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Diamond Aircraft DA-42 Twin Star
In 1981, a new airline company was created in Austria, which adopted the name Hoffmann Flugzeugbau. The company designed and built General Aviation aircraft. At the end of the 80s, the company underwent ownership changes and adopted the new name Diamond Aircraft. The company is socializing in composite aircraft.
Diamond Aircraft also opened its branch in Canada, where it produces aircraft mainly for the North American market.
The company, work on the twin-engine aircraft was started in the 1980s. However, market research has shown that such an aircraft is not sought after. It took almost twenty years for the demand for such constructions to appear.
In 2000, the company began to develop a small twin-engine aircraft, which received the designation Diamond DA42 Twin Star. The aircraft made its first flight on December 9, 2002. The first public presentation took place in December 2002. Series production began in 2004. In April 2004, the DA42 Twin Star aircraft was certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and in July 2005 the aircraft was also certified by the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) in the United States. The aircraft has been certified for flights according to both flight visual principles (VFR) and instrument flight rules (IFR), so it can be operated in a wide range of conditions. By 2010, over 400 copies had been built. The aircraft is manufactured in Austria and Canada. The price of the aircraft in 2010 was around 525,000 Euro.
In 2004, the DA42 became the first diesel-powered aircraft to make a continuous flight across the North Atlantic. The flight took 12.5 hours, with an average fuel consumption of 21.73 liters (4.78 gallons; 5.74 US gallons) per hour of flight, for both engines.
Due to its excellent range and low fuel consumption, the DA42 became good for patrol (aerial surveillance). He was eagerly bought by the army and government agencies in several countries. Sales of DA42 aircraft became the company's main revenues. DA42 is a good platform for unmanned aerial vehicles.
In 2008, Diamond Aircraft unexpectedly got into trouble because engine manufacturer Thielert proved insolvent. Thielert has stopped servicing its engines. In July 2008, Diamond Aircraft announced that DA42 aircraft production had been suspended. In March 2009, Diamond Aircraft obtained the EASA certification for the Austro Engine AE 300 engines, which enabled the resumption of DA42 production. The new aircraft received the designation DA42 NG.
In April 2009, the first DA42 NG Austro drive was delivered to a customer in Sweden. On April 9, 2010, DA42 NG received FAA certification, enabling resumption of sales to North American customers.
In June 2010, DA42 powered by Austro AE300 engines became the first publicly operated jet fuel (aviation kerosene) from marine algae.
The Diamond DA42 Twin Star is a four-seat, twin-engine, low-wing aircraft, with a classic layout. The aircraft is intended mainly for tourist and training purposes. Garmin avionics was used. The plane can fly "in all weather conditions".
DA42 in Poland
In Poland, DA42 aircraft were first registered in 2015. In 2018, two DA42 planes SP-NEU and SP-NRD were in the status of the Aeroclub in Dęblin. Both aircraft in the Diamond DA42-IV Twin Star version.
DA42 planes with registrations: SP-OLA, SP-NAT, SP-NBO, SP-SZE, SP-TRL were still registered in Poland.
Written by Karol Placha Hetman