Diamond Aircraft announced yesterday the first flight of its DA50 with a gear retraction. The flight presumably took place from the company’s headquarters in Wiener Neutstadt, Austria.
The DA50 is a carbon fiber five-seat, low-wing retractable gear single that will compete pretty closely with the Cirrus SR22. It has, claims Diamond, a larger cabin than any comparable single, and it runs on Jet-A with a typical long-range fuel flow of less than 10 gph, though Diamond is being tight-lipped about many of the details. How fast is it? What’s its range? How much will it cost? These are questions we have out to Diamond. We’ll update this story when we hear back.
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