Adam Jet Reaches Milestone

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Adam Aircraft is no stranger to the certification process and it continues to make progress with its six-seat, plus lavatory, A700. Test pilots took an A700 to 41,000 feet and accelerated briefly to 340 knots true last week. 41,000 is the jet's planned maximum operating altitude. The company says the plane was still climbing at 1,000 fpm through 39,000 feet. According to the company news release, the plane performed flawlessly. Other tests toward certification, including inflation of the fuselage to 26.7 psi and other static component tests, have been accelerated. They're slated for completion June 30. Meanwhile, rumor has it that the latest homebuilt jet may fly to Oshkosh. Unconfirmed reports suggest the Epic Jet, which was unveiled as a mockup at last year's EAA AirVenture, may be part of the flight activity. The company has a track record of getting things done. Its turboprop aircraft went from clean-sheet design to flying prototype in a year and the jet shares many of the turboprop's parts. Customers will build their seven-seat jet at a build center in Bend, Ore. There's at least one customer-built Epic LT turboprop flying now.