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Moses Lake to be Test Site for Mitsubishi Aircraft Regional Jet

Posted on Oct 20, 2014

Governor Jay Inslee with Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation announced it is partnering with Seattle based flight test engineering company AeroTEC to flight test the new Mitsubishi Regional Jet. The testing begins in fall of 2015 at the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington. To accommodate the project, AeroTEC will invest nine million dollars to construct a new 65,000 square foot, wide body aircraft hangar at the airport.

Mitsubishi will be bringing about 60 engineers and other personnel to Moses Lake for at least 3-5 years while the jet is being tested and certified. This is in addition to the 24 jobs that will be created by AeroTEC. In total, the new job creation from this project is between 80 to 90 high paying aerospace engineering positions.

This puts Grant County on the global map as a location of choice for aircraft certification and testing activities. The opportunities are limitless for future programs of work especially considering that AeroTEC has done testing and certification work for Boeing, Airbus, Lear, Beechcraft, Gulfstream, and many other aircraft original equipment manufacturers. It is anticipated that the new facility being constructed will be utilized by AeroTEC for flight testing of other aircraft long after the Mitsubishi Regional Jet program has ended.

The Grant County Commissioners approved a $200,000 grant and the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved a $500,000 low-interest loan to support the project. The $200,000 grant and $500,000 loan are to the Port of Moses Lake to construct the necessary infrastructure for the hangar. 

This infrastructure includes: water and sewer lines, fire suppression, connector pavement, and the undergrounding of overhead power lines along with the relocation of ramp lighting. The Port of Moses Lake is investing $125,000 of its own money to complete the infrastructure projects.