Diamond DA52 Makes First Flight
Diamond's new flagship DA52 flew for the first time in Austria on April 3.
April 5, 2012 - Diamond Aircraft reports the maiden flight of its new flagship design DA52 twin diesel aircraft Tuesday in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The DA52 is powered by two Austro Engine AE300E 180-hp turbo-diesel engines and is designed to carry up to seven people, the company states. The flight, characterized by the company as "containing no abnormalities," was conducted by Diamond Chairman Christian Dries and Ingmar Mayerbuch, head of flight test.
Takeoff roll, performed with a gross weight of 3,924 pounds into a 5-knot headwind, used 300 meters without flaps. Initial climb rate stabilized at 1,700 fpm, reaching 12,000 feet in less than nine minutes with 120 knots IAS. Cruise speed was gradually increased to 190 knots TAS, which Diamond noted was the limit of the authorized envelope, "but we may see a lot more."
"This is the best prototype aircraft I have ever made a maiden flight with and the performance exceeded all my expectations," Dries said. "I'm very proud of my team headed by Managing Director Manfred Zipper who realized this program in less than six months."
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