Wed, Apr 05, 2006
Night/IFR TIA Expected Next Week
At the Adam Aircraft press luncheon Tuesday afternoon at
Lakeland 2006, company president Joe Walker brought attendees up to
speed on the status of the FAA Type Certificate on the A500 inline
"We expect the TIA (type inspection authorization) for Night/IFR
sometime next week," Walker said. He added subsequent TIAs for
pressurization and altitude expansion should follow by the end of
Adam has travelled a long road to arrive at this point. Although the A500 officially received its
FAA type-certification last May, there were severe
restrictions: operation was limited to Day/VFR conditions only, at
altitudes below 12,500 feet. Not exactly stellar for a $1.2 million
pressurized business twin with a maximum operating altitude of
Alas, there is also one more TIA the A500 needs -- for deicing
capabilities. Walker said Adam Aircraft anticipates that to be
completed by the end of the year.
Of course, Adam Aircraft is also developing the A700
very-light-jet, which is heavily based on the A500's architecture.
The company hopes the lengthy certification for the A500 will pay
off with an expedited process for the jet, that Walker says shares
65 percent airframe commonality with its piston sibling.
Other systems on the A700, such as the Williams FJ-33 engines
and FADEC controls, have already been proven on other aircraft.
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