Adam Aircraft Getting Closer

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Adam Aircraft's A500 centerline twin is creeping closer -- granted, at a pace far behind its predicted schedule -- to the point where certification seems inevitable, having completed 230 out of the 235 tasks required, spokesman John Hamilton told AVweb at Sun 'n Fun. The fully conforming prototype has acquired 675 flight hours, and customer aircraft numbers 1 and 2 are already under construction. President Joe Walker said the first customer delivery will take place by June, and the company is ready to deliver 25 this year and six a month in 2006. "We've got about a two-year backlog," he said. He expects the A700 twinjet to achieve certification in 2006 and follow the same program: 25 the first year, 72 in the second year. The company is expanding its facilities in Colorado and Utah and has a staff of more than 450.