Africa Aerospace & Defence 2016

Flying in style [AAD16D1]

14 September 2016

For general aviation operators, customers and owners, an aircraft’s flying dynamics, coupled with stylish design, comfort and safety, are important considerations. Austria’s Diamond Aircraft is a manufacturer that still offers the personal commitment and spirit of innovation inculcated by its founder. The company is represented in South Africa by Diamond Aircraft SA (Pty) Ltd, based at Lanseria International Airport near Johannesburg, where it operates an officially authorised Diamond service centre.

Diamond Aircraft SA directors Bo Burger and Estelle Els said the Austrian parent’s range of personal and business aircraft, both single and twin-engined, is highly sought after for distinctive styling and superior flying dynamics. Among its latest innovations are the seven-seat DA62 light twin and the DA42 MPP Guardian special mission aircraft (pictured).

Specially designed for easily interchangeable, multi-functional sensors, such as EO/IR gimbals for surveillance and reconnaissance missions, airborne laser scanners or large format digital cameras, the Guardian can effortlessly carry up to 85kg of equipment. A microwave up- and downlink system for high-quality transfers with a range of more than 100nm, a beyond-line-of-sight satellite downlink, and other radios such as UHF or VHF, and even military radios, are among the other equipment available for this multi-purpose platform.

Diamond Aircraft’s diverse family of products is complemented by fellow Austrian company, Austro Engine GmbH, whose innovative diesel and Jet A1 rotary and piston engines are operated by civilian and military customers worldwide.

Both companies are displaying their products in the Static Park, on Stand SPE7.

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