Schlagwort-Archive: Diamond

North Sea Aviation Services expands with DA62 MPPs

On February 24th, the delivery of two DA62 MPPs to North Sea Aviation Services (NSAS) from Belgium has been completed. The aircraft is configured in a maritime surveillance fit and feature the latest technology of electro-optical and infrared cameras (EO/IR), maritime radar as well as an AIS (Automatic Identification System for ships). NSAS already operates the DA42 MPP and identified the benefits of the larger DA62 MPP as key motives to upgrade their fleet with the DA62 MPP. Especially the increased cabin size, which significantly improves crew comfort during long missions, was key in the decision-making process.

Equipped with the Multi-Purpose Nose which carries the EO/IR turret, the BR700 belly radome that houses the maritime radar and the single seats including a centre console with integrated radio and control devices for the operators in the rear make the aircraft the most advanced and versatile surveillance platform in its class. Mario Spiegel, Sales Manager, Special Mission Aircraft Division at Diamond Aircraft Austria, says,” Maritime surveillance is often still conducted by large and expensive aircraft, sometimes even with less advanced sensors or vintage equipment such as binoculars. Where the data collected by larger and smaller aircraft are the same, when equipped with equivalent role equipment, there is one factor getting more and more fundamental, environment-friendliness. With the modern piston engines, utilizing up-to-date automotive technology, burning as less as 10 US gal of Jet Fuel per hour (in loiter) it is needless to say that the DA62 MPP is by far the greenest surveillance aircraft on the market.”

Markus Fischer, Director, Special Mission Aircraft Division at Diamond Aircraft Austria, says, “After so many years in our business it is still inspiring to see our new developments deploying in real operation, in specific to new friends and business partner like NSAS. NSAS has great plans and we will do our best to support them wherever it is necessary and looking forward to their feedback to push the MPP to an even more capable airborne asset.” Jef de Kinder, Founder and CEO of NSAS, commented, “Due to its great fuel efficiency, flexible platform, advanced aircraft design and many other features, NSAS quickly preferred the DA62 MPP. The low operating cost combined with the high mission standard delivers extraordinary results, leaving the competition behind and creating a class of its own. Diamond Aircraft Industries, therefore, has excelled thanks to their constant innovation.” Source: ‘Diamond Aircraft‘.

Auflastung der Super Dimona HK36 T(T)C auf 800 kg

Diamond hat eine Ergänzung der Musterzulassung (STC) erarbeitet, die eine Auflastung der Dimona HK 36 TTC (und ggf. auch der HK36 TC) von 770 kg auf 800 kg ermöglicht. Die 30 kg kommen voll der Zuladung zugute. Die durchzuführenden Änderungen am Motorsegler sind minimal. Die Erlaubnis zur Änderung durch Bezug der STC-Unterlagen kostet 5000 Euro.

Der Luftsport-Verband Bayern möchte durch eine „Sammelbestellung“ hier einen ansehnlichen Rabatt aushandeln und sucht weitere Interessenten für die Umrüstung. Halter, die Interesse an einer solchen Auflastung haben, wenden sich bitte unter Angabe von Kennzeichen, Baureihe und Werknummer an: harald.goerres@lvbayern.de. Quelle: ‘DAeC‘.

Diamond Aircraft announces All-Electric Trainer

Diamond Aircraft is proud to announce the development of an all-electric training aircraft, the eDA40, and has chosen Electric Power Systems’ EPiC battery technology and accompanying Ecosystem. Since 2011 Diamond Aircraft has been researching and developing electric and hybrid-electric platform solutions. At Paris Airshow in 2011, in co-operation with Siemens, Diamond Aircraft introduced the DA36 E-Star, the world’s first aircraft with a serial hybrid electric drive system based on the HK36 motor glider. Two years later, the DA36 E-Star 2, was presented at the Paris Airshow, with improved performance and increased payload. Further research of electric and hybrid solutions led to additional collaboration with Siemens and the introduction of the next milestone, called ‘HEMEP’ – the world’s first hybrid-electric multi-engine with lower fuel consumption (higher efficiency) and decreased noise pollution.

After extensive research and numerous flight test hours on electric and hybrid platforms, Diamond Aircraft is positioned to offer an all-electric solution to the General Aviation market – the eDA40. Diamond Aircraft has decided to partner with the innovative battery technology company, Electric Power Systems, integrating the EPiC Ecosystem into the eDA40, a derivative of the existing and certified DA40 platform. The Electric Power Systems’ Battery Module will be equipped with a DC fast-charging system, capable of turning around a depleted aircraft in under 20 minutes. Batteries will be installed in a custom-designed belly pod and between the engine and the forward bulkhead.

