Aurora’s Unmanned Centaur Flight
Aurora Flight Services performed unmanned test flights with a Centaur in June 2015 in New York.
LifeStyle Aviation is pleased to provide you this significant announcement regarding the expanded TBO (time between overhaul) of the engines used in our Diamond DA40 and DA42 aircraft.
Austro Engine TBO Raised
Austro Engines, the Diamond Aircraft owned diesel engine maker, today announced in the following brief statement that their engines that power the DA40 NG and DA42 line of aircraft have been raised from 1500 hours to 1800 hours TBO recommendation.
New DiamondShare Groups in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey
DiamondShare, a revolutionary program helping pilots justify and afford access to new modern aircraft, continues to expand. A new Diamond DA40 XLT DiamondShare is now in the Philadelphia area. Seth Levine, the newest DiamondShare owner has just returned from flying his new DA40 back from the Diamond factory in Canada. DiamondShare also announced they have just expanded to Georgetown Delaware and there is a member opportunity available at this time for these two new locations.
This follows DiamondShare’s expansion over the last year with groups in Seneca Falls NY, Linden NJ, and Monmouth NJ in addition to the locations at Caldwell NJ and Raleigh NC. DiamondShare is also planning new DiamondShare units in the White Plains NY area. Its no surprise the popular program is growing; it provides buyers with an entirely new set of economics to consider for ownership of a modern aircraft.
Most pilots would not think it practical to use a 145KT aircraft to go to Colorado for skiing so I was keen to see how the trip worked out and compare it to airline travel in my never ending pursuit of illustrating the efficiency of private air travel.
Maiden Flight of the DA50-JP7 with Turbine
Shared Aircraft Ownership for the New Millennium
By Stephen Pope / Published: Jan 07, 2015
“Emerging concepts such as LifeStyle Aviation’s DiamondShare program are piquing the curiosity of pilots who like the idea of flying modern, well-equipped airplanes for a fraction of the cost of full ownership.”
If you haven’t noticed, general aviation is on the verge of a mini revolution — and it has nothing to do with jet-fuel-burning diesel engines, shiny new glass cockpits or multibillion-dollar NextGen modernization programs. Instead, the big change in aviation centers on the new millennium’s “sharing economy” and you, the pilot — or, more precisely, the choices you the pilot will be able to make in the not-so-distant future about flying yourself wherever and whenever you want.
The idea of sharing resources is catching on in a big way — we share our cars, our couches and just about anything else that can be advertised through a smartphone app or website. We’re even starting to share airplanes in ways that would have been unthinkable only a decade ago.Imagine this: You show up at a small airport anywhere in America and pull out your phone or tablet. On the screen of your plane-sharing app you find a dozen privately owned airplanes you can fly right now. There’s a gorgeous late-model Beech Bonanza, an older but less pricey Cessna Skyhawk and some enticing options in between. You tap the screen to book the airplane you want, head over to the FBO office to retrieve the keys and minutes later proceed on your way. The rental charge for your flight is automatically deducted from your bank account, including the fuel and even insurance. After the flight, you rate the experience to let other potential renters know whether they should go with that same Piper Cherokee or perhaps choose something else.
This app doesn’t exist today, but there’s really no reason why it couldn’t. The technology-fueled share economy suddenly is intensifying in size and scope, and with it our notions about how, where and what we fly are on the cusp of radically changing for the better.
Access, Not Ownership
We’re seeing signs of this shift already as tech-savvy providers like OpenAirplane, AirPooler, Flytenow, FlightClub and others seek to make flying and owning airplanes more affordable and simpler than ever.
The hourly cost is on par with renting an older, slower and less well-equipped airplane, with the difference being that I can take the Diamond on trips for a couple of days or even a couple of weeks if I so desire — and fly with confidence knowing I’m seated behind the latest technology, including a synthetic-vision flight display, traffic and terrain awareness systems, a terrific digital autopilot and SiriusXM weather data.Still, the vanguard of entrepreneurs leading the way in this brave new world has hit some turbulence in the early
going. New ideas can be both labor and capital intensive, as many of these start-ups are learning. And just like ride-sharing services such as the suddenly ultrapopular Lyft and Uber have run afoul of some old-economy regulations, aviation app developers have experienced regulatory snags as well. FlyteNow, for instance, is suing the FAA for the right to establish a flight-sharing website that would take advantage of private pilot cost-sharing rules first defined in the 1960s and expand them online.
being a definite yes. Consider, for example, that for many years through the 1960s and 1970s, a new four-seat general aviation airplane like a Cessna 172 consistently sold for about twice the median annual household income in the United States. Today, that same airplane costs seven times median income.
