Diamond DA40 Diamond Star
The Diamond DA40 Diamond Star is an Austrian four-seat, single-engine, light aircraft constructed from composite materials. Built in both Austria and Canada, it was developed as a four-seat version of the earlier DA20 by Diamond Aircraft Industries.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- DA40: Initial model, powered by a Textron Lycoming IO-360 M1A 180 hp (135 kW) engine and a MT Propellers MTV-12-B/180-17. Maximum gross weight is 1150 kg (2535 lb) or 1200 kg (2646 lb) with modifications installed. In increasingly refined versions marketed as the DA40-180, XL, CS and XLS.
- DA40 D: Diesel model, powered by a Thielert TAE 125-01 (Centurion 1.7) or TAE 125-02-99 (Centurion 2.0) engine of 135 hp (101 kW) and MT Propellers MTV-6-A/187-129. Maximum gross weight is 1150 kg (2535 lb). Marketed primarily in Europe, although certified in Canada and Australia as well, as the DA40 TDI.
- DA40 F: Fixed pitch propeller model, powered by Textron Lycoming O-360-A4M and a Sensenich 6EM8S10-0-63 or a MT-Propeller MT 188R135-4G propeller. Maximum gross weight is 1150 kg (2535 lb). Marketed as the DA40 FP. This model is no longer offered.
- DA40 NG: Latest model, offered in select markets only (DA40 model is still offered in other markets), powered by an Austro Engine AE 300 170 hp (127 kW) running on JET A-1 fuel. EASA certified April 2010.
- T-52: Military trainer version, 20 acquired in 2009 and used by the 557th Flying Training Squadron at United States Air Force Academy. The type was replaced in 2012 with the Cirrus SR20-based T-53A.
- DA40 XLT: Version introduced in April 2013 with an upgraded interior, including sun-resistant deluxe leather seats, improved lumbar contours, sun visors, more cup holders and improved storage for hand-held devices.
- DA40 Tundra Star: Version with strengthened landing gear, larger tires for operation from unimproved surfaces and a 168 hp (125 kW) Austro AE300 diesel engine that burns jet fuel.
Users[edit | edit source]
- Royal Australian Air Force
- Austrian Air Force
- Bangladesh Army
- Bolivian Air Force
- Ecuadorian Air Force
- Jamaica Defence Force Air Wing
- Nigerian Air Force
- Singapore Youth Flying Club
- United States
- United States Air Force Academy
- Venezuelan Air Force