The aircraft will feature the latest Garmin G1000 NXi glass cockpit and will have several avionics add-ons available. Total flight time is expected to be up to 90 minutes as the battery technologies evolve. The eDA40 is expected to reduce operating costs by up to 40% compared to traditional piston aircraft. “The eDA40 will be the first EASA/FAA Part 23 certified electric airplane with DC fast charging and specifically tailored to the flight training market,” says Liqun (Frank) Zhang, CEO of Diamond Aircraft Austria. “Making flying as eco-friendly as possible has always been at the core of Diamond Aircraft with our fuel-efficient jet fuel-powered aircraft producing less CO2 and noise emissions compared to conventional piston aircraft engines. Therefore, we are more than proud to underline this commitment with the all-electric eDA40, a sustainable solution for the General Aviation of tomorrow.”

“We are excited to announce our new partnership with Electric Power Systems,” says Scott McFadzean, Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Aircraft Industries Canada. “The eDA40 with its proven airframe, the quick recharge capability, and the low operating cost will be an excellent aircraft for the flight training market and solidifies Diamond’s position as a global leader in General Aviation.”

“We are thrilled to team with Diamond on this important project for the aviation industry,” says Nathan Millecam, Chief Executive Officer of Electric Power Systems. “Training aircraft set the stage for demonstrating that electric aircraft can meet the demands of high-paced, high-volume operations at a reduced cost basis. Combining EPS’ battery and electric propulsion know-how with a globally recognized leader in advanced general aviation design and manufacturing enables the eDA40 to be one of the most notable Electric Aircraft projects in the world.” The eDA40 is targeted at flight training customers looking for an excellent electric circuit trainer based on the industry’s leading training aircraft DA40. It is the perfect complement to an existing Diamond fleet to keep standardization high. Initial flights of the eDA40 are scheduled for Q2 2022. Certification is expected in 2023. Source: ‘Diamond Aircraft‘.

DA62 SurveyStar exceeds all expectations

Expectations were high and so was the pressure, after the glorious roll-out of the new DA62 SurveyStar. The entire Aerial Survey Industry was having an eye on the first steps of the DA62 SurveyStar.

Meanwhile the first aircraft has accomplished well over 100 mission hours with GeoFly and has already proven its efficiency and versatility. In fact, the aircraft is outperforming all expectations and has marked a couple of cornerstones worth to highlight:

  • Endurance: Equipped in the multi-sensor setup including the Riegl VQ-780i and the Vexcel Ultra cam Eagle M3, an endurance of 7:17 hours was achieved with fuel remaining for almost two more hours, resulting in a max total endurance of 8:20 hours + 0:45 hours of reserve.
  • Autonomy: With the help of the three-axis digital autopilot and a special procedure (see below) the aircraft is able to fly survey missions almost fully autonomously; thus even ultra-long missions become less exhausting for the crew.
  • Efficiency: Due to the extremely low fuel burn of the jet-fuel engines, efficiency is that good, that the aircraft can even compete with turbine-powered aircraft in high and fast missions, assuming your acquisition window (weather/atc, etc.) big enough. However, the flight takes longer due to lower speeds, the cost below the line are way cheaper when compared with classical turbo-prop aircraft.
  • Versatility: In light of the above, GeoFly already ordered the integration of its Vexcel Ultra cam Osprey series, including the new 4.1 on the DA62 SurveyStar, which is usually used on turbo-prop aircraft.

Garmin G1000 flight line loading:
Loading the photo-mission flight lines into the Garmin G1000 is done by converting latitude and longitude points of project-specific files and constructed them into a Garmin “.fpl” file. The information is gathered from the Aerial Flight Management software used by GeoFly, and thereafter converted to a “.fpl” file after setting the parameters required by the equipment or higher (e.g., such as starting line number, turn bearing offset, and offset distance). The “.fpl” file is thereafter loaded into the MFD via Bluetooth using Garmin Flight Stream, or through an SD card and loaded in as any other flight plan.

