Plane & Pilot
Monday, August 1, 2005

"Star Wars!"

The Force behind the Diamond DA42 Austrian invasion

Okay, perhaps it’s true other countries outdo the USA when it comes to manufacturing automobiles, computers and TV sets, but there has never been any serious competition with America’s general aviation airplanes. Companies such as Piper, Cessna, Beech, Mooney, Maule, Cirrus, Lancair, American Champion, American General, Commander and Grumman-American have accounted for the vast majority of light aircraft sales in the last half-century. " />

Standard equipment on the Twin Star will include a basic version of the aforementioned Garmin G-1000, full leather and a KAP-140 autopilot. The option list will feature a TKS anti-ice and de-ice system, oxygen, mode-S transponder with TIS uplink, XM Satellite Weather and, on the DA42-360 only, air conditioning.

As we go to press, Diamond president and CEO Christian Dries is gauging market interest on a pair of new101 hp engines—one gas, one diesel—for possible retrofit to Katanas and the HK36 motorgliders. Diamond also will build a new manufacturing facility in Beijing, China, to support a variety of the company’s products in the Asian marketplace. A Diamond’s Canadian factory in London, Ontario, has produced 1,000 airplanes since it started deliveries there in 1995. Production capacity continues to grow to meet North American demand.

Every technology upgrade has its challenges, but in either of its two iterations, Diamond’s Twin Star is an impressive example of fresh thinking, with exciting new design features, strong performance and a formidable challenge to American manufacturers.

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SPECS: 2005 Diamond DA42 Twin Star


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