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DART-550 trainer completes maiden flight

30th May 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Diamond Aircraft Industries’ DART-550 trainer aircraft has completed its first flight, the company announced on 24 May.

During the flight, the aircraft completed a basic flight programme including low approaches, system checks, landing gear operation at different speeds as well as short field take-off demonstration.

The DART-550 trainer aircraft is equipped with a General Electric GE H75-100 turboprop engine with 550hp with electronic engine and propeller control system and a five blade, full feather MT propeller. It features Martin Baker MK16 ejection seats and Garmin G3000 integrated avionics systems.

The aircraft has an expected maximum speed of 247 knots true airspeed, maximum takeoff mass (MTOM) of 5,291lbs and an empty mass (fully equipped) of 3,527lbs. Maximum endurance at loiter speed is eight hours plus reserve at MTOM.

The trainer will be available in different variants differing in engine power ratings, seat configuration and/or avionics options for diverse requirements.

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