Diamond Air­craft DA42

    Last year, Diamond Aircraft reintroduced its twin-engine Diamond Aircraft DA42 (519.457.4000, www.diamondaircraft.com) with new power options. Dual fuel-efficient Thielert diesels powered the initial version of the four-seater, which hit the U.S. market in 2005. That airplane garnered significant attention, but engine maintenance proved to be difficult and expensive. In 2008, Thielert declared bankruptcy, forcing Diamond to suspend production of the DA42. Last July, Diamond revived the design to accommodate new engine options: the Diamond-developed Austro diesel, or the traditional Lycoming O-360, which is powered by avgas fuel.

    While the Lycomings are tried and true, the smooth and fuel-efficient Austros will appeal to those who prefer to burn Jet-A, which is typically easier to find than avgas. With its 44-foot wingspan, lightweight composite construction, and roomy cabin, the new DA42 is attracting lots of second looks. The diesel version sells for roughly $711,000; the Lycoming-powered version sells for just under $600,000.

    The jet’s large floor plan allows for the addition of an office and a bedroom…
    The six-seat, twin-engine jet has a reworked interior and upgraded technology…
    The two-seat jet is being developed for both private and military flying…
    The new improvement to the BBJ private aircraft reduces drag and adds range…
    The design concept incorporates technology found on Mercedes-Benz automobiles…
    The company’s design could reduce the flight time between Washington, D.C., and Paris by 3 hours…
    The ergonomic chair promises to make long-range flight much more comfortable…
    The fractional provider recently took delivery of a custom G450LXi, with more on the way…
    The simulated fireplace replicates the heat, sound, and intensity of a real fire…
    The amphibious aircraft only requires a sport-pilot license to fly and can be towed behind a car…