Diamond Aircraft’s new piston single features retractable gear, double slotted flaps and a spacious 5-seat luxury cabin. The company say that it will be suited for both single engine pilots looking for more seats and utility, as well as charter operators and corporate flight departments wanting to complement their larger aircraft with a low cost alternative for shorter trips.
“We are extremely proud to have received EASA type certification for our single engine flagship, the DA50 RG. The Diamond Aircraft team has done a tremendous job to make this possible,” said Liqun (Frank) Zhang, CEO at Diamond Aircraft Austria. “With the DA50 RG we are introducing an innovative 21st-century retract single that we are convinced the market is missing. Bringing the aircraft to the market is a great accomplishment that we are very pleased to celebrate with our Diamond Aircraft Family.”
The DA50 RG is powered by the already EASA-certified twin-turbo-charged, liquid-cooled 6-cylinder 300 hp Continental CD-300. The engine features Common Rail Direct Injection, a dual redundant FADEC (full authority digital engine control) system and an integrated gearbox and propeller governor. The pilot benefits from ease of engine operations, globally available jet fuel and fuel consumption figures quoted as 9 USgal/hr (34.1 lt/hr) at maximum range.
The DA50 RG features the latest development of Garmin on the G1000 sector, the Garmin G1000 NXi with standard 3-axis GFC700 autopilot combined with simple single lever power controls, offering great control and situational awareness; reducing pilot workload.
“First customer feedback has shown that the innovative package is going to meet the needs of almost any private pilot’s flight mission in an unrivaled way. The traveling experience aboard the DA50 RG impressively stands out in terms of space, convenience, luxury and aerodynamic efficiency due to the retractable gear,” said Reinhard Schwaiger, Team Leader Civil Aircraft Sales at Diamond Aircraft Austria. “We are now going to work on FAA certification that we are expecting end of 2021.”