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Adam A500

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Adam A500 during flight test at the Mojave Spaceport
Type civil utility aircraft
Manufacturer Adam Aircraft Industries
Maiden flight July 11 2002

The Adam A500 is a six-seat civil utility aircraft currently in production by Adam Aircraft Industries. The aircraft is of pod-and-boom, push-pull configuration with its two TCM TSIO-550 piston engines mounted to provide centerline thrust.

Adam A500 during flight test at the Mojave Spaceport

Compared to conventional twin-engine installations, the centerline thrust arrangement reduces drag and maximizes the controllability of the aircraft should one engine malfunction or fail. The A500 airframe is largely built of graphite composite materials. Other features include FADEC and cabin pressurization.

The prototype A500 first flew on July 11 2002 and was FAA certified in early 2005.

Adam A500


The A500 was developed from the M-309 CarbonAero technology demonstrator designed by Burt Rutan and built by Scaled Composites at the Mojave Airport. The "309" designation refers to this being Rutan's 309th aircraft design. The 309 first flew in March 2000, but the aircraft has since been gutted and is used as a static display outside the Adam Aircraft Industries headquarters.[1]


The A500 was featured in the 2006 film Miami Vice.

Specifications (A500)

M-309 CarbonAero technology demonstrator at Mojave

Data from Adam Aircraft[2]

General characteristics



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