(Mainichi: February 20, 2015 – p. 7)
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is planning to test-fly Japan’s first indigenous small passenger plane, Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), on May 29, to demonstrate the progress of development before the Paris Air Show, one of the world’s largest aviation exhibitions, takes place in June.
The test will be conducted both from the ground and in the air for the first time to verify the MRJ’s system operations, including the intensity and endurance of the airframe. The plane will take off from a public airport in Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture, and fly over the Pacific Ocean.
The test is a one of procedures necessary for the MRJ to acquire a “type certificate,” a safety approval issued by the aviation authorities. Mitsubishi Aircraft may change the test flight schedule and route, depending on the weather and status of preparations.
The development plan for the MRJ has been pushed back three times. The jet is scheduled to make its first flight sometime from April to June 2015.