Diamond DA52

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DA52 / DA62
Diamond DA52 prototype maiden flight.png
Diamond DA52 prototype on its maiden flight, 3 April 2012, Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Role Twin engine light aircraft
National origin Austria
Manufacturer Diamond Aircraft Industries
First flight 3 April 2012
Introduction March 2012
Status Under development
Number built 1 prototype
Developed from Diamond DA50

The Diamond DA52 is a prototype five to seven seat, twin-engined light aircraft under development by Diamond Aircraft Industries and first announced in March 2012.[1][2][3]

The DA52 prototype first flew on 3 April 2012 after six months of development.[2][4] In June 2014 it was announced the production aircraft would be designated the DA62.[5][6]

Design and development[edit]

The DA52 development team is headed by Diamond managing director Manfred Zipper. It is based upon the fuselage of the Diamond DA50, but with two Austro AE300 diesel engines burning Jet-A fuel. Company CEO Christian Dries indicated that the engines may be replaced with turboprops.[1][4]

In flying the prototype from Diamond's Wiener Neustadt plant to the AERO Friedrichshafen 2012 show the aircraft achieved 16.6 mpg fuel efficiency, the result of improvements in cooling drag and aerodynamic drag made during its development.[7]

The company originally intended to have the aircraft available for sale in July 2013 and expected to offer fly-by-wire controls as an option by 2014, but development was delayed and those dates not met.[2][3]

Variants[edit]

DA52
Prototype, two built.
DA62
Proposed production variant.[6]

Specifications (DA52)[edit]

Data from AVweb and Diamond Aircraft[2][3][4]

General characteristics

Performance

  • Cruising speed: 352 km/h (219 mph; 190 kn)
  • Range: 2,300 km (1,429 mi; 1,242 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 3,700 m (12,139 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 8.6 m/s (1,700 ft/min)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bertorelli, Paul (17 March 2012). "At Aero, More New Stuff From Diamond". AVweb. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Diamond Aircraft (3 April 2012). "Erstflug der neuen DA52 von Diamond Aircraft". Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Pew, Glenn (20 April 2012). "Diamond Shares DA52 Maiden Flight Stats". AVweb. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Bertorelli, Paul (3 April 2012). "Diamond Flies Its New DA52". AVweb. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Diamond's top-of-the-range DA52 becomes DA62
  6. ^ a b AVweb Staff (4 June 2014). "Diamond Renames The DA52 The DA62". AVWeb. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Bertorelli, Paul (18 April 2012). "Diamond's DA52 A Centerpiece". AVweb. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 

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