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| Primary Function:
up to seven
2 x 180 h.p. ea.
30 ft. 2 in.
47 ft. 9 in.
86 U.S. gals.
The Diamond DA62 is a light twin engine aircraft that can seat up to seven. It is produced in both Austria and Canada by Diamond Aircraft Industries. The company is the third largest world-wide manufacturer of general aviation aircraft.
European and U.S. versions of the aircraft are available. The European version is lighter, having five seats, and a maximum takeoff weight of 1,999 kilograms or 4,407 lbs. The optional, extra cost, heavier U.S. version, with a total of seven seats, weighs 2,300 kilograms or 5,071 lbs. The weight of the European Diamond DA62 is lower in order to keep weight based air traffic control user charges to a minimum.
The idea for a light twin engine civil aviation aircraft by Diamond came about in mid 2011. For development ease, it would be based upon the fuselage of the company’s single engine DA50 aircraft. First of all, fuel economy was of primary importance, therefore it was decided to power the aircraft with a pair of 850 h.p. Austro AE330 piston motors running on diesel fuel. The prototype aircraft had its first flight on April 3, 2012, a short time after the beginning of development.
On April 16, 2015 the Diamond DA62 received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification. On Feb. 23, 2016 the aircraft was certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Over 150 Diamond DA62 aircraft have been produced to date.
Flying the Diamond DA62
The Diamond DA62 has a large cabin, with adjustable, comfortable front seats. There is a second row with three seats which are 60/40 split and folding. A third row has a optional two folding seats.
The high quality finished interior of the cabin is available in different colors and materials, uses LED lighting, and has available air conditioning.
The Diamond DA62 motors are digitally controlled with integrated single-lever operation. They drive hydraulic 3-blade fixed speed propellers. This ensures smooth and efficient performance. The cockpit is all glass using Garmin G1000 NXi avionics with integrated autopilot.
Diamond DA61 fuselage is a single piece carbon fiber composite construction and as a result provides great strength to protect occupants in the event of impact.
Steven Viner, Chief Pilot, Morson International, UK. says: “The Diamond DA62 is the perfect airplane for our use. We fly 300 to 400 hours a year, from short grass runways like the ones in Manchester Barton and Wickenby, which are only 520 m long, to large international airports like Luton and Stansted Airport. The fact that high approach speeds are possible with the DA62 is a great advantage; the commercial air traffic behind us does not have to slow down. The landing is absolutely easy with the chassis longitudinal steering and the larger tires and the rotary vane propeller. It is a great aircraft for private or commercial use, both for day or night flight VFR or IFR.”