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MRJ Kicks Off a Productive 2018

Posted by The MRJ Team on Feb 8, 2018 11:00:00 AM

The MRJ team has been hard at work in 2018. Following a slate of important tests in 2017 and recent high altitude testing in Flagstaff, Arizona, the program has passed the midpoint in its flight test campaign—accumulating more than 1,700 total flight hours.

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Topics: Flight Testing, MRJ Team, FTA-2, Moses Lake Flight Test Center

MRJ Travels to Arizona for High Altitude Testing

Posted by Katie Woods, Lead Engineer on Feb 5, 2018 10:01:00 AM

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet has gotten off to a strong start in 2018. The first major test of the year was for high altitude testing, an important benchmark that gauges whether engines, auxiliary power and other important aircraft systems can perform well in thin, low density air.

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Topics: Testing, Flight Testing, Engineering, FTA-4

2017: A Year of Progress for the MRJ

Posted by Alex Bellamy, Head of MRJ Program Management Division on Jan 4, 2018 7:02:13 PM

In 2017, the MRJ development program made significant strides. A re-organization at Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation offices earlier last year strengthened program teamwork, which led to notable testing progress and a successful debut at the Paris Air Show.

While the MRJ continues on its path toward type certification, we take a look back at the important milestones the program has achieved in 2017. 

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Topics: Testing, Flight Testing, Engineering, Ground Testing, MRJ Team, Program Management Office

Inside Moses Lake, The MRJ’s U.S. Flight Test Center

Posted by The MRJ Team on Dec 7, 2017 12:32:58 PM

It’s a sunny and hot July afternoon in Eastern Washington, and Kenji Okimoto is racing down the runway of Grant County International Airport. Okimoto, a vice president at Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America who runs operations support at Moses Lake Flight Test Center, is looking to position himself near the right runway so he can take a group of guests to observe today’s take-off of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). Air traffic control switched the runway due to a change in the wind conditions.

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Topics: Testing, Flight Testing, Engineering, Ground Testing, Program Management Office, Moses Lake Flight Test Center

MRJ Conducts Hot Weather Test Flights

Posted by Katie Woods, Lead Engineer on Sep 22, 2017 1:33:43 PM

At Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona, Flight Test Aircraft 4 (FTA-4) once again donned its black mask to continue with extreme temperature tests. FTA-4 was deployed in August and spent multiple days in the Arizona heat operating in a maximum temperature of 42° C, or 108° F. Engineers collected data that will be used to further validate the performance of the aircraft's Environmental Control System (ECS), hydraulics system and powerplant.

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Topics: Testing, Flight Testing, Ground Testing, Craftsmanship, FTA-4

Optimizing The MRJ’s Aerodynamics Through Advanced Design

Posted by Shigeru Obayashi on Sep 18, 2017 10:00:00 PM

As new government regulations call for more environmentally friendly aircraft, aerodynamics will play a key role in how airlines build their fleets for the future. Powered by its advanced aerodynamic design, the MRJ’s best-in-class fuel efficiency and lower emissions make it fit for the future.

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Topics: Craftsmanship, Design

Japan Civil Aviation Bureau Pilots The MRJ

Posted by The MRJ Team on Aug 31, 2017 8:00:00 PM

The Japan Civil Aviation Bureau performed four familiarization flights aboard the Mitsubishi Regional Jet between August 5th and 7th at Moses Lake Flight Test Center. During the course of three days with clear skies and warm temperatures, flights were conducted in airspace near Grant County International Airport and three JCAB pilots took turns piloting FTA-4.

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Topics: Flight Testing, FTA-4, Moses Lake Flight Test Center

Testing The MRJ's Cargo Smoke Containment Capability

Posted by Javier Aguado, MFC Engineering AMS Lead on Aug 10, 2017 9:40:58 AM

At the Moses Lake Flight Test Center in Washington, FTA-4 underwent cargo smoke testing between April 7 and April 22, 2017. To set up the test, engineers at Moses Lake installed a smoke machine and flexible hoses inside the cabin, along with lights, smoke detectors, and cameras to monitor real-time smoke generation. During the test, the hoses that were routed under the floor of the aircraft pushed smoke towards the test areas in the cargo compartment and the amount of smoke was controlled using the video cameras.

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Topics: Testing, Engineering, Craftsmanship, FTA-4, Moses Lake Flight Test Center

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet Builds Buzz at This Year’s Paris Air Show

Posted by The MRJ Team on Jul 5, 2017 1:04:01 PM

To celebrate the MRJ’s milestone debut at this year’s Paris Air Show, we have produced an exclusive behind-the-scenes recap of our activities at Paris.

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Topics: Paris Air Show, PAS 2017, Program Management Office, FTA-3

Pratt & Whitney Celebrates MRJ Partnership in Paris

Posted by The MRJ Team on Jun 30, 2017 6:00:00 AM

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Topics: Paris Air Show, PAS 2017