Adam Aircraft at NBAA

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Like Eclipse, Adam Aircraft comes to Orlando with a mostly certified aircraft and big plans for the future. The company's A500 push-me/pull-you piston twin earned its full certification on Sept. 29, but with an asterisk involving operational altitudes. Soon that remaining hurdle will have been leapt and it, too, can concentrate fully on manufacturing. Unlike Eclipse -- at least for the time being -- Adam is also throttles-to-the-stops on developing its A700 AdamJet, a twin-boom VLJ. With two examples of the AdamJet pulling duty in certification test flying and a third undergoing final assembly, the company is clearly hard at work. As a reward for all its efforts, Adam's order backlog now stands at $855 million and this week formally signed a sales agreement with Magnum Jet for up to 101 airframes.

Also like Eclipse, it is putting the final touches on necessary details like fully staffing its training department and announcing a very attractive "power-by-the-hour" program. This week, though, is a time for Adam to look even farther down the road at making additional airframes, closing additional sales, finding additional customers and entering additional markets.