Diamond Aircraft introduced the new 5-seat all carbon fiber DA50 RG airplane, outfitted with retractable gear and powered by a 300hp Continental CD-300 jet fuel engine.
Luxury, safety, fuel efficiency and lower emissions, and performance are the highlights of the DA50 RG, the new all carbon fiber airplane from Diamond Aircraft.
Liqun Zhang, CEO Diamond Aircraft Austria, explained, “We are very excited to be presenting the DA50 RG to the market. She is offering so much – space, efficiency, luxury, comfort, safety, and retractable gear on a single piston aircraft that will make everyone really stand out. Plus, the extra benefits of operating a jet fuel powered aircraft – much lower emissions compared to leaded and even low leaded aviation fuels and saving many gallons of fuel and money due to excellent fuel efficiency. We are convinced that our all-new DA50 RG will be the new star on the piston single market for private pilots needing more seats and space and charter operators looking for a low-cost alternative.”
The DA50 RG boasts a top speed of 181-knots, a 20,000-foot maximum operating altitude, and 1,232 pounds of useful load. The aircraft will hold 50 gallons of jet fuel, providing a maximum range of 750 nautical miles.
Advanced aerodynamics are a result of the all carbon composite airframe. Hinged double slotted flaps were designed for high lift and outstanding slow speed use. Minimum landing distance is assured by state-of-the-art brakes and wheels.
“Continental’s CD-300 engine and valuable partnership with Diamond on the DA50 RG reinforces the global demand for jet-fueled piston aircraft in general aviation”, said Robert Stoppek, president & CEO of Continental Aerospace Technologies™. “The luxurious and modern carbon fiber constructed DA50 RG paired with the 300 horsepower Jet-A engine is redefining the expectations for GA aircraft. Congratulations to Diamond Aircraft for introducing this fuel-efficient engine and up-to-date airplane that perfectly fits the renowned Diamond jet-fuel aircraft portfolio.”
The DA50 RG should achieve European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification in late summer 2020 and plans are for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification to follow, expected by the end of 2021. The first deliveries in the European Union are planned for the first quarter of 2021.