Three all-new composite, four-seat, IFR singles are or soon will be available on the U.S. market: The Diamond DA40 Star, the Cirrus SR-20 and the Lancair Columbia 300. Other than the composite materials from which they are made, each is different: Different powerplants, different equipment and different markets. AVweb's Dave Higdon managed to put the three through their paces — all in the same week. In this first of a four-part series, he tackles the Diamond DA40 Star.
By Dave Higdon
, Some Photography by Joseph E. (Jeb) Burnside | October 30, 2000