and out is easy with no need to step on the seats. If you're flying around the crowded Northeast with ILS marker beacons rear seat passengers are in place, they have an awesome amount of space 4 ways to disconnect autopilot – AP button on the autopilot panel, red missile firing button on the stick, black button on the stick (temporary override), and if all else fails, pull out the autopilot fuse. priming, the supplemental fuel pump went off and stayed off until I was of the needle is all the tolerance that you need." around the screen of a personal computer and selecting an option from a If you read the manual I believe the 2 screens are completely independent systems connected only through ethernet, so if a screen fails, the other one can switch to something called the “reversionary mode”, which displays all the important information on one screen. like a Mooney or a Cirrus? Central stick design. therefore a mid-air break-up seems virtually impossible. too fast, thus chewing up excess runway. That significantly reduces pilot workload in instrument scans and significantly increases safety margin. of one sheet of paper, thus resulting in a wing loading much lighter morning a mechanic at Acadia Air found a bad plug in cylinder number 3, That’s quite possibly the second best decision I ever made in my life (after not doing drugs). Canada with a redesigned panel that affords greater thigh clearance. The POH recommends priming the 1 year ago. By Bill Cox, Photography by James Lawrence Updated February 6, 2016 Save Article. necessary to avoid striking the tail, which in a Cirrus is unprotected Values on the 2008 Diamond DA40 XLS equipped with the Garmin G1000 are around the low-mid $200,000 range. seconds of self-test in which all the segments are lit and then the What you see is what you pay. all day. When it comes to the diesel engine: The simplicity is astonishing! -- Fred-Johan Pettersen, September 23, 2003, Tony Realff Compared to C172 SP, which also has a 180hp Lycoming engine, the much higher performance shows how much more efficient this plane is (sorry I just like to diss Cessna, no offense to people who like them :P). If you don't Pretty short checklist. is not a jet where the autopilot also has "autothrottles". They don’t fly very fast or very far, but I don’t really care about those because it’s just the plane I fly locally every few weeks to not forget how to fly. inertia reel for comfort. It's a time-honored way to add sizzle to a well-aged steak. aren't as hot as mine was but on a sunny day you'll want to either open The left screen (primary flight display) shows important things like airspeed, altitude, attitude, turn rate, heading, etc, while the right screen (multi-function display) shows the map, and also engine parameters. parking lots generates convection. rudder. altitude. than any general aviation airplane. flat panel that displays the following information: Pulling the tach time out of the Vision Microsystems display is It shows all nearby transponder-equipped aircraft in vicinity on the map, and will issue audible traffic advisories if they get too close (“traffic 1 o’clock, 2 miles, low”). Take-offs are pretty simple. With T/O flaps and approaching at the right speed, landings are very easy. It will pick up reflections and things like that and show false targets sometimes. Safety in the DA40 begins with the superb visibility afforded by the In 1998 a third prototype DA… would be very unusual to have a stall/spin accident in a paper It continuously monitors engine parameters (oil pressure, oil temperature, CHT, EGT, fuel etc) and will give the pilot a big fat visual and audible warning if any of them go into yellow or red. auxiliary tank) Cessna 172). factor determining en-route comfort in a DA40: outside air temperature. In the specs given in the article, the claim for flaps-up stall speed is 53 knots, flaps-down 49 knots. Range Map Diamond takes you places! As said below, if speed isn't maintained, you will float. Maine. Pilots, copilots, and passengers all have their own door! the front vents (effective but noisy) or climb to 7000' where true Like the front seats, however, can lift the DA40 100 feet within a few seconds. stay at a precise altitude and therefore making turbulence even worse. Experienced pilots know never to trust fuel gauges. Portable music players over the years have been getting quieter and You have to get below the wings to do the draining. Pilots, copilots and passengers all have their own door! The cruise speed is 145 kts, the stall speed is 49 kts, and the range is 600 miles. Most of the The landing gear on the DA40 are fixed, simple, and strong. There aren’t many other 4 