I suited up for the flight and then met with Diamond's experimental test pilot, Mark Elwess, who briefed me on the test area and general operating procedures for the test plane.
After our preflight briefing, we walked out to the plane, did our preflight inspection and strapped into the D-Jet
Though it's not outfitted with a production interior, the cockpit was quite comfortable, with more than adequate forward and side visibility while sitting on the ground.
After we completed our before-engine-start checklist, Elwess
instructed me to turn the engine switch from "Off" to "Start"-pretty simple.
At ground idle, the Williams International FJ33-5A engine was burning 84 pounds per hour, or about 12 gph at 24.7% N1.
After we got the engine started, we taxied out to runway 15 at London, Ontario's airport.
The weather for our flight was perfect: light winds out of the south, scattered cumulus clouds and a ground temp of 20 degrees C.
Cyrus Sigari (left) and Diamond's Mark Elwess (right) prepare to fly Diamond D-Jet S/N 003.
As I pulled up to the runway, I was instructed by Elwess
to push the takeoff configuration button prior to calling the control tower.
Coming out of 20,000 feet, Elwess
demonstrated the jet's impressive glide performance.
As soon as the nosewheel touched down, Elwess
retracted my flaps from landing to takeoff, and I applied full power, immediately accelerating back to our rotation speed and up for another circuit around the pattern.