Aircraft Review

June 2013 Issue

Diamond DA52: A Six-Place Diesel Minivan

It’s bigger and faster than the DA42, but don’t call it inexpensive. Diamond’s probing a global luxury and business market niche.

When Piper morphed the Apache into the Aztec in 1960, it was a precursor of sorts for an idea yet to be invented: the minivan. You could say the same of the Seneca, but whichever analogy appeals, Diamond Aircraft’s new DA52 VII goes to the same place. It’s meant to be a people or thing hauler capable of high cruise speeds, but with a fuel economy and speed Piper could only dream about. But the minivan comparison goes just so far, for the DA52, when certified sometime next year, will be an expensive ride.

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