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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.

With two main operating bases, one in the UK and one in Italy using the latest, state of the art technically advanced aircraft, Diamond Executive Aviation is the pre-eminent operator of the modern day.

Having entered the UK air taxi market and rapidly displaced established traditional operators, DEA has gone on to repeat this in a number of markets including Flight Inspection, ISTAR training and aerial survey.

DEA operates globaly unders its world wide AOC, working closely with its partners. Typically DEA's  partners have established channels to markets and market leading technological or service advantages.

So the combination of DEA's competency in aviation operations and our partners mastery of their markets leads to a world beating combination!

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We are staffed, and only use people, who have been in aviation for at least 10 years.

All our pilots are fully qualified to EASA-CAT AOC and EASA-SPO standards; some are ex-military with long and distinguished service careers; many of our pilots have spent significant time as examiners and instructors! You are therefore in safe and experienced hands.

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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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