Mitsubishi New Passenger Jet Clocks 200 Kph Takeoff Speed In Ground Test

Mitsubishi new passenger jet clocks 200 kph takeoff speed in ground testThe first passenger jet manufactured in Japan reached speeds topping 200 kph for the first time during ground trials on Nov. 6 at Nagoya Airport here.
Developed by Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) is expected to have its inaugural test flight between Nov. 9 and Nov. 13.

The actual date will be announced a day before the test flight after taking into consideration the weather conditions and state of the aircraft’s fuselage.

The MRJ's taxiing tests started in June at the airport. The tests on Nov. 6 included a trial where the aircraft taxied with its front wheels off the ground, and a test in which the MRJ reached 200 kph, the speed required for takeoff. The speed eventually reached about 220 kph.

Although Mitsubishi Aircraft originally planned to conduct the inaugural flight at the end of October, the company decided to push the timetable back two weeks to make mechanical improvements to the cockpit pedals.