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December 11, 2023
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Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MITAC) resumed flight tests of the FTA-1 for the MRJ.  During about a 1.5-hour flight test off the Pacific coast, MITAC confirmed upgrades carried out on the aircraft.

MRJ 4th flight Test_4The importance of this event cannot be overstated.  Aircraft program delays are the bane of the industry.  MITAC is under pressure to deliver on its promise.  The program has seen a number of delays and each one keeps new orders on hold.  Every test flight is a source of program confidence.  MITAC’s customers have been quietly supportive.  It is crucial the program hasten through its flight test program without any more disruptions.

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