There’s a new twin in town — and Diamond Aircraft’s DA62 represents a major step forward when compared to the two other airplanes in its class: The Beechcraft G58 Baron and the Piper Seneca V.
The differences are numerous, but the three most obvious include a sleek carbon fiber fuselage, seating for seven, and Austro turbo-diesel engines with full electronic controls.
But Diamond doesn’t want its new flagship to be limited by comparisons to other twins. With total fuel consumption and operating simplicity on par with many high performance singles, Diamond is also aiming to attract attention from single engine pilots needing more seats and useful load, plus the comfort that comes from having two engines when flying at night and over inhospitable terrain or open water.
Having owned a Seneca and a couple of Barons for use in our family business, I got the enviable assignment to fly Diamond’s distinctive new twin when it visited Florida this spring during SUN ‘n FUN. [Read more…]
DiamondShare has expanded to three new locations, Republic Field (KFGR), Farmingdale N.Y.; Essex County Airport (KCDW), Caldwell N.J.; and at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (KRDU), Raleigh N.C.
Premier Aircraft Sales, Inc., the authorized Diamond Regional Distribution Center for the southeastern United States, has received an STC for installation of a fully integrated vapor cycle air conditioning system for all Lycoming-powered Diamond Aircraft DA40 series aircraft.
The 10,000 BTU DA40 Cabin Cool system, capable of cooling cabin air to 55°F, features an engine driven compressor, electronic control panel, a cabin air distribution system and electric fan for ground operations.