Diamond Aircraft Industries has received European Aviation Safety Agency Instrument Flight Rules certification for the DA42 Twin Star, seven months after clinching basic approval for the turbo diesel twin. First deliveries are set to begin this month, says the Austrian manufacturer, which has chalked up more than 470 orders for the four-seat aircraft.

Meanwhile, Diamond has begun delivering the first 10 DA 40 Diamond Star piston singles to Beijing PanAm International Aviation Academy in China.

Beijing PanAm has orders for 41 DA40 Diamond Stars and 19 DA42 Twin Stars, both featuring Garmin G1000 all-glass cockpits. The initial delivery of 10 DA40s will be completed by the end of the month.

Source: Flight International