More Details Emerge For Diamond's Super Star

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Diamond Aircraft's Austrian unit today announced the DA50 Super Star five-place "up to 350 hp" aircraft, offering what it says will be "the most spacious in the new generation of single-engine aircraft in General Aviation." An image of the aircraft shows a DA40-like planform (fixed-gear, low-wing and T-tail), but the horizontal stabilizer sports anhedral tips and on the opposite end, the close-cowled powerplant shows only one front-side opening below the prop -- a fat four-blade MT. The aircraft was "unofficially presented" to attendees at a Diamond Christmas party in Austria. Diamond's North American arm told AVweb they offered no additional comments, but said more information would be forthcoming from its headquarters in Austria. According to the company's short press release, the new aircraft will be "powered by various gasoline and diesel engines." Industry observers are speculating that the unnamed diesel powerplant is the 350-hp Thielert 4.0.