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MRJ: Delivering Choice for the New Era in Regional Travel

The regional aviation market is in the midst of a substantial shift. With increased demand for point-to-point routes and rapid economic development in global markets, the industry is poised for enormous growth in the coming years. But challenges are evident as well. Regional operators will need to address aging fleets, corresponding maintenance cost increases and the effects of volatile (as of late, rising) fuel prices. And in the segment’s largest market, the United States, they will have to manage ongoing scope clause restrictions.

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Topics: Engineering, Craftsmanship, Design, Program Management Office, Environment, Passenger Experience, Farnborough International Airshow, New Standard

Mapping the MRJ's Key USA Partners

Posted by The MRJ Team on Jul 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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The MRJ is Japan’s first ever jet-powered commercial aircraft, but the United States also plays a key role in its development. With its primary testing hub, flight testing sites and a network of partners all located in the U.S., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation have developed a regional aircraft that will advance the aviation industry when it enters the market in 2020. Here’s a look at the partners and locations around the U.S. making it possible.    

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Topics: Testing, Craftsmanship, Design, Program Management Office, Eglin Air Force Base, Moses Lake Flight Test Center, Program Developments

A Conversation with Hiroyasu Aruga, the Designer Behind the MRJ

Posted by The MRJ Team on Jul 2, 2018 8:22:18 PM

The Mitsubishi Regional Jet is the first entrant in a new class of higher performance regional aircraft. As the only clean-sheet aircraft for the sub-100 seat category, the MRJ cuts a sharper silhouette than any other jet in its class with a more aerodynamic nose, sleek fuselage and lean wings featuring optimized nacelles.

The man behind the distinct design of the MRJ, many aspects of its interior cabin and its advanced flight deck is Hiroyasu Aruga, a Technical Supervisor & Chief Researcher in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Research & Innovation Center.

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Topics: MRJ Team, Craftsmanship, Design, Program Developments

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, Program Developments

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, New Standard

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, Program Developments

Mitsubishi Regional Jet Debuts at Paris Air Show with ANA Livery

Posted by MRJ News on Jun 15, 2017 11:47:58 AM

 


The Mitsubishi Regional Jet touched down in France 5:05pm local time Thursday June 15 at Le Bourget Airport for the 52nd Paris Air Show. As part of the preparations for this landmark air show, we went through the meticulous process of painting the All Nippon Airways livery on the MRJ’s third flight test aircraft debuting at the air show this week. ANA, one of the largest airlines in Japan, is the MRJ’s first customer and has placed orders for 15 MRJs.

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Topics: Craftsmanship, Design, FTA-3, New Standard

Neutralizing a Lightning Strike

Posted by Toshihiko Nishimori, Engineering Manager - EME Group on May 26, 2017 9:39:45 AM

As a prerequisite to the type certification lightning test later this year, we completed an internal simulated lightning strike assessment on Flight Test Aircraft 5 (FTA-5) in December 2016 in Nagoya, Japan. To simulate lightning strikes, we applied a low electrical current to the aircraft, which produces a magnetic field around certain areas of the aircraft, such as the ports, engines and the edges of the empennage on the tail.

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Topics: Testing, Engineering, Craftsmanship, Nagoya Airfield, FTA-5, Program Developments

Meeting the Strength Test

Posted by Alex Bellamy, Head of MRJ Program Management Office on May 26, 2017 9:32:00 AM

Required for all new clean-sheet design aircraft, the Full-Scale Static Strength Test ensures the aircraft’s ability to meet structural strength safety standards and comprises testing of the wings, vertical stabilizer and fuselage. The test rig, a system of hydraulic actuators positioned to distribute force across the airframe simulating operating loads, was designed and manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries at a facility near the Nagoya Airfield in the Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

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Topics: Testing, Engineering, Craftsmanship, Design, Nagoya Airfield, Program Developments