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Diamond Executive Aviation an overview

Diamond Executive Aviation (DEA) headquartered at Retford (Gamston) Airport (EGNE)  operates a fleet of Diamond Twin Star Aircraft on a global basis. Starting in 2009 with one DA42, DEA now operates a current fleet of 12 DA42s.

Aerial Survey Operations

Aerial survey has historically been the domain of aged aircraft on their last journey before the scrapyard! Not any more...the DA42 brings compelling low cost operating economics allied to a socially responsible low carbon, highly reliable airframe operated by people committed to the highest safety standards.

Our Aircraft: The DA42 TwinStar

Diamond Executive Aviation operates a fleet of Diamond Aircraft's DA42 TwinStars


This revolutionary aircraft is transforming personal air transport throughout Europe.

The DEA Team

The team at Diamond-Executive is here to help you, see who's who!

Customer References

Here is a list of some of the positive comments received over the last year from our passengers and partners.

Opportunities with DEA

This section covers current and upcoming employment and contracting opportunities with DEA. Please note that due to roll out plans with DEA partners, the dates and and timings can vary.

DEA Part 145 Maintenance

We are pleased to announce the opening of our new EASA Part 145 maintenance facility based at Retford / Gamston Airport (EGNE) in Nottinghamshire, specialising in the maintenance and management of Diamond aircraft and all other single and multi-engine piston aircraft, both composite and traditional aluminium structures.

Passenger Charter

Welcome to the future of personal air travel! 


Faster than any car, train or helicopter, yet offered at a fraction of the cost of any jet or helicopter and dedicated to you! 


New aircraft, new technologies and an uncompromising attitude to customer service allow us to offer the ultimate in quality, personal attention, operational flexibility and above all safety.

ISTAR and Sensor Based Operations

Sensor based operations is a rather grand title encompassing the use of the DA42 Twin Stars for airborne operations whilst carrying out various forms of sensing/observation using a combination of people and electronic sensors.

Flight Inspection and Flight Path Validation

First operator in the world to be approved to use the DA42 for flight inspection services and approved by Jeppesen for flight path validation.

DEA, the UK’s only EU-OPS approved operator of the DA42 Twin Star has received UK CAA AOC approval to support flight inspection services using the Diamond DA42 Twin Star across the whole world save the Pacific ocean area!

Medical Operations

DEA offers support for medical related incidents and operations 24/7. Given the capablities of the DA42, unaccompanied organ transfer is efficient and reliable.


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Recent news

DEA opens its door for Part 145 Maintenance

Six months after DEA was awarded its own Part 145 maintenace capablity, DEA has now opened its doors to other Diamond Aicraft operators as well as Piper/Cessna/Slinsgby operators.

Providing a very high quality service at reasonable prices, DEA welcomes aviators with a full service Part 145 and Part M (CAMO) service

DEA promotes Wout Eggens to Head of Flight Training

March 2015: Wout Eggens has been formally approved by the CAA to be the Head of DEA Flight Training, an EASA AOC Form 4 post holder position, one of the most challenging appointments in the industry.


DEA appoints former Red Arrow leader to augment DEA flight operations

February 2015:  Dicky Patounas joins DEA’s senior management team to help take DEA to the next level as the deputy head of flight operations with special responsibility for overall flight /ground operations co-ordination.

Dicky Patounas joins DEA after a 25 year eclectic and wide ranging flying career in the RAF latterly overseeing the introduction of Typhoon into both UK and Saudi operational service and previously two tours of duty with the Red Arrows, latterly as ‘Red One’ aka the most senior operational manager of the squadron.

DEA appoints Director of Engineering

January 2015: Gerald Cooper is appointed as Director of Engineering for DEA (Diamond-Executive Aviation) responsible for DEA’s Part M, Part 145 and Part 21 activities.

Gerald joins DEA from a multi discipline 25 year career in global aerial survey, freight and passenger operations where he has held almost all EASA/CAA post holder approvals. In addition, in his spare time, Gerald has represented the UK at the World Aerobatic Championships.

DEA and DA42 MPP mentioned in ThinkDefence Article

There is a general and widespread assumption that unmanned ISTAR is cheap ISTAR but I think the best that can be said of this assumption is that the jury is still out. Taking into consideration loss rates, bandwidth costs and other factors there is still a demand for manned ISTAR in high or low threat environments.

An example of this in a UK context is.. the continued use by the British Army of Diamond DA42’s in the fast jet/RPAS surrogate role for training support, contracted to the Army through 3DSL

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