Aircraft Review

January 1998 Issue

Katana C1

With an injected TCM engine, the improved C1 model climbs better and goes faster. (And costs more, too.)


When Diamond Aircraft’s snazzy little Katana emerged into the flight training scene three years ago, it seemed an easy set-up for a bloody nose or two.

“Way too small,” some said.

“A plastic airplane? Are you kiddin’?” That thing won’t last a month on the training line.”

“No way I’m instructing in any airplane with a chainsaw engine.”

While that carping may have some merit, the Katana has nonetheless established itself as the leading-edge trainer for the 1990s, with some 300 airframes toiling away at flight schools across the country. That Diamond has the new trainer market virtually to itself doesn’t hurt. But the fact remains, the Katana seems to be delivering on...

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