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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

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

AvWeek: MRJ70 Approved and MRJ90 Program on Schedule

Posted by The MRJ Team on Jun 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM

On May 22, Aviation Week Senior Editor Guy Norris reported on the recent success of the MRJ90 program and the production approval of the MRJ70 in his story, “MRJ70 Gets Green Light as MRJ90 Testing Tracks to Revised Plan.”

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Topics: Testing, Flight Testing, News Releases, Program Management Office, 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

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

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