|Type||Civil utility aircraft, Civil trainer aircraft, Glider tugs|
|Configuration||Low wing aircraft|
|Propulsion||Piston aircraft, Single-engine aircraft|
The Diamond HK36 is a modern low-wing single-engine piston motorglider. It is often used for towing gliders and recreational cross-country flights. Its - for a motorglider - relatively low glide ratio of about 1:27, comparable to 1960's training gliders like the Schleicher ASK 13, is the reason why it is normally mostly used in powered flight mode, making thermal flights as common with other motorgliders rather seldom.
The original model of this aircraft is the Hoffmann H36 "Dimona". Diamond advanced this motorglider, creating the following variants:
|Model||Type Certification||Engine||Landing Gear||Notes|
|H36||1981 (start of production)||Limbach L 2000 EB ( 1.C or 1.AC )||conventional|
|HK36||1990||Limbach L 2400 EB ( 1.C or 1.AC )||conventional|
|HK36R||1990||Rotax 912 (A2 or A3)||conventional|
|HK36 TS||1996||Rotax 912 A3||conventional||first variant featuring GFK/CFK-airframe and winglets|
|HK36 TC||1996||Rotax 912 (A3 or S3)||tri-cycle|
|HK36 TTS||1996||Rotax 914 (F3 or F4)||conventional|
|HK36 TTC||1996||Rotax 914 (F3 or F4)||tri-cycle|
|HK36 TTC-ECO||1998 (Austria), 1999 (EASA)||Rotax 914 (F3 or F4)||tri-cycle||Surveillance aircraft, featuring e.g. a possibility to fit an underwing container|
Currently (05/2021), only the TC and TTC models are available in FlightGear.
Flying the HK36
The flight manual is available from Diamond Aircraft and is highly suggested to be read before flight.