Continental Diesel Dual Mass Flywheel

We were un-crating the engines for a CD135 conversion DA42, and much to our surprise, on this engine, We discovered this interesting sticker on the rail: This is an unexpected bonus for the already excellent CD135 engines. Continental had talked about the dual mass flywheel at Oshkosh last year, but these were the first we’ve […] ...Read more »

DA42NG and -VI Conversions: Scope of Work

  When you choose to convert your aircraft to Austro Engines, your choices range from the basic engine-only conversion to full new production specification, or anything in between.  Contact us for current pricing and available donor airframes. Basic Conversion to Austro AE 300 Engines This conversion includes all parts and labor for the engine conversion, […] ...Read more »

Great Write-up from Plane and Pilot Magazine on DA42 -VI

At Air Venture (Oshkosh) 2013, Plane & Pilot Magazine’s Bill Cox flew the first North American DA42 -VI. In addition to a clear explanation for why Diamond can’t call the plane a TwinStar any more (“Eurocopter, one of the world’s largest producers of corporate helicopters, had been building a rotary wing called the Twin Star […] ...Read more »

Motorglider In-flight Video from Skill Aviation

Diamond Flight Center Skill Aviation now offers the Motor Glider for rental and training. Here is a quick video to give you a taste: You can make arrangements to fly this great aircraft by calling them at (847) 599-9955 ...Read more »

Optimists and Pessimists from DAI-A’s Homepage

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Introducing the Diamond DA40 XLT for 2013

Unveiled in 2013, the 2013 DA40 XLT is Diamond’s latest version of its DA40 piston single. It’s hard to improve upon perfection, but Diamond has done it again, adding numerous desirable upgrades to this year’s model, enhancing the cabin for your comfort—and offering a whole new level of luxury. Upgrades include more comfortable, wider seats […] ...Read more »

How Fast is a DA42?

There are three flavors of diesel  DA42 available in North America: DA42TDi with 135 HP Centurion engines DA42NG with 168 HP Austro AE300 engines DA42N-VI with Austro engines and a suite of aerodynamic cleanups As with just about everything in aviation, there are tradeoffs between cost and performance, and what follows is drawn from the […] ...Read more »

DA42 Engine Maintenance Intervals Explained

The Diamond DA42 has two currently supported Jet-A engine choices: Centurion 2.0 and Austro AE300.  These Jet-A piston engines differ somewhat from traditional air-cooled gasoline aircraft engines: they are vastly more efficient, not subject to shock cooling, and operationally much simpler. They also require periodic maintenance that a gas engine will not but less frequent […] ...Read more »

How Many DA42’s Are Operating in North America?

And: How many hours has the Austro AE300 engine accumulated worldwide? As of earlier this year: Operating Experience AE300 Engine Total accumulated hours: 200,000 Deliveries: 580 engines Fleet Leader: DA42NG: 1900 hours   North America DA42 Fleet: 30 Conversions and Six NG’s including this one. 171 total DA42’s on FAA registry (may exclude some MPP) […] ...Read more »

A Flight School’s Success with the Diamond DA20 Eclipse

Summit Aviation of Belgrade Montana received the Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association (AOPA) Flight Training Excellence Award for 2012. The award recognizes flight schools that provide an optimal training experience and encourage flight training best practices. Summit Aviation operates a fleet of Diamond DA20, DA40 and DA42 aircraft. Owner Ben Walton remarked “Clearly this award […] ...Read more »

New DA42 Demo Flight Video from Skill Aviation

A client of Skill Aviation in Waukegan, IL posted a great video of his DA42NG intro flight with Skip: ...Read more »

ANN Selects DA40 XLS as Plane of the Year

Each year, we put our heads together, look over reader input as well as our own reports and other sources of info and try to recognize the VERY BEST aircraft in a number of pivotal categories.   This particular series will cover the aircraft we consider to be the VERY BEST of the whole breed. […] ...Read more »

