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Maiden flight of the Diamond Aircraft DART-450

PUBLISHED: 11:44 19 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:44 19 May 2016

Maiden flight of the Diamond Aircraft DART-450 Photo: Diamond Air

Maiden flight of the Diamond Aircraft DART-450 Photo: Diamond Air

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The turbine powered DART-450 takes to the skies for its first flight.

Maiden flight of the Diamond Aircraft DART-450 Photo: Diamond AirMaiden flight of the Diamond Aircraft DART-450 Photo: Diamond Air

The DART-450 (Diamond Aircraft Reconnaissance Trainer) is the first worldwide all-carbon fibre tandem, 2-seat civilian and military trainer with a side stick and pneumatic ejection seats.

The +7/-5G aerobatic airplane has a maximum take-off 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 system. Maximum endurance of the DART is 8 hours plus reserve.

Within the first 60 minutes of flight time, speeds between 60 – 200 knots IAS have been tested at various altitudes. The eDART -450 is expected to reach top speeds of 250 knots TAS.

Christian Dries, CEO of Diamond Aircraft said: “Company Chief Test Pilot Ingmar Mayerbuch and Flight Test Engineer Thomas Wimmer have been so excited about the first results that certification and serial production is green-lighted”.

Diamond Aircraft Chief Designer Clemens Knappert: “We achieved our target from the first drawings to the first flight in one year. I’m already excited about what comes next.”

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