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Flight Inspection and Flight Path Validation

First operator in the world to be approved to use the DA42 for flight inspection services and approved by Jeppesen for flight path validation.

DEA, the UK’s only EU-OPS approved operator of the DA42 Twin Star has received UK CAA AOC approval to support flight inspection services using the Diamond DA42 Twin Star across the whole world save the Pacific ocean area!
 

Three DA42’s have been converted to support flight inspection using Airfield Technology Inc’s AT940 Automatic Flight Inspection Systems.

DEA will operate the aircraft on behalf of a well established flight inspection services company

Certification to CAT III is a standard capability of the AT940 system.

These aircraft follow the trend that the DEA’s DA42 has already achieved in passenger operations of high performance, excellent dispatch reliability and significantly lower direct operating costs when compared to either piston aircraft burning avgas or turbine class aircraft.

The carbon footprint is 3-5 times smaller than avgas piston aircraft or turbine powered aircraft.

The DA42’s economical use of jet fuel (around 11 US Gallons per hour), allied to its range (all DEA DA42s have long range fuel tanks) means that the DA42 can be operated from most major airports (where avgas availability is an increasing problem) and offers cost effective long range positioning, enhancing the competiveness of the DA42 based solution when compared to turbine powered alternatives.

As part of the comprehensive upgrade program the aircraft have been re-engined and fitted with TCAS. To assist visual acquisition the normally white aircraft have had yellow wing tips and tail tips fitted. The Garmin G1000 systems have been revised to the latest versions offering three dimensional flight navigation capabilities as well as extended support for a wide variety of instrument approach procedures, holding patterns and arrival and departure procedures.

The aircraft carry several additional aerials and upgraded power supplies to support the AT940, yet are capable of being returned to normal passenger operations within 15 minutes.

Projects have now been conducted across most of Europe/Africa/Middle East and Asia.
 

Recent news

DEA Special Operations Features in EBAN

November 2014's European Business Aviation News (EBAN) carried an article on twin engine piston operations. DEA was quoted in the article as follows:

Peter Bondar is responsible for nine Diamond DA42s at Diamond Executive Aviation in the UK. “I think the key thing that we have observed is that dispatch reliability improves if you have got a uniform fleet,” he says. “

 

First ever all-female flight inspection crew takes to air

The world’s first ever all-female flight inspection crew recently returned from a deployment to Morocco.

Headed up by Carole Thompson from New Zealand’s Radiola Aerospace, it’s believed this is the first time anywhere in the world that an all-female crew has undertaken a flight inspection mission.

The crew was made up of Captain Evelyn Sissingh and First Officer Louise Courtney, both of Radiola’s prime aircraft provider, Diamond Executive Aviation (DEA) based in the United Kingdom, and Carole Thompson as Inspection Group Manager for Radiola.

 

DEA to offer maintenance services to Diamond AIrcraft operators

October 2014: DEA has announced its support for Diamond Aicraft operators with the upgrade from  'fleet service' status to "Diamond Service Centre". Initially DA40 and DA42s will be supported followed by DA20s this year. Next year DEA will add support for other manufacturers as well.

DEA is already a Centurion/Continental and Austro service centre. By combining DEA's existing stock and refurbished parts management together with an enhanced stock holding, DEA will provide the best service capablity of any Diamond Service Centre in the UK.

 

DEA signs lease for second hangar and second office block at Gamston

September 2014: DEA expands UK operations, signs lease with Retford Airport to aquire hangar no 3 next to DEA's existing hangar no 2 along with an additional 5,000 sq ft office block.

DEA will start operations from the new facilties from October 2014. New facilties double Part 145 maintenance hangar facilities and triple existing office space.

 

DEA adds eleventh DA42, G-DEAI to the fleet

July 2014: DEA's eleventh DA42, G-DEAI was added to the fleet during June 2014. G-DEAI, a DA42 will be based in Rome at Urbe Airport (LIRU).

G-DEAI joins G-PAPE based in Padua to support DEA's European Operations with a Part 145 support base at Treviso airport. G-DEAI will be operated under DEA's EU-OPS AOC, primarily focussed on air-taxi operations.

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