Adam A700 On Track For 2008 Certification

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Adam Aircraft says it's confident its A700 light jet will be certified by the end of next year, following the FAA's granting of the first Type Inspection Authority for the program. Adam got its first type conforming A700 in the air in the spring and the TIA means that hours flown by FAA inspectors now count toward certification. "We have steadily moved from our first flight of the fully conforming A700 this spring into FAA testing by taking advantage of the commonality with the already certified A500 twin piston as well as over 900 hours of development flying with the first two A700 prototypes," Adam President Duncan Koerbel said in a news release.

To achieve type certification, Adam will need four type conforming test aircraft. CEO John Wolf said getting the first TIA is significant because most manufacturers who make it to that stage go on to achieve full certification. Next stop for the current test aircraft is Elgin Air Force Base where it will be pummelled with every type of extreme weather imaginable in the McKinley Climatic Chamber.