Diamond's Numbers Buck Trend

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Amid an overall decline in piston aircraft sales, Diamond Aircraft is reporting a year-over-year growth in sales of 17 percent, bolstered by a double-digit rise in deliveries of both DA40 Diamond Star and DA42 Twin Star aircraft. According to numbers last week released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Diamond's figures offer a sharp contrast to the piston market at large, which GAMA reported to be down by 11 percent over the same period. In a news release, Monday, Diamond touted the fuel efficiency and range of its models, which offer pilots in-fleet solutions from training aircraft through piston twins to the single-engine D-Jet.