Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. to begin test flights in Moses Lake | News
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has announced they are expanding their test flight facilities to include the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake.
Mitsubishi says they chose Moses Lake because of the large aerospace industry cluster located in Washington, and because the airport meets all the requirements for flight testing like a long runway, flexibility for take-offs/landings with no regular transport services and a greater chance of fair weather.
Mitsubishi signed a contract with AeroTEC, based in both Seattle and Moses Lake, in 2011 to provide flight test planning support, consultation and advice.
Flight testing for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) is set to begin in 2015.
“For nearly 100 years, Washington State has been the place where the world’s best commercial airplanes take their earliest flights,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee. “I am pleased that Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation is partnering with AeroTEC and add the MRJ to our state’s legacy of aerospace leadership. It will be an honor to have this airplane, one that promises significant reductions in fuel usage, noise and emissions, prove its safety and value to the market in our state. It also further solidifies the long standing economic and cultural relationship Washington has enjoyed with the nation of Japan. I congratulate Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, AeroTEC, and the Port of Moses Lake on their partnership. I cannot wait to see the MRJ flying over Washington."
Mitsubishi says the MRJ will seat 70-90 people and feature a PurePower engine that when combined with state-of-the-art aerodynamics will drastically reduce fuel consumption, noise and emissions.