History Over a Quarter Century of Innovation

A history of excellence

When the Dries family acquired HOAC, Diamond's predecessor, in 1991, they joined the aviation pioneers who came before them. Their goal for Diamond Aircraft was elegant in its simplicity: use the H36 fun-to-fly motor glider and its innovative use of composite materials as the foundation for a modern family of aircraft that wouldn't be bound by the past, but instead would set new standards for innovation, styling, performance and safety for the future.

2015

In April Austro Engine’s AE300 Jet-A1 diesel piston engine receives EASA certification for 1,800 hour TBO (Time between Overhaul). This sets entirely new market standards in terms of operational efficiency and directly reflects the high reliability of the engine.

On April 16th Diamond Aircraft received EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) type certification for its newest twin engine aircraft, the DA62. At AERO Friedrichshafen Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director, personally handed over the type certificate to Christian Dries, Diamond Aircraft CEO. Diamond Aircraft realized the DA62 from the idea to final certification in only three and a half year.

The turbine powered DA50-JP7 made its maiden flight on 19 January.

2014

In December Austro Engine is celebrating the completion of the 1000th AE300 turbo charged diesel aircraft engine.

Diamond Aircraft presents the DA42 prototype to the Vienna Technical Museum (Technisches Museum Wien) in November.

In June Diamond Aircraft decided to rename the DA52 to DA62. The DA62 series is Diamond’s newest twin engine product line, complementing the successful DA20, DA40 and DA42 series.

2013

In October Diamond Aircraft proudly presents the DA42 MPP Geostar. For the first time, this aircraft enables collecting laser-scanning and photo-grammetry data during one single flight.

At Paris Airshow in June Diamond Aircraft, EADS (since 2014 Airbus Group) and Siemens are entering a long-term research partnership to introduce new electric propulsion systems that could help airlines lower their fuel bills and drive environmental performance.

Also at Paris Airshow Ural Works of Civil Aviation, a Rostec subsidiary, and Austrian Diamond Aircraft Industries have signed an agreement on joint production and design of a series of light utility aircrafts (LUA) in Russia.

Diamond Aircraft presents its Advanced Airline Trainer Concept (AAT) at the AERO Friedrichshafen in April. The AAT has been developed especially for the needs of training organizations to make overall training times much more efficient.

In January Austro Engine successfully tested a new engine. The 27 kg and 80 hp rotary engine AE80R is to revolutionize the market of LSA (Light Sport Aircraft) and ultra-light aircraft.

With the beginning of the year Diamond Aircraft's single engine DA40 receives the award "Plane Of The Year 2012" from ANN (Aero News Network).

2012

In December Diamond Aircraft presents a world's first: the company successfully tested the first fly-by-wire system for General Aviation on the twin-engine DA42.

At the ILA Berlin Air Show in September Diamond Aircraft introduces for the first time the DA42 GUARDIAN for radio monitoring.

Diamond sparkles over London Olympics in August when a DA42 MPP GUARDIAN operated in an event-protection role conducting surveillance.

Big success for Diamond Aircraft during the Farnborough Airshow in July. FTE Jerez, one the leading Flight Training Organizations in the world, training pilots for airlines as Aer Lingus, British Airways, British Airways City Flyer, CityJet, Emirates, Flybe, MEA, Qatar Airways and Thomas Cook announced a firm order for eight DA42 and two DA42 FNPT2 simulators to expand their current fleet.

With April Swiss Aviation Training reorganizes its training fleet with DA40 NGs, DA42 NGs and a DA42 NG simulator.

On the 3rd of April the maiden flight of the DA52-VII was performed by Christian Dries, Chairman, himself. The DA52 is the second twin diesel engine aircraft of the Diamond airplane family and will be a 5 - 7 seater.
According to the safety statistics of the magazine „Aviation Consumer“, issue January 2012, Diamond Aircraft‘s airplanes are the safest in their class. The DA40 and DA42 are considered to be three times safer than the aircraft of its closest competitor Cirrus.

