The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has invited Adam Aircraft to participate in a demonstration of their new research & development program focused on developing technologies to create a small aircraft transportation system (SATS). Under the project, NASA has initiated a five-year $69 million research program that will develop and evaluate new technologies and operating procedures in ground and flight research at several airports around the country, culminating in technology flight demonstrations by mid-2005. The ultimate goal of the SATS program-to provide practical new options for travel-weary Americans-may be realized sooner rather than later thanks to research done at NASA Langley Research Center. According to Dr. Bruce Holmes, Manager of the General Aviation Programs Office, "SATS represents a national opportunity to create an affordable and safe transportation alternative that frees people and products from today's system delays by creating access to more communities in less time."
Holmes explained, "We want to provide support to aircraft manufacturers to develop aircraft that can operate in non-radar environments with limited air traffic assistance and without instrument landing systems. Essentially, we want to see more efficient and economic air travel options for the public and to open commercial air traffic to small communities."
John Knudsen, President of Adam Aircraft, expressed his company's dedication to incorporating high-tech developments and state-of-the-art avionics systems in current and future designs. The first flying multiengine response to the SATS initiative--Adam Aircraft's A500, which successfully performed its inaugural flight on July 11, 2002--is a pressurized, six place, centerline-thrust twin with a maximum speed of 250 knots, a service ceiling of 25,000 feet, and a range of 1,150 nautical miles.
From a consumer perspective, the SATS initiative aims to lower direct operating costs while reducing travel time and increasing efficiency. Adam's participation in SATS will help to bring about changes in air travel that will make flying in small planes safer and more affordable. The flying public will finally have a viable alternate to the major airlines.
Deliveries of the A500 are expected to begin in the first half of 2003. To secure a delivery position for the A500, please call 866.ADAM AIR (232.6247). For additional information, visit www.adamaircraft.com.