The maiden flight of the Diamond Aircraft DART-450 was held May 17.
The DART-450 (Diamond Aircraft Reconnaissance Trainer) is an all-carbon fiber tandem, two-seat civilian and military trainer with a sidestick and pneumatic ejection seats.
The +7/-5G aerobatic airplane has a maximum takeoff power of 500 hp, is equipped with the Ivchenko-Progress/ Motor Sich AI-450S turboprop engine, a 5-blade MT propeller, and a Garmin avionic systems, according to company officials. Maximum endurance of the DART is 8 hours plus reserve.
Within the first 60 minutes of flight time, speeds between 60 to 200 knots IAS have been tested at various altitudes. Expected top speed is 250 knots TAS, company officials noted.