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July 14, 2014 at 6:28 AM

New aerospace work here: Flight-testing the MRJ

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Engines from Pratt & Whitney are mounted on MRJ’s first flight-test aircraft, shown last month in Nagoya, Japan.

Japan’s Mitsubishi Aircraft will create a flight test center at Moses Lake for its new Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), bringing dozens of pilots, engineers and technicians to the Central Washington town.

Grant County International Airport, an Air Force base until 1966, will offer ideal flight-test conditions: runways up to 13,500 feet long, a newly built hangar, little competing air traffic and clear weather.

“The reason we had delays for this program is that we didn’t have any experience in how to get certification,” said Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation president Teruaki Kawai in an interview. In Washington state, “there are a lot of experienced people.”

Dominic Gates’ full story is here.

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