Diamond Aircraft recently unveiled it new DA40XL, designed to compete directly with the Cessna 182 and Cirrus SR20, according to company officials.
A higher performance powerplant, Garmin glass cockpit, including the GFC700 autopilot, and a 110-pound gross weight increase (which is pending FAA certification) are features of the upgraded model.
Powerflow exhaust, in combination with a new MT composite scimitar three-blade prop, provides significant improvement in speed, runway performance, climb and smoothness, said Peter Maurer, president. Redesigned wingtips with integrated winglets improve efficiency, enhance appearance and offer improved hangar clearance, he added. Price, fully equipped, is $329,800.
In other news, Utah State University (USU) has taken delivery of 10 DA40-FP Diamond Stars, with a pair of DA42 Twin Stars to follow later this month. The fleet will be used in USU’s Professional Pilot Program. The entire fleet is equipped with Garmin’s G1000 glass cockpits.