DA62 MPP SurveyStar delivered to RIEGL for calibration flights

DA62 MPP SurveyStar delivered to RIEGL for calibration flights

Diamond Aircraft has delivered the new DA62 MPP SurveyStar to RIEGL. Setting a new standard for high-capability, low-cost airborne survey missions, this robust and modern survey configuration variant of the DA62 MPP family will be promptly implemented for test and calibration flights.

RIEGL and Diamond Aircraft have been collaborating for almost 20 years. RIEGL has owned and operated the proven DA42 MPP GeoStar, which has successfully completed all missions to date with the utmost satisfaction, since 2007. The increased requirements in recent years have now made it necessary to 'upgrade' to the new variant. The new DA62 MPP SurveyStar involved close collaboration between RIEGL and Diamond Aircraft in order to professionally integrate and efficiently utilize the entire RIEGL sensor and system portfolio.

Mario Spiegel, sales manager Special Mission Aircraft Division at Diamond Aircraft, comments: “The use of carbon fibre makes the DA62 MPP Survey Star one of the most robust aircraft on the market. State-of-the-art, fuel-saving engines from Austro Engine ensure cost-saving and environmentally friendly operation. Comfort and safety are not neglected – thanks to the first-class avionics and the latest safety systems. The aerodynamically sophisticated design of the DA62 ensures outstanding flight behaviour at both low and high speed.“

Full equipment suite on board

Paul Kuntner, RIEGL manager special projects, says: “It was particularly important to us that the entire product portfolio of medium-sized RIEGL airborne laser scanners could be easily integrated into the multi-purpose nose pod. The 20-inch hatch in the fuselage also enables the installation of all large RIEGL systems and the use of gyro-stabilized mounting platforms. Furthermore, every precaution has been taken to ensure that additional equipment such as data recorders, camera mounts and a camera system can be installed, both in the front baggage compartment in the nose of the aircraft and in the rear baggage compartment. With all these possibilities, the Diamond Aircraft DA62 MPP Survey Star shows how versatile it is – making it ideal for our various test missions.“

Markus Fischer, director Special Mission Aircraft Division at Diamond Aircraft, states: "It is a great privilege to have perhaps the world's most innovative manufacturer of airborne laser scanners as a partner and customer and to develop an optimal solution together with them. It was a very special pleasure for me to be able to hand over the aircraft and I wish RIEGL much joy and many years of successful use of the DA62 MPP SurveyStar."

Dr Johannes Riegl, RIEGL CEO and an enthusiastic pilot himself, responds: "The DA62 Survey Star is exactly the right choice to keep us at the cutting edge of technology in the field of airborne applications for many years to come. And one thing I can already say after the first flights with our new aircraft: it is a real pleasure to fly it!“

The DA62 MPP is the latest addition to Diamond Aircraft's Special Mission Aircraft range. Constructed from lightweight yet durable carbon fibre, this twin-engine aircraft features a modern glass cockpit and an integrated autopilot system. Its carbon fibre build ensures longevity, with no susceptibility to corrosion, even in harsh saline and humid conditions. Powered by two turbocharged jet-fuel engines known for their fuel efficiency, the DA62 MPP offers low direct operating costs. This combination of robust construction and efficient engines makes it a cost-effective choice for Special Mission Aircraft in its class. 

Crew from RIEGL and Diamond Aircraft posing proudly in front of the DA62 MPP SurveyStar. (Image courtesy: RIEGL)
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