The Diamond DA50 Super Star and DA50 Magnum are five-place single-engine composite aircraft currently under development by Diamond Aircraft Industries.
|Diamond DA50 - OE-VLS
|Photo by Diamond Aircraft Industries
The DA50 was unofficially presented in December 2006 at a company Christmas party and is to be able to be operated with gasoline and diesel engines up to 350hp. The new five seater will have one of the largest cabins of the new generation of general aviation airplanes.
The avgas powered version of the DA50 is to be equipped with a single FADEC-equipped Continental TSIO-550-J powerplant with twin turbo chargers producing 350 hp (261 kW). The plane's wingspan is currently reported as 38', 4", with overall fuselage length of 29 feet. The maximum takeoff weight is planned to be 3,527 lbs. The Diamond DA50 Super Star will be pressurized and offer a Ballistic Recovery Systems aircraft parachute system as an option.
The DA50 made its maiden test flight on April 4, 2007 at the Wiener Neustadt East Airport, Austria. The plane made its public debut at the AERO Friedrichshafen show in Germany on April 19, 2007.
- DA50 SuperStar
Pressurized version powered by a Teledyne Continental TSIOF-550J.
- DA50 Magnum
Unpressurized version, with a standard integral oxygen system, powered by an Austro Engine AE 300 170 hp (127 kW) diesel.
Specifications (DA50 SuperStar)
Capacity: four passengers
Length: 28 ft 11 in (8.81 m)
Wingspan: 38 ft 4 in (11.68 m)
Height: 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)
Wing area: 148 sq ft (13.7 m2)
Empty weight: 2,200 lb (998 kg)
Gross weight: 3,560 lb (1,615 kg)
Fuel capacity: 74 US gallons (280 litres)
Powerplant: 1 × Teledyne Continental TSIOF-550J six cylinder, four-stroke, piston aircraft engine, 350 hp (260 kW)
Propellers: 3-bladed constant speed, with 4-bladed propeller optional
Cruise speed: 200 kn (230 mph; 370 km/h)
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