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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 exhibits at Farnborough International Air Show

July 2014: DEA will be co- exhibiting this year with Diamond Aircraft Industries on stand OE18 near the flight line.

In addition DEA will be supporting the SASISA project (Small Aircraft Service for Instant Situational Awareness) on the European Space Agency stand, demonstrating a DEA DA42 MPP fitted with the SASISA configuration which will reside on the Diamond stand and also with Thales with the iMaster Radar fitted to a Diamond Aircraft DA42 MPP on the Thales stand OES1.

DEA completes Frontex pilot project

July 2014: DEA successfully completes its contract with Frontex the EU border agency with its last operational flight on July 1st 2014.

DEA flew over a 40 day period, G-DSPY, one of its fleet of 6 Diamond Aircraft DA42 MPP using a Wescam MX15 HDi camera, interfacing to Carte Nav's AIMS mission control software and onward transmitting data and video via ECS's Evenlode system.


DEA granted RNAV and P-RNAV approvals

May 2014: DEA has been granted by the UK CAA on behalf of EASA operating permission to conduct GNSS based approach operations and perform en-route and terminal operations in accordance with RNAV 1 and P-RNAV operations for all its fleet of Diamond DA42 aircraft.

LNAV, LNAV-VNAV and LPV operations are supported subject to the relevant equipment approved on the DEA DA42 aircraft

DEA granted EASA EFB approval

April 2014: DEA has been granted operating approval by the UK CAA on behalf of EASA for use of Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) based on the Apple iPad format.

This allows DEA flight crews to operate a completely paperless 'office' reducing weight carried whilst improving accessablity. All of DEA's manuals, charts and other materials can now be paperless!

DEA awarded Frontex contract

March 2014: DEA was awarded a contract by Frontex, the EU agency charged with co-ordinating and assisting member states in maintaining the integrity of their borders.

The project calls for a sophisticated aerial surveillance program to be conducted using a high performance EO/IR camera together with high bandwith real time video transmission to a a remote command vehicle and onward transmisison to users accessing this information by a secure Internet link

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