Adam A500 OK'd For Night, IFR, And Pressurization

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Adam Aircraft, of Englewood, Colo., last week received an amended Type Certificate from the FAA for its A500 piston twin. The TC now OKs the airplane for night and IFR operations, for single-pilot operation, and for cabin pressurization up to 12,500 feet. Operating altitude expansion to 25,000 feet is on hold until de-icing certification tests are completed over the winter. The TC was originally handed over in May 2005, but with numerous limitations. Adam was recently awarded an FAA Production Certificate, allowing it to ramp up its production process. The company has a two-year backlog of orders for the airplane.