At Adam Aircraft, MPF stands for Make Production Fly. Adam has taken steps toward its goal of streamlining production of its all-composite centerline-thrust piston-powered A-500 and twin-turbine powered A700, including raising significant capital in 2007 and making investments in tooling and creating point-of-use parts kits. This program has already yielded results by cutting production man-hours between A500 airframe number 10 and number 15 by two-thirds.
Adam has signed contracts with SAFERjett as its exclusive flight training partner for the A500 and A700. Aerosim Technologies and Mechtronix Systems are on board with designs for an advanced training device and a full motion flight simulator. The training center is at Alliance Airport near Fort Worth, Texas. Eleven service centers have signed agreements for the A500; A700 center locations have not yet been announced.
According to Steve Crowley, vice president of sales, marketing, and support, all certification programs are on track for FAA certification of the twin-turbine A700 in 2008 with first deliveries in late 2008. Eleven A500s have been delivered to date.
The A500 is priced at $1.25 million and the A700 at $2.25 million in today's dollars.
October 5, 2007