2011

With 21 aero dynamical improvements the DA42-VI is another milestone in the history of Diamond Aircraft Austria. It is 20 knots faster and 88 lbs lighter.

For the first time the company developed composite parts for an airliner. In December the wing concept, based on a new carbon-infusion technology developed by Diamond Aircraft, was handed over to to Russian State owned company Aero Composite for their passenger aircraft MC-21.

In June Diamond Aircraft, Siemens, Austro Engine and EADS presented the world’s first aircraft with a serial hybrid electric drive system at the Paris Air Show Le Bourget 2011: the DA36 E-Star.
Also in June Austro Engine wins EU „Clean Sky“ Programme: Eurocopter, Austro Engine, Mecachrome and TEOS Powertrain Engineering set up cooperation to decrease future helicopter fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

In May the AE300 was certified for the following fuel types: TS-1, RT, JP-8, Jet Fuel No.3, Jet-A1 and Jet-A and the first DA40 was successfully upgraded with AE300 engines.
On March 2nd Austro Engine and STEYR MOTORS signed a cooperation agreement to develop a 280 hp 6 cylinder aircraft engine AE500.

Since the beginning of the year the AE300 Turbo-Diesel engine from Austro Engine is certified for 100 % maximum continuous power by the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency).

2010

On November 19th Diamond Aircraft Industries received ANAC certification in Brazil for its single engine aircraft DA40 NG.

In October Diamond Aircraft and RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems are launching a turnkey survey aircraft which is completely new in this market.

At the International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) in Berlin in June a Diamond DA42 NG was the worldwide first aircraft flying with algae fuel in partnership with EADS and Austro Engine.

In April Diamond Aircraft caused quite a stire internationally, after the eruption of the Icelandic volcano “Eyjafjallajökull”. The DA42 MPP uses a piston engine rather than a large-scale turbine jets, allowing it to travel unaffected through the ash, unlike large commercial jets. The plane collected data directly from the ash cloud with special air monitoring sensor equipment from Austrian company MLU to help accurately map the cloud that caused chaos to air travel across Europe.

On April 13th Diamond Aircraft Industries received ANAC certification in Brazil for its twin engine aircraft DA42 NG and the multi-purpose platform aircraft DA42 MPP NG, both powered by Austro Engine AE300 turbo-diesel power plants.

On the 9th of April Diamond Aircraft received FAA certification for its DA42 NG airplane, powered by two 170hp Austro Engine AE300 turbo-diesel powerplants as well as EASA VFR/IFR certification for its DA40 NG, also powered by the AE300.

On the 5th of March, Austro Engine received ANAC Type Certification for the turbo-diesel aircraft engine AE300 running on Jet A1.

In January Diamond Airborne Sensing’s Nose Pod Configuration, designed for carrying very large sensors, as well as the in-house developed Noise & IR Reduction Kit that reduces noise and infrared waves to a significantly low level, received EASA type certification.

2009

In November Diamond Aircraft successfully completed the AE300 upgrade from Thielert engines for a DA42.

On November 9th the first fully certified new generation of DA42 MPP – named GUARDIAN – went into operations at Diamond Airborne Sensing.

Based on the DA42 MPP, Aurora Flight Sciences starts developing of Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) which can be operated both manned and unmanned.

In August the FAA issued Type Certificate E00081EN for Diamond Aircraft‘s proprietary Austro Engine AE300.

The Dominator, the world‘s first UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) based on a manned aircraft, the DA42, with full civilian certification, is being developed by a drone manufacturer.

On 22nd of June Diamond Aircraft received Japanese type certification for the Diamond DA42.

On the 17th of June Diamond Aircraft Industries received EASA certification for the DA42 MPP New Generation (NG) powered by the new Austro Engine‘s AE300.

On the 12th of March Diamond Aircraft received the much anticipated EASA type certificate for its DA42 NG, powered by the 170 hp Austro Engine AE300.

In January Austro Engine and Diamond Aircraft Industries received EASA Type Certification for the turbo-diesel airplane engine AE300.

2008

In November the company received certification for the DA42 MPP in surveillance and laser scanning configuration for Russia.

