Diamond Aircraft has earned the type certificate for its DA62 piston twin from the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA), allowing the model to go on sale in Europe immediately. FAA certification is expected in six to eight months.
EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky presented the certification to Diamond CEO Christian Dries at the AERO 2015 show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
The $983,000 DA62 is a larger version of the DA42 twin powered by two 180 horsepower Austro AE330 diesel engines burning jet-A fuel.
The DA62 will be offered in two versions, a five-seater with an MTOW of 4,400 pounds, and a seven-seater with an MTOW of 5,070 pounds that will be targeted primarily to the U.S. market.
With a wingspan of 48 feet and a length of 30 feet, the DA62 is both wider and longer than the DA42. Its max speed of 201 ktas, meanwhile, is a significant improvement over the DA42's 177 ktas top speed.