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Welcome to DEA

The leader in Diamond DA42 based special operations.

DEA operates more DA42 aircraft in more countries and with a greater variety of special operations than any other the world!



DEA is recruiting in 2015. Pilot roles are available.

 (Please see "Opportunities with DEA")


DEA's new Part 145 Facility now offering CAMO and maintenance capablities to Diamond/Cessna/Piper/Slingsby operators



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Recent news

DEA features in December issue of AirForces Monthly

AirForces Monthly featured an article on one of  DEA's DA42MPPs and the contract with 3SDL in support of Exercise Joint Warrior. A copy of the article has been uploaded.

DEA purchases second DA42MPP

DEA is pleased to announce it has purchased its second DA42MPP Twin Star from Diamond Airborne Sensing. OE-FVA was ferried back by DEA co-founder Chris Dawes under his company callsign of WKT03, in a non stop 5:30  flght  from Wiener Neustadt to Gamston.

DEA awarded second contract to support ISTAR training.

DEA is pleased to announce it has received a second contract from its strategic partner 3SDL to support a second series of ISTAR and CAS activities in support of Exercise Pashtun Thunder.

The second contract follows on in less than 2 months from the first award of contract.

DEA commences ISTAR training exercise

Following on from the award of contract to our partner 3SDL, DEA's first mission with OE-FAI is underway.

"White Knight Zero Six", Captain Gordon Muir, is seen conducting a positioning run to the training area with an interim stop to confirm that the electro-optical sensor, high definition recorders and downlinks are all functioning perfectly.

DEA's ISTAR partner, 3SDL awarded MOD training support contract using DA42MPPs

3SDL, a UK based specialist supplier of training and consultancy in the ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) field, partnering with Diamond-Executive Aviation (DEA), has been awarded an UK MOD contract for airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISTAR) and close air support (CAS) emulation in support of UK armed forces training at 2 exercises due to take place later this year.

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