Adam Piston Twin Reaches Flight-Test Milestone

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Adam Aircraft, of Denver, Colo., announced this week that its prototype A500 aircraft, a six-place, centerline-thrust piston twin, has passed 100 hours of flying in its testing program. "We've completed 50 test flights," engineer and test pilot Glenn Maben said in a press release. "So far, the aircraft has met or exceeded our expectations. We're very pleased." The test aircraft has reached an altitude of 25,000 feet and airspeed of 220 knots. "The engines, Teledyne Continental TSIO 550Es, are performing flawlessly," Maben said. The prototype is scheduled to undergo another 200-plus hours of flight tests. The company expects to start deliveries of the A500 by the second quarter of 2003.