Plane & Pilot
Saturday, May 1, 2004

Diamond Goes Glass


First to market with the Garmin G1000, the new DA40 Star is out of the gate


Diamond Goes GlassNo one manufacturer takes the industry by storm these days. Beech did it with the Bonanza in the ’40s and ’50s, Cessna rocked general aviation with the Skyhawk and Skylane in the ’60s, and Mooney rescued itself from bankruptcy with the outstanding 201 in the ’70s, but today’s market is so much smaller that any runaway success is unlikely, if not impossible. But Diamond is set to change all that. " />

As with most normally-aspirated singles, the DA40 Star does its best work in the 7,000- to 9,000-foot altitude range, offering cruise performance in the 140- to 145-knot range. That’s equal to or slightly better than the Tiger’s best efforts, and the Tiger’s speed has always been regarded as revolutionary for a fixed-gear, 180-hp production airplane.


Factory Comparison: Diamond DA40 Star
Piper Archer III
Cessna Skyhawk SP
2003 Base Price*: $224,900 $205,500 $165,000
Cruise Speed, 75% (kts.): 145 128 124
Vso (kts.): 49 45
48
Fuel Burn, 75% (gph): 10.2 13.5 10
Climb Rate (fpm): 1070 680 730
Service Ceiling (ft.): 15,000 14,100 14,000
Takeoff Distance (ft.): 720 1135 960
Landing Distance (ft.): 480 920 575
Gross Weight (lbs.): 2535 2550 2550
Useful Load (lbs.): 894 876 924
Power Loading (lbs./hp): 14 14.2
14.2
Wing Loading (lbs./sq. ft.): 17.4 15 14.7
Fuel Capacity (gals.): 39 48 53
Engine Horsepower: 180 180 180
Landing Gear Type: Tri/Fixed Tri/Fixed Tri/Fixed
Seat Capacity: 4
4
4
       
* 2004 base prices hadn’t been announced at press time. Standard equipment may vary.
Sources: Aircraft Bluebook Price Digest, Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft and manufacturer’s specs




Factory Comparison: New Tiger
Socata Tobago Maule MX7180A
2003 Base Price*: $235,800 $283,202 $110,850
Cruise Speed, 75% (kts.): 143 127 122
Vso (kts.): 53 52 35
Fuel Burn, 75% (gph): 10.7 10 10
Climb Rate (fpm): 850 790 920
Service Ceiling (ft.): 13,800 13,000 15,000
Takeoff Distance (ft.): 865 1070 550
Landing Distance (ft.): 410 625 350
Gross Weight (lbs.): 2400 2535 2400
Useful Load (lbs.): 900 992 1050
Power Loading (lbs./hp): 13.3 14.1 13.3
Wing Loading (lbs./sq. ft.): 17.1 19.8 14.5
Fuel Capacity (gals.): 51 54 40
Engine Horsepower: 180 180 180
Landing Gear Type: Tri/Fixed Tri/Fixed Conv/Fixed
Seat Capacity: 4
4
4
       
* 2004 base prices hadn’t been announced at press time. Standard equipment may vary.
Sources: Aircraft Bluebook Price Digest, Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft and manufacturer’s specs






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