Adam Quiet On Certification Delays
Two months after it predicted the first delivery of one of its A500 push/pull twins, Adam Aircraft continues to have certification "challenges" on the design, according to the FAA. Agency spokesman Allen Kenitzer also made it clear that bureaucratic foot-dragging is not causing the slipped schedule. "We are responding to the company's schedule," Kenitzer told AVweb. "But it's not uncommon for challenges to evolve during the late phase of any [certification] program." Kenitzer declined to comment on the nature of those challenges for privacy and proprietary reasons and said more details would have to come from Adam. Adam spokesman John Hamilton declined comment. "I really can't comment on the certification process," he said. He said the company hoped to have more news on certification in time for Sun n' Fun, which starts April 12 in Lakeland, Fla. Last October, the company rolled out its first production A500 and predicted certification was only weeks away. The company also hoped to build 40 airplanes in 2005. According to the Adam Web site, serial number 004 first flew on Jan. 13 and is now getting its interior. The major airframe components of serial number 005 were being assembled when the site was last updated on Feb. 10. Meanwhile, Adam announced that Gen. Wesley Clark has been added to the company's board of directors.