Adam Names Craig Johnson As COO

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Adam Aircraft last week announced that Craig Johnson has joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer. Johnson, who comes to the company from Northrop Grumman, AlliedSignal, McDonnell Douglas and General Dynamics, was brought in to meet what Adam Aircraft called "the demand of the company's strong growth" as it accelerates A500 production and starts delivering aircraft to customers in volume. He will also be overseeing the A700 production schedule. Joe Walker, Adam Aircraft's president, who was responsible for the initial A500 production deliveries and who will now be able to focus on his area of expertise by expanding the sales, marketing and customer support activities, formerly performed his duties. The FAA has certified Adam Aircraft's A500 twin-piston aircraft, while the A700 AdamJet is currently undergoing flight test and development.

"We are very pleased to have Craig join our team as Chief Operating Officer," said Adam Aircraft Chairman and CEO Rick Adam. "We have great growth opportunities ahead, and Craig's talent and experience in aircraft development and manufacturing will be a major contribution to our success." For his part, Johnson seemed to be looking forward to his new position. "I'm delighted to be joining such a talented team and to be associated with the A500 and the A700 aircraft," he said. "These carbon-composite aircraft represent next-generation twin piston and jet engine designs and embody extremely strong construction with highly safe centerline thrust. I am excited to lead the transition to production and the delivery ramp up of both of these aircraft."