As promised, Diamond will be displaying two versions of its
exciting new DA42 Twin Star at next week's EAA AirVenture in
Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The DA42-360, powered by a pair of 180hp
Lycoming IO-360's will be joining its TAE turbo diesel powered twin
at Diamond's static display.
The Lycoming powered Twin arrived at Diamond's London, Ontario
facility 31 flight hours after leaving Diamond's Wiener Neustadt
factory. The route included stops in Germany, Scotland, Iceland,
Greenland, Goose Bay, Sept Iles, and Ottawa. Total flight time was
31 hours over the 3,975 nm flight with an average economy cruise
speed of 160 ktas. Apart from skirting thunderstorms in Europe and
facing average 30 kts headwinds, the flight was uneventful and the
aircraft performed flawlessly, reported Diamond's Soeren Pedersen,
who ferried the aircraft.
The DA42 TwinStar, with its standard Garmin G1000 glass flight
deck is an ideal multi engine trainer as well as an exciting
alternative to high performance singles, offering comparable costs
with increased safety.
"We see the Lycoming powered version being particularly
attractive to the North American market, where customers generally
favor performance over fuel economy," said Peter Maurer, President
of Diamond Aircraft.
"The Lycoming version, with 30% more horsepower than the
turbodiesel, boasts spectacular runway and climb performance,
improved single engine performance and higher cruise speeds. It
comes down to a personal choice – on one hand the fuel
economy, smoothness, quietness and ease of operation of the
turbo-diesel verses higher performance and the well demonstrated
reliability and established support infrastructure of the Lycoming.
With either powerplant, the DA42 TwinStar is an exciting aircraft
offering the added safety of powerplant redundancy and known ice
certification for serious cross country flying."
Diamond has already delivered over 35 Twin Stars in Europe. US
delivery starts are anticipated later this year.