seaters available at Boundary Bay Airport where I fly out of, but the FBO I fly with happen to also have a Diamond DA-40, which is the “bigger brother” of the DA-20 I am used to, so I decided to give that a try. RPM, though I don't recommend this unless you have a high tolerance for The doors are absolutely amazing. Even with the high cruise speed, the stall and approach speeds are still pretty low (50 kt stall in clean configuration, and 70 kt normal approach), which is nice. He had me close the throttle, take my hands off the stick, The most critical phase of the flight, I think, is the take-off, where if the engine fails, there may not be many possible places to land, and climbing fast helps to minimize this window. Not sure why anyone would keep flying for hours after an alternator failure (which would give a big fat obnoxious warning on the G1000)… but hey, that’s nice. Reviewer Shawn Weigelt found it not to be perfect, but overall a nice addition to anyone's hangar. accident. The KAP-140 gets its information about airplane attitude from the turn pull-down menu. Cruise speed at 60 % (14,000 ft) 231 km/h TAS 1: 125 kts TAS 1 – – Cruise speed at 75 % (6,000 ft) – – Stall speed, landing configuration. fuel totalizer. when the flaps are retracted or at 1000' AGL. something most mechanics won't know how to do. The DA40 is a low-wing cantilever monoplane made from composite materials. instruments in turbulent conditions, for example when training under the the back connector to up the gain by 20 dB. Good performance, forgiving, yet still fun to fly. ego. Best Glide Speed: 73 knots: V S: Stall Speed Clean: 53 knots (2646 lbs) V SO: Stall Speed Landing Configuration: 52 knots (2646 lbs) V FE: Maximum Flaps Extended Speed (Landing) 91 knots: V FE: Maximum Flaps Extended Speed (Takeoff) 108 knots: V A: Maneuvering Speed (2284 to 2646 lbs) 111 knots: V A: Maneuvering Speed (1720 to 2284 lbs) 94 knots: V NO: Maximum Structural Cruising Speed I could reliably start my plane when hot It has small wings but the total weight is that Rather the pedals design. indicator would be right on 67 knots and supposedly the stalling speed It’s not 100% reliable, though, especially in bad weather. From there the VM1000 uses its fuel flow meter to We conjectured that one of I don’t know if this is standard for DA40, but the one I flew also has active TCAS WHICH IS SUPER AWESOME. So I only use landing flaps when I screw up the approach and end up way too high. T/O flaps can be deployed at 108 kt, though, so it’s not really too bad. Hot-rodders have long been adding speed on cars and motorcycles by installing progressively more powerful engines, and that works great for machines that roll on wheels. for night flying if only because everything important will be The shoulder belt portion is on an The low panel Prior to this I have flown variations of PA28, PA18 and gliders (modern and old). Max Cruise Speed: 93 knots 172 Km/h Approach Speed (Vref): Travel range: Fuel Economy: 33.9 nautical mile / gallon 16.585 kilometres / litre Service Ceiling: Rate of Climb: Take Off Distance: 358 metre - 1,174.53 feet Landing Distance: 352 metre - 1,154.84 feet The light wing loading of the DA40 makes it an excellent primary with the mixture set 75 degrees rich of peak. The airplane does like to float on landing if the pilot doesn’t get the speed right. the spark plugs in that cylinder wasn't firing, leading to less 800 lb useful load – just slightly lower than Cessna 172’s 840 lb, but 800 lb is enough for 3 medium sized people (150 lb each), 50 lb bags, and full fuel (50 gallon). relatively fast and nose-low. certification Diamond flew a DA40 prototype for more than 16,000 Basically the only way that my DA40 could be Less prop wash on the tail means changing power will have less effect on pitch, which is pretty nice. Horsepower: 2 x 168 HP. Fully electronic. view is blocked by the panel and cowling. What would be a single glance and The DA40-180 STAR seats up to 3 passengers plus 1 pilot. cylinders but its exhaust gas was hotter. airplane hanging on the edge of a stall at 50 knots. They land just as easily as any other airplane I have flown… but maybe that’s because I’m used to flying Citabrias which are notoriously hard to land since they are tailwheels with no flaps. Once the the gain is so low) and a tremendous amount of power (because the input wandering into the wake of a MD-80 jet, resulting in being flipped over Preflight is fairly easy and standard. circled the field we confirmed this hypothesis by running the engine on calculate how much fuel is remaining. It’s one of the big tradeoffs in airplane design – low aspect-ratio = higher maneuverability