Unwavering Commitment to Innovation
The history of Diamond Aircraft dates back to 1981. With the beginning of the 1990s it joined the aviation pioneers who came before them. The plan for Diamond Aircraft was elegant in its simplicity. Use the best in class HK36 motorglider and its innovative use of advanced composite materials as the foundation for a new family of modern aircraft. Aircraft that wouldn’t be bound by the past, but ones that would set new standards for innovation, efficiency, performance and safety.
Today Diamond remains the only manufacturer to deliver a full line of aircraft that combine innovative airframe technology, advanced avionics systems and modern electronically controlled jet fuel piston engines. Along the way there were many firsts and triumphs, as well as some setbacks and disappointments. Through all the trials and tribulations one thing has remained constant – our unwavering commitment to innovation – for the sake of improved safety, performance and efficiency.
Establishment of Hoffmann Flugzeugbau
Hoffmann Flugzeugbau was founded in Friesach/Austria and started production of the H36 Dimona motor glider.
Establishment production center
A new facility was established in Wiener Neustadt/Austria and production of HK36 Super Dimona started.
Take over by Dries family
Dries family takes over the company and the DV20 Katana has its maiden flight.
Establishment of Diamond Canada in London/Ontario and the DA20 was introduced to the market.
The company was first named Diamond Aircraft.
DA40 Type Certification
In the new millennium the DA40 received its type certification.
DA42 Type Certification
In 2004 Diamond’s first twin engine aircraft, the DA42 received its EASA certification and crossed the Atlantic as the first non-stop transatlantic crossing by a diesel engine powered aircraft in general aviation.
Establishment of Austro Engine
Austro Engine was founded in Wiener Neustadt, Austria and started developing rotary engines and Jet A1 aviation piston engines.
In 2007 the DA42 MPP was introduced as a powerful and cost-effective mission solution.
Type Certificate for Austro Engine AE300
Austro Engine and Diamond Aircraft Industries receive type certification for the turbo-diesel airplane engine AE300 for the DA42 NG and the DA40 NG.
Maiden Flight DA36 E-Star
In 2011 the DA36 E-Star, the world’s first aircraft with a serial hybrid electric drive system, successfully completed its maiden flight.
Diamond Aircraft successfully tested the first fly-by-wire system for General Aviation on the twin-engine DA42 and according to the safety statistics of “Aviation Consumer” Diamond aircraft are three times safer than its closest competitor.
DA62 Type Certification
In 2015 Diamond Aircraft received EASA type certification for its newest twin engine aircraft, the DA62.
DART Maiden Flight
Wanfeng Aviation acquires 60 % of Diamond Canada and on May 17, 2016 the turbine powered DART-450 took off for its first flight.
Wanfeng Aviation acquires 100 % of Diamond Group
In 2017 Wanfeng Aviation acquires the Diamond Group, including Austria, Canada and Austro Engine.
The DA50-V and the aerial platform DA62 MPP were introduced to the market.
Maiden Flight Hybrid Electric Twin Engine Airplane
Siemens and Diamond Aircraft have partnered again in order to develop a multi-engine hybrid electric aircraft with lower fuel consumption (higher efficiency) and decreased noise pollution.
DA50 RG Type Certification
In 2020 Diamond Aircraft introduced the all-new Diamond Aircraft 5 seat DA50 RG with retractable gear.
Announcement eDA40 - All Electric Aircraft
After extensive research and numerous flight test hours on electric and hybrid platforms, Diamond Aircraft is positioned to offer an all-electric solution to the General Aviation market – the eDA40.
Sustainable Aviation Fuels
Diamond Aircraft Austria together with its sister company Austro Engine launched a dedicated Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) development program for their Austro Engine powered aircraft.
Future propulsion systems
Austro Engine GmbH and partners launched a program to develop a bivalent hydrogen engine.