Aircraft Review

May 2000 Issue

Diamond’s DA40 Star

Decent cruise speed and payload and wonderful handling. But itís late to the market and faces intense competition.

[IMGCAP(1)] If the golden age of the plastic airplane hasnít arrived, itís about to. Cirrus is scooping up orders for its SR20, the Lancair Columbia may finally be rolling off the line in numbers and here comes Diamond with the long-awaited DA40-180 Star, a four-place follow-up to the Katana trainer.

If nothing else, the world doesnít lack for choice in four-place, fixed-gear aircraft, leading us to wonder if there are enough buyers to support all the manufacturers who hope to ply this increasingly crowded field.

For Diamond, the DA40 may be a must-do project and itís coming late to the party. Diamond has been peddling the two-place Katana to the training market for more than five yea...

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