Diamond Aircraft announced last week that its Austrian headquarters in Wiener Neustadt has built its 500th DA40 NG piston single. The four-seat DA40 NG is powered by the Austro AE300 engine and comes equipped with the Garmin G1000 NXi flight deck. It has a top speed of 154 knots, range of 940 NM and useful load of 904 pounds.
“This is a very exciting milestone for Diamond Aircraft,” said Diamond Aircraft Austria civil aircraft sales team leader Reinhard Schwaiger. “The DA40 NG is the ideal aircraft for both private pilots and flight training operators globally. She offers a superb balance of performance and efficiency while being very reliable and durable.”
The Diamond DA40 flew for the first time in 1997. The diesel/Jet-A-burning NG version received its European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification in April 2010. According to Diamond, there are currently more than 2,200 DA40 aircraft in service.
Hopefully they’ll ditch the expensive and super heavy and high-emission diesel in favor of a Yamaha APEX base engine. It’s way cheaper and way lighter and crazy reliable AND it runs on the same fuel as a car.
So they should ditch a *certified* engine that runs on fuel found throughout the world, for an engine that is *experimental*, has few emission controls (off road) would render the plane unsellable, and runs on a fuel not available at airports?
So having a LOT more power, a LOT less weight, and a fuel that sells at HALF the cost of “airport fuels” is unattractive? There are no emission since planes are also “off road” vehicles…
If you don’t care about certification, fuel availability or resale, just buy a DA40 with a worn out engine and replace the motor with the Yamaha! Done!
AVweb, I really like you guys’ website – to further differentiate yourselves positively from the other aviation sites, could you make it a habit to provide fuel capacity and payload in lieu of the useless (pun intended) “useful load”..?