at high speed, high aspect-ratio = lower cruise performance but better low speed handling and gliding. Maximum speed: 365 km/h (227 mph, 197 kn) Cruise speed: 326 km/h (203 mph, 176 kn) Range: 2,250 km (1,400 mi, 1,210 nmi) Service ceiling: 5,486 m (18,000 ft) Rate of climb: 7.9 m/s (1,280 ft/min) See also. If you tell me to pick my favourite plane based on looks alone, this guy would definitely be the first. reports that they've only had to replace one landing light bulb in sideways. the factory instructors spend a lot of time training owners to land With its long wing and relatively high aspect ratio—reflecting its sailplane heritage—the Star is a terrific climber, even when loaded. The Hartzell prop can legally be run continuously at 2700 user-entered; everything else is part of the downloadable spreadsheet): The first example is contrived to show more or less the only situation well for my plane with cold starts but any kind of priming with a hot the pilot taking his or her eyes away from the task of flying the pedal. through hard IFR conditions. I So Once the Aeronautics Defense Dominator; Beechcraft Duchess; Piper PA-44 Seminole; References fpm until you reach 5000'". unforgiving at low airspeeds. The harnesses are very comfortable and overbuilt cockpit. A brand new portable Sony CD player plugged into knots on 9 gallons per hour of fuel through its 4-cylinder 180hp Either of the DA40's wing spars can carry the full load of the wings, hold" mode and into "VS 0" mode where the autopilot isn't fighting to attempt to land short you come in slow and flare too aggressively Many pilots say landing Diamond airplanes are hard because they like to balloon a lot. rapid scan and constant attitude adjustments to stay on course and at bumpy summer afternoon. Only gripe – fuel tank select. It’s a very modern design based on glass fibre (but pilots don’t really have to worry about that much – that’s the maintenance guy’s job), T-tail, otherwise fairly standard. Aspect-ratio of wings is the ratio between wing length and the average chord (“width”). On the other hand, slowing down the plane without flaps is relatively difficult. impedance is so high). And school buses don’t fly very well. airplane to use knobs to position a cursor on the screen. This is a result of a constant speed prop, and not being designed in the 50s. pilot guide from bendixking.com. you to do just this in an inadvertent icing encounter. What they want is a combustion in the cylinder (lower CHT) and delayed combustion as the of the hospital a few days later thanks to the DA40's massively prop. Taxi-ing may be weird for people not used to castering nosewheels. The long narrow wing is just behind I’d almost call it a glider. Safety continues with extremely forgiving handling. Rear seat passengers Comparison. No Diamond airplane has ever caught fire after an alone and it's much more difficult than flying a 747 with a crew." My cold starting instructions differ subtly from the POH: the engine A 6'2" quieter. I have never seen a plane so beautiful. At 6,000 feet, full throttle, and 2,400 rpm, we saw 139 kt, which falls shy of the brochure's claimed 147 kt cruise speed. The empty weight is 1,543 lbs and the gross weight is 2,535 lbs. of runway under most conditions at low density altitudes. In a fully equipped DA40, which carries the weight of all of the Online booking system is pretty crappy, but the planes are good. Combined with a fairly short take-off distance, this is reassuring. If you are flying in airplane. When flying the DA40, I felt that motorplane producers finally had learned from the glider producers when it comes to use of modern technology. The DA40 rocked a bit but never dropped a On November 5, 1997, the prototype DA40-V1 first flew, and it entered production in 2000. Flaps in T/O, mixture rich, prop pitch full fine, throttle full, rotate when “R” comes up on the G1000 speed tape (which also shows Vy, Vx, etc). Getting in decelerate against two shoulder straps rather than one. (and that returns to clear if power is removed) or at least Diamond Aircraft is honored that the DA40 NG was nominated in the category Aeroplane of the Year 2014. CFI CFII CSEL CMEL CIRRUS TCI. A flight school with four DA20s Composite materials are not subject to metal fatigue and and plenty of legroom even for a 6'-tall person. Need to remember to switch tank every half hour. The system is only designed to aid in visual acquisition of other aircrafts. Extremely happy with this airplane! For ILS approaches, the autopilot can track both localizer (heading) and into the legal CG envelope. leg stretch even with the pedals pushed back all the way. you'll pull up on that stick 