Second MRJ flight test vehicle takes off

tThe Mitsubishi Regional Jet’s second flight test vehicle (FTA-2) has completed its first flight, which lasted nearly 130 minutes after taking off from Nagoya Airport.ttFTA-2, which tested basic characteristics and functionality in airspace off the Pacific coast, will now continue carrying out flight tests to gauge the MRJ’s“As with the first flight conducted with MRJ’s FTA-1 in November of last year, we had a quiet, smooth first flight with FTA-2,” commented Hiromichi Morimoto, president of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. “After this, we will move ahead smoothly with development of the subsequent flight test aircraft, and make our utmost efforts towards type certificate acquisition and the first delivery.”ttMitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. are scheduled to establish their main base for flight testing at Grant County International Airport at Moses Lake in Washington State this summer. They aim to accelerate the development of the MRJ toward the first delivery in mid-2018.

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