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Diamond Aircraft Industries Industry Aerospace Predecessor HOAC Founded 1991 Headquarters Wiener Neustadt, Austria Number of locations 2 Products General Aviation Aircraft Very Light Jets Employees 2000[1] Website Diamond Aircraft Industries is an Austrian-based manufacturer of general aviation aircraft and motor gliders, which also has a large manufacturing facility in London, Ontario, Canada. The company produces a range of light aircraft and is actively engaged in the development of a single-engined jet airacraft, the Diamond D-Jet.[2] Contents 1 History 2 Products 2.1 Aircraft 2.2 Simulators 3 References 4 External links History The company was founded in Friesach, Austria, in 1981, under the name Hoffmann Flugzeugbau to produce the H36 all-composite motor glider. Becoming Hoffman Aircraft Limited in 1985, the company moved its headquarters to Vienna, Austria and introduced the MkII model. In 1987, the aerodrome at Wiener Neustadt, Austria, became the new home for the company. In 1991 the parent company was renamed HOAC AG and purchased by the Dries Family. In the same year, Diamond started development of the HK36R and Rotax 912 powered motorglider, which were the precursors to the DV20 Katana (Diamond's first production series GA single-engine aircraft).[citation needed] In 1992, to supply the North American market more directly, the company opened a second manufacturing facility in London, Ontario, Canada. This operated under the name Dimona Aircraft until it was changed to Diamond Aircraft in 1994.[citation needed] The Austrian-built DV20 Katana was certified in 1993, and the first Canadian-built DA20 model was delivered in 1995. It received the Flight magazine's Eagle Award, for best light aircraft in the same year. 1997 marked the delivery of the 500th DV20 and the introduction of the DA20-C1, which had improved performance and load capabilities. The DA20-C1 Eclipse (an improved version of the DA20-C1) also entered production.[citation needed] The DA40, a four-place IFR aircraft was certified in 2000, followed by the twin diesel engine DA42 in 2004.[citation needed] The company informed employees by mail in December 2008 that due to the economic situation they would be laying off 100 workers from the company's Austrian facility in Wiener Neustadt. That facility employs 700 of the company's 2100 worldwide workforce.[1] In March 2011 the president and CEO of Diamond Aircraft Canada, Peter Maurer, indicated that his company's future is in doubt and relies on getting the D-Jet to market, as piston sales have remained slow since the recession. To get the D-Jet into production the company has found $20M in private investment, plus a commitment of an additional $35M from the Government of Ontario. The Ontario government investment is contingent on Diamond also securing an additional $35M from the Government of Canada, a decision on which was still pending. If both federal and provincial loans are provided then, combined with funds already provided, then the total provincial and federal government investment would be $100M. Maurer indicated "If we don’t get the funding from the federal government, it puts us in a difficult situation. If the D-JET, for example, in a worse case scenario, were not to continue it would have a negative impact on the rest of the company’s operations. [The debts are] at a level that would be very difficult to satisfy out of piston sales,” he said. “I’ll let you do the extrapolation."[3][4] By the end of March 2011, with a federal election in full swing and no sign of the requested federal government loans coming, the company laid-off 213 London-based employees, mostly on the D-Jet program. Company CEO Peter Maurer stated, "We are hopeful that the government will give this matter urgent attention and provide the requested assistance".[5] In early April 2011 Diamond indicated that it needed C$8M from the federal government over the next four months as an interim measure. Local Conservative Party of Canada Member of Parliament Ed Holder stated that Diamond owner Christian Dries had told him that Dries would close the London plant and make the announcement just before the federal election, if support was not forthcoming. Dries issued a denial of the conversation, but Holder insisted that was correct. Holder suggested that Diamond look to the province or the city for the money instead.[6] In mid-April Diamond CEO Peter Maurer indicated that other companies have been hiring their laid-off workers, especially engineers. Piper Aircraft announced that as many as 25 engineers may be moving to Vero Beach, Florida to work on the Piper Altaire jet. Media reports also indicated that Bombardier Aerospace may have made offers to 85 workers to work on the Learjet 85 in Wichita, Kansas. Maurer said that the loss of laid-off workers will hurt a restart of the D-Jet program should government funding be approved. He described the situation as "dire".[6] Products Diamond HK36 Super Dimona Diamond DA20-A1 Katana Diamond DA40-TDI Diamond Star, which burns diesel or jet fuel Diamond DA42 TwinStar, a diesel engined aircraft Diamond D-Jet (artist's rendering) Aircraft H36 motor glider DV20 DA20-A1 Katana DA20-C1 Evolution & Eclipse DA40 DA42 DA50 D-JET Simulators D-SIM-20 D-SIM-40 D-SIM-42 D-SIM-D-JET References Notes ^ a b Heinz, Astrid (January 2009). "Diamond Aircraft: 100 Mitarbeiter bangen (German language)". Retrieved 2009-01-07. [dead link] ^ "FARNBOROUGH: Diamond to develop military jet version of D-Jet". Retrieved 2010-07-25.  ^ Pew, Glenn (March 2011). "Diamond's Future Contingent On Loan?". AvWeb. Retrieved 21 March 2011.  ^ Deveau, Scott (March 2011). "Planemaker Diamond in rough shape". Financial Post. Retrieved 14 March 2011.  ^ Grady, Mary (March 2011). "Diamond Cuts Staff Pending D-Jet Funding". AvWeb. Retrieved 29 March 2011.  ^ a b Niles, Russ (April 2011). "Diamond May Lose Key Workers". AvWeb. Retrieved 20 April 2011.  Bibliography External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Diamond Aircraft Industries Diamond Aircraft Industries - Austria Diamond Aircraft Industries - North America v · d · eDiamond Aircraft Industries DV20 Katana · DA20 Katana/Evolution/Eclipse · DA40 Diamond Star · DA42 Twin Star · DA50 Super Star · D-Jet v · d · eLists relating to aviation General Timeline of aviation · Aircraft (manufacturers) · Aircraft engines (manufacturers) · Rotorcraft (manufacturers) · Airlines (defunct) · Airports · Civil authorities · Museums Military Air forces · Aircraft weapons · Experimental aircraft · Missiles · Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) Accidents/incidents General · Commercial (airliners) · Military Records Airspeed · Altitude · Distance · Endurance · Most-produced aircraft