Diamond Flyers from various parts of the East Coast descended on Washington DC recently to enjoy one of our nation’s most prized jewels of the aviation industry… the National Air & Space Museum for a private guided tour.
The Stephen L. Udvar Hazy National Air & Space Museum is located adjacent to the Dulles International Airport and is named in honor the sizable donation from Mr. Hazy who made his fortune leasing aircraft.
The museum is simply the worlds greatest collection of famous aircraft. Visitors are greeted at the door by the SR71 “Blackbird”, the Concord SST, the Enola Gay B29, the Boeing 707, the space shuttle Discovery and hundreds more from the beginnings of flight to the dreams of space. It is truly remarkable and something that every aviation enthusiast, young person and of course pilot should visit. Dave Passmore, proud owner of the first Diamond DA42-VI to come to America as well as a member of the Dominion Aircraft Sales team was the groups private tour guide. Dave is a docent at the museum and provided a wealth of knowledge and added enjoyment for the group.
The Fly-In event was organized by the East Coast Diamond Flight Center Network, a growing group of flight centers that are banded together to create new potentials in modern flight training and access to modern aviation lifestyles and aircraft. The group includes flight training organizations from Boston to North Carolina and is sponsored by Dominion Aircraft Sales the Diamond Regional Distribution Center for the region. American Aviation, based at Manassas VA, hosted the group as the destination airport Flight Center arranging for their arrivals and transportation.
“Our Flight Center Network is truly remarkable” commented John Armstrong, President of Dominion Aircraft Sales “They are progressive thinking operators that are working together to create a different experience and potential for people coming into aviation. They have committed to using modern aircraft, modern training technics and tools such as our online learning management systems and simulators, and they are committed to helping their clients achieve the potential of the flying lifestyle.”
The group sponsors events to help pilots enjoy the potential of flight and encourage them to venture past their training routine. In fact, one of the participants of the DC Museum event that came from Blue Line Aviation soloed an aircraft for the first time ever on Friday and on Saturday he flew into the DC Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) for the event and then did IFR training on the flight home (all with his instructor of course!). Several of the participants for the Fly-In own leaseback aircraft and several owned 3 Diamonds! Leasebacks are the structure used for students and pilots to own aircraft with leverage tax advantage structure with the flight school leasing the aircraft for the owner to provide them a unique economic potential. The Flight Center Network represents excellent opportunities for acquiring and leasing aircraft. Mr. Hazy figured it out and the Diamond network helps people learn about the economic advantages of leaseback opportunities for personal aircraft.
A new flying Club, The Cape Fear Flyers from Wilmington NC, was represented and Blue Line Aviation of Raleigh NC had three of their Diamonds fly in for the event.
“As a group we are the gateway for people to access their dreams of flight. We want to help them achieve their goals and this involves providing effective training and modern equipment but also methods for them to acquire aircraft or gain access to them for their flying dreams. Our Leaseback and DiamondShare programs are powerful tools to help people achieve their dreams.” continued Armstrong.
The flight training organizations that are part of the growing and special Diamond Flight Center Development program are:
American Aviation – Manassas VA
SML Aviation – Roanoke and Lynchburg VA
Blue Line Aviation – Raleigh and Johnson County NC
Alpha One – Salisbury and Concord NC
Cargill Aeronautical Academy – Harrisburg PA
Dillon’s Aviation – Greenville NC
Don Davis Aviation – Henderson KY
Epix Aviation – Chesapeake and Newport News VA
Freeflight Aviation – Medford NJ
Nexgen Aviation – Lexington KY
Noble Airventures – Stow MA
Image Aviation – Oxford CT
Enjoy more photos of the fly-in event.
Dominion Aircraft Sales is the Regional Diamond Distribution Center (DRDC) for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast of the US that created and sponsors the Diamond Flight Center Development Program, the DiamondShare Program and the GlassPlane.com Network. Through its flight centers, partners and affiliates they provide an extensive and productive network for the sale of aircraft, training, brokerage services and membership access to aircraft. For more information or to gain access to the services of our member flight training organizations contact the company at 406-FLY-1NOW / 406-359-1669.
Special Edition DA40 XLT combined with unprecedented incentives and DiamondShare leverage for one lucky buyer…Priceless!
To draw attention to the new enhancements of the latest Diamond DA40 XLT model (DA40XLT.com) and to highlight the economic leverage of the DiamondShare (diamondshare.com) program, Dominion Aircraft Sales today announced that their next XLT off the line is a “Special Edition” with an unprecedented feature set and a “Fly First Year Free” promotional package that pays for virtually all first year expenses of ownership.
