Mitsubishi opens Seattle Engineering Centre

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has held a ceremony to mark the opening of its Seattle Engineering Centre (SEC), an engineering arm of the Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America subsidiary, which the company will use to accelerate the development of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ).The ceremony was attended by Hiromichi Morimoto and Kenichiro Honda, president and vice-president of SEC respectively. Other guests included Washington State Governor Jay Inslee; Masahiro Omura, the Consul General of Japan in Seattle; and Lee Human, president of Aerospace Testing Engineering & Certification (AeroTEC), one of the partner companies of Mitsubishi Aircraft.The SEC will cover 40,000 ft2 and be operated by 150 engineers, 100 of whom were recruited mainly in Seattle and about 50 from Japan. These engineers will work with AeroTEC to speed up the MRJ’s conformity activities and provide support for US flight tests due to begin during the second quarter of 2016 at the Grant County International Airport at Moses Lake in Washington.Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation says it chose Washington as a location because “it is a global hub of aviation with a skill base of experienced aircraft designers”.

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