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Welcome to the Diamond Aviators Association (The DAA), the membership organization and forum dedicated exclusively to Diamond Aircraft! The DAA is a membership organization established to educate, promote the safety of and support the owners and pilots of the HK36 Motor Glider, DA20, DA40, DA42 and D-jet aircraft manufactured by Diamond Aircraft and those interested, encourage ownership of these aircraft and provide social activities for its members.Membership is open to all; you don’t have to be a Diamond owner or pilot to join. We especially encourage everyone considering becoming a Diamond pilot or owner to join. Our membership includes pilots with a wide range of experience, and low- and high-time pilots are all well represented. Our membership also includes many Diamond renters, student pilots, and even non-pilot enthusiasts.
If you are considering buying a Diamond, you will find your DAA membership resources invaluable in familiarizing yourself with Diamond aircraft. The DAA membership is welcoming of newcomers and open to answering your questions on the active DAA forums.
Owners will find the DAA an inexhaustible resource on all issues related to maintenance and operation of Diamond aircraft, sure to save the cost of membership many times over.
Founded in 2005, with over 500 members worldwide, the DAA is a volunteer-run organization completely independent of Diamond Aircraft although we are the only club endorsed by Diamond Aircraft.
Whether you own, rent, fly or just admire the Diamond line you are welcome here. We encourage our members to post as well as read in an effort to keep things vibrant, educational and helpful to all. You must be registered to read this forum. Thank you and welcome to the Diamond Aviators Association!
Diamond Aircraft Industries is an Austrian-based manufacturer of general aviation aircraft and motor gliders. It is the third largest manufacturer of aircraft for the general aviation sector, and had a global presence; possessing its own manufacturing facilities in Wiener Neustadt, Lower Austria and in London, Ontario, Canada, as well as further production lines operated as joint ventures in other nations, such as China.
The company was established by Austrian aircraft designer Wolf Hoffmann in 1981, at which point it was known as Hoffmann Flugzeugbau. The firm quickly set about establishing production of its initial aircraft, a motor glider initially known as the HK36 Dimona. This aircraft proved to be a commercial success, leading to improved models and further types of aircraft being derived from it. Following several changes in ownership and naming, the company received the name Diamond Aircraft Industries in 1998. By this point, Diamond was producing a range of light aircraft, including the Dimona, the Diamond DA20, and the in-development Diamond DA40.
In 2004, Diamond introduced its first multi-engined aircraft, the Diamond DA42 Twin Star. The Twin Star would be popular with both a civil and government operators; demand from the latter led to the development of the Aeronautics Defense Dominator, a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) used for aerial surveillance duties. For several years, the company was engaged in the development of a single-engined very light jet aircraft, known as the Diamond D-Jet, intended for both private and military customers alike. However, as a consequence of the Great Recession, funding became scarce and work on the D-Jet's development was eventually terminated during early 2013.
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Diamond Aviators Association had a great fly-in at the Jekyll Island Club and Hotel, Georgia on Sunday April 11th 2010. We had 13 aircraft and 26 members join in the fun and come on down for a fun day of presentations and discussions of Diamond aircraft. This was a great chance to meet other owners and get to know each other. The day included transportation to and from the airport to the Hotel for a brunch and a safety presentation by Mike Rigg.The fun started as some of us met up along the way for a four aircraft formation flight and a fun journey on the way to the event. We met up at First Flight Airport, Kitty Hawk North Carolina on Saturday the 10th for a morning tour of the historic site. Departure from there was at 1:30PM for a low level formation down the coast to to Brunswick County airport South Carolina (KSUT) to refuel and then on to Jekyll Island (09J). On the way, we got to see some of the nicest coastline on the East coast, beautiful lighthouses and wild horses of Shackleton Banks. Saturday night we had a great dinner at the resort. Sunday morning brunch was served, and it was a chance for everyone to meet the other Diamond Aviator pilots and guests. Our safety presentation by Mike was a great time and brought up much discussion between the attendees. We had giveaways for all those that attended including hats, calendars and Garmin database subscriptions. Jekyll Island Club and Hotel provided transportation to and from the airport and the resort was beautiful. This is definitely going to be an annual event for us.
Our last fly-in was at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia on October 9-10th 2010. We had a great time there and plan to return.
Please send email to DiamondAviator@cox.net if you want to register for any of our events or have any questions on fly-in’s, aircraft ownership or membership. See you out flying!
The Diamond Aviators Association (the DAA) is a membership organization established to educate, promote the safety of, and support the owners and pilots of certified aircraft manufactured by Diamond Aircraft Corporation, encourage ownership of these aircraft and provide social activities for its members. Additionally, the DAA will promote goodwill towards the general aviation community. Membership in our Association is offered to anyone that has an interest in General Aviation and especially those that fly, own and have an interest in Diamond aircraft.
We invite everyone to join our community and join our discussion of Diamond aircraft, flying and aviation. Membership is $49 per year and the membership privileges and benefits are getting better monthly as we launch our community.
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