Diamond DART-550 trainer complete maiden flight

Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH has completed first flight of the new DART-550 turboprop trainer aircraft

The basic flight included a couple of low approaches, system checks, landing gear operation at different speeds as well as short field take off demonstration.


The DART-550 is powered by a General Electric GE H75-100 turboprop engine with 550 hp featuring electronic engine and propeller control (EEPC) system, a five blade, full feather MT propeller and features Martin Baker MK16 ejection seats and Garmin G3000 integrated avionics systems.

The expected maximum speed is 247KTAS with a MTOM of 2,400 kg (5,291 lbs) and an empty mass (fully equipped) of 1,600 kg (3,527 lbs). Maximum endurance at loiter speed of the DART-550 will be 8 hours plus reserve at MTOM.

The aerobatic trainer will be available in different variants differing in engine power ratings, seat configuration and/or avionics options for diverse customer needs.

The DART-550 will be presented at Farnborough Airshow in UK from July 16th until July 22nd, 2018 on the Static Display.