DA92 prototype to be presented at Aero Friedrichshafen

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DA92 prototype to be presented at Aero Friedrichshafen

Post by Antoine » Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:33 am

(Translated from aeroscherz.de - German online magazine) :

DAI has been working aggressively on a new twin-engine ground attack aircraft.
The new aircraft is rumored to be called DA92.
It is largely based upon the Dart 450 but all critical areas are heavily armored using a revolutionary Kevlar/titanium sandwich claimed to be capable of stopping .50 caliber high explosive shells.
The wing has triple carbon spars and 6 kevlar fuel cells with self healing lining.
The aircraft is equipped with a pair of 1250 shp PT6 turboprop engines and can carry up to 3'000 pounds of ordinance on 6 hard points in addition to a nose mounted Oerlikon 20mm cannon with 220 rounds of ammunition.
The DA92 was largely developed under Christian Dries' leadership and it too is supposed to be a 200 knot aircraft.
Initially it was to be powered by four AE330 engines, but after the change of ownership, engineers were able to push through the idea of non-Austro powerplants.
Apparently, a large order by the People's Republic of China Air Defence Forces (PRCADF) will be announced at Aero Frierichshafen.
The intended use of the aircraft is anti-insurrection in mountainous areas such as Thibet.
The DA92 will be manufactured in DAI's Zhanghu plant in China starting late 2018.
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Re: DA92 prototype to be presented at Aero Friedrichshafen

Post by pietromarx » Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:31 pm

Sounds an awful lot like an A-10 Warthog.
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Re: DA92 prototype to be presented at Aero Friedrichshafen

Post by krellis » Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:49 pm

Me thinks Antoine is enjoying April 1st.

If not, another cruel joke on Diamond owners diverting much needed resources away from product line improvements...
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Re: DA92 prototype to be presented at Aero Friedrichshafen

Post by Colin » Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:00 pm

I just ordered one. And as a thank you to Antoine I ordered him one as well. (When they get there, Antoine, mine is the blue one. I'll be by to ferry it over.)
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Re: DA92 prototype to be presented at Aero Friedrichshafen

Post by pietromarx » Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:07 pm

I agree ... but a bit odd. Better (worse) April Fool's jokes:

1. Diamond and Garmin release software updates with immediate availability and a commitment for monthly updates.

2. 1000Nxi available as a free update on existing G1000 installations.

3. A supercharger upgrade for DA-40-180s is available under STC at a cost of $1k.

4. An increased weight STC for DA-40s is available with the replacement of only paperwork.

5. Lycoming IO-360-M1A installations in DA-40s are certified to use MoGas with or without ethanol.
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Re: DA92 prototype to be presented at Aero Friedrichshafen

Post by krellis » Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:19 pm

Number 5 was promised by Diamond years ago (no ethanol though).
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Re: DA92 prototype to be presented at Aero Friedrichshafen

Post by pietromarx » Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:03 pm

There is something ... but it seems that we fall into the trap of no ethanol (per Lycoming) and no alcohol (per Diamond), so no mogas for us.

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Re: DA92 prototype to be presented at Aero Friedrichshafen

Post by Antoine » Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:06 pm

Colin wrote:I just ordered one. And as a thank you to Antoine I ordered him one as well. (When they get there, Antoine, mine is the blue one. I'll be by to ferry it over.)
Thank you Colin. I hate pink but if it is free...
Shall we test them in Duluth or Kerryville?
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Re: DA92 prototype to be presented at Aero Friedrichshafen

Post by Colin » Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:11 am

Shall we test them in Duluth or Kerryville?
I believe it demands a formation flight from London, Ontario, to Duluth to Kerrville.
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Re: DA92 prototype to be presented at Aero Friedrichshafen

Post by jb642DA » Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:39 am

Sorry, couldn't get a picture of the "pink one" - its cloaking device was enabled!
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