The awesome Diamond Star DA-40-180

The awesome Diamond Star DA-40-180

Our 2005 Diamond’s DA40 is a low-wing 4-seat composite airplane that is suitable for everything from primary flight training to personal transportation through hard IFR conditions. The airplane can cruise as fast as 147 knots on 9.5 gallons per hour of fuel through its 4-cylinder 180hp fuel-injected Lycoming engine with constant speed prop.

Features

    Max Speed: 158 ktas
    1,120 fpm Climb
    Fuel Injected Lycoming IO360 (180hp)
    Constant speed MT or Hartzell prop
    G1000 flight deck available
    Advanced IFR training
    Superb performance

Our Diamond Star is equipped the incredible Garmin G-1000, making the DA40 the most advanced, high-tech plane we’ve ever offered. It has the best visibility of any General Aviation aircraft ever built.
We have added the following options to our Diamond Star:

    Garmin GTX33 Integrated Mode S Transponder with Traffic Information Service (TIS)
    Honeywell KAP140 Autopilot, with Altitude Hold and Preselect
    Performance landing gear
    Extended range fuel tanks
    4-way baggage compartment
    Premium leather interior

The following is standard equipment on our Diamond Star

    Garmin GDU1040, 10 inch primary flight display (PFD), wide horizon, three-axis flight dynamics, air speed, altitude, vertical speed
    Horizontal Situation Indicator (HSI) with 360-degree and arc modes
    Garmin GDU1040, 10 inch multi function display (MFD)
    Garmin Integrated VFR Terrain Awareness System
    Remote Avionics Equipment Mounting Rack
    Garmin GDC74 integrated, Digital Air Data Computer, constant display of TAS, CAS, Wind Direction, VSI and TAT
    Garmin GRS77 Solid-state Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS)
    Dual Garmin GIA63 Integrated radio modules, IFR-approved GPS; VHF navigation with ILS; and VHF communication with 16-watt transceivers
    Garmin GEA71 Airframe / Engine Interface Unit
    Garmin GMA1347 Digital Audio Controller with digital ATC playback recording
    Garmin GMU44 Magnetometer
    G1000 Interface for Honeywell KAP 140 2-axis Autopilot
    Integrally lit, laser etched polycarbonate switch panel overlays
    Centrally located standby instrumentation, including:
        Electric Attitude Indicator
        Airspeed Indicator
        Altimeter
        Magnetic Direction Indicator
        Hartzell 2-blade, constant speed propeller.

Quotes from AOPA Pilot magazine review

“The visibility, especially critical in formation flying, was the best of any aircraft I have flown. I mentioned to (John) Gauch that I felt I was on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise - only the “on screen” view wraps around the pilot for more than 180 degrees, an unobstructed picture window on the world.”

“The aircraft was loaded without a pound to spare - three big guys and lots of bags. To show off the airplane’s cargo capabilities, Gauch brought a pair of skis along. Yet we leapt off the ground and climbed out at more than 1,000 fpm.

“Cabin room was excellent. The noise level was low. All attempts to make the Star do something scary failed. Landings were as easy as those in the simplest trainer. Short-field takeoffs used an estimated takeoff roll of 250 feet and a a landing to a full stop soaked up only 300 feet.”
Specifications

    Powerplant – Lycoming IO­360-M1A 180hp
    Length – 26.3 ft
    Height– 6.6 ft
    Wingspan – 39.4 ft
    Wing Area – 145 sq ft
    Seats – 4
    Maximum gross weight – 2,535 lb
    Useful load – 821 lb
    Fuel capacity with extended tanks – 50 gal

Performance

    Takeoff distance, 50-ft obstacle – 1,150 ft
    Max crosswind component – 20 kt
    Rate of climb, sea level – 1,070 fpm
    Cruise, 75% – 147 kts
    Service Ceiling – 16,400 feet

Distinguishing Features

The things that distinguish the DA40 from its competitors such as the Cirrus SR20 and the Cessna 172/182 are the following:

    exceptional visibility through Plexiglas canopies
    higher airspeeds and efficiencies than the Cessnas
    lower stall speeds and easier handling than the Cirrus
    all-electric instruments
    center-mounted stick
    cavernous rear canopy for loading bulky cargo into back seats

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