The Diamond DA62 won 12 orders in the month after its mid-April launch at AERO Friedrichshafen in Germany.
The DA62 features a large ventral strake, dorsal fillet, and turned-down tailplane tips.
The engines are 180hp (134kW), 2-litre, liquid-cooled four-cylinder Austro Engine AE330 turbocharged diesels, fitted with three-blade constant speed, fully-feathering MT composite propellers.
The DA62 will be offered as either a five- or seven-seater, with the seats in either a two-three or a two-three-two arrangement.
The main doors do not completely cover the wheels when the undercarriage is retracted.
Access to the cabin is good as each pilot has their own door, and there are recessed grab handles above the instrument panel.
The wings feature sensibly sized non-slip wing-root walkways.
The engine nacelles are extremely elegant, even the exhausts feature sculpted fairings.
The L-band satellite antenna radome fitted to the Diamond DA62 MPP aircraft in the recent demonstration.
Accuracy is paramount to the Brighton-based Flight Calibration Services team.
The Diamond DA62 is powered by a pair of Austro Engine E4 powerplants. First run in 2008, it is based upon the Mercedes-Benz OM640 two-litre, four-cylinder, four-stroke diesel engine originally fitted to the Mercedes A- and B-class cars.
A view of Belfast's iconic Harland and Wolff shipbuilding gantry cranes, Samson and Goliath, from the DA62 calibration aircraft.
Nick Whitehouse, Barney Kerr and Ben Fermore from FSCL receiving a new Diamond DA62 from the manufacturer's headquarters in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
The panel is dominated by the Garmin G1000’s dual multifunction display (MFD) screens, with back-up instrumentation supplied by an electronic standby attitude indicator that includes airspeed and altitude. Control sticks are unusual for a seven-seat twin; the pilot’s carries rocker switches for electric pitch trim along with push-to-talk and autopilot disconnect buttons. The power levers are in the centre console.
This Garmin GPS is an essential part of the DA62’s ILS calibration capability.
Ingress to the rear seats is via a big gull-wing door on the port side. Well located grab handles built into the roof interior make getting in and out of the back seats easy. The backs of the middle seats fold forwards to provide access to the rear seats.