In The Works: Adam Aircraft A500 and A700

 - February 4, 2008, 6:18 AM

Rick Adam, CEO of Adam Aircraft, told AIN at last month’s Sun ’n’ Fun airshow in Lakeland, Fla., that the A700 very light twinjet would make its first flight in the second half of this year and obtain certification next year. He said his company’s A500 inline piston twin, which is currently in flight testing and expected to earn FAA approval in July, is eliminating much of the risk for the Williams FJ33-1-powered A700. Both airplanes share the same 400-kt-capable wing and twin tailboom, which Adam said are attached and can therefore be moved along the fuselage to accommodate a variety of designs. (The A700’s fuselage is 28 inches longer than the A500’s.) He said the basic design was meant to be a family of airplanes, so the $1.995 million A700 was in the plans from the start, although revealed publicly only last fall. A third Adam design–a turboprop-single pusher that shares the A700’s stretched fuselage–is already on the drawing board, he said, but details of its expected development timetable are not yet available.