Di­a­mond DART demon­strated

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Di­a­mond Air­craft re­cently in­vited a group of po­ten­tial cus­tomers to fly its DART-550 tur­bo­prop trainer. Chief Test Pi­lot Sören Ped­er­sen took them on sor­ties that in­cluded aer­o­bat­ics, low level ma­noeu­vring, and low speed and cir­cuit fly­ing.

‘The feed­back re­ceived from the pro­fes­sional test pi­lots is very pos­i­tive in all as­pects and con­firms our plan to pro­vide the mil­i­tary train­ing mar­ket with a state-of-the-art ba­sic trainer at an un­matched price,’ reports the Aus­trian man­u­fac­turer. ‘The demon­stra­tion proved that the DART-550 out­reaches the re­quire­ments of the mod­ern train­ing en­vi­ron­ment in all as­pects. Es­pe­cially when it comes to for­ma­tion train­ing, the DART-550 out­per­forms cer­tain com­peti­tors due to great vis­i­bil­ity com­bined with sim­ple and pre­cise en­gine con­trols. Its flat-rated 550shp Gen­eral Elec­tric H75-A en­gine pro­vides the full range of power up to around 18,000ft, which re­sults in a very com­pet­i­tive flight en­ve­lope.’

The DART-550 is cur­rently un­der­go­ing EASA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, which is ex­pected in the first quar­ter of 2021.

Di­a­mond an­tic­i­pates EASA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the DART-550 in 2021

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