June 2013 Issue
Diamond DA52: A Six-Place Diesel Minivan
Its bigger and faster than the DA42, but dont call it inexpensive. Diamonds 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 Aircrafts new DA52 VII goes to the same place. Its 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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