Posted on: 28 April 2014 by Mark Howells
Spirit AeroSystems has celebrated the rollout of the first flight test pylon for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) aircraft.
The pylon and underwing structure are used to mount the aircraft’s Pratt & Whitney PW1200G engines to the wing and are designed and manufactured by Spirit at the company's Wichita, Kansas, facility.
“Today's rollout marks a pivotal milestone and highlights a unique opportunity to collaborate with a new original equipment manufacturer in developing an all-new aircraft for the 70 to 100-seat market segment,” remarked Cathy McClain, director of business and regional jet programmes for Spirit.
“Spirit has extensive experience with underwing pylons, and is honoured to work with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation on this programme,” added David Coleal, executive vice-president, Boeing, Business/Regional Jets, and Aftermarket. “The MRJ aircraft pylon is the latest example of how we put our team’s creativity, determination and expertise to work in support of our customer.”
An industry team of Spirit, Mitsubishi and Pratt & Whitney have worked together to define the structural interface points and complete the pylon structural design. The finished product is made of lightweight aluminum, titanium and composite components, and is a combination of purchased items, Spirit-fabricated components and Mitsubishi-furnished equipment.
“Working together, Spirit and Mitsubishi have forged a strong, productive relationship based on mutual respect and quality,” commented Marshall Philips, manager of Spirit’s MRJ aircraft pylon programme. “Going forward, this robust relationship has both companies poised for the success and growth of the MRJ programme.”