The M-309 (N309A) is a prototype a/c used for the development of the A500. This a/c is powered by two (300hp) Continental TSIO-550-G engines in a pusher-puller tandem configuration. It has a wingspan of 42' and is 34'6" long. Pressurized cabin, twin booms and composite construction by Scaled Composites in Mojave CA.
Last month the A500 passed the 100-hour mark in the development testing. The test pilot Glenn Maben stated "the aircraft has met or exceeded our expectations". The A500 has reached an altitude of 25,000 feet and an airspeed of 220 knots. Single engine climb figures for the front and rear engines are almost identical. The transition from twin to single engine operation is almost transparent. The aircraft has been described as straightforward and easy to fly.
This is a wonderful a/c development story based out of Denver Colorado. Adam Aircraft's target for customer deliveries of the A500 is the second quarter of 2003. Base price is $895,000 US.
Photos of the actual test flights and more info about this company can be viewed at www.adamaircraft.com
Here are my test flight "pics" This FS aircraft is in development by Rey Lopez who was kind enough to let me test fly the first beta version.
Ready for departure on 25L at KLAX
Bye, bye LA
Over the water and back inland towards Palm Springs
Lovely sunset shot looking west.
We are cruising at 13,000 feet.
Welcome to KPSP (when is last time they swept the runway?
Hope you enjoyed. It's going to be a great a/c!