Adam Aircraft is making progress on its A700 AdamJet, according to officials at the Englewood, Colo.-based company. While the company’s focus has been on the development and certification of its twin piston A500, the AdamJet has had more than 200 hours of flight time in the last 18 months, reaching speeds of 300 Ktas and an altitude of 25,000 feet, said Rick Adam, CEO of Adam Aircraft.
Among the most recent A700 milestones: structural loading analysis has begun; construction of the necessary static test fixtures for structural evaluation also has begun; and preliminary rotor burst analysis completed.
The company is finishing construction of a static test wing for company evaluation, preparing for ground vibration testing of the A700 airframe for envelope expansion, and has completed construction of a wing-mounted belly pod for additional fuel storage. Adam Aircraft also has finished design and subassembly of the A700 pressurization and environmental control test system.
Later this year, two additional A700s will be needed to complete development and certification. Adam Aircraft will begin construction of A700 s/n 002 by the second quarter of 2005 and s/n 003 in the fourth quarter of 2005. These aircraft will perform all necessary certification testing and functionality and reliability evaluations. In addition, there will be three airframes used for static and fatigue testing at the company’s facility in Pueblo, Colorado.