Diamond DA-40

Diamond DA40
2004 Diamond Aircraft


Make Diamond Aircraft
Model DA40
Seats 4
Engine 180 HP Lycoming
Wingspan 39 ft 2 in
Height 6 ft 6 in
Wing Load 17.4 lbs / sq foot
Cruse 148 kts
Fuel 40 gal
Climb Rate 1,120 FPM
Ceiling 13,100 ft
Range 700+ Miles
Avionics and Features
Avionics G1000 Glass Cockpit
Certified IFR
Autopilot KAP-140
Weather XM Satellite Weather
Traffic Mode-S Traffic
Terrain TWAS
Engine Engine Monitor
Interior Leather
Virtual Tour:

Diamond DA-40:

Diamond's DA40 is fast, fun, and has the looks to go along with it. A low-wing 4-seat composite aircraft that churns out over 130kts with fuel consumption around 8 GPM makes it an absolute star in the general aviation world. Suitable for everything from primary flight training on up to real word business and pleasure trips. If hard IMC is your game the G1000 should be your first draft pick. Next up is your 180hp fuel-injected Lycoming engine that puts out a sold climb effort, putting out over 500fpm past 10,000 feet.

All this and I’ve not yet mentioned it has autopilot, satellite weather, most of the rest of the options that other aircraft don’t.

The things that distinguish the Diamond DA40 from its competitors such as the Cirrus SR20 and the Cessna 172/182 are the following:

-exceptional visibility through Plexiglas canopies

-higher airspeeds and efficiencies than the Cessna's

-lower stall speeds and easier handling than the Cirrus

-all-electric instruments

-center-mounted stick

-cavernous rear canopy for loading bulky cargo into back seats


In the past 20 years Diamond Aircraft has quietly amassed safety record second to none. The only fatality in the DA40 was determined to be caused by considerably poor pilot decision which resulted in CFIT (Controlled Flight into Terrain). To non-pilots this means the pilot took a perfectly good airplane and flew it into the ground unnecessarily.
As of yet Diamond has not been sued for a product defect.

Safety in the DA40 starts with excellent visibility afforded by the wrap-around canopy and low panel. Super long narrow wings sit slightly behind the pilots seat, allowing an IMAX like view in quite literally every direction.

Safety continues with an extremely docile handling from slow flight to stalls. Where some aircraft have a tricky tendency for a wing to drop the DA40 is a steady bird. While the DA40 is not currently ‘spin-certified’, (neither is the Cessna 172), it has been spin tested and can be recovered from a spin via a standard opposite rudder procedure according to the factory.

Diamond’s ultra-strong DA40 wing spars can carry the full load of the wings, because of this the FAA certified the composite airframe approving it without the standard life time limit that plagues similar other aircraft.



Preflight & Taxi:

The DA-40 fuel tanks hold 40 gallons multiplied by 6.00 lbs / gal = 240 lbs. This leaves a passenger and baggage capacity of over 600 pounds (note some Diamond DA-40’s have optional tanks that hold 50 gallons). Baggage is stored in the cargo area behind the two rear seats, which both fold forward in case you want to carry larger items such as a bike. A cover opens up in the rear section exposing a "ski tube" in the tail for carrying long lightweight cargo.

Interestingly the DA40 interior is fairly spacious. Accordingly getting in and out is easy with no need to step on the seats. This is accommodated by a rear seat passenger gull-wing door. Once seated, rear passengers are in place, they have an awesome amount of space and plenty of legroom, even for people over 6 feet tall. All four seats are equipped with car-like 3-point inertia-reel seatbelts. The view from the rear seats is equally impressive, 180-degree panorama. Most anyone could be content riding in the back seat all day.

The pilot's seats are actually integrated into the airframe, which makes them fantastically strong but prevents them from being adjustable. To accommodate pilots of many different heights, the pedals and brakes are manually adjustable.

Taxiing the DA40 with the free-caster nose wheel in a straight line via rudder input and differential braking is remarkably easy, actually much easier than in some other planes of similar design, such as the Cirrus SR-20.