Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, a MHI Group company, announced on March 18 that it has completed the maiden flight of Flight Test Vehicle 10 (FTV10), the first Mitsubishi SpaceJet M90 in final, certifiable baseline configuration.
FTV10 took off at 14:53 (JST) from the Prefectural Nagoya Airport and conducted basic aircraft performance tests in normal operating conditions over the Pacific Ocean. After approximately two hours of flight, the aircraft returned to Nagoya at 16:40 (JST). With the completion of FTV10’s first flight, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation is prepared to enter the final phase of certification flight testing for the SpaceJet M90, the first commercial jet manufactured in Japan.
In coming weeks Mitsubishi Aircraft plans to 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.
・Aircraft: JA26MJ (FTV10)
・Takeoff time: 14:53 JST
・Landing Time: 16:40 JST
・Pilot Name: Hiroyoshi Takase (total flight time: approx. 7,700h) and Akira Udagawa (total flight time: approx. 11,600h)
Note: SpaceJet was formerly called the Mitsubishi MRJ and rebranded after some heavy changes of the internal design was applied.
Top Copyright Photo: Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation SpaceJet M90 JA26MJ (msn 10010) NKM (Akira Uekawa). Image: 949493. Seen on its first taxi test. The aircraft would make the successful first flight three days later on March 18. While the short term after the first flight and until the second flight on March 21, the gold stripe on the fuselage and gold tail design on the portside has been removed. SpaceJet was formally called the Mitsubishi MRJ and has been rebranded after some heavy change of the internal design.