At the end of this year, 43-year-old Philippines-based aviator and entrepreneur Iren Dornier plans to fly a soon-to-be-restored Dornier Do-24 seaplane around the world.
As of the middle of last month, the Adam A500 piston twin had logged more than 110 developmental flight-test hours on some 60 flights. (The M309, the A500 proof-of-concept airplane, flew about 300 hr before being retired.) Said flight-test pilot and lead powerplant engineer Glenn Maben, “This accounts for about 30 percent of the tests we plan to perform on serial number one [the first example built on production tooling].
In preparation for his solo nonstop around-the-world (ATW) flight tentatively scheduled for January, adventurer and solo ATW balloonist Steve Fossett has begun familiarization flights in the single-engine Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer in Mojave, Calif., following a number of envelope expansion flights by Scaled Composites project engineer and test pilot Jon Karkow.
With six locations in the Northeast, Groton, Conn.-based Columbia Air Services celebrates 25 years in business this year with some landmark developments. It’s new 20,000-sq-ft hangar and 6,000-sq-ft terminal building at Groton-New London Airport (GON) is already in service, and will be dedicated later this spring.
Jet Support Services and Adam Aircraft have entered into an agreement for JSSI
to provide Tip-to-Tail hourly maintenance cost guarantee programs developed exclusively for the new Adam A500 piston twin and A700 AdamJet. The program marks JSSI’s entry into the VLJ market and the first hourly maintenance program to include complete airframe and engine coverage for a piston twin.
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