Mitsubishi Aircraft shifts focus to SpaceJet certification

Mitsubishi SpaceJet

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp on Monday announced a new operational plan that it will focus on certifying its SpaceJet M90 this fiscal year. The new plan which includes executive changes was triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the global economy and the resultant changes in the aviation industry.

In order to weather the current crisis, the company said that it has to shift its focus from development to perseverance and determination. Adding that the new, harsh business environment necessitated the development of a new operating plan for this fiscal year that included resizing its organization so that Mitsubishi Aircraft may endure and emerge from this crisis.

Mitsubishi plans to maximize the efficiency of type certification flight tests in the future, improve the current design at the aircraft-level, and validate the data earned by over 3,900 hours of flight test.

The press statement said that Mitsubishi Aircraft President Takaoki Niwa will continue to manage the overall business of the company. As before, Keisuke Masutani, Director of the Board, will continue to assist with corporate management, and Hiroyuki Tatsuoka, Director of the Board, will support the overall development and technology.

With regard to aircraft design and type certification, Yasuhiko Kawaguchi, who has 35 years of design experience at MHI and Mitsubishi Aircraft and played a central role in flight tests in the United States, will be the Executive Chief Engineer.

Throughout the reorganization, the company has focused on retaining the global experience and expertise it has developed over the last few years. As for other positions in the new organization, personnel capable of playing an active role on a global basis will be assigned.

In order to contribute to the development of the aviation industry in Japan and to develop Japan’s first commercial jet, Mitsubishi Aircraft will focus on certification and will continue to move forward.

The delivery target for the Mitsubishi SpaceJet has been pushed back several times due to a series of design missteps.