|Model||DA42 TWIN STAR|
2004 DIAMOND DA-42:
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Wing span 13,42m (44ft), length 8.5m (27.8ft), height 2.6m (8,5ft). Wing area 16.5 m2 (177.2sq ft).
The Diamond DA-42 Twin Star is an all new four place carbonfibre construction light twin powered by jet fuel burning turbo diesel engines.
Austria´s Diamond Aircraft unveiled the DA-42 at the May 2002 Berlin Airshow. The new aircraft flew on December 9 2002, leading to European JAA certification in late 2003 and US FAA certification and first deliveries in mid 2004.
The Twin Star´s design objectives include high speed cruise at very low throttle settings and good low speed handling. It is loosely modelled on Diamond´s DA-40 Diamond Star single engine four place (see separate entry), and features an all composite airframe with a high aspect ratio wing with winglets.
The heart of the Twin Star is its two Thielert Centurion 1.7 (formerly TAE-125) turbo diesel four cylinder engines, which are designed to run on either diesel or Jet-A1/jet fuel. Germany based Thielert´s Centurion turbo diesel engine was certificated in early 2002 and is based on a Mercedes-Benz automotive design. Diamond expects the DA-42´s two engines will burn just 45 litres an hour while cruising at a very fast 333km/h (180kt). Standard fuel capacity is 200 litres, while optional long range tanks take maximum fuel capacity to 280 litres.
The engines drive slow turning three blade constant speed propellers, which combined with the engines´ low noise emissions and the DA-42´s fast climb rate will result in a low ground noise signature. The engines also feature electronic fuel management, automatic prop controls and auto feather.
Diamond Aircraft says the DA-42 will be suitable for flight training as well as private and business use.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was the launch customer with an order for 10, and Lufthansa ordered 40 for its pilot training school. Another customer is PureFlight of the UK which ordered the Twin Star for its fractional ownership programme.
Two 100kW (135hp) Thielert Centurion 1.7 burning turbo diesel four cylinder piston engines driving three blade MTV-6A-129 hydraulic constant speed propellers
FADEC Digital Engine & Propeller Management System
Integrated Garmin G1000 Glass Panel Cockpit, including,
GDU 1040 Primary Flight Display
GDU 1040 Multi-function Display
Garmin Integrated VFR Terrain Awareness System
Remote Avionics Equipment Mounting Rack with Line Replaceable Units
GDC74 Integrated Digital Air Data Computer
GRS77 Attitude & Heading Reference System
Dual GIA63 Integrated VHF COM/NAV/ILS/GPS Radio Modules
GEA71 Airframe/Engine Interface Unit
GMA1347 Digital Audio Controller with Digtal ATC Playback Recording
GTX33 Integrated "Mode S" Transponder with Traffic Information System
G1000 Interface for Honeywell KAP 140 2-axis Autopilot
Honeywell KAP140 Autopilot with Altitude Hold and Preselect
Sennheiser ANR headset Jacks
Standby Instruments (compass, horizon, airspeed) Alternate Static Port
Composite Cabin & 26g Safety Seats High-gloss Multi Layer Paint
Lightning Protection System Standard Design
First Aid Kit Registration Markings
Fire Extinguisher Electric Operated Flap System
Failsafe Airframe Design Landing and Taxi Lights
3-point Safety Belts (all seats) Position and Anti-collision Lights
Self adapting Comfort Gel foam seat cushions 197 lt (52 US gal) Fuel Tank
Power Supply Socket for Handheld GPS Access Nose Baggage Compartment Accessible from Both Sides
Instrument Lighting 4-way Baggage Compartment System
Overhead Cabin Light Pitot Cover
Integrally-lit, laser-etched polycarbonate switch panel overlay Rudder Lock
Standby instrumentation Tow Bar
Hydraulic Retractable Landing Gear Tool Kit
Heated Pitot/Static Tube
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