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Diamond Super Star makes first flight

On April 4th, 2007, the single-engine DA50 Super Star took flight at Diamond's factory in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.


September 18, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

On April 4th, 2007, less than one year after the first flight of the D-JET, Diamond's latest design, the single-engine DA50 Super Star took flight at Diamond's factory in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The maiden flight was flown by Diamond's Soeren Pederson and Diamond's CEO and owner Christian Dries, pilot in command.

The Diamond DA50 Super Star has a MTOW of 1,660 kg (3,670lbs) and is equipped with a Teledyne Continental TSIOF-550J engine, rated at 350+ HP, with FADEC control and twin turbo chargers.

Mr. Dries stated that he is proud of Manfred Zipper and his team that made the DA50 Super Star a reality in less than 11 months from concept to first flight. He added "The DA50 Super Star will surely be a big hit, with powerplants including the 350 HP big bore as well as turbo-diesel engine options. I have a team that is unmatched in general aviation manufacturing.

I know that they design and build the safest aircraft in the world. We have planned an aggressive development and certification schedule with production start no later than January 2008."