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Advanced Aerodynamics & Structures, Inc. today announced that the crew and cabin windows of the JETCRUZER 500(TM) have passed all FAA limit, ultimate load and fail-safe tests at a PPG Industries facility, one of the world’s foremost providers of aircraft windshields and windows. The main wing structure of the JETCRUZER 500 passed initial company testing, and it is now prepared for testing to be witnessed by an FAA representative. Dr. Carl Chen, chairman and chief executive officer of AASI, said, “We are very pleased with the passing of window tests and the results of the initial main wing structure tests that we recently concluded, and we expect to complete the FAA witness limit load test within the next few weeks.” In recent months, the company has successfully passed several critical structure tests including composite fuselage pressurization test, limit load test of the aircraft’s forward wing and the windshield FAA ultimate structure load test. A fuselage is under preparation with systems and avionics for mating the forward and main wings. AASI Aircraft currently has 188 JETCRUZER 500 aircraft orders, representing a backlog of US$226 million. The JETCRUZER 500 is a high-speed single engine, corporate propjet aircraft that can accommodate first class seating for six people, including the pilot. Powered by a Pratt & Whitney propjet engine, the JETCRUZER 500 will cruise near jet speeds of 345 miles per hour at altitudes of up to 30,000 feet. The first delivery of JETCRUZER 500 is expected to be around the third quarter of 2001.
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