Just read this in the newspapers:
Apparently, Diamond Aircraft will soon start building a parts factory and service center at Varazdin (LDVA), that will, according to the source, become the biggest supplier of spare parts for Diamond factories in Austria and Canada. If all goes according to plan, two to three years after manufacture commences, the factory will switch to manufacturing complete aircraft.
Parallel with the factory, Diamond Aircraft would invest into the development of the airfield as well, aiming to establish a permanent ATC, police and customs service. The 1750 meter long paved runway has already seen a strong increase in air traffic, a very pleasant shift I must say, since it is really a very nice airport (had my first contact with a hard surface there ).
The project is planned to start at the beginning of 2005., when all paperwork and deals are made and closed. According to the director of the Diamond Aircraft representative in Croatia, "the work project is complete, we're only waiting for the decision whether we will construct in a modular concept according to phases, or the whole building at once". The factory will have an area of approx. 10,000 square meters.
Can't wait for this to start. Personally, I think that a switch to newer planes (and low-consumption Diesels at that) is what's needed for the stagnant Croatian aviation to pick up some get up and go. Cheaper fuel + cheaper, home-manufactured aircraft + replacing old, frequently ill-maintained a/c = advancement of our backward aviation system and increase in flying freedoms.