DA40 TDI COMING TO FLIGHTWISE!

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DA40 TDI COMING TO FLIGHTWISE!

Post by tom in weston » Tue Jul 18, 2006 11:37 am

I just thaught i'd let everyone know that the DA40 TDI is coming to weston for a weekend of testflights for flightwise members, from Friday 21st July until Sunday the 23rd of July, we will be using the flights to judge the suitabilty of the DA40 to join our fleet.

Diamond Aircraft are sending their chief test pilot Henrik Burkal to show us what the DA40 can do.

The DA40 TDI is powered by a THIELERT Centurion 135hp diesel engine. I'm really looking forward to pulling up to the pumps at airports we visit in a single engine, 4 seat light aircraft and saying "fill er up........with jet A1, please"

Some of the performance figures are as follows :

Take off distance (ground roll) : 1,099 ft
Rate of climb MTOW : 650 ft/m
Cruise speed : 142 kts
Range : 1,083 nm
Maximum take off weight : 2,535 lbs
Fuel capacity : 41 US gal
Fuel grade : JET A1

I'm sure you will all agree , this proves the commitment Flightwise have of providing the best tuition and most up to date equipment of any flying school in Ireland. So if you see the DA40 on the ramp at Weston over the weekend, pop over and say hello, ask questions, take pictures we don't mind, we're used to being the centre of attention at Flightwise!

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Post by Flyer1 » Tue Jul 18, 2006 11:40 am

Ahh jeez, I thought something big was gonna be happening. Block Capitols and Exclamation Marks. It's another aeroplane with shiny radio switches, give it a few months for the novelty to disappear.
Reading flight reports of the aircraft, 142kts is extremely optimistic. 125kts is reportedly more realistic.


Nice machine though :D

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Post by tom in weston » Tue Jul 18, 2006 12:21 pm

Ahh Flyer 1, let us enjoy the excitment while it lasts, what do you fly? Will you be in Weston over the weekend?

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Post by michael747 » Tue Jul 18, 2006 6:48 pm

Hey :D
I'm the first scheduled to fly it on Friday aftrenoon :D
I've even cancelled a flight to london to fly it - going ta farnborough for the weekend - re-scheduled to depart friday evening...
Really looking forward to flying it- hopefully the weather will hold off till then!!

I got mistakin by thinkin it was a 180bhp one, so thanks for clearing that up, but it doesn't really make a difference.
Auto pilot - the works, hopefully everyone that flies it will like it, and we may see one permanently based in weston in a few months :D


Is the range posted not with the extended fuel tanks on it?

Cant wait :D :D
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Post by tom in weston » Tue Jul 18, 2006 9:24 pm

the booking slots a filling up fast, yeah sorry 'bout the range figures, 1,083nm (long range tanks). 741nm (standard tanks)

i'll be there on Friday, smile for the camera, the pics will be on the flightwise site.

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Post by Flyer1 » Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:03 am

Tom, my dear friend. I fly a Warrior. But other types have included Seminole's, Arrow's, Aztec's, Lambada's, Cherokee's, Long ez's, C210, C310, C172, H36's, TB9's, RV6's, D112's, Robin Regent's, XT-200's, BE77's to name but a few.

Unfortunatley I won't be in weston throughout the weekend. I've got other business to attend and it's at the wrong side of the country for me. I can't wait to see those pictures.

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Post by tom in weston » Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:26 am

Wow, I am impressed, thats a fine list of aircraft flown. I'd consider that a big achievment, when I believe you haven't yet sat your Leaving Cert, well done, I bow in admiration.

Keep an eye out for the pictures and a report on the flying.

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Post by Flyer1 » Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:44 pm

You can believe it :D

If you dont i'll gladly show you the aircraft themselves. Just drop me a PM :wink: I just have the luck that many people dont.

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Post by alphaLaura » Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:24 pm

(ie - Flyer1 is a chancer and has a knack for talking to the right people at the right time. I hate him).

Lovely looking aircraft though; I want to see how one flies.
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Post by tom in weston » Wed Jul 19, 2006 10:41 pm

Yeah some people have all the luck. Flyer 1, when did you get your P.P.L.?

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Post by Lambada Crazy » Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:19 pm

:D :D :D :) Who said anything about him having a ppl?
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Post by Flyer1 » Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:51 pm

:D Actually, alphaLaura, Lambada Crazy, and airoshane to name but a few will vouch for me.

Lambada has flown most of what i've flown.

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Post by alphaLaura » Thu Jul 20, 2006 11:27 am

Flyer1 doesn't have his PPL. But has more hours experience than the lot of us - because of the knack for talking / being in the right place.
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Post by Flyer1 » Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:26 pm

* nod nod *.

Bring me flying Laura, this instant.

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Post by squigs » Thu Jul 20, 2006 3:21 pm

any chance of throwing a bit of rape seed in her tom at weston??....jus ta see what happens...not much probably....

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