Like the world‘s best automotive companies, we believe that avoiding an accident is the best defence - this is Active Safety. Passive safety features protect you should the unexpected happen.
Active Safety includes:
• unparalleled visibility • agile yet forgiving flight characteristics • superb runway performance • high crosswind capability • system and structural redundancy • the latest in avionics technology
Passive Safety includes:
• a safety cell cabin • unobstructed headstrike zones • protected fuel systems
This means that during certification testing, known defects were created in structural parts to show that even with severe damage, the parts could still carry design loads.
Critical structures and joints, including control surface hinges, are designed such that the complete failure of a single element will still allow safe flight. That‘s why the DA40 and DA42 feature dual redundant spars in the wings and tail surfaces, and dual connections for all critical joints.
Our safety cell cabin.
We use all the advantages of the solid composite construction - such as unparalleled strength, stress-resistance, stability, reliability, durability and robustness, and last, but not least, cost-effectiveness - to good use in building extremely safe aircraft.
Garmin Synthetic Vision (SVT) transforms our cockpit by accurately displaying synthetic terrain, flight hazards, flight path marker and highway-in-the-sky on the PFD so that the pilot maintains excellent airborne situational awareness even when flying in conditions of reduced visibility or darkness. This results in reduced pilot workload and safer flying.
The DA42 is the only aircraft in this class with a certified de-icing system which allows you to operate the aircraft in any weather and to fly in known icing conditions.
• energy absorbing seats - up to 26 g impact protection • airbag seatbelts - further energy absorption to minimize injury • „antisubmarine“ seats - seat geometry keeps occupants from sliding under lapbelt
• unobstructed headstrike zone - no sharp edges or obstructions in the area where head injury might occur • Diamond conducts full scale impact testing with instrumented Crash Test Dummies
Fuel System Protection
The Diamond Aircraft DV20, with its aluminum aft fuselage mounted fuel tank is designed to protect the fuel as well as it protects the occupants (this is current state of the art in automotive applications). The dual spar design and aluminum fuel cells of the aircraft types DA40 and DA42 protect the fuel like no other airplane that carries fuel in the wing. Many airplanes carry fuel directly behind the leading edge skin of the wing - the implications of an impact in that area are obvious!
Diamond uses TSO Stainless Steel braided fuel lines throughout the airframe, not just forward of the firewall. They are much stronger than conventional aluminum fuel tubing and allow airframe deformation without rupturing. They cost and weigh more and in our opinion are worth their weight in gold!