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Touting the safety of its design, on Wednesday Adam Aircraft Industries began the first public appearance and demonstration of its new Adam M-309, a six-seat, pressurized, in-line twin-engine, carbon-composite aircraft, designed by industry icon Burt Rutan. Merging the latest carbon fiber composite technology and glass cockpit engineering, Adam Aircraft first flew the M-309 prototype last March and is now accepting bids for delivery position of the aircraft, slated for production in 2003. The M-309 is the vision of company founder Rick Adam, in association with Rutan, who through his company, Scaled Composites, has designed hundreds of aircraft. The Adam M-309 is Rutan’s 309th design, thereby giving it its name. “The design, the components, even the manufacturing process itself takes full advantage of the latest technologies to create a twin-engine aircraft that is unique in its market segment,” said John Knudsen, president of Adam Aircraft, who is driving the aircraft’s FAA certification and unique manufacturing process. Using advanced, single-cure carbon composite technology affords a sleeker and more flexible wing design than metal, and the elimination of riveted seams creates a superior performing aerodynamic surface. Along with being corrosion free, using composite materials also gives the Adam M-309 a larger inside cabin size with the same outside mold line. “I have spent my life involved in aviation in one form or another,” said Knudsen. “I believe, and our research so far indicates, that the in-line, twin-engine design, carbon composite construction and advanced technology of all the aircraft’s components will make this a very safe, economical, and enjoyable plane to operate.” Adam Aircraft Industries (http://www.adamaircraft.com), a Colorado-based company, is actively recruiting talented engineers and technicians.
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