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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006 to Host Diamond Aircraft's Public Unveiling of Diamond D-JET

 

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (May 31, 2006) — Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc., manufacturer of an extensive line of single- and twin-engine piston airplanes, today announced plans to debut its newest product, the D-JET, at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration, July 24-30.

The five-passenger D-JET represents Diamond's impending entry into the burgeoning marketplace of very light jets (VLJs), which offers individuals and businesses jet transportation at acquisition and operating costs lower than those associated with traditional corporate jets.

"A hallmark of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is its emphasis on innovation and the introduction of new products in aviation. We're delighted to present the first public showcase of the D-JET as it enters a VLJ marketplace that is drawing considerable attention from the aviation community," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman.

After conducting the D-JET's maiden flight on April 18 and several subsequent flight-performance tests, the Diamond team is enthusiastic to unveil its accomplishment.

"The D-JET complements our strong line of aircraft in terms of its solid handling characteristics, simplicity of operation, comfort, and quality finish. During my test flights, I was thoroughly impressed by the D-JET's performance and feel. It is everything you would expect in a personal jet," said Christian Dries, CEO of Diamond Aircraft.

Throughout the week of AirVenture, the Diamond exhibit will include a mock-up D-JET cabin, giving visitors an up-close view and a foretaste of the jet's passenger offerings. Representatives of Diamond will also be on hand to discuss the D-JET's state-of-the-art features.

On Wednesday, July 26, the D-JET will arrive and taxi onto AeroShell Square, where Diamond executives will conduct a 10:30 a.m. briefing for AirVenture attendees. "We look forward to publicly showcasing our latest achievement for the first time at AirVenture and sharing with the industry our excitement and prospects for the D-JET," Dries said.

Later that afternoon, at approximately 2 p.m., the Diamond Jet will provide a flight demonstration as a prelude to the air show.

For more information on Diamond Aircraft Inc., the D-JET, and other Diamond aircraft, visit www.diamondair.com.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org.

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