November 6, 2002
AOPA President Phil Boyer visited Adam Aircraft Industries in Colorado to check on the progress of their new-design centerline-thrust twin-engine aircraft. The A500 CarbonAero is scheduled for its first flight within the next two weeks. "They've made dramatic progress since my last visit," said Boyer. "All components for the first production aircraft are complete, and the wings will mate to the fuselage this week." The 110 employees in the Denver factory have been working around the clock toward the goal of certification of the all-carbon-fiber aircraft by January 2003, with first deliveries to follow shortly thereafter. Base price of the six-seat, 250-knot, pressurized airplane is $795,000. Adam Aircraft will be among more than 30 aircraft manufacturers already scheduled to exhibit at AOPA Expo 2002 in Palm Springs, California, October 24-26.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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