Diamond Aircraft DA50-JP7 on show at AERO Friedrichshafen

Visit Europe’s largest annual aviation trade show to view a wide selection of aircraft, including the brand new DA50-JP7



 Europe’s largest annual tradeshow for general aviation, AERO, takes place in Friedrichshafen, Germany mid-April. All sorts of exciting events are planned for the show, which is considered Europe’s premier private aviation event, and will be held from April 15 to 18, including an Aviation and Pilots Competence Center to test current and prospective pilots. But, as usual, it’s the aircraft that will take center stage – and a wide variety is expected to be on display, including helicopters, gliders, touring aircraft, drones, gyrocopters and multi-engine business jets.

 One of the highlights on display will be the Austrian-made Diamond Aircraft DA50-JP7, which is powered by a unique, newly designed 465hp turbine engine that was built in Ukraine in collaboration with Ivchenko Progressed and is paired with a five-blade MT propeller. The new design was created especially for fixed-winged aircraft.

 It has been newly designed especially for fixed-winged aircraft. The AI-450S has a 20% lower fuel burn than similar turbine engines. It is particularly fuel-efficient at medium altitudes. With dual electronic controls and a mechanical back-up system (Dual FADEC) it is very easy to operate. The engine starts at the push of a button.

 The aircraft, which was test flown for the first time in January by Diamond Aircraft CEO Christian Dries and chief test pilot Ingmar Mayerbuch, has already had tails wagging because of its engine, which burns 20% less fuel than similar engines and is extremely easy to operate with its dual electronic controls and mechanical back-up system. In fact, after the test flight in January, Dries announced that the aircraft “almost flies like a rocket”.

 When it goes into production, the DA50-JP7 will be available in two versions – a standard high-performance version for training and private customers, and a Tundra version with big wheels and rugged landing gear for uneven landing strips and rough terrain. Both planes have been designed to seat as many as seven passengers, and will fly at speeds of up to 245 miles per hour, with a range of approximately 1,100 miles. They are also ideally suited for use in harsh climates especially those with temperatures of between minus 50°C and plus 50°C.

 This innovative turbine airplane was in development for around two years. It actually evolved from an earlier project, the DA50, which was designed with a traditional piston engine and introduced at the end of 2006. Unfortunately, because of the worldwide economic downturn in 2008, the project was put on hold. The concept for the newer, more efficient DA50-JP7 was introduced at AERO Friedrichshafen in 2013, and now, two years later, it is expected to receive a lot of acclaim when it is displayed at the 2015 show. (JP, the addition to the original name DA50, stands for Jet Prop.)

The second version is targeting training and private customers requiring high performance. The DA50-JP7 is perfectly suited for operations in harsh climates with temperatures ranging from minus 50°C to plus 50°C. Certification is expected during the second half of 2016, after which the airplane will be manufactured at Diamond Aircraft headquarters in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.

 So far, the price of the aircraft is still unknown, but more details about the airplane will be released at AERO Friedrichshafen. Visit Hall A4 to see this unique aircraft.