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Flying the MRJ: a Pilot's Aircraft

Posted by The MRJ Team on Jul 17, 2018 12:20:00 PM

 

With best-in-class aerodynamics, a clean-sheet design and a new avionics suite, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet is an aircraft prepared to shape the future of regional aviation.

Thanks to these advantages, the MRJ operates more efficiently, quietly and comfortably, providing a piloting experience no other regional jet can match.

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Topics: Flight Testing, MRJ90, Program Management Office, Passenger Experience, FTA-4, Moses Lake Flight Test Center, New Standard

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

Highlights From the Past Year of the MRJ

Posted by The MRJ Team on Jul 15, 2018 7:13:00 AM

The past year for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet has been defined by strong and steady progress. In the months following its debut at the 2017 Paris Air Show, the MRJ has undergone a series of key tests including natural icing, high altitude, hot weather and more.

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Topics: Testing, MRJ90, Program Management Office, MRJ70, Moses Lake Flight Test Center, Program Developments

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

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, 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

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, 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

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