New Diamond DA62 MPP SurveyStar for the RIEGL Test Aircraft Fleet

Horn, / WR. Neustadt, Austria – April 11, 2024 – The new DA62 MPP SurveyStar has been delivered by Diamond Aircraft Austria to RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems and it will be immediately implemented for test and calibration flights.

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RIEGL and Diamond Aircraft Austria have been collaborating for almost 20 years. Since 2007, RIEGL has owned and operated the proven DA42 MPP GeoStar, which has successfully completed all missions to date with the utmost satisfaction. The increased requirements in recent years have now made it necessary to “upgrade” to the new DA62 MPP SurveyStar.

The new DA62 MPP SurveyStar involved close collaboration between RIEGL and Diamond Aircraft in order to professionally integrate and efficiently utilize the entire RIEGL sensor and system portfolio.

Mario Spiegel, Diamond Aircraft, Sales Manager Special Mission Aircraft Division: “The use of carbon fiber makes the DA62 MPP Survey Star one of the most robust aircraft on the market. State-of-the-art, fuel-saving engines from Austro Engine ensure cost-saving and environmentally friendly operation. Comfort and safety are not neglected – thanks to the state-of-the-art avionics and the latest safety systems. The aerodynamically sophisticated design of the DA62 ensures outstanding flight behavior at both low and high speed.“

Paul Kuntner, RIEGL Manager Special Projects: “It was particularly important to us that the entire product portfolio of medium-sized RIEGL airborne laser scanners could be easily integrated into the multi-purpose nose pod. The 20-inch hatch in the fuselage also enables the installation of all large RIEGL systems and the use of gyro-stabilized mounting platforms. Furthermore, every precaution has been taken to ensure that additional equipment such as data recorders, camera mounts and a camera system can be installed, both in the front baggage compartment in the nose of the aircraft and in the rear baggage compartment. With all these possibilities, the Diamond Aircraft DA62 MPP Survey Star shows how versatile it is – making it ideal for our various test missions.“

Markus Fischer, Diamond Aircraft, Director Special Mission Aircraft Division: „It is a great privilege to have perhaps the world’s most innovative manufacturer of airborne laser scanners as a partner and customer and to develop an optimal solution together with them. It was a very special pleasure for me to be able to hand over the aircraft and I wish RIEGL much joy and many years of successful use of the DA62 MPP SurveyStar.“

Dr. Johannes Riegl, RIEGL CEO and an enthusiastic pilot himself: “The DA62 Survey Star is exactly the right choice to keep us at the cutting edge of technology in the field of airborne applications for many years to come. And one thing I can already say after the first flights with our new aircraft: it is a real pleasure to fly it!“

About Diamond Aircraft’s Special Mission Concept and the DA62 MPP

The DA62 MPP is the latest variant of Diamond Aircraft’s successful Special Mission Aircraft portfolio. The all-carbon-fibre, twin-engine aircraft is equipped with a state-of-the-art glass cockpit and a fully integrated autopilot. The carbon fibre material provides for unlimited airframe life and is not subject to corrosion, even when operated in saline and humid environments. It is powered by two turbo charged jet-fuel engines with superb fuel efficiency. Together, fuel efficiency and the unlimited airframe life combine for extremely low direct operating costs, making the DA62 MPP the most cost-efficient Special Mission Aircraft in its class. To learn more about the DA62 MPP capabilities, please visit:

About RIEGL and RIEGL scanners for airborne applications

With more than 40 years of experience in the research, development and production of laser rangefinders, distance meters, and LiDAR sensors and systems RIEGL delivers proven innovations in 3D. RIEGL has always been committed to delivering the highest performance, quality, reliability, and longevity of all its products and services, and strict adherence to applicable international standards is a priority. The digitization of the received signals (“Waveform LiDAR”) consistently used in the RIEGL Airborne Laser Scanners makes it possible to avoid ambiguities in the assignment of measurements, to detect and evaluate several targets per laser shot and to output calibrated amplitude and reflex values for each measuring point. In addition, the measuring points are optimally distributed. In airborne mapping, all these features are valuable tools for capturing high-resolution data of the Earth’s surface for a variety of applications.