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Diamond DA52 takes first flight

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 4, 2012
Diamond Aircraft's DA52 has made its maiden flight.

Diamond Aircraft has announced the successful first flight of its carbon composite built, twin-engine DA52.

Diamond said its new flagship seven-seater reached an altitude of 12,000ft in less than nine minutes and a cruising speed of 190kt during the hour long flight. Diamond chairman Christian Dries called the aircraft “the best prototype aircraft I have ever made a maiden flight with” and predicted it would reach faster speeds in later test flights. The cruising speed of 190kt “was the limit of the authorised envelope, but we may see a lot more,” he said.

The DA52 is powered by Diamond’s Austro AE300 turbo diesels engines producing 180hp each.

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