The Diamond Aircraft Reconnaissance Trainer (DART-450) performed its first flight on 17 May, Diamond Aircraft has announced.
The company claims it is the world’s first all-carbon fibre tandem, 2-seat civilian and military trainer with a sidestick and pneumatic ejection seats.
The +7/-5G aerobatic airplane has a maximum take-off power of 500 hp, is equipped with the Ivchenko-Progress/Motor Sich AI-450S turboprop engine, a 5-blade MT propeller, and a GARMIN avionics system. Maximum endurance of the DART is 8 hours plus reserve.
Within the first 60 minutes of flight time, speeds between 60 – 200 knots IAS have been tested at various altitudes. Expected top speed is 250 knots TAS.
“Company Chief Test Pilot Ingmar Mayerbuch and Flight Test Engineer Thomas Wimmer have been so excited about the first results that certification and serial production is green-lighted”, said Christian Dries, CEO Diamond Aircraft.
Diamond Aircraft Chief Designer Clemens Knappert: “We achieved our target from the first drawings to the first flight in one year. I’m already excited about what comes next.”
Now that the aircraft has flown, the aircraft is on the way to been certified.