Monday, March 15, 2010
DIAMOND AIRCRAFT DA-40 DIAMOND STAR
|STANDARD DATA: (DA-40) Seats 4. Gross wt. 2,535 lbs. Empty wt. 1,641 lbs. Fuel capacity 41 gallons. Engine 180-hp Lycoming IO-360-M1A.
PERFORMANCE: Cruise 145 kts. Stall 49 kts. Initial climb rate 1,070 fpm. Takeoff distance (50') 1,150'. Landing distance (50') 1,190'.
Building on the success of the Katana C1, Diamond began development of the four place DA-40 Diamond Star in 1997. The all-composite airplane would not only get a spacious fuselage, but a whole new wing (39.4'). The Diamond Star not only offered a customer upgrade to the Katana, it also sent the Austrian/Canadian company deep into new territory as a single engine, four seat, general aviation competitor. By 2000, the first DA-40s were rolling off the line. The company later introduced a variant, the DA-40FP (fixed pitch propeller), and by 2004, Diamond continued its full court press by equipping the Diamond Star with all glass instrument panels.