Diamond Star

06/06/2007 — 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 GA 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

Want more information?

Diamond Star Flight ManualDiamond Star G1000 SupplementKing Autopilot KAP 140 SupplementChecklist and Weight & Balance