Montreal Facility Is The Next Step for SpaceJet Program
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September 24, 2019 - by Scott Hamilton for leehamnews.com
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp (MITAC) last week opened a new office facility in Montreal intended to initially support certification of the M90 regional jet and participate in the development of the M100 and M200 follow-on airplanes.
The M90 entry-into-service is targeted for next year.
Japan's regulatory agency, JCAB, hasn't certified a new airliner since the turbo-prop YS-11 of the 1960s. Japan's aerospace industry developed several military aircraft, but none of these required civilian certification.
Alex Bellamy, the chief development office of the M-Series program, called SpaceJet, said, "The development of this [Montreal] center is the last of the piece of the puzzle" to certify the M90 and advance what was originally known as the MRJ program.
With the M90 on its downwind leg toward certification, Bellamy said medium-term focus is now on the M100.
"We are very much in a product development mode," he said. "This is really great opportunity for people to continue to product development."...
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