Adam A700 Passes Initial Cold Weather Tests
Adam Aircraft successfully completed initial environmental testing of its A700 very light jet at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin AFB in Florida. During the five-day exercise, the A700’s Williams FJ33-4 engines were exposed to freezing fog, freezing rain and blowing snow to evaluate the ground performance of the engine inlet anti-ice system. Additionally, the twinjet was subjected to temperatures as low as -40 degrees F in the test chamber to evaluate the effects of cold on the flight controls, avionics, environmental control system, engine starters and other critical systems. The aircraft performed well during these extreme tests, “including successful battery starts of the engines at the -40 degree limit,” said Adam senior vice president for engineering and program management Tom Bisges. “These low-temperature tests were primarily for company development, and the results will be used to formulate improvements to be certified as part of the hot- and cold-weather certification testing, which will also be completed later this year.” Adam expects to earn FAA certification of the A700 in the fourth quarter.