The Mystery Revealed: Diamond Flies the DA52

[caption id="attachment_2214" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Click to Enlarge Image"][/caption] The puzzle is solved. I had been reading snippets of information about a phantom 7 seat twin from Diamond but could not find any details. There were vague blog posts and links which lead nowhere but promised something big . Now I am happy to report the rumors are true: Diamond announced the DA52 has flown! Thus far the performance numbers are modest but it is the initial flying prototype so changes are inevitable. A couple of details : 2 x AE300E engines producing 180 hp each (up from 168), 190 ktas (Herr Dries hints at higher) and an initial climb rate of 1700 fpm weighing 1750 kg . Follow the link to the Diamond website for more information including pictures and video: http://diamond-air.at/news_detail+M52783bf56db.html We are eagerly awaiting updates as progress continues!