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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 promotes Wout Eggens to Head of Flight Training

March 2015: Wout Eggens has been formally approved by the CAA to be the Head of DEA Flight Training, an EASA AOC Form 4 post holder position, one of the most challenging appointments in the industry.


 

DEA appoints former Red Arrow leader to augment DEA flight operations

February 2015:  Dicky Patounas joins DEA’s senior management team to help take DEA to the next level as the deputy head of flight operations with special responsibility for overall flight /ground operations co-ordination.

Dicky Patounas joins DEA after a 25 year eclectic and wide ranging flying career in the RAF latterly overseeing the introduction of Typhoon into both UK and Saudi operational service and previously two tours of duty with the Red Arrows, latterly as ‘Red One’ aka the most senior operational manager of the squadron.

DEA appoints Director of Engineering

January 2015: Gerald Cooper is appointed as Director of Engineering for DEA (Diamond-Executive Aviation) responsible for DEA’s Part M, Part 145 and Part 21 activities.

Gerald joins DEA from a multi discipline 25 year career in global aerial survey, freight and passenger operations where he has held almost all EASA/CAA post holder approvals. In addition, in his spare time, Gerald has represented the UK at the World Aerobatic Championships.

DEA and DA42 MPP mentioned in ThinkDefence Article

There is a general and widespread assumption that unmanned ISTAR is cheap ISTAR but I think the best that can be said of this assumption is that the jury is still out. Taking into consideration loss rates, bandwidth costs and other factors there is still a demand for manned ISTAR in high or low threat environments.

An example of this in a UK context is.. the continued use by the British Army of Diamond DA42’s in the fast jet/RPAS surrogate role for training support, contracted to the Army through 3DSL

 
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. “

 

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