When you are in the business of testing new aircraft it’s important to have reliable clear weather, ample runways and facilities capable of handling state-of-the-art aircraft. These are several reasons why Mitsubishi Aircraft is expanding their testing operations in Moses Lake, Washington. The Japanese aerospace company is designing and building regional jets and are using the airport facilities in Grant County for their FAA testing. Japan Airlines has been training pilots for decades at Moses Lake and a new 65,000 square foot hangar will be capable of handling the larger jets being built by Boeing. Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Washington State’s aerospace industry is not only clustered in Western Washington but is growing in central and eastern Washington as well. There are more than 130,000 aerospace workers in Washington and an ever-deepening supply chain of support services and parts manufacturers.
In June Washington State Department of Commerce is leading a delegation of aerospace supply chain companies to the 2015 Paris Air Show. For more information on the Washington State delegation click here.