Those of us in the aviation press privileged to review new aircraft are sometimes taken to task for not being appropriately critical. The sentiment often seems to be, “If you’re not finding things to dislike, you’re not doing your job.” That’s more of a challenge with some airplanes than others. True, there are a few marginal designs, but some models are just too adorable to dislike. Think a husky puppy in a dog bowl or a kitten with a ball of string.
Or, think a Diamond Star. A few weeks ago at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., I wished I could take a Star home with me. Flying with Premier Aviation’s Jeff Owen, I had an opportunity to renew acquaintances with the four-seat Diamond, and the experience was equal parts fun and joy.