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Tue, May 29, 2018

Diamond's Aerobatic DART-550 Flies For The First Time

Turboprop-Powered Aircraft Intended As A Military Trainer

A new variant of the Diamond Aircraft DART series completed its first flight earlier this month, performing a basic flight program including a couple of low approaches, system checks, landing gear operation at different speeds as well as short field take off demonstration.

The DART-550 is powered by a General Electric GE H75-100 turboprop engine with 550hp featuring electronic engine and propeller control (EEPC) system, a five blade, full feather MT propeller and features Martin Baker MK16 ejection seats and Garmin G3000 integrated avionics systems.

The expected maximum speed is 247KTAS with a MTOM of 5,291 lbs and an empty mass (fully equipped) of 3,527 lbs. Maximum endurance at loiter speed of the DART-550 will be 8 hours plus reserve at MTOM.

The aerobatic trainer will be available in different variants differing in engine power ratings, seat configuration and/or avionics options for diverse customer needs.

"From the very beginning, Diamond Aircraft knew that the DART series will be something unmatched on the market and will eliminate old generation trainer from the market for a very long period of time," said Markus Fischer, Sales Director of the DART series. "The DART-550 is the next massive push into being the only aircraft manufacturer in offering the full range for basic flight training, reaching its peak with this soon fully EASA certified DART-550 aerobatic trainer. Having the opportunity to include state of the art glass cockpit technology, world’s number one ejection seat brand, using General Electric turbine know-how - embedded in a full carbon fiber airframe will make it very difficult for DART’s competition when performance and commercial arguments become a critical decision making factor.”

The DART-550 will be presented at Farnborough Airshow in UK from July 16th until July 22nd, 2018 on the Static Display.

(Image provided with Diamond Aircraft news release)

FMI: www.diamondaircraft.com

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