FAA Certifies Diamond DA62 Twin
Diamond's new seven-seat DA62 twin debuted last April at Aero Friedrichshafen in Germany and visited the NBAA show in Las Vegas in November, so it's already familiar to many aviators, and as of today it's officially FAA-certified. The twin offers a "combination of cabin volume, utility, performance and efficiency," said Diamond CEO Peter Maurer. The airplane comes with two turbo diesel Austro AE 330 turbocharged engines, each with 180 hp. Maximum speed is 201 knots and maximum range is 1,280 nm. The company is introducing the new twin to U.S. customers with a Southwest Demonstration Tour, which began last week in San Diego and is now in Long Beach.
A team of pilots, flying the latest versions of the company's twins and single-engine airplanes, will visit airports in California and Nevada, and arrive in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 12. The team then will visit Texas and the Southeast, with more tours to be announced later in the year, the company said. The DA62 sells for about $1.25 million.