Used Aircraft Guide

February 2008 Issue

Used Aircraft Guide: Diamond DA40 Star

Safe, reliable and economical, the Diamond Star has carved a niche as a trainer/cruiser with a high-tech, glass airframe edge.

The first time we clapped eyes on what was then the prototype of Diamond’s new four-place single—what eventually became the Star—we politely oohed and ahhed. But secretly, we thought the thing didn’t have a prayer. First, it was small. Second, it had a canopy rather than doors and last, it had that weird hatch for the rear-seat occupants. Who would buy that? Quite a few flight schools and individual owners, it turned out. The current FAA registry shows nearly 600 DA40s on the rolls in the U.S., with the total production now at about 1040 worldwide. Given its European roots, Diamond came at the DA40’s design as sort of hybrid between the sleek glass gliders the company started out producing when it was Hoffman Flugzeugbau and more traditional aircraft U.S. customers are accustomed to. This yielded what we think can fairly be called a world airplane.

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