DIAMOND AIRCRAFT. A History...
Over a Quarter Century of Innovation
When the Dries family acquired HOAC, Diamond's predecessor, in 1991, they joined the aviation pioneers who came before them. Their goal for Diamond Aircraft was elegant in its simplicity: use the H36 fun-to-fly motorglider and its innovative use of composite materials as the foundation for a modern family of aircraft that wouldn't be bound by the past, but instead would set new standards for innovation, styling, performance and safety for the future.
|1981||Hoffmann Flugzeugbau is founded in Friesach, Austria, to produce the newly certified H36 Dimona motorglider.|
|1985||Hoffmann Aircraft Ltd., now a 100% subsidiary of Simmering-Graz-Pauker AG moves to Vienna and introduces the Dimona Mk II.|
|1987||Production facilities are established at the Wiener Neustadt airport, just south of Vienna. The airport has a long history, dating back to before the first world war.|
|1991||The Dries family acquires 100% control of the company, now named HOAC AG. Immediately, development of the HK36R Rotax 912 powered motorglider and its derivative, the DV20 "Katana", are started.|
|1992||With a view to supplying the US market with its new technology training aircraft, a full production facility is established in London, Ontario. The company is named Dimona Aircraft.|
|1993||The Austrian built DV 20 Katana is certified. The first, DV20, OE-CPU goes on demo tour in the US and Canada.|
|1995||The first Canadian built production DA20-A1 is delivered to Central Missouri State University and serial production is ramped up.
The DA20-A1 Katana receives the prestigious Flying Magazine Eagle Award, for best light aircraft.
|1996||The company is named Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc.
HOAC introduces 4 new versions of the HK36 motorglider: taildragger or tricycle gear, either with the Rotax 912 or turbo 914 engine.
|1997||The 4 seater DA40 program is announced at the AERO EXPO in Friedrichshafen. The first experimental aircraft are powered by Rotax 914 and TCM IO-240 engines, a testament to the efficient airframes! The Lycoming IO360 is selected for the production version.
The Rotax powered Katana, after production of 500 units, is replaced with the all new TCM IO240 powered DA20-C1, featuring improved performance, useful load and comfort.
Diamond opens its new Diamond Flight Center, including training facilities and the Katana Kafé restaurant, at the London Airport.
|1998||HOAC is renamed Diamond Aircraft GmbH, to align with the North American operation.
Diamond Austria acquires the Wiener Neustadt - East Airport (LOAN).
|1999||The Wiener Neustadt airport and company facilities undergo significant expansion, with the addition of new taxiways, runway lighting, NDB approach, construction of a new administration building, pilot shop, restaurant, and maintenance facilities.
The DA20-100, a factory refurbished and reengined (Rotax 912S-100hp) Katana, is introduced and proves very popular, particularly in Europe.
Diamond opens a factory sales, service and flight training center in Egelsbach (Frankfurt).
The DA20-C1 Eclipse, an improved and enhanced version of the DA20-C1, enters production.
|2000||The IFR certified DA40-180 Diamond Star is certified and enters production.
The HK36TTC-ECO, a specialized aerial camera platform enters service.
|2001||The DA40-180 receives FAA type certification and production for the North American market starts in London, Ontario.
Diamond Austria flies the world's first modern production GA diesel powered aircraft, the DA40-TDI.
|2002||Diamond DA20-C1 selected for USAF Introductory Flight Training Program.
The DA42-TDI project is announced at the Berlin International Airshow in May. Company CEO, Christian Dries makes the first test flight on December 9th.
The DA40-TDI turbo diesel powered Diamond Star receives European certification.
|2003||The D-JET single engine personal jet project is announced.
The DA42 wins the Flight International "Aerospace Industries Award".
|2004||Diamond Austria's facility expand with the addition of the state of the art 100,000 sq ft Diamond Composites facility.
The DA42, equipped with the Garmin G1000, receives European certification and serial production is started.
The Garmin G1000 is certified for the DA40-180.
The company's DA42 demonstrator crosses the Atlantic nonstop, direct from St. John's, Newfoundland to Porto, Portugal, with a total fuel burn of only 72 gallons of jet fuel.
DA20 and DA40 receive Chinese CAAC certification and first G1000 equipped DA40's are delivered to PanAm Beijing.
|2005||Diamond announces a Chinese joint venture to produce the DA40 Diamond Star for the Chinese market.
The DA40-180 receives Aero-News.net "Best Certified Aircraft of 2005" award.
The DA42 receives FAA certification and first US delivery is made.
|2006||DA20-C1s selected for new USAF training program.
D-JET completes first flights.
First Diamond Brilliance Center opens in Naples, FL.
Aviation Consumer names DA42 Airplane of the Year.
D-JET wins Popular Science Best of What's New Award.
|2007||DA42 Receives Flying Magzine Editors' Choice Award.
Diamond Flight Center program launched.
DA50 Super Star makes first flight.
DA40 XLS/CS Launch at AOPA Expo.
|2008||Diamond DA40 selected for the United States Air Force Academy Powered Flight Program.
Diamond is launch partner for Garmin Synthetic Vision Technology.
Synthetic Vision Technology is offered on the DA40.
|2009||Turbo diesel Austro Engine AE 300 certified.
DA42 L360, twin Lycoming-powered aircraft, certified.
DA42 NG, twin Austro Engines powered aircraft, certified.
DA42 L360 selected Aero-News Network 2009 Plane of the Year.
DA42 L360 and DA42 NG selected Flying magazine 2009 Editors' Choice award.
|2010||DA40 NG certified.|
|2011||DA36 E-Star, a hybrid electric aircraft, conducts first flight.|
|2012||DA52 completes first flight.|