DA42 Fly-By-Wire Trial and video

Two weeks ago, Euronews visited with Diamond Aircraft Industries in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.  They have produced an interesting report on the EU-Project SAFAR (Small Aircraft Future Avionics Architecture) – testing fly-by-wire on the DA42. From the article: Above the Austrian Alps flies what seems to be an ordinary small aircraft.  But it holds a secret.  […] ...Read more »

DA42NG -VI Pirep

Here’s a great write-up of a trip in a new Diamond DA42NG -VI from Eastern Spain to London.  The flight proved out high cruise speeds (189 – 192 KTAS) as well as the efficacy of the FIKI deice system. Read the whole thing for details and great photos. ...Read more »

Future Aircraft Fuels – Diamond Aircraft and 100LL

Many aircraft owners fret the future availability of 100LL fuel for their piston-engined aircraft. Should the Diamond DA40 owner be worried? Answer: NO! No one should be worried about possible unavailability of 100LL obsoleting their DA40. Future fuel compatibility is an integral part of the design concept of the DA40, and these issues were contemplated […] ...Read more »

Why is the DA20 not IFR certified and will it ever be?

No on both points. The DA20-C1 was designed to be a modern, low cost primary 2-seat trainer which is certified for flight in VMC Day/Night conditions and fills this role well. Since the DA20 s introduction in 1993,through mid 2012, a total of more than 1000 DA20 models have been built making it the most […] ...Read more »

DA42NG – VI Wins US Approval

On July 30, Diamond won FAA approval for the “DA42 Performance Enhancement Design Change” – otherwise known as DA42NG – VI.  You can read the approval letter here.   October Update – current lead times are four months, and we expect an aircraft on our ramp sometime around or after Sun&Fun. ...Read more »

New 2012 DA42NG Arrives Early Summer…SOLD

You can still qualify for 100% Bonus Depreciation with a contract and deposit before 12/31/11.  Pick your options, tail number and stripes for the May 2012 delivery, currently on order with: Bubble Canopy GFC700 with Yaw Damper TAS 610 Known Icing Platinum interior etc Don’t wait – this one won’t last…Under Contract. Sold Contact us for […] ...Read more »

Flying the New DA20 with G500 and MT Prop

“There’s no ‘Light’ in this Sport Aircraft”  In early August, we finally had a break in the weather to fly our new DA20 Eclipse.  What’s so special about this aircraft? New MT Propeller. Garmin G500 Primary Flight Display and Multi-Function Display So how does it fly?  During our test flight, we held 4000′ MSL and […] ...Read more »

Diamond D-JET Program Ramps Up

This evening Diamond Aircraft announces that it has obtained commitment for a significant investment exclusively dedicated to the D-JET program.  Read more ...Read more »

UK Pilot Magazine reviews DA42 NG

UK Pilot Magazine takes a test flight and reviews the DA42 NG.  This is a good write-up of how the DA42NG performs. Read the full article (8 Meg pdf, so be patient…)   ...Read more »

DA42 NG Twin Delivered to Capital City Aviation

Great Lakes Diamond Aircraft Sales is pleased to announce its first North American retail delivery of a new Twin-engine DA42 NG aircraft.  The buyer is a member of Capital City Aviation, a Diamond Flight Center located at The Ohio State University Airport in Columbus, OH. With this purchase, Capital City Aviation expands its premium line […] ...Read more »

DA42 NG Twin In Stock This Month

The first DA42NG for North American retail delivery is inbound to GLDAS now and should be on our ramp by the end of October.  This aircraft is loaded: TKS Known Ice Synthetic Vision Platinum Interior Active Traffic Contact us today to learn more. ...Read more »

Avweb Flies the Diamond Motor Glider

Paul Bertorelli visited with us after Sun & Fun to fly one of our Motor Gliders with Andy James.  His video is below, and it is a very good overview of this special aircraft   ...Read more »

Diamond Aircraft Airframe Life Limitation

Is it true that Diamond airplanes have no structural life limitation? Yes. There are no life limitations applicable to major structural components (i.e. wing spars & load bearing structures) of any Diamond airplane. Proof is in the Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS). Other airplanes, both of composite or metal construction (i.e. Cirrus SR series (12,000 […] ...Read more »
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