Diamond D-Jet To Debut At Oshkosh

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Diamond Aircraft has officially confirmed plans AVweb told you about last year -- that the single-engine D-Jet will make its public debut this July at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The five-place (four-passenger) jet flew for the first time in April and has been in flight testing since then. Goals put the price below $900,000, max range at 1,351 nm, ceiling below 25,001 feet, cruise at 315 KTAS, and all while fitting in and out of 2,500-foot strips. "During my test flights, I was thoroughly impressed by the D-Jet's performance and feel. It is everything you would expect in a personal jet," said Diamond CEO Christian Dries. The D-Jet will arrive at the show on Wednesday, July 26, and taxi onto AeroShell Square, where Diamond executives will conduct a 10:30 a.m. briefing. Later that afternoon, at about 2 p.m., the Diamond Jet will provide a flight demonstration as a prelude to the air show. "We look forward to publicly showcasing our latest achievement for the first time at AirVenture and sharing with the industry our excitement and prospects for the D-Jet," Dries said. AirVenture runs July 24 to 30.