Wed, Jan 15, 2003
Oh Baby... I Gotta Get Me One of These...
ANN News Spies are EVERYWHERE...
and while this story has been rumored for a while, we are pleased
to offer you the first public gander (even before the
"official" press releases went out) at the latest new aircraft
announced by the fertile and creative designers of Diamond Aircraft
-- and it's a beauty, folks.
The go-ahead for Diamond's new "D-Jet" was
reportedly sanctioned last month. The company expects to fly
the first of this new generation of GA jet birds in mid-2004 with
production to commence in 2006.
Initial specs are sketchy, but the D-Jet is a 4700 pound (MTOW),
five place, single pilot machine. Designed to do 315 knots, the
D-Jet will cruise at 25,000 feet, maintain a cabin of
approximately 8000 feet, burning all of 34 gallons of jet
juice per hour. Runway requirements are quoted as less than 2000
feet and a time to climb (to cruise altitude) is noted as
approximately 8 minutes.
We do not have definitive information on the power source but
the company claims that the D-Jet will be powered by an
engine with "proven reliability." Other design features
mentioned are an all-glass cockpit, low noise signature,
ecologically friendly operation, a wingletted low wing and t-tail.
Construction is expected to be (largely) composite.
Price? Under a million.
We'll have more details, shortly.
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