Adam 500 certification expected by year-end

 - April 2, 2007, 6:53 AM

Adam Aircraft of Englewood, Colo., “hopes to announce receipt of the type inspection authorization for the Adam 500 [piston twin] soon,” a spokesman told AIN late last month. The TIA means official FAA flight testing may begin and is granted only after a company can present an aircraft that is conformed to the type design and structural testing is completed. “We know we’ve missed some deadlines in the past, but we’re confident we can certify sometime in 2004,” said the spokesman. The company had been originally expecting FAA approval in July last year, and revised the certification estimate last summer to the middle of this year. However, certification of the Adam A700 very light twinjet is still planned for early next year because Adam is running the two projects in parallel, according to the spokesman.