The “Special Edition” created by Dominion includes features and advantages not previously offered like LED lights and even includes an Apple iPad Mini with wireless ADS-B. The XLT package is the pinnacle of style and comfort with its wider seats, Rosen Visors and Infrared Control Technology Leather and the XLT Promotional Package developed for one unit (and only one unit) pays for virtually all the first year expenses including: delivery, maintenance, data subscriptions, insurance, training and first year fuel rebate to name a few of the items. But as they say on the infomercials…But Wait There’s More! On top of all that there is a very generous incentive rebate also included. The lucky buyer of the plane will also be able to select their custom stripe scheme and colors if they purchase by July 1st 2014.
When combined with the economic leverage of ownership through the DiamondShare program the “Fly First Year Free” is impressive and includes additional DiamondShare specific extras. The promotion is being made available only through Dominion’s east coast Flight Center Network and also through the DiamondShare program so geographic and other restrictions apply.
“This is a bit of an attention grabbing stunt” admits John Armstrong, President of Dominion Aircraft Sales, the mid-Atlantic and Northeast Diamond Regional Distributor (DRDC) that created the program. “We wanted to draw attention to the unique qualities of the XLT model and the powerful economic leverage of the DiamondShare program. We could think of no better way than a super compelling Fly First Year Free offer available for only one lucky buyer.”
“We also wanted to reward our Flight Centers for their great work in the last year with an exciting promotion for them to share with their clients. Some lucky client of theirs that has been dreaming of acquiring their dream plane is going to be very happy.” continued Armstrong
DiamondShare (diamondshare.com) is a unique program that provides aircraft buyers with several DiamondShare “Members” to transform the economics for all involved providing the owner leverage for his dream plane and flexible access to a state-of-the-art aircraft for the Members.
Dominion Aircraft Sales (flydominion.com) is the Diamond Regional Distribution Center for eight states in the mid-Atlantic and northeast regions of the US and the creator of the GlassPlane.com modern aircraft marketplace and the DiamondShare program. Dominion supports a growing network of Flight Centers that offer flight training in modern Diamond Aircraft. For more information call 406-FLY-1NOW / 406-359-1669.
See These Links:
2014 Diamond DA40 XLT Promotion- Fly First Year Free!
DA40 XLT on GlassPlane.com - Online Specs
DA40 XLT Promotion on DiamondShare.com - Discover the leverage of DiamondShare
Many folks get involved in aviation looking for a way to get to business and pleasure destinations faster. When a great example of this comes up we like to share it with our readers.
The coast of North Carolina with its paradise called the “Outer Banks” represents a sportsman’s nirvana. The eastern tip of the outer banks is where the famous Hatteras Lighthouse is and where anglers go for amazing surf fishing and super quick access to the gulf stream. Hatteras is loosely connected to the world via a ferry from the mainland and a ferry from Ocracoke Island and from the North via the Bonner Bridge coming down from Nags Head and the Kitty Hawk area. Its a solid 5 hour drive from the capitol city of Raleigh located only about a 150 miles away due to the route, bridges and two lane beach traffic. This means anglers wanting a weekend fishing excursion have a 10 hour round trip in store.
I scheduled our departure for Saturday afternoon so I could have most of the day for other activities. By air in the Diamond DA40 XLT in air conditioned comfort we took off at 4PM on Saturday afternoon and arrive in less than an hour due to a very nice tail wind and efficient speed of the modern DA40. The anglers that drove there to meet us spent the day on the road and arrived well after us. The route is direct with with no restricted airspace in the way. The letdown from 7500 ft over the Pamlico Sound was a sight to see. We enjoyed a tour of the beach and Hatteras light at 500 feet as a treat since we were in no hurry to leave our perch that provided such a beautiful view of the islands.
This report posted recently by AOPA shows some good news for GA in general and Diamond Aircraft happened to be highlighted in particular for their exceptional shipment increase performance globally.
GAMA data shows increases in pistons, jets
Worldwide aircraft sales continued to climb in the first quarter, according to data released May 1 by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
Piston sales increased 21 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013, and business jet sales increased 19 percent, offsetting an 8-percent decline in turboprop sales. Total billings, a number GAMA reports based on a combination of manufacturer-provided data and estimates, increased 9 percent, and total aircraft shipments increased from 447 to 500.
