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Will The Diamond DA50 Redefine Personal Flying?

With a mix of features that put it in a class of one, the DA50 might just be the right plane for a new world.

Diamond DA50
The Diamond DA50, now with available retractable landing gear, flying near Diamond’s factory in Austria. Photo courtesy of Diamond.

If you think you’ve heard about the Diamond DA50 before, you’re right. A few times, in fact. And along the way, it’s changed configurations on several instances, and the company has serially pursued and then backburnered the program. Still, the airplane’s re-launch at Aero 2019, with a new go-to engine option and retractable gear, generated a great deal of interest, more than we’d expected, and so we got to thinking about why that might be the case. Has Diamond hit upon the secret recipe for the DA50’s success? It very well could have.

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