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Diamond’s turboprop makes maiden flight

January 29, 2015


Diamond Aircraft’s turbine single, the DA50-JP7, made its first flight on 19 January. The flight took off from Wiener Neustadt with Diamond’s CEO Christian Dries and head of flight test Ingmar Mayerbuch at the controls. After the flight Christian Dries said, “This aircraft with this turbine engine almost flies like a rocket.”
The single engine turboprop will have up to seven seats and will be manufactured in two versions, the ‘Tundra’ with big wheels and toughened up undercarriage for unprepared strips and harsh climates (Diamond tell us that the DA50-JP7 is suited for operations in harsh climates with temperatures ranging from minus 50°C to plus 50°C) and the standard version for private owners or the advanced flight training market.

The 465 hp AI-450S turbine engine, built by Ukrainian company Motor Sich JSC in collaboration with Ivchenko Progress, has been specially designed for fixed-winged aircraft. The AI-450S has a 20% lower fuel burn than similar turbine engines and is said to be particularly fuel-efficient at medium altitudes. With dual electronic controls and a mechanical back-up system it is very easy to operate. The engine starts with a simple button push. Certification is expected mid to late 2016.

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