The 1000th Austro Engine AE300

Austro Engine, a company of the Diamond Aircraft Group, is celebrating the completion of the 1000th AE300 turbo charged diesel aircraft engine. Jürgen Heinrich, CEO Austro Engine: “The 1,000th AE300 symbolizes a significant milestone, reflecting the engine series’ quality and reliability. With a Time between Overhaul of currently 1,500 hours our customers benefit tremendously from […] ...Read more »

Motorglider In-flight Video from Skill Aviation

Diamond Flight Center Skill Aviation now offers the Motor Glider for rental and training. Here is a quick video to give you a taste: You can make arrangements to fly this great aircraft by calling them at (847) 599-9955 ...Read more »

Introducing the Diamond DA40 XLT for 2013

Unveiled in 2013, the 2013 DA40 XLT is Diamond’s latest version of its DA40 piston single. It’s hard to improve upon perfection, but Diamond has done it again, adding numerous desirable upgrades to this year’s model, enhancing the cabin for your comfort—and offering a whole new level of luxury. Upgrades include more comfortable, wider seats […] ...Read more »

Diamond Aircraft Layoffs

by Dan: This week, Diamond Aircraft Industries (Canada) (DAI-C) issued a short press release indicating that there have been layoffs of employees at that facility.  The release was vague, and some press reports have overstated what the Diamond Distributors have been told is the situation, so here is what we know. On Tuesday, the Distributor […] ...Read more »

Opening Day At the Sebring LSA Expo

The planes are in position, ready for the opening day crowds.  Come see us at Booth S13 and S14, where we are located for our third year at the US Sport Plane Expo. GLDAS and Premier Aircraft Sales are showing the HK36 Motor Glider and the new DA40 XLS, and it looks like a great […] ...Read more »

Fiscal Cliff Deal Extends Bonus Depreciation and

…retroactively enhances expensing election for 2012 and into 2013 On January 2, 2013, Congress completed passage of a bill addressing, at least in part, the so-called “fiscal cliff” of impending tax changes slated to occur at the end of 2012.  President Obama is expected to quickly sign the package into law.  Of particular interest to […] ...Read more »

Bonus Depreciation for Higher 2013 Tax Rates

***Update*** Fiscal Cliff deal extends bonus depreciation and retroactively enhances expensing election for 2012 and into 2013       By Scott Battle 50% Bonus Depreciation may be available for new Diamonds contracted for purchase in 2012 and delivered in 2013*. *Requirements include a binding contract in place before the end of 2012, along with […] ...Read more »

Welcome to GLDAS 2.0

Welcome to the new WordPress powered Great Lakes Diamond Website.  We’ve undertaken this website overhaul to better serve our customers by incorporating these features: Better representation of inventory aircraft with higher quality photos, videos, and printable spec sheets A blog section where we can share product information, pilot and product reports, and short essays on […] ...Read more »

2012 Bonus Depreciation for Business Aircraft

By Scott Horton Bonus Depreciation For New Aircraft Purchases – 50% in 2012 Under the “normal” accelerated depreciation rules, a taxpayer using an aircraft predominantly for business can only deduct a maximum of 20% of the purchase price in the first year with the remainder of the cost depreciated over the five year asset life. […] ...Read more »

Where find Diamond Training and Rental Aircraft

Customers call us frequently looking for Diamond training or rental.  In order to better fill these requests, GLDAS now lists both Diamond Flight Centers as well as unaffiliated flight schools offering Diamond rental and instruction. On our Training page, you will find these listings, including the number and type of aircraft available.  These are self-reported […] ...Read more »

DA42 NG Twin Delivered to Capital City Aviation

Great Lakes Diamond Aircraft Sales is pleased to announce its first North American retail delivery of a new Twin-engine DA42 NG aircraft.  The buyer is a member of Capital City Aviation, a Diamond Flight Center located at The Ohio State University Airport in Columbus, OH. With this purchase, Capital City Aviation expands its premium line […] ...Read more »

Oshkosh Announcements 1

Diamond Introduces DA42 Engine Conversion Programs for North America North American owners and operators now have the choice of upgrading their DA42 with either Lycoming or Austro Engine power.  Also available are numerous options to turn any DA42 TDI into a virtually new aircraft, with all the features of new production DA42s. "The best part […] ...Read more »

ISU Team Places 2nd in College Division Air Race Classic

Flying Dixie Chopper Air’s DA40XL, Kay Brown and Jessica Campbell finished a strong 2nd in the college division and 8th overall in the 2010 Air Race Classic. Congratulations to the team! ...Read more »
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