Trans States Pilots Visit Japan to Test New Mitsubishi Regional Jet

As the domestic launch customer for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), Trans States will be the first U.S. airline to fly this innovative new aircraft.  With the delivery date inching closer, Trans States Manager of Flight Operations Training, Captain Les Hock, and Line Check Airman Richard Vellinga, recently visited Japan to perform a human factors evaluation on the MRJ.

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Captain Richard Vellinga and Captain Les Hock in the Mitsubishi Regional Jet simulator.

“A human factors evaluation is required in the certification process on any new aircraft,” Captain Hock explained. “After the manufacturer comes up with the design, how the aircraft will be laid out, and how the systems will interact, line pilots are brought in to make sure that pilots can safely and comfortably fly the aircraft.”

While in Japan, Captain Hock and Captain Vellinga ran through various scenarios testing the aircraft features and flight deck layout, including the distance to vital controls. They also evaluated flight displays to ensure that information was clear, accessible, and accurate.

“Trans States pilots will love this jet,” Captain Hock enthused.  “It has the absolute latest in avionics, including all the advanced automation you’d find in large Boeing or Airbus aircraft. It will truly prepare pilots for the majors, because they’ll gain experience with state-of-the-art operating systems.”

Passengers will also love the new MRJ. With a significantly wider and taller cabin than any other regional jet currently on the market, the MRJ was designed with passenger comfort in mind.  The aircraft will be also be exceptionally quiet.  Following a recent flyover, The Seattle Times reported that spectators couldn’t hear the MRJ at all until it passed directly overhead.

“There’s no doubt that the new MRJ has superior technology,” Captain Hock added.  “It’s truly an optimized design that is engineered to work best for our pilots, passengers and the Trans States operation.”

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For more information about the MRJ, click here: https://bit.ly/2KeS6CM.

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