After extensive research and numerous flight test hours on electric and hybrid electric platforms, Diamond Aircraft is positioned to offer an all-electric solution to the General Aviation market – the eDA40. Creating an eco-conscious and cost effective option for the training market has always been at the core of Diamond Aircraft. The eDA40, a derivative of the existing and certified DA40 platform, will be the first EASA/FAA Part 23 certified electric airplane with DC fast charging.Initial flights of the eDA40 are scheduled for Q2 2022. Certification is expected in 2023.
The eDA40 is designed to be an excellent electric circuit trainer and is based on an industry leading training model, the DA40.
- Total flight time is expected to be up to 90 minutes as the battery technology evolves
- Operating costs are expected to be reduced by up to 40% compared to traditional piston aircraft
- Battery module will be equipped with a DC fast charging system, capable of turning around a depleted aircraft in under 20 minutes
- Standard Garmin G1000 NXi glass cockpit
Although 90 minutes is a rather short flight time, I’m impressed by Diamond for developing an aircraft that has to the ability of being reloaded in 20 minutes! With the improvement of batteries and the ongoing climate change, I’m sure that this is a step closer to the future of zero emission flights. So why we don’t represent it Infinite Flight?
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