On the 26th of May the in-house developed „Universal Nose“ configuration for carrying state-of-the-art gimbal cameras on the DA42 MPP receivves EASA certification.

On May 8th Diamond Aircraft‘s remote sensing platform DA2 MPP proved it‘s capability for prolonged missions to remote sites in a 13 hours non-stop operation.

Another milestone for Diamond was the first flight with the new DA50 Magnum powered by the AE300 and flown by Christian Dries on April, 14th.

A further highlight was the first flight with the HK36 Super Dimona with fuel cell power plant. For the first time in aviation history, Boeing has flown a manned airplane powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

The first flight of the D-Jet S/N003 took place in April, in which several innovations have been tested.
On March 17th, Diamond Aircraft´s Chinese production facility, Shandong Bin Ao received EASA production certificate for the DA40.

Diamond is expanding its international presence and started with two distributors in South America by the beginning of this year.

In January, Diamond Simulation GmbH & Co. KG was launching a new generation of flight simulators with numerous innovations.

2007

On the 14th of December Diamond Airborne Sensing obtained EASA TCDS-A513 for its laser scanning configuration.

On November 13th, the first DA42 MPP was delivered from Diamond Airborne Sensing to the customer. The D-Jet has still been in development stage, S/N 002 had its first flight in September.

On July 11th, the 170 hp Turbo Diesel Engine made its initial test flight in a DA40 Diamond Star. This new engine has been developed in collaboration with Austro Engine GmbH, Diamond Aircraft Industries, MB-technology GmbH and other distinguished partners.

The DA42 Twin Star was awarded the Editor’s Choice from Flying magazine and was also named “Aircraft of the Year” for 2006 from Aviation Consumer as well as the “Best of the Best” from Robb Report.

The maiden flight of the five-seater DA50 Superstar took place on the 4th of April.

2006

Diamond Airborne Sensing GmbH was founded as a 100 percent subsidiary of Diamond Aircraft Industries. The company supplies Multi-Purpose Platform (MPP) aircraft for use as multi-purpose sensor carriers and markets these worldwide. It offers MPP aircraft with complete systems including the sensor equipment in turn-key solutions.

After several ground tests, Diamond‘s D-JET S/N 001 lifts off at 17:08 local time on April 18th, 2006 from London International Airport, Diamond Aircraft‘s North American facility.
The opening of the Chinese joint venture, Shandong Bin Ao Aircraft Co., Ltd. takes place on December 8th, 2006.

During the course of the opening ceremony an order for over 100 DA40 Diamond Stars is signed and handed over to Mr. Songlin, the director of the joint venture. The opening ceremony also marks the official start of production in China.

2005

During the beginning of October the inauguration of the production facility of the DA40 Diamond Stars takes place in Binzhou, China.

French Premier Jacques Chirac visits the exhibition stand of Diamond Aircraft Industries on June 13, 2005 during the Paris air show at Le Bourget.

Delivery of the DA42 Twin Star to customers starts at the end of March.

2004

On December 17, Diamond Aircraft Industries proudly announces its EASA IFR certification (Instrument Flight Rules) of the DA42 Twin Star.

In December Beijing PanAm starts commercial flight training with all glass DA40 Diamond Stars in China.
In autumn Diamond receives Chinese certification for its DA20 two-seater and DA40 four-seater.

On July 23, 2004 Diamond‘s exciting new DA42 Twin Star arrives at the Canadian London Ontario factory on its way to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for its North American debut at EAA AirVenture and crosses the Atlantic nonstop on its way back to Europe on August 16, marking the first non-stop Atlantic crossing of a diesel powered aircraft. This flight represents the first non-stop transatlantic crossing by a diesel engine powered aircraft in general aviation and underlines the efficiency and reliability of the DA42 Twin Star TDI.

On May 13th, 2004 Diamond’s new twin, the DA42 Twin Star, receives its EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certification at the Berlin International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA 2004), only 2 ½ years after launch of the program and 18 months after its first flight.

