The first Mitsubishi SpaceJet M90 in final
certifiable baseline configuration, completed its maiden flight
earlier this week.
Flight Test Vehicle 10 (FTV10) took off at 14:53
(JST) from the Prefectural Nagoya Airport in Japan and conducted
basic aircraft performance tests over the Pacific Ocean.
After approximately two hours of flight, the
aircraft returned to Nagoya at 16:40 (JST).
The test pilots were Hiroyoshi
Takase and Akira Udagawa.
With the completion of
FTV10’s first flight, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation will enter the final phase of certification flight testing for the SpaceJet M90, the first commercial jet manufactured in Japan.
“This flight marks the start of certification
flight testing for the first SpaceJet M90 in final, certifiable
configuration,” said Alex Bellamy, Mitsubishi Aircraft’s Chief
Development Officer. “We are all proud of this latest
accomplishment, which reflects the hard work of a dedicated team,
the culmination of an organizational transformation and all of the
engineering changes made since 2016. We look forward to continuing
our progress toward commercial certification of the M90 program.”
In the coming weeks Mitsubishi
Aircraft will continue flight tests on FTV10 in Nagoya, as
well as prepare for the ferry flight to Moses Lake Flight Test
Center (MFC) to join the remainder of the Mitsubishi SpaceJet M90
test fleet for the final phase of type certification flight test.