...Diamond Brings The TwinStar...

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We're always ready for surprises (like the arrival of the AdamJet last year) but so far, among the most anticipated first appearances expected at this year's show may be the North American debut of Diamond's innovative DA42 TwinStar. The little four-place twin, with a 135-horsepower Thielert diesel on each side, made the 4508-nm trip from the company's German headquarters to its North American headquarters in London, Ontario, in a little less than 28 hours, burning 312 gallons of Jet-A. That works out to an average speed of 161 knots with an average fuel burn of 11.2 gph. The company says the aircraft fought tough headwinds on the last leg. There are plenty of other firsts (and exciting aircraft) on tap. At last year's AirVenture, a new company called Air Investor Resources had nothing more than a few drawings of a single turboprop they intended to fly to this year's show. Well, the Epic LT has been flown and is expected in Oshkosh. Another eagerly anticipated airplane is the Nemesis NXT. With its tiny, aerodynamically tuned airframe sporting a 350-horsepower Lycoming, this race-bred kitplane is expected to be a serious contender at the Reno Air Races this year. And can you believe the King Air turns 40 this year? Raytheon has outfitted a sample of the world's most popular business aircraft (more than 6,000 sold) with an elaborate interior to mark the anniversary and it will be on display.