The gains were not evenly spread, however: GAMA shows Diamond Aircraft of Austria logging a 76-percent increase in aircraft shipped (from 34 aircraft in the first quarter of 2013 to 60 in the first quarter of 2014), and an 84-percent increase in total billing, leading the category by a significant margin.
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In a related post there was news of increasing of staff at the Diamond plant in Ontario Canada.
Our friend and owner of Gilliam-McConnell Airport (5NC3), Roland Gilliam, let us know that the now famous Pik N Pig BBQ Restaurant located on the field has been acknowledged (again) as one of the best fly-in restaurants in the country by The $100 Hamburger website’s 2014 Best of the Best Award List.
We have had the pleasure of introducing many folks to this delightful experience and great food.
Any one interested in a modern high utility aircraft should watch this extensive video that illustrates the unique capabilities of the Diamond DA42-VI.
We had the pleasure of providing the DA42-VI (Version Six) for its first showing at Sun N Fun 2014. The aircraft selected for this was the first DA42-VI brought into the US earlier last year. You can read all the posts about this special plane here. The DA42-VI represents the pinnacle of performance in the DA42 line so we thought our readers would enjoy reading about the delivery flight to Sun N Fun for the show.
Dave and Sue Passmore the proud owners of N42DA have already put over 180 hours on the aircraft in its first nine months. They have enjoyed trips to Canada, the mid-west and a wonderful trip to the Bahamas already. Sue completed her multi-engine rating so to say the least they are enjoying the capabilities and utility of their fabulous new aircraft.
Dave in fact has enjoyed the experience of sharing the unique capabilities of this aircraft so much he has joined Dominion Aircraft Sales as a Diamond Specialist to be a part of the team that helps folks learn more about the Diamond line of modern aircraft. “His experience of starting in a DA20, owning a DA40 and traveling to the Austrian plant to pickup and ferry the DA42-VI ‘across the pond’ gives him a unique ability to share real experience with those interested owning these modern magic carpets”, stated John Armstrong, President of Dominion Aircraft Sales. “We are delighted to have Dave on the team.”
Dave took off from Leesburg on the Monday just prior to Sun N Fun and stopped off in Raleigh Durham to pick up John Armstrong and his wife Mary Margaret. The unique thing was he had over 50 Knot winds at 3000 feet and gusts on the ground to 30 knots. The DA42 is a solid platform that easily handles challenging conditions and Dave enjoy fantastic tail winds with ground speeds over 200 knots.
We loaded up the three of us and all our bags and full tanks and launched headed to Lakeland. Since Dave is enjoying his recently earned CFI designation he gladly put me in the left seat and off we went. We had filed for 16,000 feet to do some performance testing and try out the on-board oxygen system. At startup its always a treat to experience the operation of the aircraft. You turn on the master and wait for a moment and then turn the key for the left engine. It starts immediately every time and purrs as such a low noise level you have to confirm its turning when you have your headset on. The run up on the Austro diesel engines with their FADEC control is fully automated. You press a button and it does it all for you and reports the results and you are ready to go.
With our fully loaded aircraft the first thing you notice in climb is how strong the climb rate it…we experienced 1000+ fpm climbs all the way to altitude at 92 percent power and 100kts. The turbo charged engines with their strong torque profile means that as we went up our performance increased.
Our first altitude stop in our IFR plan was at 10K feet. At that level we set for 75% power and enjoyed a 170kt cruise which is 195.5 MPH, with a 27 knot tailwind putting us right at 230 MPH ground speed. The burn at that level was only 13.2gph. The Statute mile per gallon economy was 14.8 MPG which is on par with many of the vehicles we drive but certainly don’t have two engines and don’t go over 200MPH! I adjusted the reclining seat and made note of the extra leg room over the DA40 configuration. The aircraft has an extremely comfortable traveling position in all the seats.
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As usual Diamond engineers are busy in the back room working on future designs. This video presents the Diamond DA52-VII which will be the next to pop out of the certification process albeit still at an undetermined future time. This is the second video released of this aircraft with the first being the maiden flight video. On a visit to Austria in the spring of 2013 we had the opportunity to see the development and flight testing first hand on this aircraft. They have learned much from the extensive refinements of the high speed DA42 version six project and are incorporating that learning into the DA52. The DA52 is slated to be powered by the Austro AE300 engines. The cabin size is what catches ones attention along with the gull doors and seating in a 5+2 configuration. Enjoy this fine video of what will no doubt be a very high utility high tech aircraft. No final pricing, schedule for completion or market delivery has been published yet so stay tuned. For more info on this aircraft call 406-FLY-1NOW.