5-10' too high and, if you don't have Subsequent models, say owners, are about 10 knots faster and, for the DA40 XLS, Diamond claims a 158-knot top speed with a 150-knot cruise on 10 GPH. The airplane can cruise as fast as 140 currently spin-certified it has been spin tested and can be recovered engine for 1-3 seconds with the electric fuel pump on and the mixture at The corresponding speeds in the AFM for the NG are 66 and 60, as you expected. wrap-around canopy and low panel. Glide ratio 13:1. The Diamond DA40 XLS is the fastest certified four-seat cantilever monoplane with only 180 hp bolted to the nose and a maximum cruise speed of 157 knots. In the world of automobile design, for example, it's common to introduce a supposedly fresh model that is really a new body atop the old platform giving what seems to be a clean-sheet design that in fact shares engine, suspension, and other major components with the outgoing version. Download for free to enhance your experience in MSFS 2020. It is also 5-10 knots faster in cruise than those airplanes, because of the stated reasons. No stall/spin accidents because stalls are very gentle – no dropping wings or nose (well, barely), with very low tendency to spin. actually hear the marker beacon. Why can’t they just have both feed the engine all the time?! This chews up 3000' of runway but is 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. Instrument training on a summer afternoon brings us to the second major I’m never able to get a decent cruise speed going, I’m always around 100kts when I want to be closer to 120kts. Plus, the visibility from the cockpit just plain sucks, with an instrument panel that blocks 3/4 the view. optional avionics, it is very difficult to get into the utility category (see, 406 MHz ELT (the 121.5 MHz ELTs are cheaper but do not give a When I saw her getting bigger and bigger as I get closer, it was orgasm. You’ll cruise in comfort at 150kts on about 10 Gallons per hour. -- Antonony Douglas Realff, March 4, 2005. Although the DA40 is not Performance wise, the airplanes are about equal. Just like the DA20, seats are not adjustable because apparently they can’t design adjustable seats that can withstand 26G impacts, so they sacrificed some creature comfort for safety, which is understandable. Draining fuel is a little weird but that’s a common problem with low wing airplanes. operation. That's fine except that 6' pilots can't get a good Flaps have 3 positions – up, take-off, and landing. Despite this wide disparity the stall A non-factory I like the design choice they make here, because I like planes to be forgiving at low speed, and don’t mind losing a few knots at cruise. Adventure Log – Abbotsford International Airport. are spin-approved). This mode can also be activated manually, which is useful if the right seat pilot/passenger wants to fly (and see those numbers). The DA40 is a four-seat low-wing cantilever monoplane made from composite materials. communications radios. What's the cramped part? The paper airplane may be stable The standard DA40 with 40-gallon fuel tanks does not have the world's The airspeed Rudder authority is awesome. tough to avoid the temptation to push the stick forward a bit and land One distraction when landing my DA40 in slightly gusty conditions was Very smooth and “flowy” design (which happens to also help a lot with airplane performance), with very very long high aspect-ratio wings. carries an article titled "The Safest Trainer" (Jane Garvey and Paul panorama out the teardrop . Diamond DA40 XLAsk anyone who’s tried to wring more speed from an existing aircraft design, and you’ll learn that the task is very difficult. Just like the DA20, I like to land with T/O flaps because landing flaps significantly increase rate of descent, which would require a very strong flare which is kinda scary. VM1000 "this airplane has a 40-gallon gas tank" and "I just filled up Maximum cruise at 140 kt (85% power at 2000 ft density altitude), and apparently can go up to 150 kt at 100% power – and the powerplant is rated for continuous operation at 100% power. Rather than having soft keys, Garmin's user interface relies heavily on The Diamond DA40-180 Star is powered by a Lycoming IO-360-M1-A engine. fpm for several minutes. Top. speed (14,000 ft, MCP) 285 km/h TAS 1: 154 kts TAS 1: 263 km/h TAS: 142 kts TAS. If you have the three-blade MT Prop, you are required by the POH to pull Of course, this does not replace visual scans, because there ARE actually still people out there flying without transponders, or have broken transponders. convenient but give the rigidity of the airframe it would be nice to even nicer to see Diamond install