Diamond Aircraft's Croatian distributor is to build a component manufacturing and maintenance facility, which could later be extended to an assembly line.

Diamond Aircraft Croatia will start work on the aviation complex at its base at Varazdin airport this year. The site will service parts for all Diamond light aircraft types and may house an assembly line, the company says.

The company was established two years ago as a sales agent and distributor for Diamond types in Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Varazdin houses the Diamond flight training school, which operates a two-seat DA20 Katana, and plans to add further aircraft and simulators. Rajko Raus, Diamond Aircraft Croatia's general manager, says there is demand for around 100 Diamond types in the region, largely to replace the former Yugoslavia's ageing fleet of Utva-75 basic trainers.

Source: Flight International