Ken Harness has been named COO of Diamond Aircraft’s North American operations. He comes from Eclipse Aviation, where he was vice president of engineering. In his new role he will oversee engineering, flight test, manufacturing and quality for all Diamond aircraft, including the new D-Jet, at the company’s facility in London, Ontario.
Diamond Aircraft Industries
A $20,000 deposit will secure a delivery slot for the D-Jet, a proposed five-seat, all-composite single-engine jet that Diamond Aircraft hopes to fly next year, certify in 2006 and sell for $850,000. Engine and avionics suppliers have yet to be announced. The company, with facilities in London, Ontario, and Wiener Neustadt, Austria, currently builds composite single- and twin-engine piston aircraft.
Airline Transport Professionals (ATP), a Jacksonville, Fla.-based organization that provides advanced pilot training at 23 flight schools nationwide, reported at AOPA Expo yesterday that it purchased 20 Diamond D-Jets and five Diamond flight training devices. In addition, Diamond Aircraft and ATP formed a partnership in which ATP will provide factory-approved initial type ratings and recurrent training on the single-engine very light jet.
Peter Mauer, president of Diamond Aircraft’s North American division, last month said components of the single-engine Diamond D-Jet were taking shape in anticipation of an October first flight. At press time, the fuselage, wing spars and skins, and vertical fin and horizontal tail for the first nonconforming prototype were complete at Diamond’s Wiener Neustadt, Austria headquarters.
First flight of Diamond Aircraft’s D-Jet has apparently slipped from this past October to sometime next year, according to the company’s Web site. A Diamond spokesman did not return repeated telephone calls seeking a reason for the delay in the very light jet’s progress. One press report from the AOPA Convention last month quoted a company representative saying that the D-Jet would fly in March.