In The Works: Diamond Aircraft D-Jet

 - February 8, 2008, 4:49 AM

This year, the aviation world will be watching Diamond Aircraft closely as the first of the
so-called single-engine personal jets is scheduled to achieve Transport Canada certification and first customer deliveries. FAA certification should follow shortly after Transport Canada approval, and Diamond plans to deliver 50 D-Jets by year-end. Late last year, the company was preparing S/N 3 for first flight and beginning construction on S/N 4. S/N 3 is scheduled to fly this month. Production-quality tooling was used to build the fuselage, wings, flaps and horizontal stabilizers of S/N 3. S/N 4 will be used for electrical and systems development and autopilot certification testing. Powered by a 1,400-pound-thrust Williams International FJ33-4, the $1.38 million D-Jet can seat five and cruise at a top speed of 315 knots and maximum altitude of 25,000 feet. Maximum range is 1,350 nm.