January 23, 2004: Diamond Aircraft Industries opens a new production center: Diamond Composite GmbH & Co KG.

2003

June 18th, IFR certification DA40 TDI.

June 16th, Diamond DA42 Twin Star wins 2003 „Aerospace Industry Award“ in the category „General Aviation“.

Diamond Aircraft Austria expands and builds new production facility in Wiener Neustadt.

Project start: D-JET.

2002

December 9th, maiden flight DA42 Twin Star. JAA-NVFR certification for DA40 TDI November 22nd.

2001

November 28, 2001 first flight with DA40 TDI, Project start: DA42 Twin Star.

In April, the FAA awards Diamond Aircraft Industries certification in the USA for the DA 40-180 Diamond Star and in the same month Diamond receives JAA-IFR Certification for Europe.

2000

Serial production and delivery of the four-seat DA 40-180 Diamond Star. The DA40-180 was the first general aviation aircraft (below 2.000 kg) which received international JAA certification (according to JAR 23) on October 24, 2000. One requirement was the certification of Diamond Aircraft as a DOA facility (Design Organization Approval) by the JAA, which was granted at the same time.

1999

Consequent product improvement showed in the introduction of the Katana DA20-100, a DV 20 Katana equipped with a 100 HP Rotax 912 S engine. The airfield Wiener Neustadt-Ost (LOAN) has been extended. LOAN has considerably improved the infrastructure, making it equal to a regional airport, e.g. new taxiways, installation of a runway lighting system according to ICAO standards and a published NDB instroment approach. Simultaneously the new Diamond Airport Service Center with the Diamond Business Center, the Pilot Shop, the aircraft museum, new round hangars and a restaurant, was opened.

Establishment of Diamond Aircraft Industries Deutschland GmbH in Egelsbach near Frankfurt.

1998

Indroduction of DA20-C1 Katana production in Canada. Powered by the Teledyne Continental IO-240-B3B engine, performance and utility have been enhanced.

The airfield (LOAN) Wiener Neustadt-Ost. Taken over by Diamond Aircraft Austria.

1997

Start of development DA40 Diamond Star.

1996

Company was renamed into Diamond Aircraft Industries. Diamond Aircraft Austria has developed four new variants of the HK36 Super Dimona (TS, TC, TTS, TTC). Starting in 1996 the powered glider was available as tail dragger and with tricycle gear, each could be fitted with the Rotax 912 A3 engine or with the new Rotax 914 F3 turbo charged engine.

1994

DA20-A1 Katana enters production in Canada.

1993

Katana DV20 enters production in Austria.

1992

In June 1992 the Canadian subsidiary of Diamond Aircraft Industries was founded, to develop, certify and manufacture a light, all-composite, two-seated aircraft, the DA20-A1 Katana, based on the already popular DV20 design, to serve the particular needs of the North American flight training market. To enhance the Katana's success as a primary trainer, Diamond has developed an integrated Private Pilot flight training system including training syllabus and materials, produced in association with ASA, a world-leading publisher of flight training materials. In the first year of production the Katana received the prestigious Flying Magazine Eagle Award for ‘Best Light Airplane’. 

1991

The company was acquired by Diamond's present principal shareholders. Shortly following release of the HK36R, another project was undertaken by the company to develop a new flight training aircraft based on the motor glider. The Katana DV20 resulted from shortening the wings, adding flaps and adding a tricycle landing gear.

1990

Serial production of HK36 Super Dimona begins. This model, which is also known as "Katana Xtreme" achieved fame in North America and quickly became the best selling motor glider in Europe.

1989

Management buy-out and renamed HOAC-Austria Flugzeugwerk.

1987

A new production facility was built in Wiener Neustadt. Start of HK36 Super Dimona development.

1985

Hoffmann Aircraft GesmbH was established as a 100 % subsidiary of Simmering-Graz-Pauker AG with its head office in Vienna. Start of Diamond MK II production.

1981

The history goes back to the year 1981, when Wolf Hoffmann founded the company Hoffmann aircraft construction in Friesach, Carinthia and began the production of H36 Dimona.