Good progress for Mitsubishi MRJ

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation is making good progress with its Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). Full scale testing of the first aircraft has begun,  leading up to first flight in the second quarter this year.

Mitsubishi Aircraft performed the first P&W PurePower PW1000G engine run on the apron of the Nagoya Airport (Nishikasugai-gun, Aichi Prefecture) on earlier in January. The first engine run was used to check the total operations of the aircraft’s various systems including hydraulic, fuel, air conditioning, electric systems and power system.

Static
The company also performed the wing up-bending test on the static strength test aircraft at the strength test station adjacent to Komaki South Plant of MHI’s Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works (Nishikasugai-gun, Aichi Prefecture) on 25 December 25. The static strength test is one of the airframe tests to inspect that the aircraft meets safety standards in strength. 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 simulation of all flight conditions. The wing up-bending test produced anticipated results.

Mitsubishi Aircraft says its committed a successful first flight with an on-track progress of the upcoming tests, such as functional tests and engineering tests.

Source: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation

Prototype number 3 in the Mitsubishi plant in Nagoya. (Image © Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation)
Prototype number 3 in the Mitsubishi plant in Nagoya. (Image © Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation)