Diamond Aircraft was presented with the FAA type certificate for its single-engine, retractable-gear DA50 RG in a ceremony held on Tuesday at EAA AirVenture 2023. Immediately following the event, the first DA50 RG was delivered to U.S. customer Jordan Cram via Diamond dealer Premier Aircraft Sales. Concurrently with the DA50 RG, Continental Aerospace announced that it has received the FAA validated type certificate (VTC) for its CD-300 Jet-A-burning piston engine, which powers the model.
“Our revolutionary DA50 RG is getting overwhelming high praise from everyone that flies it. Its combination of cabin size, utility, performance and efficiency paired with environmentally friendly jet fuel engines make it an ideal aircraft for the U.S. market,” said Diamond Aircraft Group CEO Liqun (Frank) Zhang. “We have been eagerly waiting for this next milestone and are extremely proud to be offering this great aircraft, alongside our popular singles and twins.”
The five-seat Diamond DA50 RG offers a top speed of 181 knots, 754-NM range with 30-minute reserve and maximum useful load of 1,210 pounds. It comes equipped with a Garmin G1000NXi flight deck and three-blade MT hydraulic variable pitch propeller. The model flew for the first time in 2019 and, as shown in the video below, made its AirVenture debut in 2021. Base price for the DA50 RG is $1.15 million.