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July 2007 edition

Adam relies on single-minded versatility

Airframer June focused on the design and manufacturing processes of Dassault and Grob. This issue examines the approach taken by Adam Aircraft.

Adam Aircraft outsources as little as possible and relies on its versatile engineers to solve problems and suggest innovative solutions.

“One of the most innovative and money saving design approaches that Adam Aircraft implemented on our A700 aircraft was a direct result of our flight test-proven A500 wing/fuselage attachment and its associated aero-dynamic design,” says Pierre Harter, vp engineering, A700 project lead. “When our A700 design engineering team looked at how to take advantage of the tested A500 aerodynamic design, they realised that they could maintain the same aerodynamic centre of pressure and the same aircraft centre of gravity locations on both aircraft by trading the weight of the A500’s forward engine with a 42-inch fuselage extension on the A700 model, balanced by its two jet engines aft of the wing.”

He adds: “This fuselage extension allowed the addition of two passenger seats for the A700 (to six, versus the A500’s four) and for four sets of golf clubs (or additional baggage) in a large forward cargo compartment on the jet model.”

Harter explains that this design approach keeps the outer mold lines of the A700 and the A500 wings and boom/tails exactly the same. “And the assembly methods to attach the wing to the fuselage for both aircraft are exactly the same. This commonality allows for much more cost-effec....

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