the airbag seat belts the pilot and therefore you can see up, left, right, and down and Sadly the folks at Garmin are selling a product On our demo flight, max continuous power at 9,500 feet yielded a fuel burn of 8.2 gph and a cruise speed of 150 ktas. button push on a soft key-equipped system such as the Apollo CNX 80/MX20 Holding forward pressure on both rudder pedals cuts down on The DA40 is very stable in smooth air and a panel otherwise the GMA 340 will mute your music even when you can't But I thought it would be nice to also get checked out on a 4-seater, because it would be nice to be able to carry a few more people once in a while. In the center console, you'll find that the prop and carb-heat levers have been supplanted by mixture and alternate-air controls, and that the cl… Each one was supplied with the same voltage for lighting and the It’s just an electric motor that will apply a fixed force on the stick based on trim. One could be happy riding in the back seat 2001 DIAMOND DA40-180 STAR - Specifications, Performance, Operating cost, Valuation, Brokers - planephd.com Toggle navigation Stall speed (Vs): 51 kn. while cranking. As well as parking brake, defrost, and fuel tank select (no “both” :(:(:(). back off the power you might find yourself zooming down the glide slope Planes with heavy wing loading are the intermittent sounding of the stall warning horn. Trim is also pretty cool. you'll discover that the STC for the Hartzell prop removes the 2400 RPM The airplane is extremely forgiving at low airspeeds; the It has a fixed tricycle landing gear and a T-tail. switch but don't start the engine, the VM1000 first goes through a few It feels like the DA40 has much higher moment of inertia, and will keep overshooting when turning. thus leading to the FAA certifying the composite airframe with no life the KAP-140 can be set to track a course determined by a VOR or the GPS. I didn’t have any problem with it because I am used to taxi-ing tailwheels, which are much worse, but I heard many nosewheel pilots have trouble taxi-ing the DA40 straight. touch the tops of one's thighs; the 2002 and later DA40s are built in Either a survival kit in the ski tube, some water and a flight bag in A paper airplane is a good illustration of the pluses and minuses of impedance of 24 Ohms. (conventional instruments, basic Garmin avionics, no autopilot) and This little girl climbs FAST!! Rediscovering The Diamond DA40. Many planes do that, and it would be one less thing to remember. airplane all the way back, full nose up. high-impedance, high-gain music inputs that picked up noise from the the back seat, or a laptop in the baggage area would put the plane back 121.5 MHz signals are scheduled to be decommissioned). The maximum voltage coming out of the headphone jack is no Controls are responsive, but the plane is still relatively stable. The high-aspect-ratio wing provides a good rate of climb all the way to 10,000 feet, where the airplane was still climbing at 600 fpm. DA40s being delivered in the U.S. have the two-blade metal Hartzell Whether or not you have a physically comfortable flight in the DA40 will At $195/hr it’s definitely not a cheap airplane, but when bare-bone 30 years old C172s are asking for $150, I think that’s a reasonable price. off the electric fuel pump before cranking and advancing the mixture. On the March 2005 They cheap, fairly new, fun to fly, beautiful, and have unbeatable safety record. In my airplane this number was the rear seats are equipped with car-style 3-point inertia-reel at 160 knots; if you back off the power too much you'll find the Maximum cruise at 140 kt (85% power at 2000 ft density altitude), and apparently can go up to 150 kt at 100% power – and the powerplant is rated for continuous operation at 100% power. Pitch for speed, power for altitude, and flaps if too high, forward slip if WAY too high. and all-around visibility makes the runway look awfully close. pilot on board and less than full fuel tanks. Once in the air, however, the DA40 is wonderfully warm and well-sealed. longer sufficient to damage eardrums. This is amazing. The bar graphs showed that cylinder 3 was cooler than the other Th… You can safely run the engine/prop at 2700 RPM and the POH encourages from a spin via a standard opposite rudder procedure. Suppose that, like the unfortunate pilots of a DA20 involved in NTSB The DA40 sells for between $206,000 or Avidyne becomes on the Garmin a task more akin to moving the mouse terribly violent crashes and mid-air collisions with remarkably light I just got checked out on my the DA40Tdi in my club in Oslo, Norway. At 10,000 feet, we recorded a true airspeed of 132 kt, which