The Diamond D-JET made its first public appearance today at AirVenture 2006 and was welcomed by a host of aviation dignitaries and a crowd of spectators. The D-JET touched down at precisely 10:15 am local time and taxied into AeroShell Square. By
10:30 am the stage was set and EAA's Tom Poberezny and FAA Administrator Marion Blakey welcomed Diamond Chairman and Owner Christian Dries to what is a historic event for Diamond and the aviation world.
Mr. Dries remarked, "Diamond has designed the D-JET to be a truly personal aircraft with levels of safety built in for the average pilot." He went on to say, "The aircraft also presents a new level of comfort previously unseen in an aircraft of this class."
Many innovative companies were involved in bringing the D-JET to the world aviation stage that AirVenture represents. In addition to Diamond representatives, Gary Kelley, Vice President of Garmin and Matt Huff, Vice President of Williams International also spoke and congratulated Diamond on the success and technological advancements that the D-JET represents.
The D-JET opened the flight showcase of Wednesday's airshow allowing the public to witness the aircraft’s first aerial display in the United States. Following the flight display, the aircraft returned to London, Ontario to resume its flight test regimen.
A full scale mockup of the interior is on display for the entire week at the Diamond booth at Combo L Main Aircraft Display, beside Hangar C.
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