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Honda Jet and Japan’s Business Jet Market: MoU signed between Honda Aircraft and ANA!

HondaJet (Picture – Flightglobal & Honda Aircraft)

 

“ANA Holdings and Honda Aircraft Company announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a strategic partnership supporting the expansion of the business jet market around the globe by using Honda Aircraft’s technologically advanced HondaJet.

ANA, which currently operates about 260 commercial airplanes throughout the world, will introduce current business jet users and its commercial flight customers to the HondaJet by maximizing the utilization of the aircraft. ANA will use the HondaJet for its charter and feeder flights connecting them to the existing broad network at major travel hubs in North America and Europe.”

Read more from: http://speednews.com/Article/115754?&timeout=1

 

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MRJ’s Latest Development Status

20151127_MRJ_3rd Flight Test_3 (Picture - Mitsubishi Aircraft)

20151127_MRJ_3rd Flight Test_3 (Picture – Mitsubishi Aircraft)

 

“Nagoya, December 24, 2015 –Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) today announced that the companies will change the first delivery schedule of the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet), their next-generation regional jet, from the second quarter of 2017 to approximately one year later.

The first flight and the subsequent flight tests have confirmed the basic characteristics to be satisfactory. However, we also have recognized several issues as we attempt to accelerate our development. In order to tackle these issues and address the perspectives below, we have reviewed and revised our overall schedule.

Specifically, in the progress of our engineering work together with experts in the United States, we have made additions to and revisions of test items in order to complete a better-integrated aircraft. These have been reflected in the new delivery schedule. In addition, we have undertaken an overall review with our partners, and reflected this in our development schedule.

Looking ahead, we will be managing our milestones, and increasing the precision of our schedule as we progress. We will also carry out flight test campaign in North America as soon as feasible and assign the roles and responsibilities of the three engineering bases (Mitsubishi Aircraft Headquarters, Seattle Engineering Center and Moses-Lake Test Center) for prompt execution in all fields. With all these measures, we aim to propel the development of the MRJ.

We remain firmly committed to providing our customers with better-integrated aircraft with higher levels of safety and reliability, as well as high-quality services.”       

(MRJ’s Press Release:  Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation & Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd)

We regret the delay but it is probably necessary in order to complete a better aircraft!

Looking forward to seeing the results!

 


US: FAA awards type certification to HondaJet

HondaJet HA-420 (Picture - Flightglobal & Honda Aircraft)

HondaJet HA-420 (Picture – Flightglobal & Honda Aircraft)

 

“The HondaJet HA-420 light business jet has received FAA (US Federal Aviation Administration) type certification (on December 8), allowing Honda Aircraft to begin making deliveries within days.

Greensboro, North Carolina-based Honda Aircraft has been pursuing certification of the light jet for more than 12 years. The original HA-420 prototype completed first flight in 2003 but flight testing prompted Honda to redesign and enlarge the aircraft’s engine. A partnership with GE Aviation produced the HF120 turbofan.

Honda Aircraft chief executive Michimasa Fujino announced at the NBAA convention in November that the HA-420 had also completed functional and reliability testing, ending the flight test phase of the certification campaign.” (Flightglobal)

 

Great news but when will we see some “action” in Europe? Looking forward to that!

What do you think?

 

Read more from:

US: FAA awards type certification to HondaJet

 


More about the first, second and third MRJ Test Flights !!

 

“At 9:35 a.m. on November 11, the first flight test aircraft of the MRJ approached takeoff speed, easing up slowly at first, then quietly soared into the autumn sky. After its takeoff at Nagoya Airport, it proceeded to training airspace over the Pacific, with a view of Mt. Fuji in the distance. Tests confirmed the aircraft’s basic characteristics in maneuvers including ascent, descent and circling left and right. The first flight test aircraft reached a maximum altitude of 15,000ft (approx. 4,500m) and a maximum speed of 150Kt (approx. 280Km/h).

It landed at Nagoya Airport at 11:02 a.m., completing a successful first flight lasting 1 hr., 27 min. Cheers of delight and relief were heard from officials looking on from a gathering area by the runway and engineers standing ready in our office to handle possible contingencies, as well as from crowds of people watching from parks and other locations in the vicinity.

For us, for Japan, and for the worldwide aviation industry, November 11, 2015, will go down as a historic day. This test accomplished the first flight of a domestically-developed passenger airliner since the YS-11 53 years ago.

