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.
Pilots and aircraft owners have volunteered to transport hundreds of sea turtles rescued in Massachusetts to facilities equipped to care for them.
The FAA is working to automate a contingency plan developed on the fly when Chicago Center was taken out by arson from within Sept. 26.
AOPA has urged College Park, Maryland, to make approval of a hotel construction project near the city airport conditional on reducing the building’s height.
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