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MRJ's First Test Aircraft Completes Ferry Flight to the U.S.

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) completed the ferry flight to the United States for the First Test Aircraft (FTA-1) of the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet), the next-generation regional jet. Mitsubishi Aircraft is committed to carrying out frequent, multiple flight tests in the U. S. to accelerate the development of the MRJ toward t...

Jet maker hopes it’s third time lucky for new Japanese plane

Mitsubishi Aircraft, the builder of Japan’s first home-made passenger jet in decades, said a test aircraft took off on its third attempt to fly to the United States on Monday after aborting flights last month due to problems with air-conditioning sensors. The Mitsubishi Regionla Jet, or MRJ, left Nagoya airport at 1:28pm local time today, said Kenichi Takemori, a Nagoya-based spokesman fo...

Dreamliner’s biggest operator to modify 100 Rolls-Royce engines after shutdowns

ANA, Japan’s largest airline, will modify all 100 Rolls-Royce engines on its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners following three engine failures this year caused by corrosion and cracking of turbine blades. ANA, the world’s largest 787 operator, said all 100 engines on its 50 787s will be fitted with new blades, a process that could take up to three years, reiterating a plan announced o...

Mitsubishi Regional Jet Aborts Flight to U.S. an Hour Into Test

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. aborted the maiden test flight to the U.S. of its regional jet aircraft due to problems with an on-board system about an hour into the trip. The aircraft, Japan’s first passenger plane developed at home in more than a half century, took off from an airport in Nagoya, Japan, en route to Moses Lake in Washington around 11:47 am Saturday but was forced to tur...

Honda Aircraft Company Receives FAA Production Certificate

Honda Aircraft Company announced today that it has earned a Production Certificate from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Honda Aircraft Company is building the HA-420 HondaJet, an advanced light jet, at its world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. Melvin Johnson, FAA Small Aircraft Directorate Manager for the Central Region, presented the Production Ce...

Kagoshima International Aviation orders another GrandNew EMS helicopter

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced yesterday with its distributor Kaigai Corporation of Japan that Kagoshima International Aviation has placed an order for a second AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin engine helicopter to perform emergency medical service (EMS) missions in Kagoshima Prefecture. The aircraft is expected to enter service in the fall of 2016.   This latest purchase is part o...

Tokyo Metropolitan Police selects Leonardo-Finmeccanica AW109 Trekker

Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s range of helicopters show continued success in the Japanese market with the selection of two brand new AgustaWestland AW109 Trekkers for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police law-enforcement fleet. The two helicopters are scheduled to be delivered in 2017, making this customer the first Asian law enforcement operator of the type. Civil certification of the AW109 Trekker i...

Pilot Report: Flying The HondaJet HA-420

Michimasa Fujino, founding president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, Inc. (HACI) is understandably proud of the new HondaJet. He has personally guided its progress from initial conception to a fully developed model and certified aircraft, fighting through at least five years of delays in the process. As expected, he is highly protective of this first member of what’s likely to be a fam...

Japanese engineers say their flying cars will be in the air by the Tokyo Olympics

A team of young Japanese engineers is developing a flying car with the goal of launching it in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The futuristic vehicle – dubbed Skydrive – is fitted with three wheels, a motor and four rotors, enabling it to take off and land vertically from public roads without the need of a runway. Measuring only 9.5 feet by 4.3 feet, Skydrive claims to be the w...

HondaJet Receives Certification Europe

The HondaJet received type certification today from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Honda Aircraft Company announced the achievement during a press conference at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland from May 24 – 26. Steven Higgins, EASA Section Manager for High Performance Aircraft and Turboprops, prese...

Airport sleeping pods: how to snooze between flights

You’ve just spent 12 hours in an economy class seat, you missed your connection, you’re facing six hours in the terminal until your onward flight - and all you really want to do is get a few hours’ slumber.  You could of course stretch out on a bench in the concourse, perhaps to find your passport and belongings have been “liberated” when you wake up. But ther...

Able Aerospace receives certification from Japan Civil Aviation Bureau

The Textron subsidiary Able Aerospace Services has achieved certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) as an approved maintenance organisation (AMO). The JCAB-AMO certification, which is issued by Japan’s minister of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism, allows the service centre to perform repair or alteration of aircraft components including rotors, transmissions, mec...