After the first (successful) MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet) Test Flight on November 11,  Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation conducted the 2nd & 3rd flight tests of the first flight test aircraft  on Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 27 respectively.”         (Mitsubishi Aircraft’s PR)

 

Congratulations!

The GBMC Team

 

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Mitsubishi MRJ Movie Theater


Japan is going to the Moon!!

 

a Japanese Robot on the Moon?

a Japanese Robot on the Moon?

 

Read more from:

Japan is going to the Moon!!   and

Maido-kun humanoid robot to the moon

 

We need an update on the status of the Maido-kun project (a humanoid robot to be developed by SOHLA in Higashi-Osaka) but JAXA is definitely targeting the Moon!  Which wonders will Japanese fine precision technologies deliver? What do you think?

 

 

 


Congratulations – MRJ First Flight Live !!!

 

Press Release from Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation & Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

“The First Flight Schedule of MRJ

Nagoya, November 10, 2015 –

三菱航空機と三菱重工が進める、日本初のジェット旅客機「MRJ(三菱リージョナルジェット)」の初飛行について、県営名古屋空港から離陸と着陸の様子をライブ中継いたします。

三菱航空機および三菱重工は、MRJ飛行試験機初号機の初飛行を、11月11日(水)午前に実施することとしました。

なお、飛行試験は、安全をすべてに優先させて実施し、今後の機体状況及び天候状況等によっては、予定が変更となる可能性もあります。

Mitsubishi Aircraft and MHI will broadcast the “MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet) First Flight Live” streaming , especially the takeoff and landing from Nagoya Airfield, Japan.

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) today jointly announced that the first flight of the first flight test aircraft of the MRJ is scheduled to take place in the morning of November 11.

In implementing the flight test, utmost priority will be given to safety.The flight schedule is subject to change if deemed necessary due to conditions relating to the aircraft, weather, etc.”

Live webcast is scheduled at the following sites, to show takeoff and landing on the day of the first flight:
Website URL: www.flythemrj.com
Live webcast (USTREAM): http://www.ustream.tv/channel/NtahYVsFWxG

Looking forward to seeing that!

The  GBMC Team


MRJ’s official flight approval: A move forward towards the first flight !!

 

Mitsubishi MRJ (Picture - Wikipedia)

Mitsubishi MRJ (Picture – Wikipedia)

 

“The 1st flight test aircraft of the MRJ started mid-speed taxiing tests on the runway of the Nagoya Airport (Toyoyama-cho, Aichi Prefecture) in early October to confirm braking and direction control steering.

The MRJ gained flight approval on October 29 following the pre-flight review board by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

Moving forward, high-speed taxiing tests and evaluations will be performed in preparation for the first flight.” (Source: MRJ Newsletter Vol 6 – Octobre 2015)

More details from:   MRJ Newsletter_Vol.6_E_20151029

 

We wish the best to the MRJ Team for the first flight, which might take place soon, in Novembre!

We will keep you informed! Stay tuned!

 

The GBMC Team


A “made in Japan” airplane for a top Japanese airline? Why not?

MRJ under construction (Japan Times)

A “made in Japan” airplane

 

 

ANA has already ordered 25 regional jets MRJ (sold by Mitsubishi Aircraft).

Why is JAL slow in following? More details hereunder:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/06/10/business/corporate-business/mitsubishi-aircraft-yet-sell-jal-regional-jet/#%2EU5m73HKSyuI

 

 


Japan’s Aerospace Industry ambitions are real !

http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/ainalerts/2013-12-24/hondajet-final-path-type-certification?goback=%2Egmp_4385902%2Egde_4385902_member_5829625890081898499#%21

Honda Aircraft announced that the FAA issued Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) for the HondaJet, a key milestone in the light jet’s certification program. Now that the jet’s GE Honda Aero HF120 engine is certified and the TIA issued, Honda Aircraft…

 


Good News for EU-Japan Aerospace Business!

1) Airbus CEO: JAL order to help spur ties with Japan aerospace firmsin.reuters.com

http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/10/07/us-airbus-japan-ties-idINBRE99604920131007?goback=%2Egmp_4385902%2Egde_4385902_member_5794364986771918850#%21

2) Mitsubishi Aircraft unveils Japan’s first small passenger jet

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/economy/business/AJ201309090073#!


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