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?
So how does it fly?
During our test flight, we held 4000′ MSL and the temperature outside was 63*F.
We documented the flight in an unfortunately poor quality video here. You can see for yourself the indicated airspeeds we recorded.
The flying “feel” is the same as any DA20: Great! The only difference is that with the G500 installation, the instrument panel sits farther away from the pilot, and it is raked forward at the top. The net effect of these changes is a substantially better fit for larger pilots. I (Dan) am 5’11” and normally (FAA Standard) proportioned, and the audio panel buttons were just within reach.
The G500 itself is a very impressive device. The button logic is very similar to the G1000, and all of the moving map, flight planning, and instrument approach procedures are well-depicted on the MFD.