Diamond Aircraft announced that it has successfully completed the first flight of its eDA40 electric aircraft.
The eDA40 is an all-electric, battery-powered version of the popular DA40 light aircraft, which is one of the best-selling piston aircraft and is used by flight schools and private owners all over the world.
The eDA40’s maiden flight took place on July 26, 2023, in the skies over the company’s headquarters in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. During the flight Diamond’s Head of Flight Test, Sören Pedersen, performed several system checks and undertook basic maneuvers.
“The aircraft performed outstandingly well during its maiden flight and not only met but exceeded all our expectations,” said Diamond CEO, Liqun (Frank) Zhang.
The eDA40 is powered by a Safran ENGINeUS electric motor and a battery module made by Electric Power Systems (EPS).
Flight autonomy is expected to be up to 90 minutes, with a charging time from depleted to full battery of around 20 minutes using a DC fast charging system. Diamond Aircraft claims the eDA40’s operating costs will be 40% below those of a traditional piston engine aircraft of similar size.
The Austrian manufacturer is seeking Part 23 certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the eDA40.
The aircraft will be publicly presented at the AERO Friedrichshafen 2024 air show, which will take place in the southern German city in April 2024.