Plastic Planes, Part One: The Diamond DA40 Star

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.

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