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Re: New Ownership

Post by Colin » Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:46 pm

I have never talked to an engineer who was not in awe of German engineering. Swiss manufacturing of complex things like watches, French cuisine, British empire-building... and German engineering.
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Re: New Ownership

Post by Charles » Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:31 am

Well, as a Canadian aerospace engineer working in the industry, I can't just let that pass. :tap: The Germans make fine cars and machine tools, granted. Canadians use those tools to make great airplanes. To name a few: CSeries, Q400, CRJ, Global Express, etc. In fact Canada is home to the 3rd largest aircraft manufacturer after Airbus and Boeing: Bombardier.

There is also one piece of aviation engineering that Canadians do very well and which requires Swiss watch type mechanical precision, space age materials, exotic structural dynamics, and extensive aerodynamics modelling in both supersonic and subsonic flows, and which the Germans can't do on their own, let alone the Austrians, and that's jet engines. The PT6, PW800, etc. are all designed and built in Canada. APUs for the A380, B787, B747, etc., are also designed in Canada. http://www.pwc.ca

I could go on, with Heroux-Devtek and Messier-Dowty landing gears, Bell Helicopters, Esterline avionics, CAE full motion flight simulators, the space shuttle and space station robotic systems, etc.

Diamond will have no difficulty finding world class aerospace engineering talent in Canada, I assure you. ;)
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Re: New Ownership

Post by Charles » Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:13 pm

Speaking of this, Diamond has a full-page job ad in this month's issue of COPA Flight, the magazine of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association:

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Re: New Ownership

Post by ihfanjv » Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:55 pm

Is there any word on what was purchased, exactly?

Is Diamond North America now a licensed production company for Diamond Austria aircraft? Are they now entirely different companies that will branch off and develop separate products? It seems like a very strange spinoff considering it appears that both entities will continue to make the same products.
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Re: New Ownership

Post by CFIDave » Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:49 pm

They won't be making the same products. Canada will make all DA20s, DA40s, and DA62s. Austria will make DA42s and continues to develop new models e.g. DA50-JP7.
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Re: New Ownership

Post by ihfanjv » Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:19 am

CFIDave wrote:They won't be making the same products. Canada will make all DA20s, DA40s, and DA62s. Austria will make DA40s and continues to develop new models e.g. DA50-JP7.
Who will be making DA40s vs DA42s? Diamond Austria retians ownership of Austro? Very strange deal...
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Re: New Ownership

Post by CFIDave » Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:35 pm

Sorry I mistyped: Austria will continue to make all DA42s; all DA40s (Lycoming and Austro-powered) will be made in Canada.
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Re: New Ownership

Post by Charles » Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:29 am

ihfanjv wrote:Is there any word on what was purchased, exactly?

Is Diamond North America now a licensed production company for Diamond Austria aircraft? Are they now entirely different companies that will branch off and develop separate products? It seems like a very strange spinoff considering it appears that both entities will continue to make the same products.
As far as I understand, they are now separate companies with distinct product lines that will evolve independently, and each owns their respective type certificates so no licensing involved.
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