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The Mitsubishi Regional Jet is Answering the Call for Choice

Posted by The MRJ Team on Jul 15, 2018 8:27:11 AM

 

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.

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Topics: Testing, Engineering, News Releases, MRJ Team, MRJ90, Program Management Office, MRJ70, Moses Lake Flight Test Center, New Standard

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

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, Program Developments

2017: A Year of Progress for the MRJ

Posted by Alex Bellamy, Head of MRJ Program Management Office 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, Program Developments

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, Program Developments

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

CNN’s Ostrower Covers the MRJ at Paris Air Show

Posted by The MRJ Team on Jun 20, 2017 5:24:23 PM

On Monday June 19, CNN Aviation editor and self-proclaimed AvGeek, Jon Ostrower reported on the debut of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet at the Paris Air Show. In the 90-second CNN Money segment and accompanying story titled “Sharp-nosed Japanese jetliner could be game changer for U.S. flyers.” 

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Topics: PAS 2017, Engineering, Design, New Standard

Pushing the Flight Envelope

Posted by Jyou Nagao, Aircraft Loads Engineering Lead on May 26, 2017 9:48:22 AM

During the flight load survey tests, more than 250 pressure sensors and strain gauges affixed to the aircraft measured the maximum loads on its external surfaces and components. Throughout the test flights, the crew maneuvered the aircraft to reach specified G-loads, maximum rudder deflection, and roll and side slip thresholds as our engineers monitored the data and Japanese aviation authorities witnessed and approved the test via the telemetry room.

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Topics: Testing, Engineering, FTA-2, Design, Moses Lake Flight Test Center, Program Developments

Operating at -40 Degrees

Posted by Kunihiko Mizuno, MFC Engineering Manager - Eglin Lead on May 26, 2017 9:47:34 AM

At McKinley Climatic Laboratory on Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, FTA-4 underwent extreme temperature tests between February 28 and March 17, 2017. After initial set up, temperatures sunk down to -40° C for five full days of extreme cold testing. Following this, the testing team removed their winter coats and swapped in their t-shirts, and ratcheted the heat up to 50° C for several more test days. Among other systems, the test and data gathered is used to validate the performance of the Environmental Control System (ECS). “Pull-Up” and “Pull-Down” tests, which begin in a cold or hot soaked condition, measured the ability of the system to control the cabin and flight deck to a comfortable temperature within a specified time.

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Topics: Testing, Engineering, FTA-4, Eglin Air Force Base, Program Developments

Flying Safely Beyond the Limits

Flying the aircraft at varying altitudes and speeds beyond maximum operation limits, the high-speed flutter test demonstrated sufficient margin on the normal operating envelope of the MRJ. Testing for flutter – a phenomenon that occurs when aerodynamic forces cause rapid self-excited destructive vibration – required a heavily instrumented aircraft operated by well-trained crew that was monitored by engineering specialists on the ground. 

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Topics: Testing, Engineering, FTA-2, Design, Nagoya Airfield, Program Developments