The first Diamond DA50 RG to be delivered in the U.S. will go to a buyer based in New England, Premier Aircraft Sales announced on Monday.
The single-engine retract was put under contract as one of 10 Diamond aircraft sold at EAA AirVenture 2021 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Premier’s vice president of sales, Jeff Owen, projected the delivery to take place in the fourth quarter of 2022 after the FAA’s certification validation is completed. The DA50 RG has already been certificated under EASA.
The DA50 RG on display at the show was the first to make the North Atlantic crossing, which it did on July 9 when it landed at London, Ontario. From the Diamond factory there, it traveled to Oshkosh for AirVenture.
“The DA50 RG is the latest addition to the successful Diamond model line-up and fills the need for a large cabin high-performance single-engine aircraft that customers have been asking for in this category of aircraft,” Owen said in a press release.
The airplane is powered by a 300-hp Continental CDI-300, six-cylinder, turbo-diesel powerplant. According to the company, it also provides the most spacious cabin in its class with seating for five and generous baggage space and capacity.
The owner chose the DA50 RG for just those reasons, according to Premier, as well as its ability to operate on jet-A at a burn rate as low as 9 gph, positioning the airplane well in the sustainable aviation category.
Owen also noted the other sales that Diamond enjoyed at the show.
“During AirVenture 2021, we also took orders for ten new Diamond aircraft [3 DA20-C1s, 2 DA 40NGs, 2 DA42-VIs, and 3 DA 62s], making this one of Premier’s most successful shows in quite a few years,” he said.
“We’ve seen the overall interest in general aviation aircraft travel skyrocket since the COVID pandemic started in 2020 as more and more people are recognizing that you cannot beat the personal safety and convenience of traveling by private aircraft.”