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Mitsubishi Regional Jet Launches Full-Scale Tests toward First Flight

By Juliet Van Wagenen | January 14, 2015
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Mitsubishi Regional Jet, rendering
Mitsubishi Regional Jet, rendering. Photo: Mitsubishi Regional Jet

[Avionics Today 01-14-2015] Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation started full-scale testing of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) to prepare for its maiden flight, scheduled to occur in the second quarter of this year. Mitsubishi performed the first engine run for the starboard side engine of MRJ’s first flight test aircraft at Nagoya Airport. The first engine run verified the total operations of the aircraft’s various systems including hydraulic, fuel, air conditioning, electric systems and power systems.

This follows the successful completion of the wing up-bending test on the static strength, one of the airframe tests to inspect that the aircraft meets safety standards in strength, performed on Dec. 25, 2014. During the testing, the maximum load that the aircraft is expected to experience while flying was applied to the wing of the static strength test aircraft, which was calculated from a simulation of all flight conditions.

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