Diamond D-Jet First Flight

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Diamond Aircraft flew its single-engine D-Jet SN001 for the first time Tuesday afternoon, taking off from London International Airport in Ontario, home of Diamond's North American operation. After a run of high-speed taxi and rotation tests, the jet lifted off at 5:08 p.m. and flew for an hour and six minutes. Nineteen distinct test points were completed, the company said in a news release yesterday. The jet climbed to 12,000 feet, and checked for stability and control with flaps and landing gear extended and retracted. The test speeds ranged from slow flight at 1.1 Vs to 160 KIAS. Engine and systems tests were successfully performed, as well as roll rate and lateral directional stability tests and simulated landing at altitude, the company said. See AVweb's NewsWire for in-flight images and Diamond's full press release. After completing all tests, the jet flew in close formation with the chase aircraft for photo and video recording. The landing, with a 5-knot crosswind, was normal.