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Flying While Frozen

Posted by Koki Fukuda, Engineering Lead - Ice Protection Systems on May 26, 2017 9:44:36 AM

In February and March 2017, Flight Test Aircraft 4 (FTA-4) performed initial natural icing tests based out of the Rockford International Airport in Illinois. This was the first off-site test campaign to collect data in these conditions.

Tests performed by a team of global specialists using dedicated flight test instrumentation obtained valuable data to analyze the airframe ice accretion and Ice Protection Systems performance. Guided by a meteorologist on the ground, FTA-4 flew through clouds with specific moisture content, water droplet size and temperature resulting in varied icing conditions to understand how the aircraft would perform and eliminate ice on the leading edge of the wings and engines during flight.

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Topics: Testing, Engineering, Design, Environment, FTA-4, Program Developments

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

Mitsubishi Aircraft's Melting Pot

Posted by Nobuo Kishi, Executive Chief Engineer on May 26, 2017 9:30:00 AM

To set a new benchmark in regional aviation, Mitsubishi has assembled a global team of top aviation engineers paired with Japanese manufacturing experts.

It takes more than a single pilot to get an aircraft off the ground. Behind every take-off and landing is a team of aviation engineers, flight testing experts and strategists developing the aircraft of tomorrow. With more than 130 years of experience building transportation systems, defense aircraft, advanced rocketry and components for commercial aviation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) understands the challenge of developing an entirely new aircraft, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, for a demanding market.

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Topics: Engineering, MRJ Team, Program Management Office, Program Developments