibin/Caiba. By early 2022 the first Z-10s were noted. Also Z-9WZ seem to have replaced the early Z-9s.
The Flying Academy uses the Z-9 for advanced helicopter training.
Early model Z-9As are used for helicopter training.
RWY 18/36H, HEL POS 28°31'44"N 112°49'29"E ELEV 164 ft