Third D-Jet Joins Flight-Test Fleet
The third flight-test D-Jet completed a one-hour 25-minute maiden flight April 15 from Diamond Aircraft’s London, Ontario facility. S/N 003 will be used for performance and handling quality refinement, and to develop avionics, fuel, autopilot and anti-ice systems. The airplane will be retrofitted with the Williams FJ33-19 engine later this year, but it won’t be the first D-Jet to fly with the uprated engine. Diamond D-Jet director of sales and marketing Mark Lee told AIN that S/N 004 will be the first D-Jet to have the uprated turbofan when it flies this summer. The D-Jet’s $1.38 million (July 2006 $) price tag will be increased by next month, Lee said.