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Now here is a refreshing concept. I am not convinced that they can bring it to market at their announced price of under $1M, but on paper they appear the be able to offer a turbofan at a lower price than any other manufacuter's announced design. They have restricted the maximum operating altitude to 25,000 feet which offers distict advantages in regards to the challenges of engineering the pressure vessel as well as an emergency oxygen system. VisionAire's Vantage design was also a single engine, but they hoped to cerify it for operations above FL30 and the FAA has never approved a pressurized single engine aircraft to fly that high. The D-JET appears to have a similar cabin arrangement to the Eclipse 500, and so it will not be a cabin class design which bodes well for costs. The Cessna Citation Mustang is a larger aircraftthat boasts two engines, higher operating altitude and a potty, so it won't be a direct competitor. Diamond may be envisioning this aircraft for use in the training market, too, an area where they have a great deal of expertise. I think they have a potential winner.
Common sense should always come first.
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