Maiden flight of the DG-808C
On October 25. 2006 DG chief of design Dipl. Ing. Wilhelm Dirks was able to perform the successful maiden flight of the latest DG-808 version called DG-808C.
Contrary to the version DG-808C Competition, of which 26 units have already been delivered, DG has developed the DG-808C especially for those customers who are flying for their own pleasure and are not aiming for competition flying. Therefore the equipment relevant to competition flying was waived in favour of a lower price.
So the DG-808C is the direct successor of the DG-808B.
The new landing gear adopted from the Competition version is equipped in the DG-808C with softer springs for better comfort, as it could be optimized for 525 kg MTOW instead of the 600 kg of the Competition version.
DG knows that many of their customers aim for stress free cross-country flying and flying safaris instead of competition flying. They are looking for a light weight easy to handle self launching sailplane.
With the DG-808C DG wishes to satisfy the needs of competition pilots with the Version Competition and the needs of the majority of pilots with the DG-808C, the classical version.
The most important improvements of the DG808C compared to the DG808B are:
New engine control instrument DEI-NT (new technology) with graphic display
for simplified engine control
incorporating a stall warning device, visual and audible warning
many additional safety warnings like landing gear alarm, airbrakes unlocked warning
outside air temperature gauge as standard equipment
Reinforced safety cockpit according to the latest research findings
New reinforced landing gear with steel spiral springs
Preparation for integrated bug-wipers as standard equipment
Permanently installed refuelling pump with automatic shut-off system
Cockpit interior with new style fashion fabric
BBSA slipping-centrifugal clutch to reduce drive belt loads (Option)
The well proven advantages of the DG-808B such as the magnificent take-off and climb performance, the docile handling characteristics and the variety of optional individual equipment are fully available with the DG-808C.
Press release issued by DG Flugzeugbau GmbH on November 21, 2006
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