Diamond Aircraft Industries herewith gladly announces the successful maiden flight of the DA42 Twin Star equipped with two 180 HP Lycoming engines (type IO-360-M1A).
During the maiden flight which lasted for over 50 minutes, it was already possible to test some major configurations. A maximum cruising speed of over 180 kts at full power, 165 kts with a fuel consumption of only 14 USgal and 145 kts with a fuel consumption of only 10.5 USgal (all at 10,000 ft) and a rate of climb of over 2,000 fpm (250 kg below MTOW).
Single engine behaviour and performance were also tested. In single engine configuration at 6,000 ft a rate of climb of 900 fpm was achieved with gear up, and even with gear down the ROC was still 400 fpm. Approach and landing also showed very satisfactory results.
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