Certification Near For Adam A500

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Adam Aircraft is expecting the first customer deliveries of its A500 push/pull twin before the end of the year. The FAA granted Type Inspection Authorization for the speedy piston twin on Sept. 30. Type Inspection Authorization is considered the most important step in the certification process because it means the plane theoretically meets all standards. All that's left is for FAA pilots to confirm the plane actually flies like the technical data says it will and Adam can start selling airplanes. "This is a major achievement in our company history," said CEO Rick Adam. "We expect type certification this fall and will look forward to delivering aircraft to customers this year." Adam has 65 orders for the A500, which is about two years' worth of production. The plane is the first pressurized piston twin to gain Type Inspection Authorization in 30 years, said Adam. With the A500's certification, Adam may be able to devote more resources to its A700 jet. In a presentation at EAA AirVenture earlier this year, Adam noted that more than 90 percent of the jet's components are shared with the A500 so certification should be comparatively simple.