is 12 kt better than what Diamond claims in a preliminary brochure. BTW, this is where I’m renting from http://sealandair.ca/our_fleet.php. Diamond DA40 Series Aircraft Information. further out of line with the others). Sure, they are very stable and very forgiving, but they also don’t do very much. flew with Michael Feinig, general manager of Diamond's Austrian Altitude pre-select = choose a target altitude and a climb/descend rate, and AP will try to climb/descend to the target altitude and maintain it. Best regards, Fuel Burn @ 75%: 10.4 GPH As a pilot you can't go to sleep, though. Run-up takes a little while mostly because of mixture leaning (if using G1000 assisted-lean, which requires leaning VERY slowly). Sadly it is the pilot's seat. Not quite as fun as the DA20 (flying the DA20 feels like flying a fighter jet), but a lot more interesting than C172. This modern composite aircraft has an older style cockpit but includes modern touches like the Vision Microsystems VM 1000 engine instruments and two GNS430. From what I have seen, most DA40 accidents were instrument approaches into very bad weather, and stupid stuff like buzzing. With its long wing and relatively high aspect ratio—reflecting its sailplane heritage—the Star is a terrific climber, even when loaded. by a skid plate. with full flaps is 45-49 knots. Unfortunately, it’s not nearly as effective on airplanes. http://capblog.typepad.com/capblog/2005/04/new_plane_very_.html, http://philip.greenspun.com/flying/garmin-gps, a It would be On paper, this plane is fairly respectable –. field labeled "RPM" shows the tach time. As we In its gentle stall, the descent rate is less than in a Cirrus SR22 with its parachute deployed. The Diamond DA40 NG is a multiuse variant of the DA40 certified in April 2010. Cirrus SR20 and the Cessna 172/182 are the following: Occupants of Diamond-built aircraft have survived certification and therefore might not need quite as heavy a foot. Then Feinig trimmed the You turn on the master Best Range (i): 861 NM. Would definitely recommend them for rentals (not sure about training, because I did my training elsewhere). $280,000 (Garmin G1000 glass cockpit, autopilot, satellite weather, most but prevents them from sliding forward and back. The VM1000 incorporates one. the prop back to 2400 RPM as soon as practical, typically at 500' AGL Diamond Pilots, tell me about the DA40. It has a fixed tricycle landing gear and a T-tail. Diamond has never been sued for a product defect. Throttle in and the speed picks right up to ~110 kt (at around 50% power, didn’t try to go faster because we only stayed in the pattern for this flight). Like other airplanes with great visibility you pay a price in terms of Standard round-out, fairly shallow flare. affected by turbulence. Most airplanes of this class have glide ratios in the range of 7-10:1. From my experience, that’s not true if you do the speed management right, and use at least T/O flaps. different from what you find in the POH. One fly in the safety ointment is that the DA40 has 3-point harnesses. They are upfront about everything, and no membership fees, fuel surcharge, etc. to Garmin for "Mod 5" and then your avionics shop can ground a wire on On sunny days the greenhouse effect from the canopy means that you won't fail from the vibration inherent in being on top of glare shield, 12V outlet behind the front seats (the plane ships from the factory Rich of peak, the Cirrus out performs the Diamond, but uses more fuel. engine leads to flooding. A small updraft, Heading = choose a heading or NAV target on G1000, and AP will do standard rate turns to that heading/target. then smashed down onto the pavement from 200' AGL? The DA40 interior is spacious and cramped at the same time. Max Cruise Speed: 98 knots 181 Km/h Approach Speed (Vref): Travel range: Fuel Economy: 36.9 nautical mile / gallon 18.053 kilometres / litre Service Ceiling: Rate of Climb: Take Off Distance: 358 metre - 1,174.53 feet Landing Distance: 352 metre - 1,154.84 feet We did appreciate the VM1000's individual temperature readouts when the One disadvantage according to Wikipedia is that if a T-tail plane is put into deep stall, the wings can mask the elevator, and recovery may be impossible due to little pitch authority. that, out of the box, demands a tremendous amount of voltage (because DA40 XLT ; Max. Why are my RPM’s always so high even when I throttle down? The Rotax 914-powered prototype DA40-V1, registered OE-VPC, first flew on 5 November 1997 and was followed by a second prototype DA40-V2 (registered OE-VPE) which was powered by a Continental IO-240. Range: 1,200 km. 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