Diamond Aircraft surprised the visitors at Aero Friedrichshafen in Germany by unveiling three versions of the new DA50 high-performance single, all of them powered by diesel engines.
The new flagship singles won’t be powered by engines sourced from Diamond’s own Austro Engines subsidiary, but rather by French producer Safran SMA. Customers will also be able to choose a model with a Lycoming gasoline engine or a Ukrainian-made turboprop.
The Austrian company says it will use 230, 260 and 360 horsepower Safran SMA diesels for the four-place DA50-IV, five-place DA50-V and seven-place DA50-VII respectively. The -VII will also be available with a 375 horsepower Lycoming engine or an Ivchenko Progress/Motor Sich AI-450S turboprop.
The DA50-V made its maiden flight in March and the aircraft displayed at Aero last week was painted in striking gold . Diamond CEO Christian Dries said that their aim is to obtain certification of the model next year.