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!
Reading flight reports of the aircraft, 142kts is extremely optimistic. 125kts is reportedly more realistic.
Nice machine though
I'm the first scheduled to fly it on Friday aftrenoon
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
Is the range posted not with the extended fuel tanks on it?
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.
Lovely looking aircraft though; I want to see how one flies.
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