The IGI CCNS5 used on this particular flight uses a 1 nautical mile extension of the line for the establishment and to enable recording and mount movement prior to line start. Therefore, in this particular project, the waypoints “A” (Start of the line) to point “B” (End of the line) were calculated with 1 additional nautical mile. For turns, the same principle is used with an estimated spacing distance and bearing offset to allow the aircraft to make the turn on its own. Due to unknown actual head-, tail- or crosswind, some manual overrides were required in the turns. Source: ‘Diamond website‘.

Friedrichshafen nach Kleinflugzeug-Bruchlandung gesperrt

Am Mittwoch, 31. März, wurde ein Kleinflugzeug bei der Landung so stark beschädigt, dass es erst neben der Flugbahn zum Stillstand kam. Verletzt wurde laut Flughafen Friedrichshafen niemand, allerdings musste der Bodensee-Airport rund eineinhalb Stunden lang gesperrt werden, bis das Flugzeug geborgen werden konnte. Es ist der zweite Unfall am Flughafen innerhalb weniger Tage. Quelle: ‘Südkurier‘. Bild: Alexander Hofmann, Flughafen Friedrichshafen.

Höfen: Motorflieger abgestürzt, Insassen leicht verletzt

Großes Glück hatten am Ostermontag die Insassen eines Motorfliegers, der im Bereich des Flughafens Höfen in ein Waldstück stürzte. Ein 50-jähriger in der Schweiz lebender Fluglehrer aus Portugal sowie ein Flugschüler (37) aus Vorarlberg konnten aus dem Flugzeug befreit werden. Sie wurden mit leichten Verletzungen ins Reuttener Spital gebracht. Der Unfall ereignete sich kurz nach 14 Uhr bei starkem Ostwind. Die leichte Maschine wurde beim Landeanflug von einer Windböe erfasst. Etwa 50 Meter von der Landebahn entfernt streifte der Flieger die Baumkronen und stürzte schließlich in das Waldstück zwischen dem Flughafen und dem Lech. Informationen der Tiroler Tageszeitung zufolge war der Motorflieger des Typs Diamond Katana DA 20 in Hohenems (Vorarlberg) gestartet und nach einem kurzen Zwischenstopp in Reutte/Höfen nach St. Johann im Unterland weitergeflogen. Die Piloten befanden sich auf einem Lehrflug. Für den Rückflug war keine weitere Landung in Höfen geplant. Warum sich der Pilot anders entschieden hat, ist derzeit nicht bekannt. Die Absturzstelle wurde weiträumig abgesperrt. Die Feuerwehr versuchte, den ausgetretenen Treibstoff rasch zu binden. Quelle: ‘Tiroler Tageszeitung‘.

Bundesheer-Eurofighter eskortieren DA-40

Am Dienstagabend war beim österreichischen Bundesheer Eile angesagt, denn ein Flugzeug, das keinen Funkkontakt zur Austro Control hielt, musste abgefangen werden. Es handelte sich laut Angaben der Streitkräfte um eine Diamond DA-40, die sich auf dem Weg von Bayern nach Ungarn befand. Das Privatflugzeug drang versehentlich in den regulierten Luftraum über dem Linzer Flughafen auf und meldete sich nicht entsprechend bei der Flugsicherung Austro Control. Da kein Kontakt hergestellt werden konnte, wurde das MCC des Bundesheeres kontaktiert. Am Fliegerhorst Zeltweg steigen zwei Eurofighter auf, die das Privatflugzeug eskortierten. Der Funkkontakt konnte dann wiederhergestellt werden. „Das Kleinflugzeug, das im Sichtflug von Bayern in Richtung Ungarn unterwegs war, ist ohne Freigabe und ohne über Funk erreichbar zu sein in den freigabepflichtigen Luftraum rund um den Flughafen Linz eingeflogen, daher informierten die Fluglotsen umgehend das Bundesheer im Military Control Centre (MCC)“, erklärt ein Austro-Control-Sprecher auf Anfrage. Quelle: ‘Austrianaviation.net‘. Bild: ‘DiamondAircraft‘.

60 Diamond- Ein-& Zweimots für Saudi Arabien

Im Februar 2019 beginnen die Lieferungen von 60 Diamond DA42-Vi sowie DA40 NG-Trainingsflugzeugen nach Saudi Arabien. Der Liefervertrag läuft über fünf Jahre. Die Flugzeuge sind mit effizienten Jet-Fuel-Kolbenotoren von Austro-Engines sowie modernen Garmin G1000 NXi Avionik-Instrumenten ausgerüstet.